Eagle River/Chugiak Community

Veteran-owned Business

 A Happy Place for Woodworkers (2021©donnliston.co) Eagle River Sawmill and Kiln owner Ron Wehrli directs work in the yard of hisUS Service Veteran-owned business on Eagle River Loop Road My woodshop is my Happy Place. It is crowded and may look disorganized, but I try to do something to upgrade it after every major project I finish. …

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The Important Role of Local Government: Opportunities to Exploit

Edgar Blatchford, a born-again Democrat, spoke to EaglExit recently about how local government  can be formed or changed and opportunities to consider.(Photo by Waneta Borden) It’s a mean world. Big fish eat little fish and bullies often get their way. Russian traders came to Alaska to enslave the Natives and decimate bountiful fur seals and …

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A Vision For Chugiak Eagle River: What kind of future do we want?

Members of the EaglExit Board of Directors may have different visions for what they believe is best for the area now known as Assembly District 2 (AD2) but Joseph Wright looks at what is happening in today’s world and believes responsible residents should strive for the same values as were important to the founding fathers …

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Please Vote for Me for MEA Board!

MEA Serves Eagle River Well (2021©donnliston.co)   When Chugach/Eagle River wanted electrical power, at a time when the community was sleepy but growing, Municipal Light and Power (ML&P) didn’t want the bother of hooking us up from Anchorage. A Chugiak area activist, Justine Parks took the steps to involve Matanuska Electric Association (MEA) in delivering …

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Our ASD Public Education Challenge: Parents in Eagle River/Chugiak Deserve Local Control

The Anchorage School District is too big, with a top-down Command-and-Control system accountable to a school board governed by members elected at-large, but ultimately accountable to no one to assure Local Control, according to former ASD teacher and principal, Sean Murphy. This is the dimension of the Anchorage School District: 46,115 students, of which more …

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Challenges from Anchorage

Matanuska Brewing Company Innovates  (2021©donnliston.co) Dining in our own bubble; Waneta Borden, Bill Borden, Brenda Borden and this writer, recently had a wonderful meal at Matanuska Brewing Company in Eagle River. Matanuska Brewing Company owner Matt Tomter believes his business absorbed the pandemic shutdown better than some other area businesses because of innovation to safely …

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The Big Picture of EaglExit

 Looking Back, And A Vision for the Future (2021©donnliston.co) Anyone who has lived here any length of time knows the region of the state that includes Eagle River/Chugiak/Peters Creek is a unique part of Alaska. Dan Kendall once represented this area on the Anchorage Municipal Assembly and has experienced the effort to preserve the qualities …

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Alaska’s Pandemic Battle

Ship of Fools Fights Covid-19 at Anchorage (2021©donnliston.co) This iconic Grateful Dead album cover portrays a heartless andsoulless frigate group entering a landmine field. We now know moreabout what happened. Some might think our recent Covid-19 Pandemic was mitigated by destroying the private sector economy of Anchorage. Looking over the events of the last year, and comparing …

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Alaska Chalet Bed & Breakfast: What Happened to Anchorage Hospitality?

  It has often been said that the best thing about being in Anchorage is that it isn’t too far from Alaska. Anchorage hasthe largest airport, the most used dock, the most medical providers, the tallest buildings, the most traffic, and unfortunately attracts more social problems than anyplace in the state. As Alaska’s transportation hub …

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