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Parking squeeze drives students off campus

Renovation at Chugiak High was causing some big headaches for student-age drivers forced to park off campus.

“This is a problem that won’t go away until construction is done,” said principal Jan Christensen.

Christensen estimated that about 100 vehicles were parking off campus each day. Most were using Hillcrest or Carlisle Drive. And while those spots were legal, cops were writing tickets for vehicles parked over the white fog line.

“I hate it,” said junior Kristen Bosela. “I’ve gotten ticketed three times.”

 

Fire season arrives early

Extreme fire danger in Southcentral Alaska prompted Anchorage Fire Chief John Fullenwider to ban open burning in the muni until further notice.

That meant no permits would be issued for yard cleanup, recreational fires or any other outdoor burning, Fullenwider said after consulting with State Forestry representatives and members of the Chugiak and Girdwood volunteer fire departments.

“I realize this decision will be met in some quarters with resistance,” Fullenwider said in a statement.

Already in the area, at least one wildfire had already broken out. On April 17, a fire burned a 30-by-60 foot area near a cabin on Eagle River Road. Firefighters extinguished the small grassfire in about 10 minutes.

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