Alaska’s congressional delegation of Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young have released their service academy nominations that include several local students.

“This year’s selection of candidates was exceptional — all exhibited the characteristics that will help them to succeed as leaders in our nation’s military: academic excellence, demonstrated leadership, and a commitment to serving their community and nation,” said Senator Sullivan.

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

APD officers responded to a residence at around 3:44 a.m. on Feb. 9 in response to a physical disturbance between four people. It was determined that 37-year-old Stephanie Thibedeau of Eagle River had been out with two others.

No matter the criticisms directed his way by Republicans, Robert Mueller should count himself lucky: He’s not Ken Starr.

The punctilious, mild-mannered independent counsel appointed by a three-judge panel in the 1990s, Starr investigated all manner of Bill Clinton scandals, most spectacularly the Monica Lewinsky affair.

The Eagle River Community Council met last Thursday to discuss voting protocol for the upcoming municipal election, capital improvement projects, reports from the Eagle River Community Patrol, and to listen to individuals running for various offices in upcoming elections.

Mail-in Ballots

This year the governor and some legislators are seeking to use Permanent Fund earnings — for the first time in history — to fund government. Before embarking down that path, Alaskans deserve to have their Permanent Fund Dividends protected, and the only way to do that now is to enshrine the PFD in the Constitution.

One of the more entertaining battles in the enduring Chugiak-Eagle River rivalry took place Saturday night as the Wolves hosted the Mustangs for an evening of boys basketball.

The teams left it all on the floor as every loose ball was contested, every inch of floor space battled for, charges and blocks were commonplace and few shots were left uncontested.

Anchorage zoning officials listened and changed course after hearing from Eagle River residents opposed to a plan that would have opened the door to a heavy-density housing development near downtown.

But there’s a ways to go to assure the green belt known as the Carol Creek Parcel, currently owned by the Municipality of Anchorage Heritage Land Bank, or HLB, won’t one day see apartment clusters or other multiplex housing, according to those who’ve been fighting it.

The South Fork Community Council was briefed on air quality issues, capital improvement projects and Eagle River crime activity at its Feb. 1 meeting at Eagle River High.

Air quality and ballot issues

Assemblywoman Amy Demboski discussed the amount of methane emissions she has noticed while passing the Anchorage Landfill. She said has smelled the methane and felt nauseous while passing the landfill on the Glenn Highway, an occurrence echoed by attendees.

A beautiful if frosty morning with a temperature of -10 degrees greeted nearly 100 fat bike enthusiasts as they wound their way through Saturday’s Icy River Rampage, a 10-mile loop at the Eagle River Nature Center this past Saturday.

Shadows and sun played across the course as the surrounding peaks blocked the late morning’s warmth from reaching Eagle River’s frozen surface during most of the race, an annual fund raiser for the center.

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

A woman went to her boyfriend’s residence to collect personal items on Feb. 3. The boyfriend is currently incarcerated and there is another couple living in his home while he’s away. The victim began to crawl through the window of the home.

Tuesday, Jan. 30

2:28 a.m.: Warrant service, Birchwood Loop

2:28 a.m.: Warrant service, Birchwood Loop

3:39 a.m.: Driving without license, North Eagle River Road

9:58 a.m.: Drugs, Ashley Park Lane

2:19 p.m.: Warrant service, Hesterberg Road

3:00 p.m.: Stolen vehicle, Business Drive

5:47 p.m.: Assault, Ridd

10:24 p.m.: Traffic collision, Farm and Old Glenn Highway

Wednesday, Jan. 31

7 a.m.: Stolen vehicle, Heritage Court

11:29 a.m.: Theft/larceny, Heritage Court

President Donald Trump has had impure thoughts about special counsel Robert Mueller.

That much, we know. The New York Times reported that Trump asked White House counsel Don McGahn to fire the special counsel. When McGahn resisted, Trump backed off and left Mueller in place.

Talking their clients out of bad ideas — especially impulsive clients likely to blunder into gross mistakes — is what lawyers are supposed to do.

The Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions Cub will be holding our annual Dollars For Our Scholars fundraiser on Feb. 24 from 6 until 9 p.m. at the Eagle River Lions clubhouse.

We would like to extend an invitation to the community to attend our fundraiser and support our efforts to provide local high school graduates with scholarships.

We will be having a taste of beer and wine provided by local vendors Odom and Midnight Sun Brewery; brisket provided by Mike’s Meats; vegetarian lasagna, cole slaw, salad along with snacks and drinks at a self yourself buffet table.

In his opinion piece Feb. 3 in the Anchorage Daily News, House District 22 Rep. Jason Grenn calls for ending the annual “Pink-Slip Circus.”

Many agree with him that this is bad local political theater, and that indeed pink-slipping of teachers must end.

However, bills offered by Rep Grenn, and Kodiak Sen. Gary Stevens make the assumption that pink-slipping — a politically valuable annual hostage taking event — will end due to these early education funding bills.

Airmen complete basic training

U.S. Air Force Airmen Stephan E. Arvidson and Nosakhene Y. Reynolds graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

The Chugiak varsity basketball teams doubled down on impressive wins Saturday night as the home squads played aggressive defense against their Bartlett visitors.

In the opening game, the girls stifled their Golden Bear opponents early, coasting to a 35-9 first-half margin then withstanding a second half rally to end their game with a comfortable 56-37 win.

Eagle River High School teacher Valerie Baalerud uses many different tools for capturing her students' attention.

Like quotes. Today’s is a quote written on the board: “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising after we fall,” by Confucius.

Her Advanced Placement world history class will be assigned to mull that one, consult their iPhones — yes, cellphones. And write a short essay on their interpretations.

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

A male suspect stole a bag from Polaris at about 2:38 p.m. on Jan. 22, ran out of the business with it, and got into the driver’s seat of a vehicle. As the suspect attempted to drive away, the Polaris employee stood in front of the vehicle and was subsequently struck by it.

Anchorage Police Department calls for Jan. 22-29.

Monday, Jan. 22

1:22 a.m.: Trespass, Goliath Drive

1:16 p.m.: Traffic collision, Dolly Drive and Songbird Ave.

2:17 p.m.: Burglary, Easy Street

2:38 p.m.: Robbery, Snowmobile Lane

3:08 p.m.: Warrant service, Hesterberg Road

8:57 p.m.: Drugs, North Eagle River

10:31 p.m.: Assault, Bill Stephens Drive

Tuesday, Jan. 23

Chuck Schumer started a government shutdown he couldn’t finish.

The New York Democrat, among the shrewdest operators in national politics, stumbled badly because he succumbed to the siren song of the anti-Trump resistance.

He believed that any charge could be made to stick to President Donald Trump, no matter how implausible, and chose the dictates of an inflamed Democratic base over common sense.


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