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Featuring everything from outdoor field trips to hiking and biking, the annual Eagle River Parks and Recreation summer day camp is about to shift into full gear.

There are still a few spots left.

Held at Birchwood ABC Elementary School, the popular summer camp program takes place in weeklong sessions, from June 5 – August 11. As of May 26, the camp was almost completely full, with just a few spots remaining in weeks five and nine, according to park staff.

“We do take a wait list,” said Karen Richards, Eagle River Parks and Recreation manager.

At the Upper South Fork Eagle River Trailhead, where valley views stretch for miles, an ongoing parking problem has no clear solution in sight.

The popular local trailhead is a magnet for hikers. The parking lot often fills with traffic. On sunny days, cars regularly overflow onto the surrounding residential streets, lining the sides of the roads and flouting “no parking” signs along the way.

Frustrated by the crowds, neighbors are turning to the Municipality of Anchorage.

On Saturday, May 20 at around 7:16 a.m., police received a report that a teacher at Eagle River High School that someone broke a window in his Jeep, which had been parked at the school overnight. Police said extensive damage was done to both the inside and outside of the vehicle. APD is looking for three juvenile males that were spotted in the area between 3 and 4 a.m. Saturday morning. Police spokeswoman Renee Oistad said one of the suspects may have cut their arm while reaching through a broken window during the incident.

An Eagle River demolition site alongside the Old Glenn will quickly become home to the area’s newest fast food restaurant.

According to a spokeswoman for Panda Express, the popular Chinese-American chain plans to build its new restaurant at the corner of Schroeder Drive and the Old Glenn Highway, where crews recently began tearing down an existing single-story building.

Crime in Chugiak-Eagle River rose in the first four months of 2017, according to figures shared by Anchorage Police Department Capt. Sean Case at a May 17 meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce.

“The numbers are starting to go up a little bit in this area,” said Capt. Case, pointing to a graph showing an increase in serious “Part 1” crimes during each of the first four months of the year.

According to the FBI, Part 1 crimes include homicides, assaults, rapes, robberies, burglaries, theft, vehicle theft and arson.

On May 20, dozens of Alaskans packed the track at the Harry J. McDonald Memorial Center to take on a common foe.

“Cancer’s all around us, and it shouldn’t be,” said Annette Vrolyk, organizer of the Chugiak-Eagle River Relay for Life.

Born in Russia, raised in Southcentral Alaska, Maria Davydenko now lives in West Africa, where she holds an unlikely distinction: The former Chugiak-Eagle River resident is one of five Alaskans representing the U.S. Foreign Service in Nigeria.

“It’s statistically improbable that all five us are here at the same time, but maybe there’s something about Nigeria that draws Alaskans,” she said, speaking by phone from Lagos May 11.

Along with Davydenko, Alaskans Joel Kopp, Meghan Moore, Michael Carney and Donald Alderman all serve in the West African nation.

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.

There is nothing more exciting to a gardener than to see the emergence of perennials in the spring. As the Alaskan spirit is tough, so is the Alaskan perennial that survives our cold harsh winters.

All perennials are not created equal. What is a perennial and how do some come back and not others? These questions can be costly as I found out when new to Alaska. This article then will attempt to save you from some of my Sourdough mistakes made early on.

This year, summer construction season means new pavement for the Glenn Highway, from Airport Heights to Eklutna.

Crews are currently working to resurface the highway in two phases, according to Shannon McCarthy, a spokeswoman for the Alaska Department of Transportation. Work between Hiland Road and Eklutna is ongoing, she said. Work on a separate section of highway – from Airport Heights in Anchorage to Hiland Road – is expected to begin in June.

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