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Shelley Hughes, who represents District F in the Alaska State Senate, announced Tuesday she has breast cancer.

“I just learned that I have breast cancer,” the state senator wrote on her personal Facebook page. “I’m going to beat it.”

Hughes posted the status update with a photo of herself ziplining with her son, who she described as looking like “how an artist might envision a Caucasian Jesus.”

Affecting everyone from commuters to high school students, major upgrades along Eagle River’s Yosemite Drive are due to be completed by the beginning of the school year.

“That’s the goal, and that looks like it’s really doable,” said Jerry Hanson, a project manager with the Anchorage Public Works Department.

Results from this year’s Chugiak Fourth of July Parade have been announced. This year’s judges were Martha and Burl Rogers and Debbie Ossiander. Awards were given in the following 10 categories:

Best Youth: Pi Riordan sponsored by Country Realty

Best Commercial: Pi Riordan sponsored by Country Realty

Best Children’s group: Shelley Hughes

Best Vehicle: 1941 Cadillac

Best Animal(s): Horse Drawn Carriage company, Jon Nauman

Best Decorated: Chugiak Senior Center

Best Nonprofit: Chugiak Lions

Most patriotic: A military entry

A loud bang inside the Eagle River Walmart triggered reports of gunfire, a store evacuation and a large police presence Friday night.

Following an “extensive” search, an Anchorage Police Department dispatch supervisor said no evidence of a gunshot was ever found.

While summer rainclouds and Bear Paw Festival crowds converged outside the Eagle River Town Center Thursday night, a half-dozen locals gathered inside for a drier purpose – the monthly meeting of the Eagle River Community Council.

The ERCC, one of six area community councils, is the only council to hold regular meetings throughout the summer months. Its July 13 meeting covered community issues ranging from public safety to parks.

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from 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.

An Eagle River man was killed after a violent confrontation Friday night in Levelock, a small village on the Kvichak River near Bristol Bay.

According to Alaska State Troopers, Ellis Lee Kaloke, 37, was dead when they arrived at a home in the village at around 9:10 p.m. Friday, July 14 for a report of a stabbing. According to an online dispatch, an investigation found there had been a dispute “betweeen the homeowner and a visitor which escalated into a physical confrontation resulting in the death of one of the persons involved.”

(Note: 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 vehicle fire briefly closed the southbound lanes of the Glenn Highway at the North Peters Creek exit on Saturday.

The Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department doused the fire, which happened just past the exit on the far righthand side of the busy highway. Traffic was stopped at around 7:30 p.m., according to broadcast alerts issued by the Anchorage Police Department and Alaska Department of Transportation.

Bears were spotted getting into trash in a neighborhood not far from the Bear Paw Festival grounds Saturday, July 15.

Laura Simkins lives on Echo Street, which is about a half-mile from downtown Eagle River. She recorded video of a black bear in a neighbor’s yard at around 3 p.m. Saturday, and said she hopes people will be wary of bears during the ongoing festival. Simkins said several bears had been spotted Saturday getting into bird feed and garbage cans.

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