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The pickings are slim, but there are options for Nordic skiers in the Anchorage area this weekend.

According to the Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage, trails at Beach Lake Park in Chugiak were groomed Wednesday — though skiers should proceed with care.

“More rocks are surfacing so ski with caution,” reads the NSAA grooming report for the trails.

Beach Lake got about five inches of snow Oct. 30, which allowed groomers to begin building a base.

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving Day is almost here. We have so much to be grateful for here in Alaska. We live in paradise with our majestic snow-covered mountains and abundance of wildlife.

However, there are still those who experience hunger, struggle to meet their monthly expenses, struggle with mental illness … too many to list. Lions are here to help.

Police had to call in the troops after a “practice bomb” was found early Sunday morning in the back of a truck parked on an Eagle River street.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, police were called at around 4:27 a.m. on Nov. 11 for a report of a suspicious unoccupied vehicle. When officers arrived, they found what APD described as “a small torpedo” in the bed of a pickup truck.

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.

On Nov. 8 at around 10 a.m., police were called to Gruening Middle School after a student allegedly punched a teacher multiple times. According to APD, the student was released to a parent and charges were forwarded to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

The Eagle River Air Force JROTC program received a score of “Exceeds Standards” following a unit inspection held Oct. 18 at the school.

“The Eagle River High School cadets performed exceptionally well and took great pride in leading and accomplishing their unit goals,” inspectors wrote. “The Eagle River High School Air Force JROTC citizenship program is making a positive impact on the cadets, the school and the community.”

A number of locals are in contention for the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame, which is currently soliciting votes for this year’s class.

Among the nominees this year are Eagle River’s Bobby Hill, a Special Olympics powerlifter; Corey Cogdell, a two-time Olympic bronze medalist in trapshooting; Pam Dreyer, who won a bronze medal in women’s hockey as a goalie for Team USA at the 2006 Winter Olympics; and the late Stan Brown, who helped start the state’s Pop Warner Association (and for whom the Stan Brown Memorial Field at Lions Park is named after).

A proposal to build an off-leash dog park on Fire House Lane appears to have gone up in flames.

The Eagle River Community Council voted Thursday, Nov. 8 to oppose the location, which has been under consideration by the Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors for use as a small, fenced-in dog park.

“You can describe us as ecstatic,” said Barbara Hendricksen, one of several neighborhood residents who opposed the location.

A ceremony will be held Sunday, Nov. 11 on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in recognition of Veterans Day and the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I.

The ceremony will be held at the National Guard Armory building at 10:30 a.m., according to a press release by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The event is open to the public, and access to the base will be open via the Arctic Valley (Fort Richardson) gate. Current military members are encouraged to wear their dress uniforms.

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.

Becky Braunstein’s opening joke always gets a laugh.

“It’s kind of weird being in America.”

It’s a line that gets a chuckle from people Outside and knowing nods from the handful of Alaska expats likely in the crowd on any given night in Braunstein’s adopted home of Portland, Oregon.

Being from the mountains of Eagle River isn’t just a part of the 2001 Chugiak High grad’s schtick, it’s a key piece of her identity.

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