Top Stories

Jitters will host two nights of live music next Tuesday and Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. with six bands playing a mish-mash of country, blues, Americana, and a little rock at no extra charge.

The free performances are a part of the Anchorage Folk Festival, which runs from Jan. 17 to Jan. 28.

Robin Hopper, the retired vice president of AFF who taught music for more than 30 years at Homestead Elementary, still loves playing in her family band, The Hoppers, and performing solo.

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.

The Birchwood Community Council (BCC) met on Wednesday, Jan. 10, to discuss a broad range of issues impacting the community and to hear presentations from subject experts. Mark Schimscheimer of Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility (AWWU), detective Jack Carson of the Anchorage Police Department and Clifton Dalton of the Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department offered insight into pressing local matters.

Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility

There’s been a bit of a changing of the guard on the Eagle River Community Council, which has seen the departure of two long-time members in recent months and the election of a new president in January.

At its Jan. 10 meeting, the council held elections for one two expiring and one vacant seat on the seven-member board of directors. Michael Foster decided to run for re-election, but Michael Melielo decided he would step aside after two members of the audience expressed interest in running.

A lifelong area resident has been hired to fill out the staff at the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber announced last week that Britney Olsen will serve as associate director, the second new hire in a month at the chamber, which in December named Debbie Rinckey its new executive director.

“With the support of the Chamber Members, the new Directors will bring a new energy and innovation while still ensuring that we hold true with a strong sense of tradition,” the chamber said in a press release.

Eagle River residents will likely vote on whether to annex the Eagle River Valley into the existing Anchorage Fire Service Area.

Anchorage Assemblywoman Amy Demboski introduced an ordinance to call for the vote at the assembly’s Jan. 9 meeting. The ordinance will get a public hearing Jan. 23 and, if approved, would add the item to the April 3 municipal election ballot.

This story has been updated.

Police have arrested one of two suspects in a Wednesday, Jan. 17 home invasion in Eagle River.

According to police, warrants were issued for Kasey S. Dunlap, 42, and Christa J. Chadwell, 31, on felony robbery charges. Caldwell was arrested Jan. 18 and Dunlap, who is also wanted on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on an operating under the influence case, is still at large.

Original story:

Authorities warned of dangerous driving conditions in the Anchorage area after a Winter Weather Advisory was issued by the National Weather Service.

Freezing rain was causing slick roads on the Glenn and Seward highways, with ice accumulations of a tenth of an inch possible by the end of the advisory at 8 p.m.

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.

OUI

On Dec. 18 at around 3:01 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle for driving in the dark with its headlights off near the McDonald Center in Eagle River and arrested Shara R. Delacruz, 38, of Eagle River, for operating under the influence.

OUI

A year ago, the family of Linda Anne-Martz Bower thought it might finally be nearing closure in the case of the 19-year-old woman’s 2014 murder.

But the wheels of justice grind painfully slowly — a process that’s tearing up those who want to see justice for the man who has admitted killing his former girlfriend.

Pages