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While marijuana businesses continue to crop up across the Anchorage Bowl, they’re nowhere to be found in Chugiak-Eagle River.

Instead, locals involved in the blossoming industry are setting their sights elsewhere.

“The zoning is the biggest issue,” said Eagle River resident Katherine Ferguson, who’s in the process of building several marijuana businesses with her husband, Adam Ferguson, and their business partner, Orlo Smith.

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.

FORGERY

Community patrols, dog parks and ongoing water utility work dominated the conversation at a fast-paced Eagle River Community Council meeting April 13.

The proposal to form a new volunteer community patrol in Eagle River comes amid growing concerns with local crime. Spearheaded by Powder Ridge resident Cliff Cook and modeled after the Birchwood Community Patrol, the effort is still in the early stages, Cook said.

Hundreds of children with visions of candy and prizes stormed the field at Eagle River Lions Park Sunday, snatching up more than 10,000 Easter eggs in a matter of minutes at the annual Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt.

“It goes fast,” said event organizer Sonia Vance of the Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions.

At a Saturday morning Easter egg hunt at Eagle River High School, the Easter bunny was just for show: Most of the eggs were delivered by a Robinson R44 helicopter instead.

Featuring candy dropped from the sky, the third annual ACF Church Egg Drop drew hundreds of families from Chugiak-Eagle River and beyond. Cars packed the high school parking lot, spilling out onto Yosemite Drive. Food trucks lined the curb, bounce houses swayed in the breeze and kids and parents flooded the high school field. The event was free and open to the public.

More than two and a half years after the murder of Eagle River teenager Linda Anne Martz Bower, grieving friends and family members packed an Anchorage courtroom to urge a judge to reject a plea deal for the man who strangled her.

“We would rather take the chances of a trial,” said Sheila Benjamin, Bower’s aunt, tearfully addressing Judge Kevin Saxby inside the Nesbitt Courthouse Thursday afternoon.

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

DUI

Anchorage police are looking for a Chugiak man accused of a violent assault on his girlfriend last week.

On Wednesday, April 4 at around 10 p.m., Anchorage police received a report from a woman who said her boyfriend, James Anthony King, 42, of Chugiak, grabbed her by the hair and punched her repeatedly in the head while King was driving and she was in the passenger seat of a vehicle. The woman said King also threatened her with a knife.

By Matt Tunseth

Chugiak-Eagle River Star

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz unveiled a new public transportation plan Tuesday that cuts bus service to Chugiak-Eagle River in favor of a rush-hour shuttle between Eagle River and the Downtown Transit Center.

Eagle River scientist Meagan Krupa has spent much of the past 17 years wading through streams and tributaries around the world, studying salmon and the communities that depend on them. Now she’s wading through data — taking a deep dive into the archives of the Alaska Board of Fisheries (BOF).

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