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After a year and a half as executive director of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce, Dana Thorp-Patterson is going back to school.

Thorp-Patterson said Monday she’s accepted a job at Rogue Community College in Oregon, where she’ll be tasked with building the college’s workforce development program.

“It’s kind of an unexpected deal,” she said. “It just turned out to be too good to pass up.”

On his own time and his own dime, an Eagle River man has recently started driving around town as part of a one-man community patrol effort.

Cliff Cook began making the rounds as the new Eagle River Community Patrol Saturday, Nov. 4. Over the course of his first week, Cook said he covered more than 100 miles over 13 hours spread across five days of driving around Eagle River.

The Municipality of Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department is drowning in garbage.

The department is shouldering a heavy burden due to what director John Rodda thinks is a growing homelssness problem in the city.

“It’s very widespread,” Rodda told the Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors on Monday, Nov. 13.

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

On Nov. 1, police received a call about a vehicle parked on the side of Steeple Drive with its hazard lights on. Officers arrived and contacted two occupants, including a female driver and male passenger.

A 23-year-old Airman stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson died Nov. 6 while training in the Republic of Korea.

According to a press release, Airman 1st Class Darrick Jones joined the Air Force in 2015. He was on temporary assignment in Korea when he collapsed and died.

“Airmen with Jones at the time immediately rendered aid but were unable to revive him,” read the release.

Jones was a water and fuels systems apprentice assigned to the 773rd Civil Engineering Squadron.

Members of the local parks board believe steps taken over the last year have improved several areas of concern at the Harry J. McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Following a joint work session earlier this month with the Fire Lake Arena Management Inc. (FLAMI) board of directors, the Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors is crafting a memorandum of understanding acknowledging improvements to the center’s finances and management.

Dignitaries, family members, active duty service members and veterans packed the Alaska National Guard armory Saturday, Nov. 11 for the annual Veterans Day ceremony on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Part celebration, part somber remembrance, the event comemmorated the service of both those who served and those who continue to do so in the name of freedom.

“You are my heroes,” said National Guard chaplain Col. Richard Koch, who delivered the event’s keynote address.

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.

MISCONDUCT INVOLVING WEAPONS

The clock is ticking.

That’s good news in Eagle River’s Chief Alex Park, where the town clock tower has been running smooth since repairs over the summer.

“It’s been functioning correctly now and we’re happy for that,” Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce executive director Dana Thorp-Patterson wrote in a Nov. 6 email.

A family of bears in the Eagle River Valley may have avoided a brush with death.

In early November, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said complaints about the bruins roaming the area were causing a major concern.

“We’ve been getting complaints the last week and a half to two weeks that a sow brown bear has been getting into trash,” Ken Marsh, a public information officer with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said on Wednesday, Nov. 8.

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