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A town hall meeting on proposed water and sewer improvements drew a standing-room-only crowd to the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center Sept. 14.

“I know this is a big topic for a lot of our community,” assemblywoman Amy Demboski said to the people gathered in the senior center dining room Thursday night. “This is effectively our way of engaging the community, just to start to explain the process, what people are talking about, what they’re thinking about.”

Early every weekday morning, long before the first school bells ring, a fleet of buses shifts into gear in a spacious parking lot high on a Chugiak hillside. From there, dozens of drivers head out onto the Old Glenn Highway, bound for bus stops throughout Chugiak-Eagle River. School can’t start without them.

Despite administrative adjustments, shifting schools and classroom changes, some things stay the same.

“We hit the road every day,” said Warren Ulrich, assistant general manager at Reliant Transportation, a transportation contractor for the Anchorage School District.

As new construction continues to spring up throughout the Eagle River Valley, a cluster of local residents are pushing back against a planned development off Hiland Road.

The proposed expansion within the Bernard Subdivision – a heavily wooded swath of land about a mile-and-a-half up the road – calls for several new homes and a cul-de-sac with sweeping valley views. But the new development would also cut off the public right-of-way along Bernard Drive. Neighbors are saying no.

When Dr. Kathy Burek first began working as a veterinary pathologist more than two decades ago, magazine reporters and reality TV weren’t part of the picture.

Fast forward to 2017. In January, Burek’s work was featured in a lengthy article in Outside magazine. A few months later, the story was reprinted in the Alaska Dispatch News. Then came the queries from reality television producers and Vice News.

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 department. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

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While Southern states grapple from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and recent deadly floods, Alaskan emergency planners focus on a different set of catastrophes: In Chugiak-Eagle River, the most likely natural disasters are earthquakes, wildfires and extreme winter weather events, according to the Anchorage Office of Emergency Management.

Preparation is key, said Andy Preis, emergency programs manager for education and outreach.

“If someone’s prepared for a high magnitude earthquake, they’re also going to be prepared for a flooding situation,” Preis said.

The Anchorage Police Department is asking for public help locating a man wanted in connection with a series of 2016 crimes in Anchorage and Eagle River.

Zarin Freeman, 31, faces five felony counts of kidnapping, first-degree robbery, second-degree theft and third-degree assault, according to court records. The charges date back to Nov. 1, 2016, when a 19-year-old male victim reported he had been kidnapped from the Delaney Park Strip at knifepoint, police said.

An early morning fire destroyed a Chugiak home and displaced a longtime local resident Tuesday, Sept. 5, according to neighbors and the Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.

The call came in around 4:30 a.m., when some Tulwar Drive residents reported seeing flames climbing the walls of a two-story home in the woods.

“My wife hollered at me that there was a fire,” said Steve Sandberg, who lives across the street from the blaze.

There are several opinions on cleaning up your yard for fall or leaving the dying debris for the benefit nature providing a place for wildlife to hide and winter over. As we put our gardens to bed, we will look at both sides of the discussion and hopefully gleam the best from both trains of thought.

Tucked toward the end of Birchwood Spur Road, surrounded by forest, the Birchwood Airport is the tiniest in the Municipality of Anchorage, far smaller and more secluded then Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Merrill Field or Lake Hood Seaplane Base.

But the Chugiak airfield has its own bragging rights: One of the busiest small airports in the state, the Birchwood Airport is also home to the largest aviation manufacturing company in Alaska.

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