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The Eagle River Lions Club will host its 3rd Annual Community Bazaar and Spaghetti Dinner Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lions Clubhouse (18344 Eagle River Road). Cost is $8 per plate and includes spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, drinks and dessert. There will also be craft items for sale and vendors.

Hit-and-run drivers arrested

At around 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 2, police received a report of a hit-and-run at the South Birchwood exit on the outbound Glenn Highway. According to police, the caller told police dispatchers they were following a black 2015 Volkswagen sedan that struck their 2007 GMC pickup and drove away. Police said the driver of the GMC followed the Volkswagen until police officers arrived to pull the vehicle over.

There were no members of the public in attendance at Monday’s meeting of the Eagle River-Chugiak Parks and Rec board, but there were a number of ghoulish guests. Richards said she was storing additional “Boo at the Beach” materials in the meeting room, which explained the dozen or so oversized goblins, scarecrows and monsters lining the room.

An Anchorage police officer reported a vehicle slowed down and fired a gun while the officer was making a traffic stop on the Glenn Highway Friday night.

According to APD spokesman MJ Thim, the officer had pulled over another vehicle on the highway when a white sedan driving past slowed down, fired shots, and sped away.

Police said they found no evidence of a shooting and there were no injuries. Officers were unable to locate the vehicle and Thim said polie had no other suspect information to release.

A 35-year-old paratrooper died Saturday after he lost control of his motorcycle on the Glenn Highway.

According to U.S. Army Alaska, Staff Sgt. James Trent Alcorn was pronounced dead at the scene where he struck a pole after crashing his motorcycle near Gambell Street. Alcorn was a member of the Army’s 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. The 4/25 (or “Spartan Brigade) is based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Two days of dryland racing concluded on a drizzly Sunday at the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association trails in Birchwood with the second day of the 2018 Alaska Dogworks Dryland Derby.

Human racers riding modified bikes and trikes — or on their own two feet — teamed up with their canine companions for the final dryland races of the season at the trails. Saturday’s conditions were dry, but Sunday’s rain meant most competitors finished their 1.8-mile laps around the course covered in a thick layer of mud.

“It is ‘dryland’ racing,” quipped racer Annie Grenier.

Chugiak-Eagle River Foundation helps nonprofit

During the Oct. 3 Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce meeting, FOCUS Outreach community relations manager Jenna Morales thanked the Chugiak-Eagle River Foundation for its recent $2,000 grant. Morales said the grant will fund four scholarships for children in need.

“Big, big, big thank you to you guys,” Morales said.

Wednesday’s meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce got a little loose.

“Be weird,” guest speaker Mary McCormick said as chamber members swayed their hips, rocked back and forth on their heels and rolled their ankles inside the Eagle River Ale House.

The sky was a slightly deeper blue than Eklutna Lake on Oct. 1 as I biked along the lakeside trail in bright sun, immersing myself in the sights and smells of autumn. There was a surprising number of people on the trail for a week day, but it made sense. Days like this could be counted on two hands and people — young and old — were out to enjoy it.

Lions are “Sharing the Vision,” which includes conducting vision screenings, providing Braille and large-print books to a local library, and organizing sporting events for the blind and visually impaired.

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