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Local community councils are always looking for new members to help shape public policy.

“We love to hear everybody’s input,” Eagle River Community Council member Julie Ebben told the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce on April 4.

Ebben said the council needs members to serve on local boards and commissions, including the parks board and the Chugiak-Birchwood-Eagle River Rural Road Service Area board.

Talent overflowed the building Friday as the din of orchestral music floated out the doors of Eagle River High School and into the bright evening sun; on the sidewalk outside the school, pastel chalk drawings welcomed visitors to the school, which for one night each year transforms into an after-hours hot spot that’s almost too cool for school.

Put on by the school’s Fine Arts department, the annual Fine Arts Cabaret is a springtime celebration of the talent department chair Jacob Bera sees every day at the school on Yosemite Drive.  

UPDATE (9:30 p.m., Friday, April 6): APD said Friday afternoon that murder Suspect Samson Costigan was taken into custody by the departmetn's Investigative Support Unit. The department did not provide any details about how Costigan was taken into custody, but said he was being questioned by detectives. 

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The Anchorage Police Department is searching for a murder suspect believed to be traveling between the city and the Mat-Su. 

The monthly cycle of community council meetings is set to begin Thursday, April 5 with a 7 p.m. meeting of the South Fork Community Council at Eagle River High School. Community councils meet on a monthly basis to discuss items of interest to local residents. The councils advise the Anchorage Assembly on municipal matters and council members serve on local boards and commissions. To learn more about the community council process, visit communitycouncils.org.

This month's Chugiak-Eagle River area community council meetings: 

Nobody can say Dr. Deena Bishop doesn’t like to get her hands dirty.

The Anchorage School District superintendent got an impromptu lesson in pottery -- and persistence -- Thursday, April 5 when she stopped by an Eagle River High School classroom to help honor a civics-minded fine arts student.

“This was my thrill of the year so far!” Bishop exclaimed after ERHS student Analisa Cederberg helped the superintendent “throw” a small bowl on a potter’s wheel in the school’s second-floor arts room.

After some debate and much speculation, both Gruening and Mirror Lake middle schools will be returning to a seven-period school day next fall.

This year for the first time, middle schools across Anchorage School District squeezed eight 40-minute class periods into each school day.

The eighth period was incorporated at the recommendation of scheduling consultants to accommodate the “multi-tiered system of support”, a district-wide early detection and intervention effort targeting students’ individual academic, social/emotional and behavioral needs.

The state doesn’t always make out so well in recovering costs when infrastructure is damaged from incidents such as the March 21 strike on the Artillery Road Bridge that officials feared could lead to a collapsed overpass on Alaska’s busiest highway.

Department spokeswoman Jill Reese said there is a well-established process in place for attempting to recoup costs from the insurance provider for companies like Big Horn Enterprises of Fairbanks, whose driver was at the wheel when the oversized load crashed into the bridge.

An 18-year-old Alaskan said Eagle River High School administrators have barred him from the school’s upcoming prom after people complained about his social media posts, which included a picture of a firearm and then, about 10 hours later, one about the dance.

“It’s a gun that I like, that’s all it is,” Kolton Hala said in an interview Monday, April 2, about the photo he posted of a Hi-Point Model 4595, a .45 ACP semi-automatic rifle. “It wasn’t directed toward anybody. I was just sharing what I like.”

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 until proven guilty.

ASSAULT

Dick Griffith is a doer, not a talker.

“I don’t know anything,” said Griffith, a longtime Eagle River Nature Center benefactor and a living legend among Alaska’s outdooring set.

The gruff Griffith knows a hell of a lot more than he lets on. The 90-year-old “adventurer’s adventurer” has compiled an almost unreal resume of rambling during his nine decades, including legendary pioneering trips down the Grand Canyon, death-defying treks across the Arctic and a laundry list of exploits in the Alaska backcountry.

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