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Before thousands of Alaskans and visitors flooded Palmer for the opening day of the Alaska State Fair Thursday, Eagle River quilter Jo Ann Gruber spent two full days helping 27 volunteers hang 274 quilts from the rafters and walls of the Irwin exhibit hall.

“It couldn’t be done without the volunteers,” Gruber said. “I think it speaks well of our community.”

Even after more than 260 hours of volunteer work, 13-year-old Eagle River resident Avery White isn’t planning on slowing down any time soon.

“My favorite part is probably at the Boys and Girls Club, where you play around with the younger kids,” said White, who volunteers at the local youth center several times per week. “I like mentoring.”

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.


On a recent August afternoon, while members of the Chugiak High School Swim and Dive Team ran through dryland training exercises on the pool deck, another section of deck remained cordoned off behind yellow caution tape, covered with a thick black mat and an orange safety cone. Under the mat, the deck bulged and split. Strips of duct tape secured separating tiles.

Despite two recent renovations totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars, the CHS pool deck is broken again and headed for another closure and repair.

Members of the Alaska National Guard are on their way to Texas on a humanitarian mission to help that state recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey.

The guard’s 176th Wing left Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Monday, Aug. 28 bound for Moffett Air Field in California, according to a press release issued Monday. After arriving in Texas, the guard members will assist in any way they can.

Swamped by wind and waves nearly a mile from shore, four kayakers spent more than 40 minutes in the glacier-fed waters of Eklutna Lake before rescuers pulled them to shore the evening of Aug. 26, according to witnesses and first responders.

It’s bulb planting time in Alaska

Some call bulbs the complete plant. I like that description and when realized that these plants can survive through the miracle of adaptation to many different environments and especially ours I want to know more.

With the Alaska State Fair in full bloom, farmers from across the state are showing off their most audacious products — think 1,000-pound pumpkins and cabbages the size of small cars.

But Alaska Grown means a lot more than just giant gourds and rotund rutabagas. The program is intended to highlight and promote all Alaska agricultural products, according to Johanna Herron, market access and food safety manager for the Alaska Division of Agriculture.

Returning salmon and water to the Eklutna River will take more than simple addition, according to lawmakers and utility managers.

“We have what kind of boils down to a math problem: How much water do we need to accommodate as many groups as we can?” said East Anchorage assemblyman Forrest Dunbar. “We don’t have that information yet.”

When Anchorage School District students returned to class Monday morning, nearly 12 dozen of them tried something new: a hybrid college prep program known as the Alaska Middle College School.

“We’re proud that you took a chance on us,” said ASD Superintendent Dr. Deena Bishop, addressing an atrium full of teenagers at the University of Alaska’s Chugiak-Eagle River campus Aug. 21. “Thanks for filling out the application.”

The program is a fast track to college and an entirely new approach for the Anchorage School District, according to administrators.