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The first class of seniors to spend all four years of high school at Chugiak High are planning a 50th reunion.

The school’s class of 1968 will host a picnic lunch Thursday, June 21 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Beach Lake Chalet on Birchwood Loop. The event will also feature a tour of the school from 2 to 3 p.m. with CHS principal (and graduate) Megan Hatswell.

Alumni from as far away as Florida and California have confirmed their attendance at the event, which is welcoming any graduates from 1965 to 1973.

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.

Baggie found, drugs not

On May 29 at around 4:52 p.m., police were called to a location on Crested Butte Drive by a citizen who found a baggie they thought contained drugs. Police said the substance tested negative for meth and cocaine. Case closed.

Every spring, the first flowers to emerge in my garden are the primulas. Primulaceae is the name taken from the Italian word for spring, (primavera).

Frequently found in the Himalayas and western China and in the northern countrysides of Europe, this plant prefers the cool, damp conditions of the alpine mountain regions and is well-suited for us in Alaska.

Anchorage police believe they’ve caught the Fire Lake vandal in the act.

Patrol officers arrested a boy June 6 at around 3 a.m. after the Anchorage Police Department received a report of “a man banging on the window of Fire Lake Elementary School” in Eagle River. When police arrived, they found two broken windows and arrested someone they spotted running away from the school, according to a Wednesday press release announcing the vandal’s capture.

On May 30 at around 3:27 p.m., police contacted a group of kids who said they were building a fort in the woods near Homestead Elementary School. The children reportedly told police they ventured near another fort to collect more wood, at which time they were confronted by a rival group of fort-builders, who told them to stay away.

On May 29 at around 4:23 p.m., an APD officer stopped a Jeep Liberty on Business Boulevard in Eagle River after allegedly watching the driver get out of the vehicle while it was still in gear and in traffic. Upon investigation, the officer determined driver Peggi A. Pizzino, 36, of Eagle River had been in an argument with her wife, who grabbed the steering wheel in an attempt to pull the vehicle over. Pizzino allegedly bit the other woman on the arm, which police said caused a visible injury but did not require medical attention.

We have just celebrated Arbor Day, which is designated on April 26 every year. The garden clubs in Alaska however do not recommend planting of trees in spring until late May when the ground is thawed sufficiently.

An Army medic faces first-degree sexual abuse of a minor charges after he was caught on video sexually assaulting a young girl in Eagle River, according to Anchorage police.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, Jeremiah Gettler, 33, of Eagle River was arrested on May 28 after police received a report of a sexual assault in Eagle River. He is currently being held on a $50,000 cash performance bond.

Everything can change in a heartbeat.

Earlier this spring, Eagle River’s Kristin Bozarth started feeling “a bit under the weather.” The busy 35-year-old mother of two active boys had a cough and felt tired, but she soldiered on, continuing to run the household in Alaska while her husband, Scott, worked out of state for the Federal Aviation Administration.

“She was doing everything — taking our kids to scouts, taking the kids to swim practice, we have three dogs…” Scott said.

Due to a combination of exits and ambition, three of four open seats in the Alaska Legislature are guaranteed to be filled by new people in January when the body reconvenes in Juneau.

The list of candidates to represent Chugiak-Eagle River was finalized Friday afternoon, and it includes a crowded field of political newcomers, established politicians and several potential primary punch-ups.