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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.

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.

Speeder gets away

On May 22 at around 4:30 a.m., an APD officer tried to stop a Dodge Ram pickup driving 90 mph on the Glenn Highway. The driver failed to stop and the officer ended the pursuit.

Student uses razor blade during fight at Gruening

For the first time in quite a while, Bill Popp is bullish on Anchorage’s economy.

“The recession, I believe, seems to be near an end,” the president and CEO of the Anchorage Economic Development Council told the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce earlier this month during its biweekly lunch forum at the Eagle River Ale House. “And yes, I said that here first.”

Popp’s comments came as he prepared to join

The Municipality of Anchorage wants to know who dumped part of a building at the Park-and-Ride lot off South Birchwood Loop.

“Who in the world does this belong to?” asked the Anchorage Police Department in a May 9 Facebook post about the building, which appears to be about 20 feet long by 10 feet wide and contains three small rooms.

The department wants to know who left the building at the lot, and is asking anyone with information about it to call them at 786-2448.

Chugiak-Eagle River took another small step in the long trot toward creating public dog parks last week, though residents living near an existing park off Eagle River Road remain unconvinced such a park is right for their neighborhood.

A 20-year-old Eagle River man arrested one week ago for being a felon in possession of a handgun allegedly stole a pickup and struck the vehicle’s owner Saturday morning in Eagle River.

Brock Werder was arraigned in Anchorage on Saturday on charges of vehicle theft and violating conditions of release after police said he crashed a vehicle in an Eagle River neighborhood and fled police on foot.

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.

Off-duty officer intercedes in apparent assault

Chugiak senior Emma Nelson broke the state record in the high jump by more than two inches Friday on the first day of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Division I Track and Field Championships at Machetanz Field in Palmer.

Nelson cleared the bar at 5-feet, 9-inches on her second attempt to break the record of 5 feet, 6.5 inches set by Wasilla’s Ceil Dunleavy in 2016.

“I’m really excited,” the Oregon State-bound senior said after winning the event.

A public meeting will be held Thursday, May 24, to discuss the possibility of bringing a dog park to the Chugiak-Eagle River area.

State wildlife biologists shot and killed two male black bears in Eagle River over the weekend after the animals reportedly opened car doors in the area and shredded the soft top of a Jeep, said the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

“They were breaking into cars and causing some real problems,” said Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh. “Damage was reported, from claw marks to car doors ripped off and soft tops torn and destroyed.”

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