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One year ago, Anchorage Economic Development Corp. CEO Bill Popp told the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce that the Alaska economy was on the verge of coming out of a recession.

That’s still the case. Maybe.

Popp told the chamber last week that he still believes that Alaska economy is on the upswing, but said uncertainty over the state’s budget situation makes forecasting the future even trickier than normal.

A committee tasked with making recommendations to the Anchorage School Board endorsed a plan Friday to fix a pair of Eagle River schools damaged by the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake.

The estimated cost of fixing Gruening Middle School and Eagle River Elementary is $36.3 million — about a third of what it would cost to demolish and replace the two facilities, according to estimates provided by the Anchorage School District based on preliminary engineering reports.

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.

Anchorage schools will not be required to play the national anthem and the “Alaska State Flag Song” at the start of each school week after the Anchorage School Board decided it needs more time to study a board policy revision that board member Dave Donley believes will foster more patriotism in students.

“There’s so few things that hold us together as a nation,” Donley told the board before it voted 4-3 Monday evening to return his proposed policy revision to the board’s governance committee.

The Anchorage School Board will vote tonight on proposed boundary changes for elementary school students in Eagle River. The boundary changes were unveiled during public meetings held Feb. 20-21 in Eagle River and Chugiak.

The school board meets at 7 p.m. at 5530 E. Northern Lights Boulevard in Anchorage. The boundary changes will incorporate some former Eagle River Elementary students to Birchwood ABC and others to Homestead Elementary. The change was suggested by the district as the best way to keep families together.

8:30 a.m. Saturday, Downtown Anchorage

Diesel is in the air at 4th Avenue and Cordova Street, where a front-end loader is dumps loads of snow in the middle of the normally busy intersection. The loader beeps as the driver uses the bucket to sculpt the snow into large steps.

In less than two hours, the sleepy intersection will be the center of the sled dog universe.

After the fall day when Joy Leedham left her Optical Matchmakers-Home Optics shop to head to a doctor appointment, it would never be the same place of joy. Her epic eyewear enterprise, which spanned more than 20 years and surged to global fame with Sarah Palin, ended as abruptly and as quietly as Leedham’s life.

She was ambushed by cancer. Like her son-in-law shortly before and her husband soon after, advanced aggressive cancer and imminent death came in threes for the family.

The Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) room at Eagle River High School is running out of space for trophies.

The school’s cadets brought home several top awards from the state competition Feb. 23, winning the overall Drill Team State Championship, and taking first place in the Color Guard, First Year Color Guard, Large Unit GPA and Drill Team Coastal competitions. The team also placed second in the First Year Unarmed Regulation and Armed Regulation competitions.

University of Alaska Anchorage chancellor Cathy Sandeen may have been searching for friendly confines last week when she stopped by Eagle River, where her university’s struggling hockey team is uncharacteristically unbeaten this season.

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.

Shoplifters make off with groceries

On Feb. 11 at around 8 p.m. a man and woman were allegedly spotted stealing a basket of groceries from the Eagle River Carrs store. The couple left in a van, police said.

Screaming leads to arrest

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