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On April 18 at around 8:47 p.m., an APD officer pulled over a Ford Focus allegedly driving 95 MPH in a 65 MPH zone near the North Eagle River exit on the Glenn Highway. Police said as the officer approached the vehicle, its driver sped off.

The officer was able to locate the Ford at a nearby residence, and witnesses there identified the driver as Justin Lunsford, 30, of Chugiak. The witnesses reportedly told the officer Lunsford went into the home, and police said they found him hiding under a bed.

After only a year back in town, the Salvation Army is again retreating from Eagle River.

On Monday, the nonprofit announced it will be closing the Eagle River Family Store location it opened in April of 2017.

For years, Chugiak-Eagle River area residents have doggedly pursued a public place for their pooches to play. While the disucssions have been mostly bark, there’s finally some teeth in plans to bring a dog park to town.

A draft feasibility study on a Chugiak-Eagle River dog park was recently completed by R&M Consultants, which looked at five different sites in the area that might be suitable for a dog park. At the Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors meeting April 9, R&M’s Van Le said the study found two sites most suitable for a park.

A nationwide debate about gun violence arrived Friday at Chugiak High, where opinions about guns are as varied as the rugged terrain surrounding the Anchorage School District’s least urban high school.

Despite strong differences of opinion, organizers of a Friday morning school walkout deemed the event a success.

Local students will be among thousands who leave their classrooms Friday morning for a nationwide protest against gun violence.

The Anchorage Daily News reports students across the Anchorage School District will participate in the walkout, which is scheduled to coincide with the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre in Colorado.

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.

On April 12 at around 2:30 a.m., an APD officer reportedly spotted two vehicles racing on the Glenn Highway. The officer pulled over one of the vehicles and waited for the second vehicle to approach.

Stunned by the combined loss of five students to suicide in the past year, Eagle River and Chugiak high schools are teaming up to bring the subject of suicide into the light. Hundreds are expected to gather the morning of Saturday, April 21, at Town Square Park for Eagle River’s first annual Out of the Darkness Walk to raise awareness, funds and hope for suicide prevention.

On April 12 at around 7 p.m., Anchorage police received a report of an armed robbery during a drug deal in Schroeder Park near downtown Eagle River. 

According to police, a female said she got into a vehicle occupied by Austin M. Sala, 18, of Eagle River, with the intention of buying marijuana. The woman told police she showed Sala she had money, at which point he pulled a handgun, put it in her side, and told her to get out of the vehicle. Police said Sala took the woman's money and didn't give her any drugs. She was unharmed. 

For decades, Henry Powell “Chip” Gallagher Jr. was a mainstay of the Chugiak-Eagle River hockey community.

Thanks to the efforts of some Alaska hockey officials, he’ll remain a visible part of that community for years to come.

A plan is in the works to name the officials’ dressing room at the Harry J. McDonald Center after Gallagher, who died in 2016.

“He was just a great guy,” Mac Center manager Reid McDonald told the Eagle River/Chugiak Board of Supervisors earlier this month.

“You may ask, how did this tradition start?”

— “Tradition,” Fiddler on the Roof

 

Back in the early 1980s, a cadre of bleary-eyed coaches chugged coffee before class at Chugiak High. One morning, the men were joined by the school’s new orchestra teacher Philip Burch, a man whose quick wit and genial grin had quickly gained him entry into the gruff group. As the men shot the breeze, the music teacher took out his bow and started to play.

There was a fiddler in the group.

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