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What do Alaskans do when it’s blowing outside with freezing rain? If you’re Eagle River author Marc Cameron, you work on your next Tom Clancy/Jack Ryan novel.

Municipal officials are in talks with an Oklahoma nonprofit that could result in a big windfall for Chugiak-Eagle River taxpayers and a permanent buffer zone for Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

According to Eagle River-Chugiak Parks and Recreation Department director John Rodda, the department was recently contacted by the Tulsa-based Compatible Lands Foundation (CLF), which according to its website purchases conservation easements “from willing landowners, prohibiting incompatible land uses but allowing open space activities such as farming, ranching, and hunting.”

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 convicted.

It was a crystal clear morning and the first sunlight was illuminating the big peaks (Calliope, Cantata) above Eagle and Symphony Lakes. Turning right (west) off the South Fork trail at about the two-mile mark, just before descending to the bridge, we hiked toward the pass that leads to Ship Creek Valley. Old ski trails had hardened and hiking was easy atop them as we moved up toward the pass.

On this hike I was joined by Dr. Scott Sims, a neighbor, and his son’s dog “Bailey,” a “Golden-Doodle.”

The pickings are slim, but there are options for Nordic skiers in the Anchorage area this weekend.

According to the Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage, trails at Beach Lake Park in Chugiak were groomed Wednesday — though skiers should proceed with care.

“More rocks are surfacing so ski with caution,” reads the NSAA grooming report for the trails.

Beach Lake got about five inches of snow Oct. 30, which allowed groomers to begin building a base.

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving Day is almost here. We have so much to be grateful for here in Alaska. We live in paradise with our majestic snow-covered mountains and abundance of wildlife.

However, there are still those who experience hunger, struggle to meet their monthly expenses, struggle with mental illness … too many to list. Lions are here to help.

Police had to call in the troops after a “practice bomb” was found early Sunday morning in the back of a truck parked on an Eagle River street.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, police were called at around 4:27 a.m. on Nov. 11 for a report of a suspicious unoccupied vehicle. When officers arrived, they found what APD described as “a small torpedo” in the bed of a pickup truck.

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 Nov. 8 at around 10 a.m., police were called to Gruening Middle School after a student allegedly punched a teacher multiple times. According to APD, the student was released to a parent and charges were forwarded to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

The Eagle River Air Force JROTC program received a score of “Exceeds Standards” following a unit inspection held Oct. 18 at the school.

“The Eagle River High School cadets performed exceptionally well and took great pride in leading and accomplishing their unit goals,” inspectors wrote. “The Eagle River High School Air Force JROTC citizenship program is making a positive impact on the cadets, the school and the community.”

A number of locals are in contention for the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame, which is currently soliciting votes for this year’s class.

Among the nominees this year are Eagle River’s Bobby Hill, a Special Olympics powerlifter; Corey Cogdell, a two-time Olympic bronze medalist in trapshooting; Pam Dreyer, who won a bronze medal in women’s hockey as a goalie for Team USA at the 2006 Winter Olympics; and the late Stan Brown, who helped start the state’s Pop Warner Association (and for whom the Stan Brown Memorial Field at Lions Park is named after).

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