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In his opinion piece Feb. 3 in the Anchorage Daily News, House District 22 Rep. Jason Grenn calls for ending the annual “Pink-Slip Circus.”

Many agree with him that this is bad local political theater, and that indeed pink-slipping of teachers must end.

However, bills offered by Rep Grenn, and Kodiak Sen. Gary Stevens make the assumption that pink-slipping — a politically valuable annual hostage taking event — will end due to these early education funding bills.

The Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions Cub will be holding our annual Dollars For Our Scholars fundraiser on Feb. 24 from 6 until 9 p.m. at the Eagle River Lions clubhouse.

We would like to extend an invitation to the community to attend our fundraiser and support our efforts to provide local high school graduates with scholarships.

We will be having a taste of beer and wine provided by local vendors Odom and Midnight Sun Brewery; brisket provided by Mike’s Meats; vegetarian lasagna, cole slaw, salad along with snacks and drinks at a self yourself buffet table.

The Chugiak varsity basketball teams doubled down on impressive wins Saturday night as the home squads played aggressive defense against their Bartlett visitors.

In the opening game, the girls stifled their Golden Bear opponents early, coasting to a 35-9 first-half margin then withstanding a second half rally to end their game with a comfortable 56-37 win.

Chuck Schumer started a government shutdown he couldn’t finish.

The New York Democrat, among the shrewdest operators in national politics, stumbled badly because he succumbed to the siren song of the anti-Trump resistance.

He believed that any charge could be made to stick to President Donald Trump, no matter how implausible, and chose the dictates of an inflamed Democratic base over common sense.

Anchorage Police Department calls for Jan. 22-29.

Monday, Jan. 22

1:22 a.m.: Trespass, Goliath Drive

1:16 p.m.: Traffic collision, Dolly Drive and Songbird Ave.

2:17 p.m.: Burglary, Easy Street

2:38 p.m.: Robbery, Snowmobile Lane

3:08 p.m.: Warrant service, Hesterberg Road

8:57 p.m.: Drugs, North Eagle River

10:31 p.m.: Assault, Bill Stephens Drive

Tuesday, Jan. 23

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.

A male suspect stole a bag from Polaris at about 2:38 p.m. on Jan. 22, ran out of the business with it, and got into the driver’s seat of a vehicle. As the suspect attempted to drive away, the Polaris employee stood in front of the vehicle and was subsequently struck by it.

Eagle Academy Charter School was recently honored by Eagle River Rep. Lora Reinbold with a citation from the 30th Alaska Legislature as one of the highest performing schools in the Anchorage School District.

It is a tuition-free, school of choice that emphasizes a challenging curriculum with high expectations of students, families and staff. In Spring AimsWeb test scores, the school had 93.75 percent score as Tier I students in mathematics and 88 percent scored in Tier I in English language arts. It has enrollment of about 170 students.

By now, almost everyone’s got a smart phone. Even in Alaska, iPhones and Androids have become an indispensable part of life, helping us communicate, navigate, plan schedules, count calories, play games, and more. There is almost no aspect of life that smartphones don’t make easier and better.

So, as part of my work to make state government work better for Alaskans, I came up with a simple idea that will let us leverage modern technology to better enjoy the traditional Alaskan pleasures of hunting, fishing and trapping: digital licenses.

Sheri Boggs of Eagle River is thanking the community after another successful donation drive for Project Homeless Connect.

Boggs collects hats, gloves, socks and scarves to donate to Project Homeless Connect, an annual event in downtown Anchorage that puts homeless people in contact with social service agencies and donated goods.

Alaska’s 72,000 veterans will continue to receive care under a program that the state office of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs took pains to reconfigure over the past 18 months.

The Veterans Choice Program received an additional $2.1 billion in December, just weeks prior to the three-day government shutdown on Capital Hill.

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