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The Eagle River Valley Community Council will hold a special meeting Wednesday, June 13 at 7 p.m. in the Eagle River Town Center meeting room.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss two items: an update on the proposed Braendel Creek Subdivision and a presentation on the proposed Veteran Village project.

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Eagle River High School didn’t have to look far to find its new principal.

“I live three miles away,” said Tim Helvey, who was confirmed by the Anchorage School Board to replace Marty Lang earlier this month.

Not only does Helvey live in Eagle River with his wife and two boys, he spent the last school year just up the Glenn Highway at Eagle River’s friendly rival Chugiak.

“I loved Chugiak, the community there was awesome,” said the 47-year-old, who taught social studies in Bristol Bay and Ninilchik before becoming an administrator.

A snack shack bandit has struck the Knik Little League.

“We’re furious!” the local Little League wrote on its Facebook page Monday after someone broke into the snack shack at Eagle River Lions Park on Eagle River Road sometime over the weekend.

According to the league, someone broke a lock off the snack shack, entered the building and stole petty cash, a karaoke speaker and a microphone as well as damaging the inside of the facility.

After a day’s skiing on the steep slopes of Arctic Valley, it’s not uncommon for skiers and snowboarders to gather in the slopeside Alpenglow Lodge to swap tales of fresh powder over a glass of wine or beer. It’s a tradition that links the small nonprofit ski area with lodges from Alaska to the Alps.

“Apres ski is something that’s a part of ski culture all over the world,” said Arctic Valley general manager John Robinson-Wilson last week.

The first class of seniors to spend all four years of high school at Chugiak High are planning a 50th reunion.

The school’s class of 1968 will host a picnic lunch Thursday, June 21 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Beach Lake Chalet on Birchwood Loop. The event will also feature a tour of the school from 2 to 3 p.m. with CHS principal (and graduate) Megan Hatswell.

Alumni from as far away as Florida and California have confirmed their attendance at the event, which is welcoming any graduates from 1965 to 1973.

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.

Baggie found, drugs not

On May 29 at around 4:52 p.m., police were called to a location on Crested Butte Drive by a citizen who found a baggie they thought contained drugs. Police said the substance tested negative for meth and cocaine. Case closed.

Every spring, the first flowers to emerge in my garden are the primulas. Primulaceae is the name taken from the Italian word for spring, (primavera).

Frequently found in the Himalayas and western China and in the northern countrysides of Europe, this plant prefers the cool, damp conditions of the alpine mountain regions and is well-suited for us in Alaska.

Anchorage police believe they’ve caught the Fire Lake vandal in the act.

Patrol officers arrested a boy June 6 at around 3 a.m. after the Anchorage Police Department received a report of “a man banging on the window of Fire Lake Elementary School” in Eagle River. When police arrived, they found two broken windows and arrested someone they spotted running away from the school, according to a Wednesday press release announcing the vandal’s capture.

On May 30 at around 3:27 p.m., police contacted a group of kids who said they were building a fort in the woods near Homestead Elementary School. The children reportedly told police they ventured near another fort to collect more wood, at which time they were confronted by a rival group of fort-builders, who told them to stay away.

On May 29 at around 4:23 p.m., an APD officer stopped a Jeep Liberty on Business Boulevard in Eagle River after allegedly watching the driver get out of the vehicle while it was still in gear and in traffic. Upon investigation, the officer determined driver Peggi A. Pizzino, 36, of Eagle River had been in an argument with her wife, who grabbed the steering wheel in an attempt to pull the vehicle over. Pizzino allegedly bit the other woman on the arm, which police said caused a visible injury but did not require medical attention.