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Nerissa Friars got arrested for driving under the influence in August even though no alcohol showed up in her system during a breath test at the Anchorage Jail. Outraged, the 32-year-old from Eagle River spent $2,000 on a lawyer, along with the fees associated with getting her 2008 Dodge Charger out of impound. Sure enough, city prosecutors declined to take the case to court: there wasn’t enough evidence.

The case isn’t as straightforward as it sounds. Or that unusual.

Eagle River's skyline could be getting a facelift.

Cook Inlet Housing Authority development finance manager Tyler Robinson told the Eagle River community council last week that the authority is seeking financing for what would be the area's tallest building, a four-story senior housing facility to be located on a vacant lot behind the Eagle River Shopping Center in downtown Eagle River.

“We know we're going to make an impression, but we want that to be a positive one,” Robinson told the council.

Former Alaska Speaker of the House Pete Kott, of Eagle River, filed a motion in U.S. District Court on Thursday to change his plea to guilty on one count of bribery in an ongoing corruption case now more than five years old.

When East Anchorage ended Eagle River’s flag football season with a 13-0 win Tuesday, Oct. 11 in the first round of the Cook Inlet Conference playoffs, Wolves head Coach Matt Turner had nothing but positive words for his girls.

“I told them to keep their heads up,” Turner said.

After finishing each of the past two seasons winless, the Wolves went 8-7 this year.

“To be here to this point is just a huge turnaround,” Turner said.

Eagle River, which swept East during the regular season, missed too many passes, Turner said.

Things just never got on track for the Chugiak flag football team, whose season ended in disappointment following a 28-14 loss to West in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference playoffs on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

“It’s a bit indicative of our year,” said Chugiak coach Jon Schroeder, whose team finished the season 7-8.

Chugiak had flashes of brilliance this season — the Mustangs thrashed West 33-0 in their previous meeting — but Schroeder said his squad never managed to reach its full potential on a regular basis.

Two local senior football players — one a shifty open-field specialist, the other a hulking lineman — came home with two of the Cook Inlet Conference's top four awards in voting by the league's coaches.

Eagle River's Kelechi Madubuko, a senior wide receiver/return specialist who scored 10 touchdowns this season — four on returns — was named the CIC's Utility Player of the Year and also to the first team All-CIC team as a wideout and return specialist.

Mirror Lake Middle School’s Ty Jordan doesn’t fold under pressure. Rather, he thrives on it.

Gruening Middle School had three eighth-grade girls in the top 10 at the Anchorage School District middle school cross-country running championships on Thursday, Oct. 6 at Kincaid Park. Gruening finished fourth as a team, just 10 points behind first-place Mears, which also won the sixth-grade/seventh-grade team title.

Emmie Jennings led the Colts with a time of 12 minutes, 24 seconds on the nearly 2-mile-long course to finish fifth. Julia Geskey placed eighth, followed by Dreanna Ownes in ninth.

With his ripped jeans, messy hair, earring and tennis shoes, author Anthony Pate is the first to admit he’s kind of a punk.

“I guess I don’t look like a writer,” said Pate, a sophomore at Chugiak High.

But looking like an author and being one are two different things, and Pate already has the former down cold.

Middle school isn’t easy for anyone — even pro athletes.

When professional basketball player Kelsey Griffin roamed the halls of Gruening Middle School, she wore plain clothes, went without make-up and stood taller than most of the boys in her class.

“Middle school was really hard for me,” Griffin told a couple hundred Gruening Colts on Sept. 30 in the school’s gym.

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