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Heading into hostile territory is nothing new for Brian Flanagan, a member of the Army's 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, who is about to ship out on his fourth tour of duty overseas. But this time around, leaving home will be especially tough.

"Every one has its own challenges," Flanagan said shortly before a deployment ceremony for the 3,500-member brigade at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

This time around, Flanagan will be leaving not just the safety of home, but a newborn son, 3-month-old Colin.

A public deployment ceremony for the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division will be held at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 10 a.m.

Three Mat-Su residents arrested in a September disturbance involving Anchorage police at the Homestead Lounge are fighting the charges against them.

Police came to the Eagle River bar on Regency Drive the night of Sept. 11. Reports at the time described the situation as an alcohol-fueled melee involving a bar full of people who turned on officers making a routine bar check.

Police said they tackled one patron after he slapped an officer’s arm. They pepper-sprayed another. The three men spent the night in jail.

Dan Graeber manages the Homestead Lounge and Eagle River Bowl.

But there’s more to his story than that.

Graeber spent several years on the national bowling circuit and says he still carries a 210 average, a score that puts him among the top half-dozen senior bowlers in the state. He served on the city council of Cheyenne, Wyo. and ran for mayor.

Graeber came to Alaska in the mid-1980s. He operated the Pines Club, once known as Anchorage’s biggest and most popular country-western nightclub. A rodeo was associated with the club.

Seventeen-year-old Sarah Boelter recently had front-row seats for Mass with Pope Benedict XVI at Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany.

Boelter also saw German President Christian Wulff and Chancellor Angela Merkel in person.

And she still has nine months left before returning to Eagle River.

A former Chugiak High supply clerk accused of stealing more than $74,000 over a four-year period from the school was arraigned on charges of theft, scheme to defraud and falsifying business records in Palmer District Court on Friday, Nov. 18. All three charges are felonies.

According to charging documents in the case, Brenda Burge, 54, of Wasilla, pilfered $74,897 in cash while handling students’ activities and attendance fees.

Several dumps of early season snow have enabled mushers to hit the trials running so far this winter.

“This is way earlier than the first run usually is,” said veteran musher Bruce Headle of Chugiak after hitting the two-mile loop at Beach Lake for the first time this winter with a four-dog team of Siberian huskies on Nov. 12.

Alaska’s fiscal picture is a pretty one compared with most states. But that won’t be the case if expenditures continue to rise and oil production remains on the decline, said Alaska Department of Administration commissioner Becky Hultberg during a meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the Bear Mountain Grill in Eagle River.

“We have to make some difficult decisions,” Hultberg told the chamber.

The Chugiak/Birchwood/Eagle River Rural Road Service Area Board deemed area wide drainage as a top priority at its Nov. 15 meeting — in particular, The Tablelands subdivision.

Eagle River Street Maintenance estimated the first two phases of the three-phase project will cost less than $2 million, general foreman Mark Littlefield said. But, he said, the entire project could be completed for that figure.

“We’re shooting for $2 million for all three phases,” Littlefield said.

Eagle River Street Maintenance General Foreman Mark Littlefield thinks the Eklutna Bridge is unsafe for vehicle travel. So does the Chugiak/Birchwood/Eagle River Rural Road Service Area Board.

The Road Board unanimously passed a motion to recommend closing the bridge permanently at its meeting Tuesday, Nov. 15. Whether that will happen is up to the Municipality of Anchorage Traffic Division.

“They are the ones that can close it,” Littlefield said.

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