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A 23-year-old Airman stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson died Nov. 6 while training in the Republic of Korea.

According to a press release, Airman 1st Class Darrick Jones joined the Air Force in 2015. He was on temporary assignment in Korea when he collapsed and died.

“Airmen with Jones at the time immediately rendered aid but were unable to revive him,” read the release.

Jones was a water and fuels systems apprentice assigned to the 773rd Civil Engineering Squadron.

Members of the local parks board believe steps taken over the last year have improved several areas of concern at the Harry J. McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Following a joint work session earlier this month with the Fire Lake Arena Management Inc. (FLAMI) board of directors, the Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors is crafting a memorandum of understanding acknowledging improvements to the center’s finances and management.

Dignitaries, family members, active duty service members and veterans packed the Alaska National Guard armory Saturday, Nov. 11 for the annual Veterans Day ceremony on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Part celebration, part somber remembrance, the event commemorated the service of both those who served and those who continue to do so in the name of freedom.

“You are my heroes,” said National Guard chaplain Col. Richard Koch, who delivered the event’s keynote address.

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The clock is ticking.

That’s good news in Eagle River’s Chief Alex Park, where the town clock tower has been running smooth since repairs over the summer.

“It’s been functioning correctly now and we’re happy for that,” Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce executive director Dana Thorp-Patterson wrote in a Nov. 6 email.

A family of bears in the Eagle River Valley may have avoided a brush with death.

In early November, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said complaints about the bruins roaming the area were causing a major concern.

“We’ve been getting complaints the last week and a half to two weeks that a sow brown bear has been getting into trash,” Ken Marsh, a public information officer with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said on Wednesday, Nov. 8.

A flurry of public meetings will keep community rooms in the area busy in the coming weeks, with topics of discussion ranging from roads to parks to neighborhood densities.

The monthly community council meeting cycle is in full swing, with the South Fork council meeting Nov. 2. the Birchwood and Eagle River Valley councils are set to meet on Wednesday, Nov. 8, with Birchwood meeting at 7 p.m. at the Beach Lake Chalet and Eagle River Valley residents meeting at Gruening Middle School at 7 p.m.

Mike Wallace, the last of three well-known brothers who helped shape early Chugiak, died on Oct. 24, 2017 at his home. He was 82.

The Wallace brothers — Mike, Art and Til — arrived in 1950s Chugiak-Eagle River and quickly established themselves among the town’s foremost characters. Art and Til started a brick business that helped build several of the area’s early buildings. According to his obituary, Mike Wallace and his parents came to Alaska to join Art and Til after Mike got out of the Army.

It’s party time for one class of seventh-graders at Gruening Middle School.

Brad Kirr’s third-period class at the Eagle River middle school was the Mat-Su/Eagle River regional winner in Chugach Electric’s recent Power Pledge Challenge, an energy saving education program designed to educate kids about energy use. The class will receive a pizza party and a tour of the Matanuska Electric Eklutna Generation Station.

According to a Chugach press release, students completed an activity to learn how to calculate their own energy usage and learned ways to reduce usage.

Despite some late-season reports of activity — including a family of brown bears spotted getting into trash at Eagle River High earlier this week — bears in the Eagle River Valley have been deemed drowsy enough for the Albert Loop Trail to be reopened to hikers.

The trail’s annual fall closure ended Friday, Nov. 3 — though park rangers warned users should always remain alert in an area known for healthy populations of black and brown bears.

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