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Subfreezing temperatures both day and night have caused local lakes to begin to ice up rapidly, but it’s still too soon to venture out onto frozen surfaces.

Municipality of Anchorage Parks and Recreation parks superintendent Josh Durand said the department will begin to issue online ice thickness reports once several inches have formed.

“It first happens when we’re identifying the ice is safe for us to maintain,” Durand said on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Last year, that date was Nov. 29, while in 2015 it was Nov. 17.

15 years ago this week in the Star…

59-room motel on way

A local group led by John Emmi planned to break ground in the coming week on a new 59-room Microtel Inn and Suites, according to a front-page story in the Nov. 7, 2002 edition of the Alaska Star.

According to the story, the new motel would be four times the size of the town’s only other motel, the Eagle River Motel.

“We conducted feasibility studies and we see a need for another motel here,” Emmi told the paper.

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.

Theater seats at the Alaska Fine Arts Academy will get a new home while the Eagle River nonprofit looks for one of its own.

A wooded corner of the Municipality of Anchorage is growing a crop of the Anchorage School District’s top students.

Firefighters returned to the scene of an early-morning Oct. 31 house fire in the Eagle River Valley that sent two people to the hospital with minor injuries after flames reappeared from the structure.

According to Anchorage Fire Department chief Denis LeBlanc, crews were called back to a home located off Eagle River Road at around 9:18 a.m. Tuesday after the fire — which was declared out at around 7:30 a.m. — reappeared at the location.

A student at Alpenglow Elementary was charged with assault after allegedly brandishing a knife at another student while they were walking home from school.

On Oct. 18, Anchorage School District officials notified police that a student had pulled a knife on another student two days before while both were walking home from the school on Driftwood Bay Drive. Police arrived at the school and charged the boy with third-degree assault. He was released to his parents.

Plans to improve Eagle River’s most notorious intersection continue to creep forward, with project leaders holding their seventh public meeting on the Eagle River Traffic Mitigation project Monday, Oct. 30 in Eagle River.

“We’re here to tell you where we’re at,” said Aaron Christie, a project engineer with Dowl.

The following stories appeared 25 years ago this week in the Chugiak-Eagle River Star:

Let it snow…

Large areas of Chugiak-Eagle River were without power after a heavy snowfall hit the area Oct. 26-27, according to a story in the Oct. 29, 1992 edition of the Star.

A hunting trip in Arctic Valley that turned into a rescue situation had a happy ending Monday night when an Anchorage man was located by the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group.

According to Alaska State Troopers, Edward Nelson, 29, of Wasilla, called at around 6:32 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25 to report he was hunting in Arctic Valley when his wife, Autum Nelson, 25, became injured and couldn’t make it out. While attempting to locate the couple, Nelson called back to say he and his wife made it out of the valley, but that a hunting partner, 38-year-old Avii Mafao, of Anchorage, was missing.

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