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There’s been a bit of a changing of the guard on the Eagle River Community Council, which has seen the departure of two long-time members in recent months and the election of a new president in January.

At its Jan. 10 meeting, the council held elections for one two expiring and one vacant seat on the seven-member board of directors. Michael Foster decided to run for re-election, but Michael Melielo decided he would step aside after two members of the audience expressed interest in running.

A lifelong area resident has been hired to fill out the staff at the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber announced last week that Britney Olsen will serve as associate director, the second new hire in a month at the chamber, which in December named Debbie Rinckey its new executive director.

“With the support of the Chamber Members, the new Directors will bring a new energy and innovation while still ensuring that we hold true with a strong sense of tradition,” the chamber said in a press release.

Eagle River residents will likely vote on whether to annex the Eagle River Valley into the existing Anchorage Fire Service Area.

Anchorage Assemblywoman Amy Demboski introduced an ordinance to call for the vote at the assembly’s Jan. 9 meeting. The ordinance will get a public hearing Jan. 23 and, if approved, would add the item to the April 3 municipal election ballot.

Authorities warned of dangerous driving conditions in the Anchorage area after a Winter Weather Advisory was issued by the National Weather Service.

Freezing rain was causing slick roads on the Glenn and Seward highways, with ice accumulations of a tenth of an inch possible by the end of the advisory at 8 p.m.

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.

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On Dec. 18 at around 3:01 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle for driving in the dark with its headlights off near the McDonald Center in Eagle River and arrested Shara R. Delacruz, 38, of Eagle River, for operating under the influence.

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A year ago, the family of Linda Anne-Martz Bower thought it might finally be nearing closure in the case of the 19-year-old woman’s 2014 murder.

But the wheels of justice grind painfully slowly — a process that’s tearing up those who want to see justice for the man who has admitted killing his former girlfriend.

You can’t drive to Juneau, but area lawmakers still want a road map for the upcoming legislative session.

Alaska State House representatives Dan Saddler (R-Eagle River/JBER), Lora Reinbold (R-Eagle River) and Cathy Tilton (R-Chugiak/Butte/Knik) attended a Town Hall meeting Saturday, Jan. 6 in order to learn what their constituents would like addressed in the Capitol.

“Our purpose is not to talk at you, our goal is to listen,” Saddler said at the outset.

Armed and angry, Chugiak-Eagle River residents say it’s time to get tough on crime.

“I feel safer in some Asian countries than I do in my own neighborhoods and my own community now, and that’s why we’ve decided to take a stand,” said Rep. Lora Reinbold (R-Eagle River) during a community crime forum held Jan. 6 in Eagle River.

Reinbold called the meeting, which filled the community meeting room at the Eagle River Town Center building and drew a crowd roughly twice as large as the one at a legislative Town Hall meeting immediately before and also focused heavily on crime.

The Anchorage Police Department on Monday was seeking a pair of robbery suspects believed to be in Eagle River.

The department sent out a public bulletin at around 4 p.m. saying a black man and Native female had allegedly ditched a stolen white pick-up truck at the Shell station in Eagle River after robbing a coffee stand in Muldoon earlier in the day.

Editor’s note: This week’s special edition contains a recap of the Chugiak-Eagle River news and sports we covered in 2017. We hope you enjoy this chronological look at the year that was and wish our readers a Happy New Year in 2018.

The Star’s regular weekly features will return next week.

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