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Locals grimacing over a lack of fast food options in Eagle River will have to McWait until the end of the year to address their earthquake-induced Mac attacks — but happier meals are ahead.

“The bottom line is the store’s going to be rebuilt,” said Mike Davidson, who owns 21 McDonald’s franchises in Southcentral Alaska, including the shuttered store along Eagle River’s main drag.

The role of pH in growing a healthy garden should not be overlooked.

In Alaska we generally have very acidic soils. The role pH plays in gardening is not talked about that much and is one of the most overlooked discussions in gardening. For the home gardener, pH is the key that can unlock the door to your garden success. This discussion will attempt to take a good look at why this is true.

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.

Graduation ceremonies were held for Eagle River and Chugiak High Schools on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 in Anchorage.

The back-to-back commencement ceremonies saw 185 graduates (and four exchange students) from Eagle River High School honored at Sullivan Arena Wednesday afternoon, followed by a class of 212 and five foreign exchange students recognized from Chugiak.

Eagle River High’s valedictorian was Collin Dyches and salutatorian was Ashton Love.

William “Billy” Smith was Chugiak’s valedictorian, with Miles Dennis named the school’s salutatorian.

Ken McCarty has high hopes for what are unquestionably some of the worst tennis courts in Alaska.

“Trees are growing in it, the whole bit,” McCarty said during a recent interview about the four-court enclosure at Eagle River Lions Park. “It’s pretty trashed.”

An avid tennis player, McCarty said that up until about a decade ago the courts were still widely used.

“It was an active place,” said McCarty, who took on the project on behalf of the local Lions Club, which owns the property.

Mirror Lake Middle School has been having a rough spring.

Police were called to the Chugiak school twice May 8 for reports of criminal incidents on school buses, including a female student who was allegedly caught with a marijuana vape pen and a male student who allegedly grabbed and kissed a girl.

Parts of the Eagle River Town Center Building have been “red-tagged” due to newly discovered earthquake damage that could be more serious than previously thought.

Both the north and south entrances to the building will be closed indefinitely, according to Municipality of Anchorage Acting Building Official Ross Noffsinger. The news means the Chugiak-Eagle River Library and the offices of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce and several municipal departments will be closed until further notice.

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.

Police arrested a 34-year-old Eagle River man on May 4 on charges of assault, family violence and interfering with the report of a domestic violence crime after he allegedly threw a woman to the ground hard enough to knock her out.

So if you’re a gardener, spring this year has been a bit of a tease to know when to get out and start the process. Although not unusual, the game of garden roulette — sunny warm weather one day and freezing rain and snow the next — is nevertheless frustrating for the gung-ho gardener.

A movement by Chugiak-Eagle River residents hoping to detach their Assembly district from the Municipality of Anchorage and form their own government is gaining steam and support, including from a conservative nonprofit organization based in Texas.

More than 100 people turned out for an informational meeting Friday night at the Eagle River Lions Club by backers of “EaglExit,” a nascent effort to secede from the municipality. The turnout was so good, organizers immediately scheduled another meeting later this month.

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