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The Eagle River Lions Club will host its 3rd Annual Community Bazaar and Spaghetti Dinner Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lions Clubhouse (18344 Eagle River Road). Cost is $8 per plate and includes spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, drinks and dessert. There will also be craft items for sale and vendors.

Hit-and-run drivers arrested

At around 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 2, police received a report of a hit-and-run at the South Birchwood exit on the outbound Glenn Highway. According to police, the caller told police dispatchers they were following a black 2015 Volkswagen sedan that struck their 2007 GMC pickup and drove away. Police said the driver of the GMC followed the Volkswagen until police officers arrived to pull the vehicle over.

There were no members of the public in attendance at Monday’s meeting of the Eagle River-Chugiak Parks and Rec board, but there were a number of ghoulish guests. Richards said she was storing additional “Boo at the Beach” materials in the meeting room, which explained the dozen or so oversized goblins, scarecrows and monsters lining the room.

Parks and recreation board members want to move forward on at least on area dog park by next spring.

At Monday’s meeting of the Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors, the board agreed to tentatively work toward putting a plan in place to create a dedicated off-leash dog park at Peters Creek Park.

Parks director John Rodda said he thinks that if the board decides to go ahead with the plan, work could begin next spring.

Ed Willis, a former Alaska legislator and Anchorage Assembly member who was an early advocate for special education and instrumental in bringing a high school to Chugiak in the 1960s, died Monday in Anchorage. He was 94.

Willis was a longtime Eagle River resident who spent the last decade living at the Veterans and Pioneers Home in Palmer, according to his family.

A fighter jet made an emergency landing Wednesday on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

According to a press release issued by the base Wednesday evening, an F-22 Raptor assigned to the 3rd Air Wing made the emergency landing at around 1 p.m. The pilot was able to get out of the jet safely and there were no injuries reported.

On Thursday, the base provided a brief update saying the emergency landing was due to a landing gear malfunction.

An Anchorage police officer reported a vehicle slowed down and fired a gun while the officer was making a traffic stop on the Glenn Highway Friday night.

According to APD spokesman MJ Thim, the officer had pulled over another vehicle on the highway when a white sedan driving past slowed down, fired shots, and sped away.

Police said they found no evidence of a shooting and there were no injuries. Officers were unable to locate the vehicle and Thim said polie had no other suspect information to release.

A 35-year-old paratrooper died Saturday after he lost control of his motorcycle on the Glenn Highway.

According to U.S. Army Alaska, Staff Sgt. James Trent Alcorn was pronounced dead at the scene where he struck a pole after crashing his motorcycle near Gambell Street. Alcorn was a member of the Army’s 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. The 4/25 (or “Spartan Brigade) is based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Two days of dryland racing concluded on a drizzly Sunday at the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association trails in Birchwood with the second day of the 2018 Alaska Dogworks Dryland Derby.

Human racers riding modified bikes and trikes — or on their own two feet — teamed up with their canine companions for the final dryland races of the season at the trails. Saturday’s conditions were dry, but Sunday’s rain meant most competitors finished their 1.8-mile laps around the course covered in a thick layer of mud.

“It is ‘dryland’ racing,” quipped racer Annie Grenier.

Chugiak-Eagle River Foundation helps nonprofit

During the Oct. 3 Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce meeting, FOCUS Outreach community relations manager Jenna Morales thanked the Chugiak-Eagle River Foundation for its recent $2,000 grant. Morales said the grant will fund four scholarships for children in need.

“Big, big, big thank you to you guys,” Morales said.

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