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Stunned by the combined loss of five students to suicide in the past year, Eagle River and Chugiak high schools are teaming up to bring the subject of suicide into the light. Hundreds are expected to gather the morning of Saturday, April 21, at Town Square Park for Eagle River’s first annual Out of the Darkness Walk to raise awareness, funds and hope for suicide prevention.

On April 12 at around 7 p.m., Anchorage police received a report of an armed robbery during a drug deal in Schroeder Park near downtown Eagle River. 

According to police, a female said she got into a vehicle occupied by Austin M. Sala, 18, of Eagle River, with the intention of buying marijuana. The woman told police she showed Sala she had money, at which point he pulled a handgun, put it in her side, and told her to get out of the vehicle. Police said Sala took the woman's money and didn't give her any drugs. She was unharmed. 

For decades, Henry Powell “Chip” Gallagher Jr. was a mainstay of the Chugiak-Eagle River hockey community.

Thanks to the efforts of some Alaska hockey officials, he’ll remain a visible part of that community for years to come.

A plan is in the works to name the officials’ dressing room at the Harry J. McDonald Center after Gallagher, who died in 2016.

“He was just a great guy,” Mac Center manager Reid McDonald told the Eagle River/Chugiak Board of Supervisors earlier this month.

“You may ask, how did this tradition start?”

— “Tradition,” Fiddler on the Roof

 

Back in the early 1980s, a cadre of bleary-eyed coaches chugged coffee before class at Chugiak High. One morning, the men were joined by the school’s new orchestra teacher Philip Burch, a man whose quick wit and genial grin had quickly gained him entry into the gruff group. As the men shot the breeze, the music teacher took out his bow and started to play.

There was a fiddler in the group.

The Anchorage Police Department is looking for two suspects in a homicide investigation.

According to APD, 19-year-old Mickee Thompson and 18-year-old Robert Smith are considered armed and dangerous. The duo is wanted in connection with a shooting death in Mountain View.

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 department. Defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Police say 20-year-old hit man with baseball bat, spit on cop

Local community councils are always looking for new members to help shape public policy.

“We love to hear everybody’s input,” Eagle River Community Council member Julie Ebben told the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce on April 4.

Ebben said the council needs members to serve on local boards and commissions, including the parks board and the Chugiak-Birchwood-Eagle River Rural Road Service Area board.

Talent overflowed the building Friday as the din of orchestral music floated out the doors of Eagle River High School and into the bright evening sun; on the sidewalk outside the school, pastel chalk drawings welcomed visitors to the school, which for one night each year transforms into an after-hours hot spot that’s almost too cool for school.

Put on by the school’s Fine Arts department, the annual Fine Arts Cabaret is a springtime celebration of the talent department chair Jacob Bera sees every day at the school on Yosemite Drive.  

UPDATE (9:30 p.m., Friday, April 6): APD said Friday afternoon that murder Suspect Samson Costigan was taken into custody by the departmetn's Investigative Support Unit. The department did not provide any details about how Costigan was taken into custody, but said he was being questioned by detectives. 

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The Anchorage Police Department is searching for a murder suspect believed to be traveling between the city and the Mat-Su. 

The monthly cycle of community council meetings is set to begin Thursday, April 5 with a 7 p.m. meeting of the South Fork Community Council at Eagle River High School. Community councils meet on a monthly basis to discuss items of interest to local residents. The councils advise the Anchorage Assembly on municipal matters and council members serve on local boards and commissions. To learn more about the community council process, visit communitycouncils.org.

This month's Chugiak-Eagle River area community council meetings: 

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