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Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy told a supportive Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce crowd Wednesday he’ll continue to push for a state budget that cuts expenses, provides for a Permanent Fund Dividend and won’t force new taxes on Alaskans.

“There’s really no need for taxes if we reduce our spending and commit to it,” Dunleavy told a packed house at the Matanuska Brewing Company in downtown Eagle River.

Backers of a proposal to detach Chugiak-Eagle River from the Municipality of Anchorage will hold a meeting to discuss their plan from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 3 at the Eagle River Lions Club at the intersection of Eagle River Road and Eagle River Loop Road (across from Walmart).

A Palmer man missing since Tuesday night was found dead Wednesday night near the Eagle River Nature Center of an apparent suicide.

Alaska State Troopers said the body of Neil Guggenmos, 47, was located at around 9 p.m. Wednesday by search-and-rescue teams, which helped the troopers and the State Medical Examiner recover the body “from a challenging location,” according to a trooper dispatch.

No foul play and next-of-kin have been notified, troopers said. The dispatch did not give details about exactly where the body was found.

Last fall’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake has spoiled the plans of some springtime campers in Eagle River.

The popular Eagle River Campground will be closed until mid-June due to quake damage to the road leading to the riverside park, according to Chugach State Parks superintendent Kurt Hensel.

“We’re just keeping it closed until we get it fixed,” Hensel said Wednesday.

The road leading to the campground suffered extensive damage in the quake, according to a press release issued by the Department of Natural Resources.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer free vessel safety checks May 11 and May 18 in Eagle River.

The checks are open to any boater who wants to check the condition of their power or paddle craft before launching. The checks are voluntary and there is no penalty for not passing the check, though many insurance companies do offer a discount for boats that own the Auxiliary’s Seal of Safety.

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 25-year-old Anchorage woman Saturday after she allegedly side-swiped a bridge on the Glenn Highway with her 3-year-old child in the back seat.

Now that a long-term irritant has been removed from their neighborhood, some folks in Peters Creek are grappling with the issue of what to do next. That’s a problem they’re happy to have.

“We are so grateful for the way the property was abated the way it was,” said Joelle Hall, one of several people working on a proposal to help build a small park on property locally known as the “Yates Compound.” The derelict property was foreclosed on by the Municipality of Anchorage over the winter.

It’s easy to see why the FOCUS 5K is gaining a reputation as one of the happiest footraces around. Just look for the smiles.

“It’s a great event, great atmosphere — they even brought the sun out,” said Eagle River runner Ryan Bish after the third annual race in downtown Eagle River.

Three local Girl Scouts were presented with the group’s highest honor during the Girls Scouts of Alaska’s annual Leadership Luncheon April 18 at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage.

Earning Gold Awards were Eagle River’s Kayla Reifel and Allyson Brokaw, along with JBER’s Carolyn Pope. The three were joined by Anchorage’s Quinn White and Petersburg’s Avery Herrman-Sakamoto in receiving the awards.

In order to earn a Gold Award, Girl Scouts must work on a project that addresses a community need.

A fiery pile-up on the Glenn Highway caused only minor injuries thanks in part to the quick action of good Samaritans who helped pull crash victims from the burning wreckage.

According to Anchorage Police Department spokesman MJ Thim, six vehicles were involved in the crash, which happened at around 8 a.m. near the Eagle River exit at Artillery Road.

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