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When military kids grow up and decide to return to their roots and childhood homes, there are multiple locations to claim. While a military retiree myself, I am also a former military brat. At 61-years-old I have felt compelled to return to every base I have ever lived. Although it took me 30 years to return to Fort Richardson; once I did, with my husband and children, I have either lived nearby in Anchorage or visited on a regular basis; however no trip is ever complete without returning to the familiar surroundings on Fort Richardson.

Well, sort of.

Spring cleaning was never so much fun.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Anchorage Chamber for a citywide cleanup celebration Saturday, April 27 in Town Square Park in Eagle River.

The event will feature a cleanup followed by a volunteer barbecue and beer garden sponsored by Jalapeno’s restaurant.

People can pick up orange trash bags at Alaska USA Federal Credit Union between 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday — the more bags collected, the more tickets people can get for a prize raffle at the free barbecue, which starts at 6 p.m.

CCS Early Learning received a grant recently for $10,000 worth of books from The UPS Store. The Chugiak-Eagle River based nonprofit was one of 10 nonprofits and schools around the country selected for the grant.

A ceremony to present the grant was held Thursday, April 18 at the CCS Chugiak Center in Chugiak. CCS Head Start will use the books in its early education program, according to a press release about the award.

An Anchorage man who was shot in the chest by police while robbing an Eagle River pharmacy in 2009 has been arrested for the fourth time since August, this time after allegedly stealing a motorhome in Chugiak.

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.

Homes vandalized

On April 15 at around 8:39 a.m. police received a report that three screens had been removed from the windows of an outbuilding on Foothill Avenue, but said it did not appear entry was made into the building.

Winter isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

The National Weather Service on Monday issued a “special weather statement” warning that “a potent cold front” will bring snow and rain to Anchorage and the Mat-Su.

“The Anchorage area will be right on the edge of this system,” the service wrote. “Light snow accumulations look more likley for Eagle River and the Hillside late this morning through the afternoon.”

The storm could bring a couple inches of snow to the area and comes on the heels of several snowy days after most snow had melted at lower elevations.

The sun was bright and the air warm (and devoid of mosquitoes!) April 14 as we hiked the three miles from the Eagle River Nature to Echo Bend. With relatively dry weather in early April, the trail was in good condition, with very few muddy spots.

Joining me on this outing were Eagle River’s Pete Panarese, Scott Sims and Paul Foreward. Starting later and running the trail was Sims’ friend John Kogl, who easily caught up with us before reaching Echo Bend.

Former Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan used to refer to Chugiak-Eagle River as “the breakaway republic,” and for decades residents of the northern reaches of the municipality have seen their dreams of independence remain unfulfilled.

Enter Eaglexit.

“We have put together a group of people who are seriously contemplating a detachment of Assembly District 2,” said Michael Tavoliero, chair of the newly formed nonprofit whose name is a nod to the “Brexit” movement to separate Great Britain from the European Union.

There’s a broken-down bus in Texas, and it’s got some stories to tell.

The National Weather Service said an April storm could bring snow to higher elevations around Eagle River, Anchorage and the Mat-Su beginning overnight Tuesday.

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