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On Earth Day at the Eagle River Nature Center, life was emerging from nearly every nook and cranny: Big, lazy mosquitos hovered, skittish butterflies fluttered and in the shallow ponds near the center trails, salmon fry fought over a few fledgling flies.

Sometime soon, even the bears will be about.

“We have not run into any bear sightings, but it’s definitely that time of year,” said ERNC operations manager Laura Krueger on Sunday, April 22.

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Friday, April 27

One man’s journey toward autism awareness is helping raise the profile of an Eagle River organization whose mission isn’t always clearly understood.

“They’ve really helped walk me through the process in general of understanding what autism was,” said Michael Harlow, whose two children are on the autism spectrum.

Harlow’s wife first noticed their children having difficulty keeping up with their peers when it came to verbal communication. However, he was initially resistant to the diagnosis.

UPDATE: According to online records, Sala was released from custody on April 30. He is currently under the supervision of pre-trial services while he awaits trial.

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A man wanted for robbing a woman at gunpoint in an Eagle River park during a drug deal gone bad has been captured.

A man wanted in connection with an Anchorage pepper-spraying incident was captured Thursday, April 26 in Eagle River.

According to Anchorage Police, Bret Maness was taken into custody at around 11:27 a.m.

Police said Maness allegedly attacked a group of people gathered at the Church of Love in Spenard last week.

Read more at Anchorage Daily News.

One Eagle River institution is leaving another.

Eagle River High principal Marty Lang — who has worked at the school since it opened — is leaving to take a job as deputy director of secondary education for the Anchorage School District.

“I am excited, although it is with a certain amount of bittersweet,” Lang said Monday. “I have really loved living here, being a part of this school and this community.”

Some of the most visible students on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus are speaking out against sexual assault.

“We’re using our voices for a good cause,” said Sarissa Lammers, a senior Nordic skier and mechanical engineering major.

A 2014 Chugiak High grad, Lammers recently helped organize a public service campaign in which UAF athletes posed for photos in their uniforms while holding signs with slogans such as “It’s On Us” and “No More.”

More than 13,000 Matanuska Electric Association customers in Eagle River and Chugiak lost power Tuesday afternoon after the cooperative worked to fix outages caused by a large windstorm that hit Southcentral Alaska.

According to MEA, the outage affected customers from Peters Creek to Eagle River.

On April 18 at around 8:47 p.m., an APD officer pulled over a Ford Focus allegedly driving 95 MPH in a 65 MPH zone near the North Eagle River exit on the Glenn Highway. Police said as the officer approached the vehicle, its driver sped off.

The officer was able to locate the Ford at a nearby residence, and witnesses there identified the driver as Justin Lunsford, 30, of Chugiak. The witnesses reportedly told the officer Lunsford went into the home, and police said they found him hiding under a bed.

After only a year back in town, the Salvation Army is again retreating from Eagle River.

On Monday, the nonprofit announced it will be closing the Eagle River Family Store location it opened in April of 2017.

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