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Birchwood residents are celebrating after a controversial project that would have run a water transmission line through their community has been scrapped.

“There are no plans for AWWU to move forward,” Gretchen Wehmhoff told the Birchwood Community Council Wednesday.

Birchwood Community Council members voted Wednesday to ask the Alaska Attorney General’s office to oppose the Native Village of Eklutna in its lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Students in Brian Mason’s class at Chugiak High didn’t ace their big test Tuesday. They butchered it.

Mason brought a cow moose carcass to class in the back of his pickup truck that morning, and for the rest of the day his students went to work de-boning, separating, grinding and packaging the animal. The bloody business served as a way to immerse the World Discovery Seminar program students in Alaska cultural traditions, give them a basic understanding of anatomy and teach them practical life skills.

Holiday spirit burned hot on a chilly Friday night in Eagle River last week as the annual Winter Wonderland and Merry Merchant Munch events returned to fill Town Square Park with children, community and cheer.

Not everyone went home happy, but they all drove the same roads home.

A hotly anticipated community meeting on the future of Chugiak-Eagle River schools produced a few barbs but few fireworks Monday at Mirror Lake Middle School as the debate continued between neighbors who support paying to repair earthquake-damaged Gruening Middle School and those who hope to combine the area’s two public high schools.

Editor’s note: The following story contains depictions of sexual violence that may be disturbing to some readers.

A 34-year-old Chugiak man has reached a deal with state prosecutors to admit he raped a 9-year-old girl on Memorial Day of 2018.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for Turnagain Arm, Anchorage and Eagle River through 6 p.m. Monday as a warm winter storm brought record temperatures and high wind gusts to the area.

The highest winds were expected Monday evening, according to the alert issued at 3:22 a.m. Monday.

The Anchorage School District has cancelled school and all district activities for Monday, Dec. 9, 2019 due to icy roads in the Anchorage area.

The district announced the closure shortly after 5 a.m. Monday. The closure includes all sports and after-school activities but does not apply to facility rentals for non-ASD groups.

Temperatures Monday were in the mid-30s to upper 40s with light rain, and the district cited deteroriating road conditions on secondary and side streets as the reason for the closure.

Nothing can stop the Merry Merchant Munch and Winter Wonderland celebration from returning to Chugiak-Eagle River. At least, that’s what the local chamber of commerce is promising.

“We are having Merry Merchant Munch no matter what,” said Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber executive director Debbie Rinckey during the chamber’s biweekly lunch forum last month.

The annual event was canceled last year after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the area on Nov. 30.

But Rinckey said a full slate of food and fun is planned for Dec. 6-7 in downtown Eagle River.

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.

On Nov. 26 at around 6 p.m. police received a report that a red and white 1994 Ford pickup was stolen while parked unlocked outside a business with its keys inside.

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