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The Anchorage Police Department said on Thursday that foul play is not suspected in the death of a man whose body was found last week near the Thunderbird Falls trailhead.

Police identified the man as 32-year-old David C. Gauvreau and said next-of-kin have been notified.

It’s never a bad idea to do some spring cleaning.

Every school in Anchorage School District this week is going through a complete disinfection over spring break as district officials plan for what they’ll do if the new coronavirus shows up in Alaska.

“We’re going to superclean it and every surface and toy that can be in there,” said superintendent Deena Bishop.

UPDATE: Lanier scratched from the Iditarod on Tuesday, March 10 after getting bogged down on the trail between Rainy Pass and Rohn. Read more here.


This year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race field includes two brothers, two sisters and two guys who aren’t related at all — but might as well be.

UPDATE (Friday, March 13): Police said in a statement released March 13 that the man whose body was found is 32-year-old David C. Gauvreau and that his death is not considered to be criminal.


A group of hikers discovered a man’s body Friday evening near the Thunderbird Falls Trail.

Spenard Builders Supply is closing two stores in Alaska, including its location in Eagle River.

The company announced the news Thursday and cited “Alaska’s challenging economic climate.” The Eagle River store will close Friday, March 20.

The closure will impact 19 employees in Eagle River, though the company said it would try to transfer them to other locations within the company if possible.

A summertime sequel nobody is looking forward to is coming soon to a commute near you.

“It’s going to be ‘Carzilla,’” said Alaska Department of Transportation Chief of Highway Design Jim Amundsen on Saturday during a town hall meeting in Chugiak.

People need to be prepared for big disruptions to their daily lives but it’s really the little things that make a difference when it comes to controlling the spread of the novel coronavirus, the state’s chief medical officer said this weekend.

“Hand washing is incredibly important,” said Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer for the State of Alaska.

Washing hands and keeping fingers away from faces is the best way to prevent the spread of germs, Zink told about 50 people gathered for a previously scheduled legislative town hall meeting in Chugiak on Saturday.

After a big snowfall, roads in Chugiak-Eagle River are cleared faster and cheaper than those in Anchorage.

So what’s the catch?

“When we get an additional snowfall, everybody’s going to get a berm,” said Eagle River Street Foreman Mark Littlefield.

The driveway berms left by passing snow plows are a bit of a nuisance for folks living in the Chugiak-Eagle River-Birchwood Rural Road Service Area (CBERRRSA), on whose shoulders and snowblowers falls the burden of clearing the berms.

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 29-year-old Anchorage woman on Feb. 23 after she allegedly crashed her car into a tree near Mausel Street in Eagle River.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy will hold the first of his “Conversations with Alaskans” town hall-style meetings from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 2 at Chugiak High.

The governor is holding a series of meetings to talk with constituents about the state’s fiscal situation.

“Join Governor Dunleavy for a discussion on Alaska’s fiscal realities and how we can put our state on a path to prosperity for generations to come,” reads a meeting description on the governor’s website.