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Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy believes a cooperative spirit and new resource development can help usher in a new era of prosperity.

“I believe we’re going to grow this state,” Dunleavy said during a Wednesday meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce.

(Editor’s note: Following publication of this story, candidate Roger Branson announced he will be asking voters to pick either of the other two candidates. Read more here.)

Three locals have filed to run for the Anchorage Assembly, including one who waited until the next-to-last minute to throw her hat into the ring.

A candidate for the Anchorage Assembly has launched a “please do not vote for me” campaign, saying he wants to use the April election to advance a discussion on mental health issues and would prefer voters pick either of his opponents.

“My campaign will not seek to elect me but rather advance the cause for those who struggle with perceived mental health issues and are caught up in homelessness, corrections, or the judicial system,” Eagle River’s Roger Branson wrote in a statement sent to local media outlets Wednesday evening.

Chugiak-Eagle River/Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson has the highest percentage of active duty and veterans in Alaska and the area garnered more of its share of service academy nominations from the state’s congressional delegation.

Chugiak might be getting a new road — whether it likes it or not.

The Anchorage Assembly voted Tuesday night to place a $1.1 million bond package before voters in April that includes $500,000 for the design of a short section of road in Peters Creek that would connect Kullberg Drive with Seika Drive. The “life/safety access roads” project is needed to improve emergency access to a neighborhood of about 30 homes, according to the Municipality of Anchorage.

A modest and seemingly unremarkable road bond package has drawn criticism from folks in Chugiak-Eagle River worried it could interfere with their area’s ability to pay for and maintain their own roads.

On Monday the local road board joined the Birchwood Community Council in opposing the $1.1 million bond package, which the assembly will consider for inclusion on the April ballot at its Tuesday night meeting. The matter was brought to the board’s attention by Assembly member Crystal Kennedy, who said she’s concerned local control could be at stake.

When Michael Jones was a kid growing up in New York, his favorite color was blue. He wore blue clothes, rode a blue bike and anything he painted or built would be blue.

He favored the color so much, his friends began calling him “Blue Jay,” the “J” representing his last name.

He also had a favorite pastime — building things.

“Literally, since I was 12 years old, I loved to build things,” he said. “My mom gave me a carpentry set when I was 7 or 8.

UPDATE: MEA announced at around 7:15 p.m. that power had been restored to all impacted members. The cooperative said anyone without power should call them at (907) 696-7697 or via the MEA Smart Hub.

“Thank you again for your patience on this cold night!” MEA wrote in a status update on Facebook.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Whether they called it “screwmageddon” or a “screwpocalypse,” a lot of people in Eagle River were sure of one thing Thursday afternoon.

They got screwed.

A wayward box of 1 1/4-inch drywall screws caused screwdemonium on Eagle River Loop Road after they got loose and found their way into the tires of dozens of motorists. Soon, a steady stream of drivers started showing up at Alaska Tire Service in Eagle River with tires that looked like they’d been battling a mechanical porcupine.

Anchorage School Board members have rejected a request to temporarily waive a requirement to use apprentice labor on district construction projects — a decision school district staff say could jeopardize as much as $100 million in federal and state funds that could help pay for repairs to school damage caused by the November 2018 earthquake.

However, those concerns may be overstated, according to a Federal Emergency Management Agency official who spoke about the situation Wednesday.

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