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The Eagle River High JROTC program continues to collect awards at a prodigious rate.

Recently, ERHS senior Rylee Price earned the Air Force JROTC and Air Force Association Leadership Award for the 2018-19 academic year. Price is a cadet major in the school’s AFJROTC program and was named the top cadet at both ERHS and the region before competing at the Headquarters level, where she ranked in the top 8 cadets in the nation, according to the Anchorage School District.

Autumn rushes past us like a breath of wind. As the sun reclines lower in the sky, the air chills, leaves change into yellows and deepening reds and new snow creeps slowly down the mountains, we pause and look across our changing landscape.

“So little time before winter is upon us,” we reflect. “Where did summer go?”

Army officials said Thursday that 23 paratroopers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division were hospitalized after 87 soldiers landed in trees Wednesday night during a training jump at Fort Shelby, Mississippi.

Many of the paratroopers landed high in trees and needed several hours to be recovered. The Army said all will recover, with the most serious injury being a broken back. Most of the soldiers taken to the hospital had been released by Thursday afternoon.

The “Spartan” brigade is based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

A widely circulated photo of Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy with his former and current chiefs of staff this summer was altered to remove evidence of the governor’s surgery the day before.

Dunleavy spokesman Matt Shuckerow confirmed last week that the photo of the governor, Tuckerman Babcock and Ben Stevens distributed by Dunleavy’s office on July 31 was digitally manipulated. Previously the governor had only acknowledged altering a photo of the governor with Sen. David Wilson.

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 Sept. 23 at around noon police were called to Eagle River High School for a report of a student who allegedly had a vape pen containing THC oil. Police said charges were forwarded to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

A reliable source of water for hundreds of Chugiak-Eagle River residents may soon run dry, but city officials are committed to keeping the water flowing.

Eagle River’s Scott Minor was named Volunteer of the Year by Special Olympics Alaska during the group’s Breakfast With Champions event on Sept. 18 at the Jim Balamaci Training Center in Anchorage.

Minor and his wife, Alicia, own Fitzgerald Photography in Eagle River, and Minor frequently captures images for Special Olympics events. He first started working with the group in 2001 when the late Balamaci hired him to take photos during the Special Olympics World Games in Anchorage. In a speech shared by his wife on Facebook, Minor said he was humbled by the experience.

A student brought a backpack containing a loaded handgun and a knife to Fire Lake Elementary School in Eagle River on Thursday, according to the Anchorage School District. There were no injuries and the gun was not discharged, according to a statement emailed to media Thursday afternoon by ASD communications director Alan Brown.

Brown said the male student’s classmates told their teacher they saw the weapons while on the school bus.

“The student in question was separated from the backpack and escorted to the office,” Brown wrote.

15 years ago this week in the Star…

Seven inches of snow fell on Chugiak-Eagle River Sept. 24-25, 2004, according to a front-page story on the Sept. 30 edition of the Alaska Star.

“Snow-laden branches knocked out Matanuska Electric Association power lines, creating several outages,” read the story.

Several small power outages were reported, as were numerous fender-benders, according to the story. Johnson’s Tire Service salesman Mike Johnson said the early snowfall created an instant boom.

Snow fell in the mountains around Eagle River last week, bringing termination dust to mountainsides above 3,000 feet in the Chugach.

That includes the mountains above Arctic Valley and the South Fork Eagle River Valley, where hikers on Sunday ventured onto the high alpine tundra for late-season berry-picking and fall hiking.