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Mirror Lake Middle School has been having a rough spring.

Police were called to the Chugiak school twice May 8 for reports of criminal incidents on school buses, including a female student who was allegedly caught with a marijuana vape pen and a male student who allegedly grabbed and kissed a girl.

Parts of the Eagle River Town Center Building have been “red-tagged” due to newly discovered earthquake damage that could be more serious than previously thought.

Both the north and south entrances to the building will be closed indefinitely, according to Municipality of Anchorage Acting Building Official Ross Noffsinger. The news means the Chugiak-Eagle River Library and the offices of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce and several municipal departments will be closed until further notice.

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 34-year-old Eagle River man on May 4 on charges of assault, family violence and interfering with the report of a domestic violence crime after he allegedly threw a woman to the ground hard enough to knock her out.

So if you’re a gardener, spring this year has been a bit of a tease to know when to get out and start the process. Although not unusual, the game of garden roulette — sunny warm weather one day and freezing rain and snow the next — is nevertheless frustrating for the gung-ho gardener.

A movement by Chugiak-Eagle River residents hoping to detach their Assembly district from the Municipality of Anchorage and form their own government is gaining steam and support, including from a conservative nonprofit organization based in Texas.

More than 100 people turned out for an informational meeting Friday night at the Eagle River Lions Club by backers of “EaglExit,” a nascent effort to secede from the municipality. The turnout was so good, organizers immediately scheduled another meeting later this month.

For the third time since March, police have responded to a threat at Mirror Lake Middle School in Chugiak.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, a school resource officer assigned to the school was told by school staff on Tuesday afternoon there was a threat written on the wall in a boys’ bathroom.

A local cross-country ski star will coach one of the top junior nordic ski programs in the country — and it’s a team she’s already very familiar with.

2014 Chugiak High grad Sarissa Lammers has been named head coach for her hometown Alaska Nordic Racing, the Eagle River-based program announced in a press release sent by ANR program director Ja Dorris.

Lammers is a 2018 UAF grad who was an NCAA All-American for the Nanooks after a high school and club career that saw her named the 2014 Cook Inlet Conference and the Alaska State Skimeister.

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy told a supportive Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce crowd Wednesday he’ll continue to push for a state budget that cuts expenses, provides for a Permanent Fund Dividend and won’t force new taxes on Alaskans.

“There’s really no need for taxes if we reduce our spending and commit to it,” Dunleavy told a packed house at the Matanuska Brewing Company in downtown Eagle River.

Backers of a proposal to detach Chugiak-Eagle River from the Municipality of Anchorage will hold a meeting to discuss their plan from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 3 at the Eagle River Lions Club at the intersection of Eagle River Road and Eagle River Loop Road (across from Walmart).

A Palmer man missing since Tuesday night was found dead Wednesday night near the Eagle River Nature Center of an apparent suicide.

Alaska State Troopers said the body of Neil Guggenmos, 47, was located at around 9 p.m. Wednesday by search-and-rescue teams, which helped the troopers and the State Medical Examiner recover the body “from a challenging location,” according to a trooper dispatch.

No foul play and next-of-kin have been notified, troopers said. The dispatch did not give details about exactly where the body was found.

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