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After more than 50 years serving Chugiak families, the CCS Early Learning program may soon be forced to leave the community where it was founded.

According to CCS executive director Mark Lackey, the program’s Chugiak Head Start Center will close if a $6.8 million budget veto by Gov. Mike Dunleavy remains in place. Since 2010, the group has received about $567,099 annually from the state, which Lackey said is crucial to providing about 60 children with Head Start services.

“To make up that amount is just impossible,” Lackey said Monday.

Alice Mae’s is getting a new look.

The gas station, convenience store, liquor store and laundromat formerly known as Alice Mae’s and The Shopper’s Cache located at 19223 Old Glenn Highway was purchased in February by Anchorage-based Vitus Energy and is currently undergoing a full makeover and name change. The first signs of the overhaul were seen late last week when the old Alice Mae’s signage was taken down and replaced.

Anchorage’s Scott Patterson won a record sixth Crow Pass Crossing men’s title Saturday and Palmer’s Christy Marvin won her fifth straight women’s championship in the 23-mile wilderness race between Girdwood and Eagle River.

Patterson completed the course in 3 hours, 3 minutes, 39 seconds to best Tracen Knopp by nine minutes. Kenny Brewer, a 2011 Chugiak High grad, finished seventh to lead all locals in the race. Recent CHS grad Daniel Bausch was ninth in his debut race despite banging his knee after running into a rock.

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 July 8 at around 8:52 a.m. police received a report that someone had vandalized Gruening Middle School on Lee Street. According to police, the back side of the building, doors and windows were painted with obscenities. Police said the case is under investigation.

Squash are separated into two main types, summer, (Cucurbita pepo) and winter, (Cucurbita maxima). We will concern ourselves with summer squash in this discussion. Summer squash varieties include zucchini, straight neck squash (“yellow summer squash”), and crookneck squash.

An Eagle River woman was on a team of students who won an entrepreneurship contest for devising a new system for tracking and managing luggage.

Claire Burns — who graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York Potsdam in May with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication and Business Administration — led the team of seven who won the Department of Business Administration’s 53rd Entrepreneurial Business Plan and Product Prototype Competition this spring.

The winning team’s idea was a luggage tag radio frequency identification (RFID) system.

Three of Alaska’s largest Native organizations have sent a letter questioning a July 11 Facebook post by Sen. Lora Reinbold (R-Eagle River) they say was ill-informed and inflammatory and have called on the state senator to publicly retract her statements.

Demolition work has begun at the Eagle River Lions Park tennis courts, and backers of a plan to renovate the courts have started an online fundraiser to help pay for the project.

Project coordinator Ken McCarty believes the restored tennis (and pickle ball) courts will be an asset to the community.

What is the difference between a hanging basket that looks beautiful all growing season and one that fades away with sparse, dead looking blooms? We will look carefully at this question in hopes of improving the length of time we can enjoy our baskets this summer.

So, you go to the greenhouse or stores around town and purchase a beautiful hanging basket to put up at your home. Initially they are in full bloom and look gorgeous. After a couple of weeks you notice they do not look as great and when you first purchased them, and now the basket looks flat and dry with fewer blooms.

Massive crowds turned out for Bear Paw over the weekend as people weary of scorching temperatures and smoky skies allowed the 2019 festival to beat out dipnetting as the hottest ticket in Southcentral.

Event organizers don’t charge admission so getting hard numbers on attendance is tricky, but the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber does have one way to estimate crowd size: trash. Rinckey said the group’s Dumpsters have never before been filled by the end of the festival.