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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.

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.

A 34-year-old Anchorage woman already facing two separate stolen vehicle charges in the past year allegedly stole a Lexus from Clark Middle School in Anchorage and crashed it in the Chugiak area last week.

The sky was crystal clear Jan. 16 and the loud crunch in the snow underfoot was a telltale indicator of the cold — about minus 10 degrees Fahrenheit when I left my house. I had Kahtoola micro-spikes on my boots and hiked the first two miles of the hard-packed South Fork trail with my 35-inch snowshoes attached to my pack.

The Alaska District 13 and 14 Republican Convention will be held Saturday, Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Harry J. McDonald Center in Eagle River.

This year’s guest speaker will be Forrest A. Nabors, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

The event will also feature speeches from Sen. Lora Reinbold and Reps. Kelly Merrick and Sharon Jackson, as well as Ken McCarty, who is running for the District 13 State House seat.

Chugiak residents may have finally found a project suitable for their backyard.

At Thursday night’s Chugiak Community Council meeting, a proposal for a senior housing facility in the Carol Creek area drew cautious optimism from council members.

The development would go on a parcel of municipal land located between the Harry J. McDonald Center and Fred Meyer. The land has been a hot topic in Chugiak, where the municipality previously tried to develop a much larger housing development. That plan was scrapped after land managers determined it wasn’t economical.

UPDATE (2:18 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17): Anchorage Police Department spokesman MJ Thim said Friday afternoon that Scott has been located and was with APD detectives. Thim said he had no further updates.


Police on Friday were looking for a 28-year-old woman they said might have been kidnapped in Eagle River.

According to Anchorage Police Department spokesman MJ Thim, police were called to a report of an assault in an apartment above Tips Bar along the Old Glenn Highway at around 7:55 a.m.

Sam Cotten wanted answers.

The former Eagle River legislator showed up to Tuesday night’s legislative town hall meeting with pointed questions about the state budget for the area’s current crop of legislators.

“Where are you going to go? What are you going to do?” asked Cotten, a lifelong Alaskan whose political career began in 1964-65 as Chugiak High’s first student body president and included a 16-year stint in the Alaska House and Senate.

Old business was the order of the day as the Eagle River-Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors breezed through a light agenda Monday night that featured mostly talk about long-term planning issues.

Among the weightier issues was a decision to tiptoe toward new dog park discussions as well as word that a potential windfall conservation easement could be worth less than previously anticipated.

There will be a legislative town hall meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Eagle River Town Center building (12001 Business Boulevard) in Eagle River.

Sen. Lora Reinbold (District G) and Reps. Sharon Jackson (District 13) and Kelly Merrick (District 14) will meet with constituents in advance of the upcoming legislative session in Juneau.