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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 24-year-old Palmer man was arrested on New Year’s Day after he allegedly failed to tell police he was armed with one firearm and sitting on another when they contacted him following a citizen’s report.

Plagued by low-water pressure and questions about water quality, residents of the Forest Park trailer court in Chugiak have been struggling with a boil-water alert issued by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation for more than a year.

The notice was issued in May of 2018 after several complaints from residents, said Heather Newman, with DEC’s water testing and drinking water program.

It’s meeting time.

A flurry of public meetings are planned in the first half of January as groups return to regular schedules following the holiday break and planning begins for the municipal budget process.

On Wednesday at 6 p.m., the Anchorage Assembly will hold a special public forum at Chugiak High to discuss Anchorage’s fiscal situation. The meeting was called in order to gauge public opinion on the upcoming budget, according to Assembly Chair Felix Rivera.

While 2019 was a year of rebuilding in Eagle River, 2020 promises to be one of renewal as several businesses plan to open or reopen their doors downtown in the first months of the year.

Planet Fitness franchisee Dan Afrasiabi hopes his new business on the Old Glenn Highway can help energize the main drag through town.

“Hopefully we’ll kick-start that,” said Afrasiabi, whose gym is set to open in early February.

Editor’s note: The year 2019 was an eventful one in Chugiak-Eagle River, where efforts to rebuild following the 2018 earthquake dominated the headlines. Other big news included continued hot weather in Southcentral Alaska and the emergence of a renewed effort to separate Chugiak-Eagle River from the Municipality of Anchorage. Here’s a look back at the headlines from the past 12 months (or click on the headline to read more):


Reports of Gruening Middle School’s demise are greatly exaggerated.

That was the message delivered last week by engineers and senior Anchorage School District officials who led community members on a tour of the earthquake-damaged 125,000-square-foot facility in Eagle River last week. Not only can the school be rebuilt better than it was before, they said, it also stood up to the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that caused millions in damage on Nov. 30, 2018.

EAGLE RIVER — When Ron Wehrli opened Eagle River Sawmill & Kiln in June of 2018, he had a newly constructed kiln and a sawmill he bought because after years of working in the construction industry, he liked the idea of having his own tools. Other than that, he had no clear idea of what he was getting into.

The University of Alaska Anchorage held its fall semester graduation ceremony Sunday, Dec. 15 at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage to honor more than 1,100 graduates from the Anchorage campus.

This commencement speaker was Rose Kruger, a UAA graduate who teaches in a German immersion program in Anchorage. The ceremony also presented honorary doctors to former Cook Inlet Region Inc. president Margaret Brown and Superior Court justice Peter Michalski.

The following students from Chugiak-Eagle River and JBER received degrees or certificates this fall:

There will be a community New Year’s Eve fireworks show Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lions Park in Eagle River.

The ninth annual show presented by ACF Church will begin at 8 p.m. but there will be food trucks and warming fires in advance of the show.

The park is located at the intersection of Eagle River Road and Eagle River Loop Road, across from Walmart.

The Eagle River Lions Club will host a free community Christmas dinner from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 25 at the Lions Clubhouse located at the intersection of Eagle River Road and Eagle River Loop Road (across from Walmart) in Eagle River.

The event is open to all and will include a full Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.