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At Chugiak High, they’ve got a nickname for Ashley Bailey, the steely-eyed security guard who stalks the campus with the vigilance of a junkyard dog that ain’t been fed.

“The kids call her ‘Bulldog Bailey,’” said Chugiak principal Megan Hatswell.

Bailey has a reputation as someone who doesn’t take a lot of guff. Hatswell said the military veteran is fierce but fair — traits that have earned her grudging respect from the students she oversees.

Progress is being made on a project to help Alaskans reach out and touch their neighbors Outside.

Matanuska Telephone Association CEO Michael Burke visited the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce biweekly lunch forum earlier this month at the Matanuska Alehouse in Eagle River, where he said only about 40 more miles of cable are needed to complete the co-op’s Alcan One project, which when completed next year will become the first overland fiber optic link between Alaska and the Lower 48.

“It’s all buried, which is much easier to maintain,” he said.

10 years ago this week in the Star…

‘An icon restored’

Access to Mt. Baldy in Eagle River was opened after a five-year battle, according to a front-page story in the Oct. 29, 2009, edition of the Star headlined “An icon restored.”

The final piece of the puzzle was a road-paving project atop Skyline Drive completed by the local street maintenance department, according to a story by Darrell Breeze that featured a photo of Eagle River hikers Eric and Lora Reinbold coming down off the mountain.

It was a good summer to be a bear in Anchorage, where far fewer bruins were killed due to conflicts with humans.

According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, just six bears were killed by either the government or by private citizens defending life or property. That’s a dramatic decrease from 2018, when 42 bears were killed.

“Compared to other years it was like being on vacation,” said Fish and Game area management biologist Dave Battle.

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.

UPDATE (Oct. 23, 2019): McKenzie was listed as in custody Wednesday morning at the Anchorage Correctional Complex.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Anchorage police are looking for an Eagle River man accused of grabbing a woman by the throat and pushing her against a wall.

One of the six community councils representing the Chugiak-Eagle River area says it wants little to do with a movement to detach the area from the Municipality of Anchorage.

At its Oct. 15 meeting, the Eklutna Valley Community Council voted 15-1 to disassociate itself from the “Eaglexit” movement, an effort that began this spring to explore the possibility of detaching Assembly District 2 from the muni and forming its own local government.

“We’re kind of raising a red flag and saying don’t count on us,” said EVCC vice president Rick Sinnott, who drafted the resolution.

Staffing levels are preventing the Anchorage Police Department from keeping four full-time officers on patrol in Chugiak-Eagle River, but according to the officers who walk the beat the department is doing a better job of keeping familiar faces in the area.

The Eagle River swim official at the center of a national controversy over swimsuits will not be decertified, according to the Alaska School Activities Association.

Nic Nelson can’t do much running right now, so a couple hundred of his closest friends are going to run for him.

Nelson is an Anchorage 13-year-old currently undergoing treatment for a rare form of cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Before he was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma this spring, Nelson’s main concern was training for triathlons.

“That’s actually how this all started…” recalled his mom, Jane.

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.

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