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A fighter jet made an emergency landing Wednesday on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

According to a press release issued by the base Wednesday evening, an F-22 Raptor assigned to the 3rd Air Wing made the emergency landing at around 1 p.m. The pilot was able to get out of the jet safely and there were no injuries reported.

On Thursday, the base provided a brief update saying the emergency landing was due to a landing gear malfunction.

An Anchorage police officer reported a vehicle slowed down and fired a gun while the officer was making a traffic stop on the Glenn Highway Friday night.

According to APD spokesman MJ Thim, the officer had pulled over another vehicle on the highway when a white sedan driving past slowed down, fired shots, and sped away.

Police said they found no evidence of a shooting and there were no injuries. Officers were unable to locate the vehicle and Thim said polie had no other suspect information to release.

A 35-year-old paratrooper died Saturday after he lost control of his motorcycle on the Glenn Highway.

According to U.S. Army Alaska, Staff Sgt. James Trent Alcorn was pronounced dead at the scene where he struck a pole after crashing his motorcycle near Gambell Street. Alcorn was a member of the Army’s 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. The 4/25 (or “Spartan Brigade) is based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Two days of dryland racing concluded on a drizzly Sunday at the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association trails in Birchwood with the second day of the 2018 Alaska Dogworks Dryland Derby.

Human racers riding modified bikes and trikes — or on their own two feet — teamed up with their canine companions for the final dryland races of the season at the trails. Saturday’s conditions were dry, but Sunday’s rain meant most competitors finished their 1.8-mile laps around the course covered in a thick layer of mud.

“It is ‘dryland’ racing,” quipped racer Annie Grenier.

Chugiak-Eagle River Foundation helps nonprofit

During the Oct. 3 Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce meeting, FOCUS Outreach community relations manager Jenna Morales thanked the Chugiak-Eagle River Foundation for its recent $2,000 grant. Morales said the grant will fund four scholarships for children in need.

“Big, big, big thank you to you guys,” Morales said.

Wednesday’s meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce got a little loose.

“Be weird,” guest speaker Mary McCormick said as chamber members swayed their hips, rocked back and forth on their heels and rolled their ankles inside the Eagle River Ale House.

The sky was a slightly deeper blue than Eklutna Lake on Oct. 1 as I biked along the lakeside trail in bright sun, immersing myself in the sights and smells of autumn. There was a surprising number of people on the trail for a week day, but it made sense. Days like this could be counted on two hands and people — young and old — were out to enjoy it.

Lions are “Sharing the Vision,” which includes conducting vision screenings, providing Braille and large-print books to a local library, and organizing sporting events for the blind and visually impaired.

In many ways, Adrienne Lindholm’s story is the ultimate Alaska cliche.

“I thought I’d have my Alaskan experience in one summer,” the Eagle River author said during a recent interview in Anchorage. “That was 2000, and I’ve been here ever since.”

Anchorage police responded to eight stolen vehicle reports in Chugiak-Eagle River between Sept. 24 and 30. Among the vehicles taken were two Chevy Silverados, an Acura Integra, a Polaris Razor, a Ford Taurus, a Dodge 2500, a Chevy 3500 and a Ford F-150. One vehicle contained a firearm, police said.

The rash of thefts is unusual for Eagle River, where so far there have been 64 reported stolen vehicles this year — or about one every four days — according to the department’s online crime mapping system.

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