Matt Tunseth

Firefighters returned to the scene of an early-morning Oct. 31 house fire in the Eagle River Valley that sent two people to the hospital with minor injuries after flames reappeared from the structure.

According to Anchorage Fire Department chief Denis LeBlanc, crews were called back to a home located off Eagle River Road at around 9:18 a.m. Tuesday after the fire — which was declared out at around 7:30 a.m. — reappeared at the location.

A student at Alpenglow Elementary was charged with assault after allegedly brandishing a knife at another student while they were walking home from school.

On Oct. 18, Anchorage School District officials notified police that a student had pulled a knife on another student two days before while both were walking home from the school on Driftwood Bay Drive. Police arrived at the school and charged the boy with third-degree assault. He was released to his parents.

Tim Benningfield has never quite been able to get Alaska out of his blood.

First exposed to the state in 1989 while working as an Army medic at Fort Richardson, Benningfield returned to Alaska in 2012 after a 20-year career as a firefighter in his native Kentucky. After spending five years as a fire and emergency professor at UAA, Benningfield and his wife, Debby, returned to the Lower-48 in 2016.

But something didn’t feel right.

Crime is on the minds of local residents, who continue to voice their concerns about everything from an increase in vehicle thefts to drug needles found on residential streets in community forums throughout Chugiak-Eagle River.

A meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Advisory Board has been called to look into proposed changes to the Municipality of Anchorage’s water and sewer code.

The meeting will be held at noon Saturday, Oct. 28 in the community room at the Eagle River Town Center building (12001 Business Boulevard).

Birchwood Community Council member Debbie Ossiander said the meeting will primarily deal with what the re-write could mean for Chugiak-Eagle River residents.

“There’s an ordinance coming that tightens up and increases the standards for septic systems,” she said.

Although the 2017 Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Convention is being held in Anchorage, the communities just north of town will be well represented Thursday when the annual gathering of Alaska Natives begins at the Dena’ina Center.

When the opening session begins Thursday morning, representatives from the Native Village of Eklutna and Eklutna Inc., will welcome between 4,000 and 5,000 delegates on behalf of the Dena’ina people.

Native Village of Eklutna president and chairman Lee Stephan said he was having a hard time containing his excitement at the honor.

A proposed water and sewer line expansion in Chugiak continues to generate strong opposition among neighborhood residents.

The Birchwood Community Council recently passed a resolution stating its “serious concerns” about the potential expansion, which municipal and Eklutna, Inc. officials say is needed to develop a proposed subdivision in the area.

An anti-bullying program last week at Birchwood ABC Elementary was a slam-dunk.

Literally.

Much to the delight of the hundreds of screaming children packed inside the school’s gymnasium, Harlem Globetrotter Julian “Zeus” McClurkin provided the high-flying lesson as part of the world-famous basketball team’s community outreach program.

At one point during a frantic Friday night at Anchorage Football Stadium, steam rising from the turf at Anchorage Football hung over the players like a fog.

Even the field was breathing heavy.

In a First National Bowl Division I semifinal thriller, Bartlett used an unstoppable running game to outlast Chugiak 75-62 and reach the state title game — ending the Mustangs’ dream of a perfect season in the process.

The family of a 41-year-old Chugiak man shot and killed during a traffic stop in Seward is speaking out about an investigation they say has shed little light on what happened to Micah McComas in a Safeway parking lot in the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 1.

“Right now we are just searching for the truth,” said Krista Smith, who appeared at a press conference with her husband, Scott Smith, on Thursday morning in Anchorage.

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