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At the rate she’s throwing curve balls, Mother Nature might want to try out for the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks baseball team next summer.

A pair of young women will represent the Chugiak-Eagle River area at the 2018 Miss Alaska pageant.

On Saturday, Dec. 9, 20-year-old Jordan Naylor was crowned Miss Chugiak-Eagle River, while 19-year-old Allison Jimenez was named Miss Birchwood. Both women received college scholarships for winning their respective titles.

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 soldier from Anchorage who deployed to Afghanistan in September with the Army’s 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Brigade died in a vehicle accident Dec. 11, 2017 in Nangarhar Province.

The U.S. Army Alaska announced Tuesday that Staff Sgt. David Thomas Brabander, of Anchorage, was killed in the non-combat crash. Staff Sgt. Brabander was an airborne infantryman who served as a squad leader in the 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment. He enlisted in March 2012.

One by one, nearly 20 people stepped to the microphone inside the Anchorage Assembly hall Monday night to sing different renditions of the same tune.

Their chorus didn’t fall on deaf ears.

“I’m just glad someone listened to what we’ve been saying,” said Sandy Quimby, who was all smiles after the Anchorage Planning and Zoning Commission voted to postpone action on a widely panned proposal to increase allowable density housing on a parcel of municipal land near the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Anchorage police charged six people during a recent sting operation to catch shoplifters at an Anchorage retail store.

According to Anchorage Police Department spokesman MJ Thim, nine officers from the department’s Investigative Support Unit worked a total of 72 hours on the “retail blitz” operation, which was conducted at the Fred Meyer store on Abbott Road in South Anchorage. Thim said the alleged thieves tried to make off with a total of $1,100 in stolen items from the store.

He said the department plans similar operations in the future.

Land use and crime are the hottest topics facing Chugiak-Eagle River residents this month, with several key meetings and issues on the docket at a flurry of meetings scheduled between now and the year-end holidays. Among the biggest are ongoing conflicts between the municipal officials keen on more development in Chugiak-Eagle River and residents who’d prefer things stay much the same in the semi-rural neighborhoods north of Anchorage.

Here’s a rundown of some of the key issues facing local community councils and boards this month:

I think everyone has read the classic Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. Those words ring as true today as when they were written in 1897. Last Friday at the tree lighting ceremony at Town Square Park, I found out there is a Mrs. Santa as well.

UPDATE (Dec. 4, 2017): According to the Anchorage Police Department, Brandy Nolcini was arrested Oct. 30 by officers checking up on a suspicious vehicle parked on Gander Street off Lake Otis Boulevard in South Anchorage.

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 convicted.

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