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The task of untangling the complex web of choices, courses, controversies and complications concerning Chugiak-Eagle River schools began Tuesday night at Chugiak High, where about 200 people gathered for the first in a series of public meetings that will help determine the future of virtually every Anchorage School District student living north of Muldoon Road.

“We have a lot of work to do,” ASD superintendent Dr. Deena Bishop said that the outset of the meeting, which was attended by district officials and members of the Anchorage School Board.

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.

Uber driver claims passenger flashed her

Police arrested two people in Eagle River last week after a woman slipped a note to a gas station attendant saying she’d been kidnapped.

According to police spokeswoman Renee Oistad, the incident began at around 5:41 p.m. on Feb. 6 when an employee at the Chevron station in Peters Creek called police to report a woman came into the store and passed the clerk a note saying she was being kidnapped. Police said the clerk told dispatchers the woman then got into the front passenger seat of a black Dodge Durango that left the area.

The following article originally appeared in the June 2, 1983 edition of the Star:

Subscribers get bills for juvenile calls to hear recorder talk dirty

When an Eagle River residence opened her Matanuska telephone bill Wednesday and found that she’d been charged for 31 calls to New York, she thought there’d been some mistake.

The Anchorage School District has released an online survey to solicit opinions about what to do about a pair of damaged schools in Eagle River.

The survey was announced to parents in a mass email sent by the district Friday night.

“The purpose of this survey is to seek community comments and recommendations concerning options for the next academic year,” reads the survey.

Anchorage Assembly candidate Clayton Trotter has withdrawn from the race, leaving two candidates for the open Chugiak-Eagle River seat in April’s election. Trotter withdrew his name from the ballot Tuesday, meaning Crystal Kennedy and Oliver Schiess will compete for a District 2 seat on the 11-member board.

Trotter told District 13 and 14 Republicans he was stepping aside during its regular meeting Tuesday night at Piccolino’s Restaurant. Both he and the local Republican Party then endorsed Kennedy in the race.

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.

On Feb. 1 at around 8:30 p.m. police were called to a residence on Whispering Birch Drive, where they arrested Carol J. Crandall, 68, of Chugiak for assault after she allegedly bit her husband during an argument, leaving a visible injury. Police said both people had been drinking.

Lance Mackey will never let go of the dogsled.

The Fairbanks musher endured one of the more brutal chapters of his storied mushing career Saturday at the Eagle River Classic sprint dog races after a starting line mishap in the Open Class race sent him down the trail face-first as he held onto his handlebars with all the grip his nine gnarled fingers could muster.

“It’s always something,” Mackey said through a pained grin as he crossed the finish line nearly an hour later in front of a handful of fans at the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association Beach Lake Trails.

A trio of candidates will square off to claim the soon-to-be-vacant Chugiak-Eagle River seat on the Anchorage Assembly.

As of the 5 p.m. Friday deadline, Crystal Kennedy, Oliver Schiess and Clayton Trotter have thrown their hats into the ring for the April 2 election, according to the Municipality of Anchorage.

Gretchen Wehmhoff currently holds Seat A on the Assembly. Wehmhoff vowed not to seek election after she was appointed to finish out the term of Amy Demboski, who left office last year after getting a job as deputy chief of staff for Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

Federal disaster assistance for Alaskans can now begin flowing after President Trump on Thursday issued a federal disaster declration for the state.

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