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Eight red signs were attached to eight garage doors in a quiet cluster of duplex condominiums at the bottom of the Eagle River Valley shortly after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Nov. 30.

“UNSAFE,” read each of the eight cards, placed on the homes by Municipality of Anchorage building inspectors. “DO NOT ENTER OR OCCUPY.”

The Chugiak-Eagle River Library has reopened three weeks after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake caused damage to the Eagle River Town Center Building.

The library announced the opening Friday on its Facebook page. The library is oepn from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, then closed from Dec. 23-25 for the Christmas holiday. The library will reopen with its normal hours on Wednesday, Dec. 26, though regular programs will not resume until after the New Year.

Gretchen Wehmhoff vowed Friday that her allegiance will be to the people of Chugiak-Eagle River and not partisan politics during her brief term on the Anchorage Assembly.

“There’s these concerns I have with this community that have nothing to do with politics but everything with being a part of the community,” said Wehmhoff, who was selected Thursday to fill the seat vacated last month when Amy Demboski resigned last month to become deputy chief of staff for Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

Last month’s earthquake may be a distant memory for some, but in Chugiak-Eagle River the after-effects from the magnitude 7.0 quake continue to reverberate.

About 200 people attended a public meeting on quake relief efforts with municipal, state and federal officials Wednesday night at Alpenglow Elementary. Many in the crowd asked when and if more resources will be available to help repair homes and businesses in the hard-hit Eagle River Valley, where some of the most significant damage took place.

The head boys basketball coach at Chugiak High School appears to have broken Alaska School Activities Association recruiting rules and then lied to school administrators and state activities officials in an attempt to cover up the violation.

A former coach and colleague said Wednesday that Chugiak High coach Jocquis Sconiers admitted to the recruiting violation and asked him to lie if asked about the situation.

“He suckered me into this story,” said Jules Ferguson, who formerly worked as a coach in the AAU summer league basketball program run by Sconiers.

As the New Year approaches, it’s becoming clear to Chugiak-Eagle River residents the ramifications from the Nov. 30 earthquake will be felt for months and years to come.

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 Dec. 17 at around 1:18 a.m., police responded to a residence on the Old Glenn Highway in Chugiak for a report of a disturbance between two roommates. Police said one of the roommates, Carrie L. Pearson, 50, was arrested and charged with assault for allegedly pulling her roommate’s hair.

Municipal, state and school officials including Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz will attend a community meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 in the multipurpose room at Alpenglow Elementary to discuss impacts from the Nov. 30 earthquake.

A dozen people have thrown a diverse set of hats into the ring for a vacant seat on the Anchorage Assembly.

Among the applicants are a former fighter pilot, several previous political office seekers, a former assemblyman, a member of the Anchorage School Board and the owner of a marijuana retail business.

The deadline to fill the seat vacated when Amy Demboski left the assembly earlier this month to serve as deputy chief of staff for Gov. Mike Dunleavy closed at 5 p.m. Friday. Candidates submitted applications and in some cases resumes and cover letters.

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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