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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.

Speeding truck eludes police

Chugiak-Eagle River’s delegation in the Anchorage Assembly thinks government has better things to do than banning plastic bags.

“I’m kind of the persuasion the major function of government is to protect our rights, not to change our conduct,” said Fred Dyson, who joined assemblywoman Amy Demboski as the lone votes against a ban on retail plastic bags that passed by the assembly at its Aug. 28 meeting.

Now is a good time to divide your overgrown perennials to ensure healthy vigorous plants that will continue to bloom for you year after year. As a bonus of dividing perennials, more plants are made to keep and expand your garden or share with others.

As perennials mature and become larger, their roots become crowded and they will find it increasingly difficult to absorb nutrients from the soil. This decrease in nutrient uptake results in less growth of foliage on top and eventually less energy to produce blooms.

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 Aug. 19 at around midnight, police received a report of a skateboard robbery on the Old Glenn Highway.

Photos don’t do justice to the yard at 17216 Alice Loop in Eagle River, site of this week’s Greater Eagle River Garden Club Garden of the Week. The home Bill and Bobbie Gosseiler have lived in since 1981 is home to more than 100 varieties of trees and shrubs, including many that don’t normally grow in this part of Alaska. The lawn features a waterfall and numerous hidden treasures such as gnomes, gargoyles and a sea serpent. This week’s business Garden of the Week is O’Reilly Auto Parts. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)

Police say they’re unaware of an organized “smash-and-grab” ring targeting vehicles in Anchorage area parks, but at least one municipal department believes otherwise.

“It’s well known that from Girdwood to Mirror Lake there is a massive smash-and-grab group,” Anchorage Parks and Recreation director John Rodda told the Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors on Aug. 13.

Rodda said he believes the brazen group uses similar techniques and appears to include the same people time and time again.

The votes are in. Now what?

Tuesday night’s primary elections narrowed the field for November’s general election, where Chugiak-Eagle River Republicans appear to have strong financial and electoral factors in their favor over Democratic nominees. In all four area races, the Republican nominees will enter the race with a substantial lead over their opponents — a factor that proved decisive in the primaries.

With all area precincts reporting, it looks like Chugiak-Eagle River voters will be sending a quartet of Republican women through to the general election.

In Senate District G, Lora Reinbold picked up a convincing win over Dan Saddler, while District 13 House candidate and former legislator Nancy Dahlstrom won her three-way race and Kelly Merrick won hers in District 14. Reinbold, Merrick and Dahlstrom will join incumbent Cathy Tilton — who ran unoposed in the District 12 Republican primary — on the party’s ticket in November.

Three new administrators are starting work at two local high schools this fall.

Eagle River High has a new head principal in Tim Helvey, who is moving from an assistant principal role at Chugiak High. Helvey is replacing Marty Lang, who spent seven years as principal at ERHS.

Helvey’s hiring was announced in June.

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