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U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan said violence in video games and movies should be discussed as part of a larger debate on gun violence and suggested Feb. 26 that states should decide whether schoolteachers should be armed.

Meanwhile, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, who was in Washington, D.C., for a gathering of the nation’s governors, told The Associated Press something must be done in response to the violence.

The high school cross country skiing season wrapped last week in Fairbanks with local athletes from Chugiak filling up the top spots in the rankings as the girls took third and the boys fourth at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Nordic Ski State Championships.

Powerhouse West Anchorage once again swept both the boys and girls titles led by Cook Inlet Conference skimeisters Molly Gellert and Luke Jager.

Under brilliant blue skies last Sunday afternoon, Steve Johnson, with his wife Barb beside him, addressed a crowd of some 200-some colorfully clad skiers gathered at Beach Lake Ski Trails Sunday afternoon, thanking them for their support over the last nine months.

Not that he needed or wanted extra time to speak, but the race start was delayed due to the last-minute influx of registrants wanting to join the annual Ski The Beach race, held the last Sunday of February at the trails to support the local ski club.

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.

The victim of an assault was driving to a friend’s house around 1:26 p.m. on Feb. 13 when he inadvertently cut off a green Ford truck in traffic. The driver of the truck followed the victim to a residence. The driver of the truck was cussing and yelling at the victim.

Lions of Alaska received a grant from Lions Clubs International Foundation for $100,000 in February. Northrim Bank has partnered and is in support with your local Lions by providing a monetary support in the amount of $30,000 to help fund the Lions Quest program that brings specialized curriculum to teach youth about character, drug and alcohol awareness and other social issues.

The Pentagon has confirmed that it is in the preliminary stages of planning a military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue — one of President Donald Trump’s fondest desires.

Trump was, understandably, impressed in a visit to France last July by the pageantry of the Bastille Day parade. The parade dates back to the 1880s. Nothing the United States comes up with will match its resonance or its beloved, unifying nature.

Erin Johnson loved the backcountry trails of Chugiak and Eagle River and believed getting outside was good for the soul.

That’s why a network of friends decided to dedicate the Ski the Beach 2018 event in her honor. Everyone is invited to pick a skiing level and join the Chugiak-Eagle River Ski Club Feb. 25 on a route that starts at the Beach Lake Ski Chalet off the South Birchwood Loop exit. The chalet is on the left one-third of a mile past Chugiak High School.

The Birchwood Community Council met on Feb. 14 to discuss issues ranging from a water transmission pipeline approved in December by the Anchorage Assembly to conversing about a potential new cemetery in Eagle River or Chugiak. Attendees also heard from several candidates for upcoming elections.


Transmission pipeline

The Eagle River High Nuclear Wolves won the State Championship at the First Tech Challenge Tournament held at University of Alaska Anchorage’s Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

It’s the second state title in three years for the Nuclear Wolves. Team members Isiah Bauzon, Gage Friesen, Alex Oleniczak, Ryan Sabroski, Keith Sellers, and Sebastian Tunley finished the qualifying rounds in fifth place with a 4-1 record.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski visited Eagle River High School students Tuesday with a question she wanted to hear answered by students.

After the recent mass shooting with 17 killed and dozens more wounded at a high school in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14, what should Congress do?

“I need your help,” she told Danielle Lewis’ student government class Feb. 20. “My reality is that I go back to Washington, D.C., on Monday and there is an expectation being built that in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Florida, Congress will have the answer.”