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When Anchorage voters go to the polls April 3, they’ll be tasked with choosing a mayor and three school board members, along with deciding on seven ballot propositions ranging from a $59 million school bond to an ordinance that would grant a new tax exemption to the spouses of deceased military members.

Here’s a look at what voters can expect when they hit the polls:



Neighborhood: Scenic Park (Muldoon/Tudor Curve area)

Place/date of birth: Tyndall AFB, Fla. (Panama City) January 12,1961

Occupation: Business Consultant, Property Manager, Retired APD Lieutenant, Current Assembly Member

Length of time in Alaska: Just shy of 40 years

Previous elected office(s) held: Municipal –Assembly (current), Former Chapter President of International Jaycees.

It’s good to be home.

That’s something perhaps no one better understands than Sgt. 1st Class Derick Justice.

After a yearlong tour in Afghanistan, Justice was reunited with his wife, Melissa, and 10-year-old daughter, Cassy on Saturday, March 24 on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Justice was one of 145 soldiers from the 164th Military Police Company, 793rd Military Police Battalion, 2nd Engineer Brigade welcomed home by friends and family at JBER’s Buckner Physical Fitness Center.

“I’m just glad to finally be home,” Justice said. “It gets tiring.”

Troopers said Thursday that the human remains found on Tuesday by a hiker near Eklutna Lake Road are those of a Houston man missing since early December.

According to a statement, Troopers believe Loy Suthammavong, 30, was the victim of a homicide.

Troopers say Suthammavong was reported missing on Dec. 6, 2011. That same day, Anchorage Police investigated a burning vehicle that was later determined to belong to Suthammavong.

Anchorage Police say a hiker on snowshoes discovered human remains near Eklutna Lake Road on Tuesday afternoon.

According to Lt. Dave Parker, police were called to the scene at 5:10 p.m. Tuesday. Parker said the identity of the person has yet to be determined pending the results of the Alaska State Medical Examiner’s investigation.

Swooping down from an open Alaska sky, two 90th Fighter Squadron F-22 Raptor fighters - tail numbers 4090 and 4190 - flew above the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson flight line in formation and at speed.

Piloting Tail Number 4190, Lt. Col. Joseph Kunkel, 90th FS commander, glanced over at his wingman before dramatically breaking formation in a swift starboard turn.

Finally, Kunkel touched the Air Force’s newest jet down on the tarmac and taxied the jet to the 90th FS hangar apron where Airmen of his command awaited the arrival of their new top F-22.

Heavy snow caused a roof collapse in Peters Creek on Wednesday, March 14.

According to Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department spokesman Jeff Hartley, the collapse occurred around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening at the corner of Tundea Rose Avenue and Four Wheel Drive. Hartley said the house was up for sale and unoccupied at the time.

“The owner had moved out several months ago,” Hartley said.

The entire southern half of the home was destroyed in the collapse.

About three dozen people packed the meeting room at the Eagle River Town Center for a town hall meeting with area legislators on Saturday, March 17.

The meeting was attended by all six area legislators, including Representatives Bill Stoltze, Dan Saddler and Anna Fairclough and Senators Fred Dyson, Cathy Giessel and Charlie Huggins. In two hours, the delegation heard plenty from their constituents about what needs to be done during the current legislative session.