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Early every weekday morning, long before the first school bells ring, a fleet of buses shifts into gear in a spacious parking lot high on a Chugiak hillside. From there, dozens of drivers head out onto the Old Glenn Highway, bound for bus stops throughout Chugiak-Eagle River. School can’t start without them.

Despite administrative adjustments, shifting schools and classroom changes, some things stay the same.

“We hit the road every day,” said Warren Ulrich, assistant general manager at Reliant Transportation, a transportation contractor for the Anchorage School District.

As new construction continues to spring up throughout the Eagle River Valley, a cluster of local residents are pushing back against a planned development off Hiland Road.

The proposed expansion within the Bernard Subdivision – a heavily wooded swath of land about a mile-and-a-half up the road – calls for several new homes and a cul-de-sac with sweeping valley views. But the new development would also cut off the public right-of-way along Bernard Drive. Neighbors are saying no.

Oohs and ahhs — and a few raven caws — filled the gymnasium at Ravenwood Elementary Thursday as students got their first look at a new piece of artwork they created using a very special medium: Themselves.

The day before, about 500 Ravenwood students gathered outside the school, where they each crouched down inside a grid laid out in black, loamy peat on the grassy lawn. Perched high above in a bucket truck, a photographer captured a picture of the kids, who wore red, black or blue t-shirts.

A 63-year-old Chugiak resident died following a collision with a moose on the Glenn Highway Sept. 13, according to the Anchorage Police Department.

The crash, first reported at 1:18 a.m., occured when Michael Rock was driving north near milepost 19, police said. When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered his green 1994 Lincoln sedan “heavily damaged” and covered with tufts of moose hair in a marsh at the bottom of an embankment, according to APD.

Piles of hunting waste abandoned in busy area parks are frustrating municipal crews and endangering park users and wildlife, according to Eagle River-Chugiak Parks and Recreation officials.

On Sept. 9, members of the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association discovered a pile of bloody animal bones while preparing for their first dryland event of the year at Beach Lake Park, said local parks manager Karen Richards. The next morning, park crews found more. Within three days, they’d removed six hunting waste dumpsites from around the popular Birchwood green space, Richards said.

When Dr. Kathy Burek first began working as a veterinary pathologist more than two decades ago, magazine reporters and reality TV weren’t part of the picture.

Fast forward to 2017. In January, Burek’s work was featured in a lengthy article in Outside magazine. A few months later, the story was reprinted in the Alaska Dispatch News. Then came the queries from reality television producers and Vice News.

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 department. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

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While Southern states grapple from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and recent deadly floods, Alaskan emergency planners focus on a different set of catastrophes: In Chugiak-Eagle River, the most likely natural disasters are earthquakes, wildfires and extreme winter weather events, according to the Anchorage Office of Emergency Management.

Preparation is key, said Andy Preis, emergency programs manager for education and outreach.

“If someone’s prepared for a high magnitude earthquake, they’re also going to be prepared for a flooding situation,” Preis said.

The Anchorage Police Department is asking for public help locating a man wanted in connection with a series of 2016 crimes in Anchorage and Eagle River.

Zarin Freeman, 31, faces five felony counts of kidnapping, first-degree robbery, second-degree theft and third-degree assault, according to court records. The charges date back to Nov. 1, 2016, when a 19-year-old male victim reported he had been kidnapped from the Delaney Park Strip at knifepoint, police said.

An early morning fire destroyed a Chugiak home and displaced a longtime local resident Tuesday, Sept. 5, according to neighbors and the Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.

The call came in around 4:30 a.m., when some Tulwar Drive residents reported seeing flames climbing the walls of a two-story home in the woods.

“My wife hollered at me that there was a fire,” said Steve Sandberg, who lives across the street from the blaze.

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