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On Monday the Binkley Company and Morris Communications announced the sale of three Alaskan publications: The Alaska Journal of Commerce, the Chugiak-Eagle River Star and The Alaskan Equipment Trader.

The Alaska Journal of Commerce and the Chugiak-Eagle River Star are published weekly, and the Alaskan Equipment Trader is a monthly publication.

The sale is expected to close on Feb. 23. A sale price was not announced.

The Chugiak boys and girls cross country ski teams recovered from a disappointing first day at regional competition at Kincaid Park to each finish second on the day in the classic relay event.

In the overall Cook Inlet Conference totals, the Mustangs finished third for the boys and fourth for the girls, while Eagle River’s teams placed sixth and fifth respectively.

Anchorage West swept the team and individual titles over both days.

No matter the criticisms directed his way by Republicans, Robert Mueller should count himself lucky: He’s not Ken Starr.

The punctilious, mild-mannered independent counsel appointed by a three-judge panel in the 1990s, Starr investigated all manner of Bill Clinton scandals, most spectacularly the Monica Lewinsky affair.

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.

APD officers responded to a residence at around 3:44 a.m. on Feb. 9 in response to a physical disturbance between four people. It was determined that 37-year-old Stephanie Thibedeau of Eagle River had been out with two others.

Alaska’s congressional delegation of Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young have released their service academy nominations that include several local students.

“This year’s selection of candidates was exceptional — all exhibited the characteristics that will help them to succeed as leaders in our nation’s military: academic excellence, demonstrated leadership, and a commitment to serving their community and nation,” said Senator Sullivan.

The Eagle River Community Council met last Thursday to discuss voting protocol for the upcoming municipal election, capital improvement projects, reports from the Eagle River Community Patrol, and to listen to individuals running for various offices in upcoming elections.

Mail-in Ballots

This year the governor and some legislators are seeking to use Permanent Fund earnings — for the first time in history — to fund government. Before embarking down that path, Alaskans deserve to have their Permanent Fund Dividends protected, and the only way to do that now is to enshrine the PFD in the Constitution.

One of the more entertaining battles in the enduring Chugiak-Eagle River rivalry took place Saturday night as the Wolves hosted the Mustangs for an evening of boys basketball.

The teams left it all on the floor as every loose ball was contested, every inch of floor space battled for, charges and blocks were commonplace and few shots were left uncontested.

Anchorage zoning officials listened and changed course after hearing from Eagle River residents opposed to a plan that would have opened the door to a heavy-density housing development near downtown.

But there’s a ways to go to assure the green belt known as the Carol Creek Parcel, currently owned by the Municipality of Anchorage Heritage Land Bank, or HLB, won’t one day see apartment clusters or other multiplex housing, according to those who’ve been fighting it.

The South Fork Community Council was briefed on air quality issues, capital improvement projects and Eagle River crime activity at its Feb. 1 meeting at Eagle River High.

Air quality and ballot issues

Assemblywoman Amy Demboski discussed the amount of methane emissions she has noticed while passing the Anchorage Landfill. She said has smelled the methane and felt nauseous while passing the landfill on the Glenn Highway, an occurrence echoed by attendees.