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There are several opinions on cleaning up your yard for fall or leaving the dying debris for the benefit nature providing a place for wildlife to hide and winter over. As we put our gardens to bed, we will look at both sides of the discussion and hopefully gleam the best from both trains of thought.

In Chugiak, Labor Day weekend went to the dogs – glossy Rottweilers, fluffy Bernese mountain dogs, towering Great Danes and sleek Siberian huskies.

Featuring approximately 100 competitors from Fairbanks to Kenai, the Working Group Dog Club of Alaska’s annual summer show temporarily transformed the lawn of the Chugiak Benefit Association into a miniature Westminster. Kennels and RVs crowd the parking lot. Handlers in suit jackets and numbered arm bands roamed the grounds. Dog-lovers of all ages milled around, catching up with old friends from Alaska’s dog show circuit

Tucked toward the end of Birchwood Spur Road, surrounded by forest, the Birchwood Airport is the tiniest in the Municipality of Anchorage, far smaller and more secluded then Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Merrill Field or Lake Hood Seaplane Base.

But the Chugiak airfield has its own bragging rights: One of the busiest small airports in the state, the Birchwood Airport is also home to the largest aviation manufacturing company in Alaska.

A 31-year-old man Wasilla man accused of repeatedly raping a young Eagle River girl over the course of more than two years has been arrested on child sex abuse charges.

Before thousands of Alaskans and visitors flooded Palmer for the opening day of the Alaska State Fair Thursday, Eagle River quilter Jo Ann Gruber spent two full days helping 27 volunteers hang 274 quilts from the rafters and walls of the Irwin exhibit hall.

“It couldn’t be done without the volunteers,” Gruber said. “I think it speaks well of our community.”

Even after more than 260 hours of volunteer work, 13-year-old Eagle River resident Avery White isn’t planning on slowing down any time soon.

“My favorite part is probably at the Boys and Girls Club, where you play around with the younger kids,” said White, who volunteers at the local youth center several times per week. “I like mentoring.”

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.

INDECENT EXPOSURE

On a recent August afternoon, while members of the Chugiak High School Swim and Dive Team ran through dryland training exercises on the pool deck, another section of deck remained cordoned off behind yellow caution tape, covered with a thick black mat and an orange safety cone. Under the mat, the deck bulged and split. Strips of duct tape secured separating tiles.

Despite two recent renovations totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars, the CHS pool deck is broken again and headed for another closure and repair.

Members of the Alaska National Guard are on their way to Texas on a humanitarian mission to help that state recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey.

The guard’s 176th Wing left Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Monday, Aug. 28 bound for Moffett Air Field in California, according to a press release issued Monday. After arriving in Texas, the guard members will assist in any way they can.

Swamped by wind and waves nearly a mile from shore, four kayakers spent more than 40 minutes in the glacier-fed waters of Eklutna Lake before rescuers pulled them to shore the evening of Aug. 26, according to witnesses and first responders.

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