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An Eagle River family never knew just how many friends they had until tragedy struck in the form of a Subaru Forester with an alleged drunk driver behind the wheel.

The parent company of the Chugiak-Eagle River Star has bought three weekly Alaska newspapers.

The Anchorage Daily News purchased the Arctic Sounder, The Bristol Bay Times / Dutch Harbor Fisherman and the Homer Tribune from Alaska Media LLC, according the paper’s owners the Binkley Company.

“Take me to a mountain.”

Going up is how Susie Smith gets right. Immediately upon discovery of cancer in her rib, fleeing up an Arctic Valley trail was like a primal “flight” instinct. Her epic “fight” response mobilized later and again led up — 19,341 feet up, to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa.

“The mountains are just my place,” Smith mused. “It’s where I find peace. It’s where I go to regulate. It is what fills my soul.”

There’s about to be a Kennedy on the Anchorage Assembly.

With the early votes counted following Tuesday’s by mail election deadline, Eagle River’s Crystal Kennedy held a commanding lead over Oliver Schiess in the two-way race to replace Gretchen Wehmhoff on the Assembly. With 6,802 votes cast as of Tuesday night, Kennedy had 3,666 (53.9 percent) votes while Schiess garnered 2,686 (39.5 percent).

Kennedy, 61, said she felt her campaign connected well with voters in Chugiak-Eagle River, where she’s lived for the past 25 years.

A dozen local educators were singled out for their service during a ceremony March 26 at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center.

The annual Excellence in Education Awards are presented each year by the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Eagle River Area Rotary, the Chugiak-Eagle River Foundation, Enstar and BP Alaska. This year’s 16th annual awards were selected by school principals at each of the 12 area public schools to honor outstanding teachers in the community.

The U.S. Army is investigating the death of a 20-year-old infantryman who died Saturday during a live fire training exercise near Fort Greely.

Spc. Nicholas Peter DiMona III, 20, of Medford Lakes, New Jersey, died from a gunshot wound while taking part in training at the Donnelly Training Area, according to a press release issued by the Army on Monday. He was taken by helicopter to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Arctic Valley’s annual spring fling is set for Saturday, March 30 starting at 11 a.m.

The 15th annual Merry Marmot Festival is a daylong event that features everything from fat tire bike races to a downhill dummy launch.

A Chugiak teen credited with helping to save his brother’s life after a freak accident will be recognized with a Spirit of Youth “Lifesaver” award during a ceremony March 30 at the Anchorage Downtown Marriott.

Michael and Tristan Wheatley were home alone on Sept. 28, 2018, when the two teens started roughhousing. Michael punched Tristan in the chest, which caused his older brother to immediately collapse.

The 2019 municipal election is ongoing through April 2 and is being conducted through the mail. Voters should have received a vote-by-mail packet in the mail shortly after the ballots were sent out in early March.

Signed ballots can be returned either by mail or at a secure drop box.

This week, after thoughtful consideration, I have withdrawn my support for HB 72, a bill that would make Black History Month permanent in Alaska. As the only African-American in the Alaska House of Representatives, I want you to understand why I felt compelled to do this.

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