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Sharon Jackson, who was appointed by Gov. Dunleavy to the District 13 State House seat in Eagle River, participated in what Rep. Josh Revak described as a “swearing in” ceremony Wednesday at a courthouse in Juneau.

Jackson has yet to be officially sworn in by the Legislature, which is currently in the middle of trying to organize and has yet to form a majority.

The Anchorage Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a man seen on video trying to break into cars in the early morning hours of Jan. 13 off Skyline Drive.

A Chugiak High student was arrested Friday after allegedly making threats via the message sharing platform Snapchat.

According to an Anchorage Police Department Nixle notification, police were notified at around 8 p.m. Thursday that a male student from the school had “posted a threat against the school, its students and its staff.”

Police said the student was located at his home, interviewed by police and arrested with unspecified charges forwarded to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

An Eagle River sailor is helping lead a movement to keep an ancient belief alive aboard a Navy aircraft carrier.

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.

On the day after Christmas, I opened an email from Lee Jordan.

“Merry Christmas, Matt,” he wrote. “Keep up the good work.”

Less than a week later, Lee died suddenly during a New Year’s Eve party, surrounded by his family and friends.

During my three separate tours at the Star since 2010, Lee’s enduring presence has been a reminder why we continue fighting each week to put out a community newspaper in keeping with his vision, so knowing he still took pride in the paper he called “his baby” is by far the most satisfying accomplishment of my career.

Eagle River nonprofit FOCUS Inc. has been awarded a one-time grant from the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.

FOCUS was identified as in need of the grant after its downtown Eagle River headquarters was damaged in the Nov. 30 earthquake. The special needs assistance provider was one of five Alaska organizations to share $75,000 in one-time grants after the groups suffered damage in the Nov. 30 earthquake.

It was cold enough on Jan. 4 for our boots to make loud crunching sounds in the snow. But absent wind, it wasn’t so cold that we needed to cover our faces with balaclavas. Cresting over the ridge east of Mt. Baldy, we immediately felt warmth from the afternoon sun that hung lazily above the Chugach Mountains to the south.

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.

Fireworks will light up the midwinter sky on New Years Eve at Lions Park in Eagle River. ACF Church is sponsoring the fireworks show from 6 to 8 p.m. at the park, which is located at the intersection of Eagle River Road and Eagle River Loop Road.

There will also be music and food trucks set up at this free event, as well as plenty of warming fire pits. For more information, email [email protected] or call 694-7741.

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