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A student at Alpenglow Elementary was charged with assault after allegedly brandishing a knife at another student while they were walking home from school.

On Oct. 18, Anchorage School District officials notified police that a student had pulled a knife on another student two days before while both were walking home from the school on Driftwood Bay Drive. Police arrived at the school and charged the boy with third-degree assault. He was released to his parents.

Plans to improve Eagle River’s most notorious intersection continue to creep forward, with project leaders holding their seventh public meeting on the Eagle River Traffic Mitigation project Monday, Oct. 30 in Eagle River.

“We’re here to tell you where we’re at,” said Aaron Christie, a project engineer with Dowl.

The following stories appeared 25 years ago this week in the Chugiak-Eagle River Star:

Let it snow…

Large areas of Chugiak-Eagle River were without power after a heavy snowfall hit the area Oct. 26-27, according to a story in the Oct. 29, 1992 edition of the Star.

A hunting trip in Arctic Valley that turned into a rescue situation had a happy ending Monday night when an Anchorage man was located by the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group.

According to Alaska State Troopers, Edward Nelson, 29, of Wasilla, called at around 6:32 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25 to report he was hunting in Arctic Valley when his wife, Autum Nelson, 25, became injured and couldn’t make it out. While attempting to locate the couple, Nelson called back to say he and his wife made it out of the valley, but that a hunting partner, 38-year-old Avii Mafao, of Anchorage, was missing.

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 Oct. 14 at around 7:49 p.m., an APD officer was called to the Fred Meyer parking lot for a report that two people were passed out inside a vehicle. A passenger in the vehicle, Michelle J. Wittie, 22, of Anchorage, was arrested for an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court.

Tim Benningfield has never quite been able to get Alaska out of his blood.

First exposed to the state in 1989 while working as an Army medic at Fort Richardson, Benningfield returned to Alaska in 2012 after a 20-year career as a firefighter in his native Kentucky. After spending five years as a fire and emergency professor at UAA, Benningfield and his wife, Debby, returned to the Lower-48 in 2016.

But something didn’t feel right.

Crime is on the minds of local residents, who continue to voice their concerns about everything from an increase in vehicle thefts to drug needles found on residential streets in community forums throughout Chugiak-Eagle River.

A meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Advisory Board has been called to look into proposed changes to the Municipality of Anchorage’s water and sewer code.

The meeting will be held at noon Saturday, Oct. 28 in the community room at the Eagle River Town Center building (12001 Business Boulevard).

Birchwood Community Council member Debbie Ossiander said the meeting will primarily deal with what the re-write could mean for Chugiak-Eagle River residents.

“There’s an ordinance coming that tightens up and increases the standards for septic systems,” she said.

BOSTON, Mass. — Laura Joy Erb was the second woman to ever compete in the Short Take Off and Landing (STOL) Competition featured at the annual Valdez Airshow.

Her bravery has inspired other females across the country to compete.

Erb said STOL is the height of the Valdez airshow because flying into Alaska requires precision due to shorter runways.

Plans are well underway for the third annual “Maddy’s Run,” a fundraising race held in honor of Maddy “Strong” Brandl, an 11-year-old Eagle River girl who died of cancer in 2016.

The event — which includes a 0.7-kilometer race for small kids, a 2.5-kilometer untimed fun run and a timed 5-kilometer race — will be held Saturday, November 4 on the Eagle River High School trails. Funds raised will go to benefit two Alaska children currently undergoing treatment for childhood cancers.