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Earlier this year, Tom Frazier got the call every parent of a service member dreads.

“It was a pretty intense few minutes,” he said.

On the other end of the line, a Marine had just told Frazier his son, Cpl. Tyler Frazier, had been wounded while fighting in Syria.

“It took everything I had not to break down just to hear what the guy was saying to me,” he said.

A longtime thorn in the side of Peters Creek residents was finally removed Thursday when municipal workers demolished a pair of buildings that have been the source of decades of problems in the neighborhood.

“It’s been a major source of irritation for years,” said Jack Frost, acting director of Development Services for the Municipality of Anchorage.

From used syringes and junked-out cars to reports of thefts and residents brandishing weapons, the property in an otherwise unassuming neighborhood near Mirror Lake Middle School has been a neighborhood nightmare.

A 26-year-old Eagle River man was killed in a Christmas Eve vehicle crash on the Parks Highway.

According to Alaska State Troopers, Joshua Cooper was driving a 2004 Chevrolet pickup that left the Parks Highway and struck the Trunk Road overpass at around noon on Monday. Troopers said Cooper and his infant child were taken to nearby Mat Su Regional Hospital, where Cooper died of his injuries.

The child suffered non life-threatening injuries, troopers said.

Waffling about what to eat? A new restaurant in Eagle River has you covered.

Waffles and Whatnot owner Derrick Green says customers who visit his new eatery are guaranteed to leave happy — even if they don’t know what they want to eat.

“When you offer the Chef’s Special it’s very simple: If you like it, you pay for it. If you don’t like it, all we ask is that you tell us what you didn’t like it so we can fix it for next time,” he said.

It’s a guarantee that usually pays off in satisfied customers.

A transmission line fault caused about 5,000 Matanuska Electric Association members to briefly lose power on Christmas Eve in Eagle River.

According to a post on the cooperative’s Facebook page, the outage impacted two substations in the area. An online outage map showed power out at 4,050 locations in Eagle River, nearly 800 in the Eagle River Valley and another 360 on Hiland Road.

“A crew is being called in,” MEA wrote in an update posted at around 10:40 a.m.

Eight red signs were attached to eight garage doors in a quiet cluster of duplex condominiums at the bottom of the Eagle River Valley shortly after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Nov. 30.

“UNSAFE,” read each of the eight cards, placed on the homes by Municipality of Anchorage building inspectors. “DO NOT ENTER OR OCCUPY.”

The Chugiak-Eagle River Library has reopened three weeks after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake caused damage to the Eagle River Town Center Building.

The library announced the opening Friday on its Facebook page. The library is oepn from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, then closed from Dec. 23-25 for the Christmas holiday. The library will reopen with its normal hours on Wednesday, Dec. 26, though regular programs will not resume until after the New Year.

Gretchen Wehmhoff vowed Friday that her allegiance will be to the people of Chugiak-Eagle River and not partisan politics during her brief term on the Anchorage Assembly.

“There’s these concerns I have with this community that have nothing to do with politics but everything with being a part of the community,” said Wehmhoff, who was selected Thursday to fill the seat vacated last month when Amy Demboski resigned last month to become deputy chief of staff for Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

Last month’s earthquake may be a distant memory for some, but in Chugiak-Eagle River the after-effects from the magnitude 7.0 quake continue to reverberate.

About 200 people attended a public meeting on quake relief efforts with municipal, state and federal officials Wednesday night at Alpenglow Elementary. Many in the crowd asked when and if more resources will be available to help repair homes and businesses in the hard-hit Eagle River Valley, where some of the most significant damage took place.

The head boys basketball coach at Chugiak High School appears to have broken Alaska School Activities Association recruiting rules and then lied to school administrators and state activities officials in an attempt to cover up the violation.

A former coach and colleague said Wednesday that Chugiak High coach Jocquis Sconiers admitted to the recruiting violation and asked him to lie if asked about the situation.

“He suckered me into this story,” said Jules Ferguson, who formerly worked as a coach in the AAU summer league basketball program run by Sconiers.