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There’s already a trade war, and it’s being waged by Beijing.

China’s ascension to the World Trade Organization nearly 20 years ago has failed in its strategic objectives. It hasn’t created a liberalizing regime or a free-market economy in China; in fact, it hasn’t even created a China ready and willing to abide by the norms of free trade.

The Chugiak Community Council hosted a forum of Anchorage mayoral candidates on March 15. The candidates included Rebecca Logan, Tim Huitt, Paul Kendall, Matthew Mendonsa and Dustin Darden. Current Mayor Ethan Berkowitz cited previous commitments for not attending.

The candidates answered questions by the council and those in attendance on various issues.

Rebecca Logan

The theft of around 50 Anchorage municipal election ballots from Chugiak mailboxes in a theft spree last week has triggered an ongoing investigation by federal postal inspectors and Anchorage police.

After months of reports about Amazon packages, passports and birthday cash swiped from Chugiak mailboxes, neighborhood crime watch apps and social media pages were abuzz with mail theft reports starting early Friday morning, March 16. Residents posted photos of entire clusters of emptied mailboxes left agape as well as patches of discarded mail and ballots littering various streets.

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 until proven guilty.

Domestic violence

Officers responded to a residence on Ridd Circle on March 14 around 2:45 p.m. in regards to a physical altercation between mother and son.

Chugiak alum part of DIII champs

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.

The Chugiak SC 05g Thunder team traveled to Las Vegas to participate in the 2018 Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup tournament Feb. 23-25. Their tournament play started with an opening match vs. Real Henderson FC, a local team from Las Vegas. In 40-degree weather and 15 mph winds, CSC Thunder were able to put two shots in the back of the net and seal the win.

Later that same day the Thunder were matched against Lioness FC Toluca, a team from Mexico. Despite another match in freezing cold weather, team Thunder found its stride and won the second match 3-0.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been attacked and belittled by President Donald Trump more than Vladimir Putin has.

Trump has had rough patches with most of his top officials, but there is a particular poignancy in his humiliating treatment of his own attorney general, who got on board the Trump Train early and supports the president’s policy instincts as much as anyone.

Members of Girl Scout Troop 690 from Eagle River had $300 stolen from them in a counterfeiting operation while selling cookies at Fred Meyer in Anchorage on March 9.

A second Anchorage troop of Girl Scouts was ripped off as well for another $100 in the same counterfeit scam earlier in the day.

The two groups of Girl Scouts split shifts at the Fred Meyer on DeBarr and Muldoon from noon until 8 p.m., and both were initially fooled.

After knocking off West High with a buzzer-beating shot in the semifinals the night before, Chugiak couldn’t find the same magic against the Dimond Lynx last Saturday and fell in the Cook Inlet Conference championship by a final of 56-52 in overtime.

The runner-up finish in the CIC earned the Mustangs (18-11, 11-6) a berth in the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Basketball State Championships and they’ll face West Valley next Thursday, March 22, at 3:30 p.m. at the Alaska Airlines Center on the UAA campus.

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