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There’s no denying it any longer — it’s winter in the Eagle River Valley.

On Wednesday, the Albert Loop Trail at the Eagle River Nature Center was reopened following its annual fall closure. The trail has been closed by the Department of Natural Resources each fall since 1997 to reduce the chance of dangerous encounters between humans and bears, which use the platforms and beaver dams in the area to catch spawning salmon in the fall.

This year’s closure was announced Aug. 9.

Chugiak-Eagle River sent four Republican women to the Alaska Legislature by big margins Tuesday night.

With most precincts reporting Tuesday night, Lora Reinbold, Cathy Tilton, Nancy Dahlstrom and Kelly Merrick appeared poised to ride to Juneau aboard a tough-on-crime, fiscally conservative platform built in the image of the state’s apparent governor-elect.

Poll workers reported steady turnout on Election Day in Chugiak and Eagle River.

“It’s been very steady,” said Jane Barnes, who was working the polls at Chugiak High School in District 13.

Barnes and her fellow workers — Nancy Daugherty, Esther Hulse, Dotty Eldred and Sharon Wild — had been at the school since 7 a.m., handing out ballots and answering voters’ questions. The women had a stash of cookies and snacks to keep them hydrated, as well as a package of Oreos brought by a grateful voter.

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.

Trouble at Walmart

On Oct. 26 at around 3:40 p.m., police received a call about a robbery at Walmart. Police said a store employee confronted a man who was allegedly shoplifting.

“A struggle ensued,” police said.

Police have identified the woman killed Tuesday in a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash on the Glenn Highway.

On Thursday, Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Renee Oistad identified the victim as 42-year-old Sarah Rodden of Wasilla. According to APD, Rodden died after she exited her vehicle following a collision on the Glenn near South Birchwood Loop at around 4 p.m. and was subsequently hit by another vehicle sliding into the center median.

Teenagers Michael and Tristen Wheatley were home alone on the afternoon of Sept. 28 when they got into a quarrel that nearly destroyed both their lives.

Michael thinks they were discussing anthropology.

“It’s just bizarre, it’s not even for a reason we would fight over,” he said.

It began as regular rough-housing. Tristen charged at Michael. Michael raised his fist. A reflexive move. It landed in the middle of his brother’s chest.

Tristen went down.

UPDATE: The highway was reopned in both directions shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Original story:

The Glenn Highway was closed in both directions after a vehicle struck and killed a woman Tuesday afternoon.

Despite recent rains, the trail up to Mile High Saddle was in good condition on Friday, October 26. Taking advantage of the mid-afternoon sun that wasn’t forecast by weather experts, I made this short hike (one-way) above Eagle River Valley in less than an hour. (Round trip is about 3.4 miles).

Every year in October I like to squeeze the most out of autumn by hiking just under the snow line that inexorably creeps down the Chugach Mountains. In a strange way it feels as if I’m defiantly cheating winter’s relentless advance.

The Anchorage School District has canceled all sports and after-school activities for Monday, Oct. 29, 2018 due to icy roads.

According to the district, “deteriorating weeather and road conditions” forced the cancellation.

A winter storm hit Anchorage Monday bringing the first measurable snowfall to the area. A winter weather advisory issued Sunday night said as much as a foot of snow was expected to fall in the mountains, with 5-8 inches expected in the Chugiak-Eagle River area.

Winter’s on its way.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory Sunday evening calling for snow across Anchorage and the Mat-Su starting early Monday morning. According to the advisory, 5 to 8 inches of snow could fall northeast of Anchorage overnight, with as much as a foot at higher elevations.