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As the New Year approaches, it’s becoming clear to Chugiak-Eagle River residents the ramifications from the Nov. 30 earthquake will be felt for months and years to come.

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 Dec. 17 at around 1:18 a.m., police responded to a residence on the Old Glenn Highway in Chugiak for a report of a disturbance between two roommates. Police said one of the roommates, Carrie L. Pearson, 50, was arrested and charged with assault for allegedly pulling her roommate’s hair.

Municipal, state and school officials including Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz will attend a community meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 in the multipurpose room at Alpenglow Elementary to discuss impacts from the Nov. 30 earthquake.

A dozen people have thrown a diverse set of hats into the ring for a vacant seat on the Anchorage Assembly.

Among the applicants are a former fighter pilot, several previous political office seekers, a former assemblyman, a member of the Anchorage School Board and the owner of a marijuana retail business.

The deadline to fill the seat vacated when Amy Demboski left the assembly earlier this month to serve as deputy chief of staff for Gov. Mike Dunleavy closed at 5 p.m. Friday. Candidates submitted applications and in some cases resumes and cover letters.

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.

Don’t put those shovels away just yet.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory calling for four to eight inches of snow between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning. The advisory was issued just before 2 p.m. Sunday.

The adivsory said snowfall could make road travel hazardous, especially during the Monday morning commute.

The advisory comes on the heels of snowfall that began Wednesday and brought more than a foot of snow to the area.

St. Nick showed up early at the Eagle River Walmart this year.

An anonymous donor paid off about $500 worth of toys bought on layaway recently, a company spokesperson confirmed on Friday.

Details were scarce about the incident, as the person wanted to remain nameless. But one of the recipients hopes the secret Santa knows their generosity is appreciated.

“That was so thoughtful,” said Eagle River’s August Whitekiller-Phillips, who said she heard her holiday debt had been erased via a voicemail from the store.

After a chaotic couple weeks, a bit of normalcy is set to return to Chugiak-Eagle River Friday night with the return of the annual Winter Wonderland celebration in Town Square Park.

The annual Christmastime event presented by the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce was scheduled to be held Nov. 30, but was postponed after a devastating magnitude 7.0 earthquake that morning caused widespread damage in the area, including the closure of two local schools, serious damage to numerous businesses and the loss of several homes.

District 13 Republicans selected three potential replacements for Rep.-elect Nancy Dahlstrom Tuesday night with a little help from their friends.

After a lengthy procedural debate in the packed banquet room at Piccolino’s Restaurant in downtown Eagle River, the assembled precinct chairs from both District 13 and District 14 voted to nominate (in order of preference) Craig Christenson, Clayton Trotter and Sharon Jackson for Gov. Dunleavy’s consideration. Candidates Bill Cook and Ken McCarty received the least amount of votes and were not forwarded to the governor.

By Matt Tunseth

Chugiak-Eagle River Star

Educators are leaning into a new normal at schools in Chugiak-Eagle River, where campuses have been combined due to the closure of Eagle River Elementary and Gruening Middle School in the wake of the Nov. 30 earthquake.

“I’m actually pretty excited about the opportunity,” said Gruening Middle School principal Bobby Jefts, whose 600 students will attend the rest of the school year at Chugiak High.

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