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Armed and angry, Chugiak-Eagle River residents say it’s time to get tough on crime.

“I feel safer in some Asian countries than I do in my own neighborhoods and my own community now, and that’s why we’ve decided to take a stand,” said Rep. Lora Reinbold (R-Eagle River) during a community crime forum held Jan. 6 in Eagle River.

Reinbold called the meeting, which filled the community meeting room at the Eagle River Town Center building and drew a crowd roughly twice as large as the one at a legislative Town Hall meeting immediately before and also focused heavily on crime.

The Anchorage Police Department on Monday was seeking a pair of robbery suspects believed to be in Eagle River.

The department sent out a public bulletin at around 4 p.m. saying a black man and Native female had allegedly ditched a stolen white pick-up truck at the Shell station in Eagle River after robbing a coffee stand in Muldoon earlier in the day.

Editor’s note: This week’s special edition contains a recap of the Chugiak-Eagle River news and sports we covered in 2017. We hope you enjoy this chronological look at the year that was and wish our readers a Happy New Year in 2018.

The Star’s regular weekly features will return next week.


Birders eye the sky

Sheri Boggs has been warming holiday hearts — and hands, feet and heads — since 2010.

And she’s not slowing down.

“Oh my gosh, it’s grown exponentially,” Boggs said the Saturday before Christmas during an interview at the Star offices in Eagle River.

Six people escaped a Christmas Day fire in Chugiak without injury, but their home was a total loss.

Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department chief Tim Benningfield said nine units from his department and a water tender from Anchorage Fire Department Station 11 responded to the blaze at the corner of Husky Street and James Way in a neighborhood between North Eagle River and South Birchwood.

“There were six residents at home, all of them escaped, they were already awake,” he said.

UPDATE: Anchorage Police have found the missing boy. According to an update posted by the department at around 12:53 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, he has been located safe and the public alert has been canceled.


Anchorage Police are looking for a 13-year-old last seen near the Peters Creek Chevron station at around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 26.

She’s got a hit show on Netflix, but Britney Young is just another kid from Eagle River when she comes home for Christmas.

“I’ll go to Walmart with my dad, and he gets recognized like crazy, not me,” said Young, a 2006 Chugiak High grad whose dad, Fred, is a longtime area basketball coach who used to be the head hoops coach at Eagle River High and now coaches football at East.

Three Chugiak-Eagle River area legislators will hold a Town Hall meeting Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Eagle River Town Center building (12001 Business Boulevard) in advance of the upcoming legislative session.

“We look forward to seeing you there and hearing what issues you are most concered about and what you would like to see us accomplish while we are in Juneau working for you,” reads a flyer sent out by Rep. Saddler’s office.

The latest installment in the Knik Lecture Series will be held Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 at 6 p.m. in the Steve Primis Auditorium on the Chugiak High School campus.

The February presentation is titled “Pacific Pathfinders: Retracing Kayak Sea Routes from 1871” with Sven Haakanson, PhD.

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events provided by the department’s public information office; defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.


On Dec. 12, police received a report that someone had cut out a circle in an outer pane of a window at Health Wise in Eagle River. It did not appear anyone got inside, and police said no other damage was found.