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A long-dreamed-of plan to bring a veterans’ housing facility to the Chugiak-Eagle River area has received the endorsement of the Anchorage Assembly — with the caveat developers work in tandem with local residents.

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.

Digging in the dirt is usually a dog’s job, but on Saturday in Chugiak a handful of human volunteers took tools into their own paws to help out their canine friends.

“I like to get dirty,” volunteer Melissa Rigas said, a dirt-covered pickaxe resting at her side.

Rigas and a half-dozen others were drawn to the nonprofit’s 2.5-acre property off Birchwood Loop for a simple reason.

“It’s all for the dogs,” she said.

Chugiak’s Brooklynn Gould swept the hurdles events Saturday to give the Mustangs a pair of individual victories at the Palmer Invite at a windy Machetanz Field in Palmer.

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.

Stolen vehicle recovered; rifle, other items missing

Keri Nutter rocks.

The 36-year-old geologist from Eagle River was recently honored by the Alaska Journal of Commerce as one of Alaska’s “Top Forty Under 40,” an annual compilation of some of the state’s top young achievers. (The Alaska Journal of Commerce is owned by the Binkley Company, which also owns the Chugiak-Eagle River Star.)

Nutter and the other honorees were recognized at a ceremony held April 27 at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage. She was presented the award by fellow Chugiak High alumnus John Sims, the event’s keynote speaker and a 2013 Top Forty honoree.

With summer upon us, hiking and camping opportunities abound in our vast back yard: Chugach State Park. With nearly one-half million acres, the park is one of Alaska’s premier recreation areas.

It is great to be back and writing again for the Star’s “In the Garden.” The column will continue to find answers to your questions about gardening and discuss topics that are of interest to our community. Current gardening events and opportunities will be listed for your information. I look forward to researching your questions and providing the latest practices that are available. Feel free to email me at [email protected] with your questions as well as gardening events that are happening around our community.

Like a rainbow arcing over Eagle River Road, students from Gruening Middle School brought a big splash of color to nearby Homestead Elementary last week.

On a sunny Wednesday morning, 19 members of Rachel Wall’s eighth-grade art class made the short walk between the schools to hand-deliver a batch of freshly painted chairs to Kim Madill’s kindergarten classroom. Sporting everything from abstract designs to colorful animals, the tiny chairs served as both the students’ final project and a way for the middle-schoolers to leave their mark.

The Harry J. McDonald Center in Eagle River was burglarized on May 5 for the second time this spring.

According to Anchorage Police, someone broke into the building by breaking the front window of the facility. Once inside, the miscreants broke a clock and poured juice from a fridge onto the floor.

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