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The University of Alaska Fairbanks has announced the students named to the deans’ and chancellor’s lists for the fall 2017 semester. The lists recognize students’ outstanding academic achievements.

Students receiving a 3.9 grade point average or higher are placed on the chancellor’s list, while those receiving a grade point average of between 3.5 and 3.89 are named to the deans’ list.

Several local students made the list.

Chancellor’s list

Chugiak: Kennedy Demboski, Josselynn Schneider-Curry

What town sits at the end of the Iditarod Trail?

Besides Portugal, what other countries speak Portuguese?

What is the second most-spoken language in Alaska?

Answers: Nome, Brazil and Yup’ik.

Not all the questions were easy, but then, that’s part of the fun when the popular YouTube channel Geography NOW! host Paul “Barby” Barbato picks your school. He traveled to Eagle River March 2 to record his show, Geography NOW! Geogra-BEE at Gruening Middle School.

Eagle River High School students wanted to get a message to the Alaska Legislature, but they didn’t feel a mere letter would cut it.

Promptly at 11:45 a.m. March 2, the Eagle River High school students walked out of class to orchestrate a school sit-in. Similar to a walkout, the students were protesting budget cuts ahead in the Anchorage School District due to cuts or flat funding on the state level.

“You say cut back, we say fight back,” read one sign.

“I am an investment, not an expense,” and “Kiss my class goodbye,” read two more.

If John Kelly didn’t exist, President Donald Trump would have to invent him, and he wouldn’t be able to.

The chief of staff had a rocky couple of weeks with the imbroglio over ousted White House staff secretary Rob Porter, but he is as close as it gets to an indispensable man in the Trump White House.

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.

At 5:38 a.m. on Friday, March 2, an APD officer saw a male walking across the street in the area of Tudor and Wright in Anchorage. The male was wearing clothing that matched the description of a suspect in several recent burglaries.

The South Fork Community Council met March 1 at Eagle River High School to hear presentations from speakers and made a resolution concerning a developer’s request for a variance on a project near Bernard Road.

Speakers included Jim Anderson, chief financial officer for the Anchorage School District, Nancy Clark, manager of the Chugiak-Eagle River Library, and Jeanna Bowie from Kinney Engineering.

Opposition for development variance

Larry Daugherty, a two-time Iditarod contestant and oncologist at Alaska Cancer Treatment Center in Anchorage, went about his daily routine two weeks ago, unaware that he would be competing in Iditarod 2018.

“I told everyone I was not going to do it,” Daugherty said Friday evening before the ceremonial start in Anchorage.

“But I got a call from Jason Campeau,” who would not be able to run his team due to lingering effects of a concussion that inspired Daugherty to wear a helmet with the note “For Jason” on it.

A Chugiak man is wanted after a home robbery last weekend.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, 19-year-old Lepharoh Merriouns of Chugiak knocked on the door of a residence in the early evening of March 3. Merriouns told the homeowner he had been robbed and asked if he could come inside to use the phone.

I want to thank Rep. Dan Saddler for his loyalty and respect for our military veterans and service to his district and the Legislature.

As a legislator representing a district with more veterans than any other in Alaska, I take very seriously my responsibility to look out for veterans’ interests. My legislative career has focused strongly on supporting veterans and their families, and my proudest duty has been as chair of the Military and Veterans Affairs, and Joint Armed Services committees.