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Chugiak man earns automotive detailing certifications

Chugiak’s Ryan McGowan, who owns True North Auto Detailing, has been awarded a Detailing Business, Paint Correction, Headlight Repair and Ceramics Coating Certification from Renny Doyle of Detailing Success. According to a press release, McGowan now holds dual certifications from the International Detailing Association.

Drugs, murder, thievery and kidnapping were among the issues facing the people of Chugiak-Eagle River in 1971, as the growing area grappled with crime in the rapidly growing community.

“There is a drug problem in Chugiak-Eagle River,” Alaska State Trooper Loren Thomas told attendees at a meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce in June.

Thomas said local dealers were mainly users who buy extra supplies to help support their habits, according to a front-page story in the June 17, 1971 edition of the Chugiak-Eagle River Star.

“What’s so unpleasant about being drunk?”

“You ask a glass of water.”

— “A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”

Plans to build a new water transmission line through Birchwood will move forward after the Anchorage Assembly voted Thursday to reject locals’ concerns about the potential for the planned 24-inch pipeline to negatively impact the neighborhood.

Eagle River Rep. Lora Reinbold will join the founder of a new community patrol and several self-defense instructors at a community meeting on public safety next month in Eagle River.

Basketballs and the squeak of tennis shoes gave way to robots and the buzz of electric motors inside the Eagle River High gymnasium on Saturday, Dec. 9, as the school’s robotics program hosted 20-team FIRST Tech Challenge state qualifying tournament.

At 9:41 p.m. Thursday, with the night’s tension finally bled from the room like steam from a pressure cooker, the Eagle River Community Council quietly adjourned its final — and most heated — meeting of the year to the delight of the dozen or so people still in attendance. Municipal parks and rec director John Rodda dutifully crossed the room and began helping stack chairs, having spent much of the past hour waiting patiently in the doorway as the forum passed then pulled away from its 9 p.m. curfew.

One person was taken to the hospital after a collision on Eagle River Road between an Anchorage Fire Department engine and a private vehicle the morning of Friday, Dec. 15.

According to AFD assistant chief Alex Boyd, a fire engine from Eagle River Station 11 was on its way to another call at around 7:15 a.m. when the crash occurred.

“It appears the other vehicle crossed the center line and struck the engine,” Boyd said.

None of the fire department crew were hurt.

“Crews immediately rendered aid and one person was transported,” he said.

At the rate she’s throwing curve balls, Mother Nature might want to try out for the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks baseball team next summer.

The first snowfall of the year brings a rash of ditch divers and car crashes. My kids and I used to have a game of rating the wrecks when we drove between Eagle River and Anchorage. The ditch divers, whom we scored as a 10, managed to cross four lanes of traffic, clear the guardrail, do a complete roll or summersault, and land on their wheels without hitting another car. You can come up with your own way of scoring these esoteric accomplishments.

Planning for safe(r) winter driving

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.