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Nothing can stop the Merry Merchant Munch and Winter Wonderland celebration from returning to Chugiak-Eagle River. At least, that’s what the local chamber of commerce is promising.

“We are having Merry Merchant Munch no matter what,” said Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber executive director Debbie Rinckey during the chamber’s biweekly lunch forum last month.

The annual event was canceled last year after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the area on Nov. 30.

But Rinckey said a full slate of food and fun is planned for Dec. 6-7 in downtown Eagle River.

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 Nov. 26 at around 6 p.m. police received a report that a red and white 1994 Ford pickup was stolen while parked unlocked outside a business with its keys inside.

A Chugiak man has been sentenced to nine months in federal prison for failing to register as a sex offender.

Donald Eugene Phillips, 37, was charged in July with one count with failure to register, according to a statement from Bryan Schroder, U.S. Attorney for the District of Alaska. He subsequently pleaded guilty and was sentenced Wednesday by Sr. District Judge Ralph R. Beistline.

[Editor’s note: This story is part of a joint series by the Star and Anchorage Daily News looking back at impacts and lessons learned from the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake. To read more of the series, click here.]

Nobody was hurt after powerful winds tore off part of the roof of an Eagle River restaurant Wednesday night.

The Matanuska Brewing Company posted dramatic video of the damage, which took place as a massive storm brought rain and wind gusts of more than 110 MPH to some parts of Anchorage Wednesday afternoon and into Thursday morning.

A Chugiak convenience store was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night.

According to Anchorage Police Department spokesperson, a man with a gun walked into the Vitus gas station on the Old Glenn Highway at around 9 p.m. and demanded money. Thim said the suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police searched the area with a K9 unit until around midnight but were unable to locate a suspect, Thim said.

“Detectives are reviewing surveillance video from the area,” Thim wrote.

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.

Police and volunteer firefighters responded to a Friday, Nov. 22 car crash that resulted in a trip to the hospital for a vehicle’s passenger and a trip to jail for its driver.

A feud has formed in Chugiak-Eagle River over whether to combine the area’s two public high schools.

At stake in the small-town spat are tens of millions of municipal dollars and the future of thousands of children in the famously quarrelsome twin towns where the only thing people might currently be more irritated with than outsiders is each other.

A woman said she was beaten in Thunderbird Falls after being picked up by a man in Anchorage on Thursday, Nov. 21.

According to police, dispatchers received a call at around 10:21 p.m. from a man who told them a woman showed up at the door of his home with visible injuries.

When police arrived, the woman reportedly told them she was walking in Anchorage near the intersection of Benson Boulevard and the Seward Highway when an unknown man in a red, full-size Ford pickup offered her a ride.

More than a dozen local musicians have earned spots in the 2019 ASAA/First National Bank Alaska All-State Music Festival Nov. 22-23 in Anchorage.

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