Alaska community members consider secession from Anchorage

    CHUGIAK-EAGLE RIVER, Alaska (AP) — Residents of an Alaska district are discussing the possibility of leaving the municipality of Anchorage to form their own local government.

    The Chugiak-Eagle River Star reported Wednesday that more than 100 people attended an informational meeting Friday to discuss what organizers are calling "EaglExit."

    A group member who spoke at the meeting said EaglExit was formed by citizens who believe Chugiak-Eagle River has a right to self-determination.

    Members said Chugiak-Eagle River does not have adequate representation on the Anchorage Assembly or the Anchorage School Board.

    Backers said they need $100,000 for a feasibility study to create a municipality separate from Anchorage consisting of the communities of Eagle River, Chugiak, Peters Creek, Eklutna, and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

    The group said a Texas conservative organization is collecting donations on its behalf.

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