Matt Tunseth

Chugiak Post 33 continued to stay near the top of the Alaska American Legion Baseball standings with a 15-0 thrashing of Bartlett on Sunday, July 1. The win improved the Mustangs to 7-3 in the league and 10-6 overall, good enough for second-place in the ALB’s National Division.

Chugiak will play in the annual BP Tournament starting July 5 at Mulcahy Stadium at 5 p.m. against South.

The board that oversees the Harry J. McDonald Center in Eagle River has a new look.

In June, the Fire Lake Arena Management Inc. board of directors chose two names from a list of four forwarded by the Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors to serve on the FLAMI Board of Directors. Added to the now seven-member board were Eagle River’s Michelle Fletcher and Tony Boneta.

UPDATE (July 5):

Police have caught a teenage boy believed to have caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to Alpenglow Elementary School in Eagle River.

The Anchorage Police Department sent out a Nixle alert on Tuesday, July 3 saying that “as a result of evidence gathered at the scene, APD School Resource Officers were able to identify the male teenager responsible for the crime.”

Police did not say what evidence led to the arrest or whether there were any other suspects in the case.

Wildlife biologists are no longer actively trying to trap a bear thought to have mauled two men in the South Fork Eagle River Valley.

“The immediate trail has gone cold,” said Alaska Department of Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh on Monday.

The bear traps remain near the end of Hiland Road, but Marsh said they’re no longer set. However, that could change if there are bear sightings in the area.

Though he lives up the road in Palmer, Mark Corbin is a dogged Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks fan.

“I actually live within walking distance of the Miners’ stadium,” said Corbin, who Chinooks fans will recognize from his regular perch beneath a red tent on the hill behind left field at Lee Jordan Field.

Corbin has been a Chinooks fan since the team started playing its home games at the mountain-ringed diamond at Loretta French Park in 2011. He said the reason is simple.

Girls in Eagle River are going Wild for the Mustang Hockey Association’s new identity.

“I was very excited,” said 8-year-old Roxie Merrick after helping to unveil the name and logo for MHA’s Alaska Wild on Tuesday at the Harry J. McDonald Center in Eagle River. “It’s like getting that new thing that you’ve been waiting for.”

A spokesperson for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said Saturday a third bear was shot and killed in the Eagleridge neighborhood on Wednesday.

State biologists Thursday were still trying to locate a brown bear believed to be responsible for the death of a 44-year-old hiker and the mauling of a 51-year-old man searching for him.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh said the department set out bear traps Wednesday night to try and capture the animal, which a witness described as a large brown bear.

Biologists were monitoring the traps Thursday.

A 7-year-old Alaskan husky named Nanook is being credited with helping rescue a cold, injured hiker Wednesday night in the Eagle River Valley.

“He’s Alaska’s version of Lassie,” said Lt. Eric Olsen with the Alaska State Troopers.

A brown bear killed a 44-year-old hiker deep in the South Fork Eagle River Valley and mauled a member of a search party looking for him on Wednesday, Anchorage police said.

Michael Soltis’ body was found in the same area near the end of Hiland Road — a winding, 9-mile-long route into the South Fork Eagle River Valley — where a brown bear also attacked a man searching for the missing Eagle River civil engineer Wednesday morning.

“It appears the brown bear was protecting the body when it attacked a member of the search party,” APD said.

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