Matt Tunseth

Don’t fear the setbacks.

It’s a little more complicated than that, but Municipality of Anchorage watershed hydrologist (and Peters Creek resident) Jeff Urbanus told the Chugiak Community Council be believes the ongoing effort to increase stream setbacks and clarify municipal wetland code is being done for the right reasons.

“The biggest reason is there is benefit to the community,” Urbanus told the council during a presentation at its Sept. 20 meeting at the Elsie Oberg Center in Chugiak.

Daniel Bausch is totally sick.

The star Chugiak runner won an individual title Saturday at Bartlett High to help lead the Mustangs to a boys team championship at the Cook Inlet Conference Cross Country Running Championships despite battling a fever.

“I’m sick right now,” Bausch told the Anchorage Daily News after completing the 5-kilometer course in 15 minutes, 40 seconds.

Just five miles separate Hiland Road and Birchwood Loop, but for more than a decade the gulf between the high school football teams that call those highway exits home has been much greater.

Consider the gap bridged.

Eagle River won its first “Battle of the Bridge” trophy Saturday with a dominant 34-21 nonconference win over Chugiak in front of a huge homecoming crowd at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium in Chugiak.

State attorneys issued a statement Friday expaining a plea deal that allowed a man who strangled and sexually attacked a woman last year in Anchorage to walk free without serving jail time.

UPDATE: On Friday, the state issued a response to concerns from citizens about the percieved light sentence Schneider received as a result of his plea agreement. Prosecutors said Schneider was sentenced in accordance with existing state law and explained some elements of his alleged crimes — specifically the most serious charge of kidnapping — couldn’t have been proven.

Read the letter here.

An Eagle River woman has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for stealing from an Eagle River youth hockey association while serving as treasurer.

Jennifer Suchan, 34, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess to 14 months in prison at a Tuesday hearing in Anchorage. Suchan previously pleaded guilty to three counts of wire fraud. As part of her plea deal, Suchan agreed to pay $170,353 in restitution.

Nominations are open for positions on the Birchwood Community Council.

The council will hold its annual elections at its October meeting. Up for election are the group’s chair, vice chair and a representative at large. Nominations are open between now and the next meeting, which will take place at 7 p.m. at the Beach Lake Lodge. BCC meetings are normally held at the Beach Lake Chalet, but the October meeting has been moved due to a scheduling conflict.

A lone athlete walked the cross country running course at Russian Jack Springs Park in Anchorage, the remainder of the 3-kilometer course stretched out like an endless ordeal in front of her. It would have been easy for the girl to quit if it weren’t for the lone coach walking alongside her yelling encouragement.

“Ok, let’s get up this next hill,” shouted Eagle River head coach Jacob Bera to the girl, a member of a rival team.

Runners smiled and slogged through the sunshine Saturday at Kincaid Park, where the final regular-season cross country running race of the high school season gave athletes a chance to test themselves while in the midst of training.

“This race should have been their tiredest,” said Eagle River coach Jacob Bera, whose top athlete, Emily Walsh, finished second in the girls varsity race, two seconds behind South’s Ava Earl.

Friends and family of a teen overdose victim gathered alongside members of a local church Tuesday evening to dedicate a small bench built to help people remember and recover from the heartbreak of drug addiction.

“The memorial is the combination of two things,” said Father Marc Dunaway of the St. John Orthodox Cathedral in Chugiak.

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