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.
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.
Employees at Eagle River Polaris Arctic Cat in Eagle River got an unpleasant surprise the morning of Friday, Sept. 7, when they arrived at the Eagle River shop to find three vehicles had disappeared overnight.
“They cut the fence from the highway and then they proceeded to cut the fence in the back of our yard,” said managing member Paul Hughes.
Missing were a green 2018 Polaris ATV, a 2006 Polaris Sportsman and a Polaris Ranger 1000. Two of the vehicles had been dropped off for service, while another was on the lot for sale.
Chugiak’s flag football team is getting healthy and starting to roll.
The Mustangs earned their second straight Cook Inlet Conference flag football win Wednesday by racing past rival Eagle River 47-0 at Eagle River High School.
“The more experienced players are stepping up and pulling the players who haven’t played as much up with them,” said Chugiak coach Marilyn Campnell, whose squad improved to 2-7 in the CIC after dropping seven games to start the year.
Cracks, pops and bangs pierced the warm fall air in Birchwood Wednesday beneath a brilliant sun. Ted Smith would have liked the sound. The sunshine? Not so much.
“The worse the weather was the more he liked it,” said Anchorage Police Department Chief Justin Doll during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Ted R. Smith Tactical Training Facility for Law Enforcement. “That was really interesting if you were a student.”
Smith — a former APD officer and instructor from Eagle River who died in a 2013 plane crash at the age of 59 — was passionate about training and safety.