Matt Tunseth

A week-long trash binge is over for a pair of Eagle River brown bears who were shot and killed by state wildlife officials Monday night.

According to Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh, Fish and Game biologists and an Alaska wildlife trooper arrived in the Eagle Ridge subdivision Monday night in search of the bears, which had been getting into trash for more than a week.

“I think they encountered them fairly quickly,” Marsh said Monday.

Marsh said the bears were spotted wandering through the neighborhood in search of their favorite meal: trash.

A death sentence has been handed down for a pair of trash-eating brown bears in Eagle River.

“They’re going to be euthanized,” said Alaska Department of Fish and Game assistant Anchorage area biologist Cory Stantorf.

Jordan Wharton is tearing up the Alaska Baseball League.

The Indiana Wesleyan University and Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks infielder is currently leading the ABL with a .441 batting average and 15 hits through the first nine games of the season. Wharton’s hot start continued during a recent three-game series with the Peninsula Oilers that saw the 6-foot-1 righty from Akron, Ohio pick up six hits, including a homerun.

In an effort to gain local support for a proposed homeless veterans housing facility, the chairman of the group behind the project made a swing through Eagle River last week.

Ric Davidge, chairman of the Alaska Veterans Foundation, met with the Eagle River Valley and Eagle River community councils, where he laid out his vision for the facility to potential neighbors.

“Our mission is very simple: Do what no one else will do for veterans,” Davidge told the Eagle River Community Council at its June 14 meeting.

The sky’s no limit for Chugiak’s Michael Connelly.

The 16-year-old mountain running phenom broke the 17-and-under age group record Sunday during his fifth-place run at the Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb on Bird Ridge.

“I’m very excited,” said Connelly, who completed the 3,400-foot climb to the summit in 41 minutes, 40 seconds to place fifth overall.

Red, white and blue were on full display Thursday outside the Eagle River Lions Club, where more than 50 people stood in the bright sunshine to take part in a patriotic celebration of the nation’s banner. From the red of the Boy Scouts’ neckerchierf to the puffy white clouds to the bright blue sky overhead, the day was ideal for celebrating the nation’s colors.

“The whole point is Americanism,” said Lodge 2682 exalted ruler Ted “Raven” Palmer after the half-hour ceremony, which included patriotic songs, an opening prayer and messages of patriotism from club members.

Teams of racers began what some called “the worst game of tag ever” Friday on the shores of Mirror Lake, where runners embarked on a 175-mile trek expected to end sometime Saturday at Waterfront Park in Seward.

The second-annual Alaska Relay features teams of as many as 12 runners alternating legs along the route. The race winds south through Chugiak-Eagle River, Anchorage, Girdwood and onto the Kenai Peninsula. Racers travel in vans, leapfrogging each other as runners alternate running and resting over the course of the grueling event.

Rising to a height of 3,218 feet, Mount Baldy is Chugiak-Eagle River’s backyard playground. On any given summer day, dozens of cars line the sides of Skyline Drive, where the trail begins near the site of the Old Wallace Homestead. The hike provides a gateway into Chugach State Park, and offers both a quick day hike or longer excursions toward the peaks beyond, including Blacktail Rocks, Roundtop and Vista Peak.

Gardeners are having a blooming good time in Chief Alex Park, where ongoing renovations aimed at sprucing up the downtown Eagle River landmark are in full swing.

“All the flowers are in,” said Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce executive director Debbie Rinckey last week.

Parks and rec board members are slowly walking a dog parks plan forward in spite of loud, persistent howls of opposition from a small group of neighbors who live near a proposed park site in downtown Eagle River.

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