Matt Tunseth

UPDATE (Tuesday, June 10): Anchorage Police Department spokesperson Renee Oistad said the driver of the Suburban — who has not yet been named — allegedly showed signs of intoxication. A warrant was obtained for his blood, and the case is pending the results of the toxicology report.


An aggressive moose that put one person in intensive care and attacked at least three others was killed Friday by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

The moose had been causing problems in the Eaglewood neighborhood since giving birth to two calves sometime in mid-May. It attacked a longtime neighborhood resident walking her dogs on May 21, leaving her fighting for her life in an Anchorage hospital.

Surrounded by half-filled boxes of music books and rows of instruments, Robin Hopper spent her final moments as a teacher packing up a lifetime of memories at Homestead Elementary.

“After 39 years of teaching, I’ve got a lot of stuff,” she said last Thursday, May 25 in the cluttered, cozy music room that’s been Hopper’s home away from home for the last three decades of her award-winning career as an elementary school music teacher.

At this rate, the Chugiak track and field team may soon have to start paying royalties to Alicia Keys. Why?

These girls are on fire.

The Mustangs won their second straight Alaska girls Class 4A state track and field championship Saturday at Palmer’s Machetanz Field, outpacing West Valley behind a Most Outstanding Athlete performance from senior Ariana Davis and individual wins by junior Emma Nelson in the long jump and freshman Brooklynn Gould in the 300 hurdles.

At the Upper South Fork Eagle River Trailhead, where valley views stretch for miles, an ongoing parking problem has no clear solution in sight.

The popular local trailhead is a magnet for hikers. The parking lot often fills with traffic. On sunny days, cars regularly overflow onto the surrounding residential streets, lining the sides of the roads and flouting “no parking” signs along the way.

Frustrated by the crowds, neighbors are turning to the Municipality of Anchorage.

Crime in Chugiak-Eagle River rose in the first four months of 2017, according to figures shared by Anchorage Police Department Capt. Sean Case at a May 17 meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce.

“The numbers are starting to go up a little bit in this area,” said Capt. Case, pointing to a graph showing an increase in serious “Part 1” crimes during each of the first four months of the year.

According to the FBI, Part 1 crimes include homicides, assaults, rapes, robberies, burglaries, theft, vehicle theft and arson.

A woman was taken to the hospital after being attacked by a moose in the Eaglewood neighborhood of Eagle River on Monday evening.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, the woman suffered non life threatening injuries in the incident, which occurred at around 7:30 p.m. A police dispatcher said Monday evening the moose left the immediate area after the confrontation. The moose was apparently a cow with two calves, according to an Alaska Department Fish and Game biologist.

UPDATE (Tuesday, May 23): State track and field meet qualifiers have been posted. Click here to see which local athletes made the meet.

Original story:

With a pair of thoroughbreds leading the way, a determined Chugiak girls track and field team galloped away with the Region IV championship Saturday for the second straight year.

Alexis McKinnon’s path to college soccer took a detour when the Chugiak High senior suffered a knee injury last season. But with the help of family and friends, McKinnon said she’s once again ready to lace up the cleats.

“It’s finally happening,” an emotional McKinnon said during a National Letter of Intent signing held Wednesday, May 10 in the Chugiak library.

Getting new kitchen might seem like a wish come true to some people, but Debbie Rinckey said her family’s unexpected remodeling plan is more like a bad dream.

“This is not the way to go,” said Rinckey, whose family’s Eagle River Valley home lost its roof in May 6 chimney fire.