Matt Tunseth

What was once the scene of heartbreak is being transformed into a place for healing.

A new memorial bench is being built on the St. John Orthodox Cathedral property near South Birchwood Loop where the body of a 19-year-old overdose victim was dumped in 2017.

“I think it’s pretty cool a place that was once known as somewhere kids used to drive down and get high is now going to be a spot of reflection and hope,” said Alaina Thiessen, whose son, Zac Schneider, was found lying dead on the ground on May 16, 2017.

A Chugiak man has been charged with weapons misconduct after he allegedly shot a black bear while intoxicated.

According to Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Renee Oistad, police were called to Rusticate Drive at around 2 a.m. on Thursday. Oistad said officers determined Jacob L. T. Stephan, 33, shot and killed a black bear that was eating out of a dumpster, but that the shooting was illegal.

“The situation in which Stephan killed the bear did not constitute ‘defense of life and property,’” Oistad wrote in a Tuesday email.

Nearly every person running for local political office showed up for a candidates’ forum last week in Eagle River for a fast and furious introduction to the community.

“It’s going to be like a speed round,” promised chamber treasurer Julie Estey, who served as emcee of the chamber’s Aug. 1 lunch forum at the Eagle River Ale House.

A gnarly battle over a small ski area’s liquor license isn’t over yet.

In June, the Alaska Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office was supposed to review a recreational site alcohol license for the Arctic Valley Ski Area’s Alpenglow Lodge. However, due to a high number of items on the board’s agenda, the issue was moved to the board’s August meeting in the Interior.

Win and they’re in.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks used a maserful pitching performance to force a winner-take-all season finale with a 2-0 Alaska Baseball League win over the Anchorage Glacier Pilots Sunday evening at Lee Jordan Field.

With the sun-drenched field’s namesake looking on, the Chinooks got a complete game two-hitter from southpaw Sam Brace to pull even with the Pilots in the ABL standings at 17-26. The winner of Monday’s 6 p.m. game at Lee Jordan will earn the fourth and final playoff spot in the five-team league.

When Lee Jordan arrived at the ballfield that bears his name Monday night, he had an inkling the game would make headlines.

“I just felt good about it,” he said.

If anyone knows about making headlines, it’s Jordan.

Fishing has been slow on the Kenai River, but that’s not stopping Alaska State Troopers from catching a boatload of dipnet delinquents.

Chugiak and Eagle River opened Alaska American Legion Baseball postseason play with victories Friday.

The Mustangs advanced to the second round of the Alaska State Tournament with a 3-2 win over Service Friday morning at Mulcahy Stadium. With the score tied 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth, the Mustangs scored the winning run on an error by Service shortstop Cobey Cupp that allowed Billy Smith to score from third base.

This is the last weekend for personal use fishermen hoping to fill their freezer with Kenai River reds.

State biologists are closing the popular Kenai River dipnet fishery at 12:01 a.m. Monday, July 30 due to a poor return of sockeye salmon.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the closure in a Thursday press release. The season was originally scheduled to end at 11 p.m. July 31.

An unofficial parking lot popular with Glenn Highway commuters and cyclists is being closed in favor of a new lot across the highway.

According to Municipality of Anchorage Solid Waste Services spokesperson Suzanna Caldwell, the old lot near the entrance to the Anchorage Regional Landfill was a safety hazard.

“There have been numerous near collisions with pedestrians and cars going in and out of the parking area,” Caldwell wrote in a press release. “As a result, Solid Waste Services has identified it as a serious safety concern.”

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