Matt Tunseth

Star staff report

UPDATE (Thursday, Feb. 16): Stephany Jeffers removed her name from the candidates’ list before the Tuesday, Feb. 14 deadline. The final list of candidates for Chugiak-Eagle River includes Fred Dyson, Gretchen Wehmhoff, Patrick Donnelly and John Brassell.


Five people have thrown their hats into the ring for the Anchorage Assembly seat representing Chugiak-Eagle River, including three who did so on the last day open to filing and one well-known former state legislator.

It’s going to be hard for Chugiak to top its spectacular sports Saturday.

On the same day the school’s hockey team won the state title, the Chugiak girls basketball team capped a stellar Dimond Lady Lynx Prep Shootout by defeating the host squad in the tournament championship Saturday, Feb. 11 at Dimond High.

Just call them ch- ch- champions.

The Chugiak Mustangs won their fifth state hockey title Saturday, defeating South 3-0 in the championship game of the ASAA/First National Cup Alaska Class 4A state high school hockey tournament at the Menard Center in Wasilla.

“It’s almost like it’s a dream,” said Chugiak senior Zach Krajnik as he celebrated with his teammates on the ice after the game.

Chugiak will play in the final game of the high school hockey season for the second year in a row while Eagle River will have to wait another year for a shot at the title.

The Mustangs defeated Colony 5-1 on Friday in the semifinals of the ASAA/First National Cup Alaska Class 4A state hockey tournament behind a hat trick from Andrew Beckett to advance to Saturday’s 5 p.m. championship game against South. The Wolverines ralled from an early deficit to defeat Eagle River 3-1 in the night’s other semifinal at the Menard Center in Wasilla.

Eagle River and Chugiak stormed into the semifinals of the ASAA/First National Cup Alaska Class 4A state hockey tournament with big wins on Thursday at the Menard Center in Wasilla.

The Wolves defeated Wasilla 6-2, and Chugiak defeated Juneau-Douglas 7-2. 

Eagle River got goals from Josh Linn, Sutton McDonald, Ty McEnaney, Aiden Burton, Ben Rinckey and Logan Dudinsky to advance to the state semifinals for the second straight year.

Wolves head coach Bill Comer said his team came out with plenty of energy against the runners-up from the North Star Conference.

The Eagle River girls basketball team continued to surprise in the Cook Inlet Conference with a 49-44 win at South on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

The Wolves improved to 2-6 in the CIC. The second win in three games equaled the entire CIC win total over the past two seasons for the Wolves, a stretch that saw the team go 2-28 against conference foes.

Eagle River doesn’t play again until a CIC contest at Bartlett at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16.

South boys 58, Wolves 24

Star staff report

On Feb. 4 at around 9:15 p.m., APD said a citizen called to report a vehicle driving erratically on the Glenn Highway. Police responded and found the vehicle parked near a bus stop, with Ricky R. Powers, 52, of Anchorage, standing outside.

A police spokeswoman said Powers got back into his vehicle after he spotted police and began speeding down the Old Glenn Highway through Eagle River. He lost control of his vehicle, jumped a median and came to rest in a snow bank in Chief Alex Park.

A 28-year-old Eagle River man has been sentenced to more than 25 years in prison for sex crimes involving children.

Timothy Lineer pleaded guilty to attempted sexual abuse of a minor and posession of child pornography in September, 2016.

The sentence was handed down in Anchorage Superior Court on Friday, Feb. 3.

A sports dynasty was crowned recently, and it had nothing to do with how much air was in the balls.

Eagle River’s girls bowling team won its third Anchorage Scholastic Bowling League title with ease on Thursday, Feb. 4, rolling away with a 33-2 win over second-place Dimond in the season-ending placing matches at Eagle River Bowl.

“It’s very exciting and I’m proud of my team,” said captain Tessa Anderson after the season-ending matches.

On a bluebird Saturday afternoon, two young Army officers sat sharing cold drinks in a parking lot bathed in Alpine sun. Around them, the Chugach Mountains shot into the sky, framing the scene in snowcapped peaks.

“Everybody always told me, ‘You’ve got to go to Arctic Valley,’” said Wes Reuter, a captain in the U.S. Army from Denver, Colorado.

Reuter lives just over the mountains in Eagle River, and said he always wanted to make the 7.5-mile drive up Arctic Valley Road to find out if the rumors of a hidden gem of a ski area were true.