Matt Tunseth

A Chugiak family of three had their lives turned upside down during a weekend road trip to Seward.

Before Tina Willis left rainy Resurrection Bay, she slipped off the second step of the family camper and broke her leg. When she returned to her home Sunday night with her husband, young son and their four dogs, things got even worse.

Much worse.

Willis’ husband was looking for a way to bring her into the house on Sarah Circle with her injury, so he went to grab a wheelbarrow from the garage.

Residents of one of Eagle River’s oldest neighborhoods are growling over a proposal to add an off-leash dog park to a small municipal park alongside Eagle River Road.

“I’m not against a dog park, I’m a dog owner,” said Zach Seabolt, who lives on Seabolt Lane across from the proposed park. “I’m just against where this dog park is going.”

Chugiak-Eagle River racers showed up en masse for the 2018 Mount Marathon races in Seward. Among this year’s finishers in the men’s, women’s and junior races, 75 were from Eagle River, 18 from Chugiak and two from JBER.

Alaska kids are alright.

Chugiak’s Michael Connelly and Fairbanks’s Kendall Kramer etched their names in the 34-degree face of Mount Marathon on Wednesday when each won the junior race at the iconic Alaskan event for the first time.

“It’s a dream,” said Connelly, a 16-year-old who attends Chugiak High School. “I’ve always dreamed of this.”

Kramer’s win was also the fulfillment of a dream the West Valley High 16-year-old has had since hearing tales of her dad Mike’s back-to-back top-10 finishes in 2006-07.

Chugiak Post 33 continued to stay near the top of the Alaska American Legion Baseball standings with a 15-0 thrashing of Bartlett on Sunday, July 1. The win improved the Mustangs to 7-3 in the league and 10-6 overall, good enough for second-place in the ALB’s National Division.

Chugiak will play in the annual BP Tournament starting July 5 at Mulcahy Stadium at 5 p.m. against South.

The board that oversees the Harry J. McDonald Center in Eagle River has a new look.

In June, the Fire Lake Arena Management Inc. board of directors chose two names from a list of four forwarded by the Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors to serve on the FLAMI Board of Directors. Added to the now seven-member board were Eagle River’s Michelle Fletcher and Tony Boneta.

UPDATE (July 5):

Police have caught a teenage boy believed to have caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to Alpenglow Elementary School in Eagle River.

The Anchorage Police Department sent out a Nixle alert on Tuesday, July 3 saying that “as a result of evidence gathered at the scene, APD School Resource Officers were able to identify the male teenager responsible for the crime.”

Police did not say what evidence led to the arrest or whether there were any other suspects in the case.

Wildlife biologists are no longer actively trying to trap a bear thought to have mauled two men in the South Fork Eagle River Valley.

“The immediate trail has gone cold,” said Alaska Department of Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh on Monday.

The bear traps remain near the end of Hiland Road, but Marsh said they’re no longer set. However, that could change if there are bear sightings in the area.

Though he lives up the road in Palmer, Mark Corbin is a dogged Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks fan.

“I actually live within walking distance of the Miners’ stadium,” said Corbin, who Chinooks fans will recognize from his regular perch beneath a red tent on the hill behind left field at Lee Jordan Field.

Corbin has been a Chinooks fan since the team started playing its home games at the mountain-ringed diamond at Loretta French Park in 2011. He said the reason is simple.

Girls in Eagle River are going Wild for the Mustang Hockey Association’s new identity.

“I was very excited,” said 8-year-old Roxie Merrick after helping to unveil the name and logo for MHA’s Alaska Wild on Tuesday at the Harry J. McDonald Center in Eagle River. “It’s like getting that new thing that you’ve been waiting for.”

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