Matt Tunseth

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.

After watching his team gallop past a pair of Cook Inlet Conference foes over the weekend, Chugiak softball coach Jim Huber said the Mustangs appear to be coming alive at the right time.

“There’s always room for improvement, but I’m really pleased with the last week, week-and-a-half,” he said after the Mustangs picked up a 14-9 CIC win over Bartlett Saturday at Bartlett.

The win was Chugiak’s third straight conference victory, its fifth victory in the last seven games and pushed its record to .500 for the season.

Strained by a snowy winter and shortened spring, one high school soccer team has reached its breaking point.

A scheduled Cook Inlet Conference match between Eagle River and South Anchorage will go down in the books as a 1-0 forfeit in favor of the Wolverines after Eagle River coach Steve Johnson decided his team needed a break.

Chugiak got a dominant pitching performance when it was most needed Friday night as Garret Nevells and Sam Hall combined to allow just one East hit in a crucial 9-0 Cook Inlet Conference baseball game at Mulcahy Stadium.

The win lifted Chugiak to 3-2 in the seven-game CIC season and put the Mustangs a game clear of West (2-3) for the crucial fourth spot in the league standings with just two games left to play in the season. It also set up a Saturday showdown with second-place Dimond and dropped East to 1-4 in the CIC.

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