Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

On May 16 at around 10:13 p.m. police received a report that a man was hitting a woman while parked in a blue Buick in the Fred Meyer parking lot.

PALMER — Through rain and shine, Chugiak’s track and field team kept piling up the points — and the records — Saturday at the state track and field championships at Machetanz Field.

The Mustangs won the Division I boys team title with depth and determination while the girls team broke two state relay records despite rapidly changing weather that featured bright sunshine in the morning followed by wind and rain in the afternoon.

Chugiak Daniel Bausch won the Division I boys 3,200 meters for the second straight year Friday on the opening day of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Track and Field Championships at Machetanz Field in Palmer.

Bausch led wire-to-wire and was never challenged, winning in 9 minutes, 21.78 seconds. Teammate Hyrum Nelson finished second in 9:37.96.

“I’m very happy,” Bausch said after crossing the finish line.

The senior said he was equally happy for Nelson, who finished 10th last year.


Service 2, Chugiak 1

Undefeated Service survived a scare Thursday, getting a late strike from Alex Nunez to advance to the semifinals of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Division I Boys State Soccer Tournament with a 2-1 win over Chugiak at Service High.

Nunez’s header in the 88th minute broke a 1-1 tie and sent the host Cougars into a 5 p.m. semifinal Friday at Service against Colony.

The guest of honor was resplendent in a bright red dress and a pair black flats she picked out several days before the party.

As she sat surrounded by piles of birthday cards sent from around the world — and fresh off a phone call from U.S. congressman — the smile on Charlotte Schwid’s face Wednesday was matched in brightness only by the glints of sunlight pouring in through the windows of the Eagle River VFW and bouncing off the “Birthday Girl” tiara she wore atop her flowing locks of silver hair.

A pilot. A businessman. A scientist. A soldier.

The 2019 class of more than 500 Chugiak-Eagle River area high school graduates includes many young people on the brink of extraordinary adulthoods, and this year’s crop of valedictorians exemplifies that promise.

The Eagle River girls soccer team will host the opening game of the 2019 ASAA/First National Bank Soccer Tournament on Thursday at the Wolves’ Den on Yosemite Drive in Eagle River.

Chugiak clinched a spot in the state baseball tournament and knocked its crosstown rivals out in the process Saturday with a 7-2 win over Eagle River in the Cook Inlet Conference playoffs at Mulcahy Stadium.

The win lifted the Mustangs to 7-1 and ensured the team will finish in the top two spots in the CIC. Eagle River fell to 4-4, meaning the Wolves could finish no higher than third in the standings despite having playoff games remaining Wednesday against West and Thursday against South. Both games are at 4:30 p.m. at Mulcahy Stadium.

After the stomping ended, all Taylor Caldwell could think about was finding his dog, Memphis.

“I started yelling out his name,” Caldwell said Monday from Providence Hospital, where he’s recovering from injuries suffered in a Friday afternoon moose attack. Then he realized that was a mistake. A cow moose was again sizing up the 67-year-old piano player as he laid on the ground, broken and bleeding from wounds to his hand, ribs, leg and rear end.

Eagle River’s Charlotte Schwid has seen more than most during her century of life, but she still loves a good parade.

“She just wants to get up and go and go places, she loves fairs and festivals,” said Schwid’s daughter, Sharon White.

The Grand Parade during the annual midsummer celebration in her adopted hometown is a favorite for Schwid, who will celebrate her 100th birthday Wednesday during a party at the Eagle River VFW.

“Bear Paw we go all three days every year,” she said.

Fueled by a blazing run Friday and a depth charge Saturday, the Chugiak boys track and field team raced to a dominant win at the Cook Inlet Conference Track and Field Championships at Dimond Alumni Field.

Tony Petito didn’t believe it at first. He pulled his vehicle up to a man who was lying in the grass and yelling for help in Eagle River Friday afternoon.

“I said, ‘You need a cell phone? What’s going on, man? What happened?’ And he said, “I’ve been stomped by a moose,’” Petito said. “I was like, ‘This guy’s jerking my chain. Are you kidding me?’”

Then the man rolled over. His hands and arms were covered in blood.

Petito said he called 911.

Locals grimacing over a lack of fast food options in Eagle River will have to McWait until the end of the year to address their earthquake-induced Mac attacks — but happier meals are ahead.

“The bottom line is the store’s going to be rebuilt,” said Mike Davidson, who owns 21 McDonald’s franchises in Southcentral Alaska, including the shuttered store along Eagle River’s main drag.

The role of pH in growing a healthy garden should not be overlooked.

In Alaska we generally have very acidic soils. The role pH plays in gardening is not talked about that much and is one of the most overlooked discussions in gardening. For the home gardener, pH is the key that can unlock the door to your garden success. This discussion will attempt to take a good look at why this is true.

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Chugiak completed a first-place run through the brief Cook Inlet Conference baseball season with a 9-6 win over Eagle River Thursday at Bartlett High.

Austin Bull went 2-for-2 with an RBI for Chugiak, which scored eight runs in the first two innings to pull away. Trystan Costanios and Christian Cambridge each drove in two runs for the Mustangs, who got four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings of relief from pitcher Justin Nevells.

Orazio Ramos and Chase McGraw each had two RBIs for the Wolves.

Graduation ceremonies were held for Eagle River and Chugiak High Schools on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 in Anchorage.

The back-to-back commencement ceremonies saw 185 graduates (and four exchange students) from Eagle River High School honored at Sullivan Arena Wednesday afternoon, followed by a class of 212 and five foreign exchange students recognized from Chugiak.

Eagle River High’s valedictorian was Collin Dyches and salutatorian was Ashton Love.

William “Billy” Smith was Chugiak’s valedictorian, with Miles Dennis named the school’s salutatorian.

Eagle River swept Chugiak on Senior Night Tuesday, getting a pair of valuable prep soccer wins in advance of crucial road trips to Fairbanks for both schools.

The Eagle River girl opened Tuesday’s doubleheader with a 2-0 shutout, and the boys followed with a 2-1 thriller in the nightcap to keep their hopes alive of playing at home in the upcoming state tournament.

News flash: Mustangs are fast.

Chugiak swept the Palmer Relays track and field meet Friday and Saturday, with the school’s loaded boys squad dominating the 20-team meet and the girls eking out a narrow victory over the meet hosts.

The Chugiak boys racked up 158 team points to double up second-place Colony (79). Anchorage Christian was third with 64 points and Eagle River finished eighth with 42.

In the girls competition, Chugiak scored 96 points to edge Palmer (90) and Eagle River (86).

Ken McCarty has high hopes for what are unquestionably some of the worst tennis courts in Alaska.

“Trees are growing in it, the whole bit,” McCarty said during a recent interview about the four-court enclosure at Eagle River Lions Park. “It’s pretty trashed.”

An avid tennis player, McCarty said that up until about a decade ago the courts were still widely used.

“It was an active place,” said McCarty, who took on the project on behalf of the local Lions Club, which owns the property.


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