A spokesperson for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said Saturday a third bear was shot and killed in the Eagleridge neighborhood on Wednesday.

Race organizers for the Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon might want to consider renaming the 5-kilometer portion of the Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon races after Lee Jordan.

Jordan was briefly elected mayor of Chugiak-Eagle River during a failed secession movement from the Municipality of Anchorage in 1975, so honoring him would be fitting after Chugiak’s Daniel Bausch won the men’s 5K Saturday and Eagle River’s Morgan Ekemo was second in the women’s division and fourth overall.

State biologists Thursday were still trying to locate a brown bear believed to be responsible for the death of a 44-year-old hiker and the mauling of a 51-year-old man searching for him.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh said the department set out bear traps Wednesday night to try and capture the animal, which a witness described as a large brown bear.

Biologists were monitoring the traps Thursday.

A 7-year-old Alaskan husky named Nanook is being credited with helping rescue a cold, injured hiker Wednesday night in the Eagle River Valley.

“He’s Alaska’s version of Lassie,” said Lt. Eric Olsen with the Alaska State Troopers.

Chugiak’s Emma Nelson has been named the Gatorade Alaska Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

Nelson, a dynamic 5-foot-11 leaper bound for Oregon State University, won the high jump, long jump and triple jump at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Division I Track and Field Meet in May. Nelson was named Athlete of the Meet at the championships — where she set a new state record in the high jump by clearing 5 feet, 9 inches — and her three state titles gave her six for her high school career.

A brown bear killed a 44-year-old hiker deep in the South Fork Eagle River Valley and mauled a member of a search party looking for him on Wednesday, Anchorage police said.

Michael Soltis’ body was found in the same area near the end of Hiland Road — a winding, 9-mile-long route into the South Fork Eagle River Valley — where a brown bear also attacked a man searching for the missing Eagle River civil engineer Wednesday morning.

“It appears the brown bear was protecting the body when it attacked a member of the search party,” APD said.

A week-long trash binge is over for a pair of Eagle River brown bears who were shot and killed by state wildlife officials Monday night.

According to Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh, Fish and Game biologists and an Alaska wildlife trooper arrived in the Eagle Ridge subdivision Monday night in search of the bears, which had been getting into trash for more than a week.

“I think they encountered them fairly quickly,” Marsh said Monday.

Marsh said the bears were spotted wandering through the neighborhood in search of their favorite meal: trash.

On June 12 at around noon, police received a report of a robbery on the Glenn Highway. According to police, a man arranged for his mother to get a ride from Wasilla to Anchorage from someone he met on Craigslist. During the ride, police said another female passenger in the car tried to steal the woman’s purse. Police said the man driving the car pulled over, and the victim got out without her purse near the North Birchwood overpass.

A death sentence has been handed down for a pair of trash-eating brown bears in Eagle River.

“They’re going to be euthanized,” said Alaska Department of Fish and Game assistant Anchorage area biologist Cory Stantorf.

Jordan Wharton is tearing up the Alaska Baseball League.

The Indiana Wesleyan University and Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks infielder is currently leading the ABL with a .441 batting average and 15 hits through the first nine games of the season. Wharton’s hot start continued during a recent three-game series with the Peninsula Oilers that saw the 6-foot-1 righty from Akron, Ohio pick up six hits, including a homerun.

A three-hour standoff between an armed man and police ended with the man being Tasered and bitten by a police dog before being taken into custody.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, James Fredrickrock, 37, was arrested just before midnight on Saturday, June 16. According to APD, a drunken Fredrickrock showed up at his ex-girlfriend’s home on Regency Drive shortly before 9 p.m. armed with a handgun. He allegedly pointed the weapon at her and made suicidal threats.

The woman and a child were able to get out of the home without being hurt, police said.

In an effort to gain local support for a proposed homeless veterans housing facility, the chairman of the group behind the project made a swing through Eagle River last week.

Ric Davidge, chairman of the Alaska Veterans Foundation, met with the Eagle River Valley and Eagle River community councils, where he laid out his vision for the facility to potential neighbors.

“Our mission is very simple: Do what no one else will do for veterans,” Davidge told the Eagle River Community Council at its June 14 meeting.

The sky’s no limit for Chugiak’s Michael Connelly.

The 16-year-old mountain running phenom broke the 17-and-under age group record Sunday during his fifth-place run at the Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb on Bird Ridge.

“I’m very excited,” said Connelly, who completed the 3,400-foot climb to the summit in 41 minutes, 40 seconds to place fifth overall.

Red, white and blue were on full display Thursday outside the Eagle River Lions Club, where more than 50 people stood in the bright sunshine to take part in a patriotic celebration of the nation’s banner. From the red of the Boy Scouts’ neckerchierf to the puffy white clouds to the bright blue sky overhead, the day was ideal for celebrating the nation’s colors.

“The whole point is Americanism,” said Lodge 2682 exalted ruler Ted “Raven” Palmer after the half-hour ceremony, which included patriotic songs, an opening prayer and messages of patriotism from club members.

Teams of racers began what some called “the worst game of tag ever” Friday on the shores of Mirror Lake, where runners embarked on a 175-mile trek expected to end sometime Saturday at Waterfront Park in Seward.

The second-annual Alaska Relay features teams of as many as 12 runners alternating legs along the route. The race winds south through Chugiak-Eagle River, Anchorage, Girdwood and onto the Kenai Peninsula. Racers travel in vans, leapfrogging each other as runners alternate running and resting over the course of the grueling event.

Rising to a height of 3,218 feet, Mount Baldy is Chugiak-Eagle River’s backyard playground. On any given summer day, dozens of cars line the sides of Skyline Drive, where the trail begins near the site of the Old Wallace Homestead. The hike provides a gateway into Chugach State Park, and offers both a quick day hike or longer excursions toward the peaks beyond, including Blacktail Rocks, Roundtop and Vista Peak.

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.

Truck crash results in arrest

Gardeners are having a blooming good time in Chief Alex Park, where ongoing renovations aimed at sprucing up the downtown Eagle River landmark are in full swing.

“All the flowers are in,” said Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce executive director Debbie Rinckey last week.

Parks and rec board members are slowly walking a dog parks plan forward in spite of loud, persistent howls of opposition from a small group of neighbors who live near a proposed park site in downtown Eagle River.

The Eagle River Valley Community Council will hold a special meeting Wednesday, June 13 at 7 p.m. in the Eagle River Town Center meeting room.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss two items: an update on the proposed Braendel Creek Subdivision and a presentation on the proposed Veteran Village project.

For more information, visit communitycouncils.org.

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