Chugiak Post 33 clinched a berth in the Alaska American Legion Baseball playoffs last week, while Eagle River will find itself on the outside looking in.

Through July 16, the Mustangs were 12-2 in the ALB’s eight-team National Division, well within the top four spots that advance to the playoffs. The Wolves, however, were 5-12 and with just one league game to play could only finish as high as fifth. The Wolves will still play in the postseason, though they’ll have to try and win the Matson Invitational, which features the eight Legion teams that fail to reach the state playoffs.

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 July 8 at around 8:52 a.m. police received a report that someone had vandalized Gruening Middle School on Lee Street. According to police, the back side of the building, doors and windows were painted with obscenities. Police said the case is under investigation.

Squash are separated into two main types, summer, (Cucurbita pepo) and winter, (Cucurbita maxima). We will concern ourselves with summer squash in this discussion. Summer squash varieties include zucchini, straight neck squash (“yellow summer squash”), and crookneck squash.

An Eagle River woman was on a team of students who won an entrepreneurship contest for devising a new system for tracking and managing luggage.

Claire Burns — who graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York Potsdam in May with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication and Business Administration — led the team of seven who won the Department of Business Administration’s 53rd Entrepreneurial Business Plan and Product Prototype Competition this spring.

The winning team’s idea was a luggage tag radio frequency identification (RFID) system.

Through Monday, the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks found themselves on the outside of the ABL playoff race, but still with a shot of overtaking the Peninsula Oilers for the fourth spot in the five-team league’s playoffs.

With more than a dozen games to play before the July 31 season finale at Lee Jordan Field, the Chinooks stood at 9-22, just 1.5 games behind the Oilers (12-22). Chugiak-Eagle River lost 7-6 on Monday to the Anchorage Bucs at Lee Jordan Field and dropped a 15-1 decision to the Mat-Su Miners Sunday.

The Knik Little League will host the Alaska District 1 Majors (11-12) baseball tournament starting Tuesday, July 16 at the Knik Fields at Lions Park in Eagle River.

The winner of the district tournament will advance to the state championship for the division, which is the age group that plays in the annual Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Tuesday’s opening games include Palmer vs. Dimond-West at 6 p.m. and Anchorage West vs. Polar Little League at 6:15 p.m.

Three of Alaska’s largest Native organizations have sent a letter questioning a July 11 Facebook post by Sen. Lora Reinbold (R-Eagle River) they say was ill-informed and inflammatory and have called on the state senator to publicly retract her statements.

Demolition work has begun at the Eagle River Lions Park tennis courts, and backers of a plan to renovate the courts have started an online fundraiser to help pay for the project.

Project coordinator Ken McCarty believes the restored tennis (and pickle ball) courts will be an asset to the community.

What is the difference between a hanging basket that looks beautiful all growing season and one that fades away with sparse, dead looking blooms? We will look carefully at this question in hopes of improving the length of time we can enjoy our baskets this summer.

So, you go to the greenhouse or stores around town and purchase a beautiful hanging basket to put up at your home. Initially they are in full bloom and look gorgeous. After a couple of weeks you notice they do not look as great and when you first purchased them, and now the basket looks flat and dry with fewer blooms.

Massive crowds turned out for Bear Paw over the weekend as people weary of scorching temperatures and smoky skies allowed the 2019 festival to beat out dipnetting as the hottest ticket in Southcentral.

Event organizers don’t charge admission so getting hard numbers on attendance is tricky, but the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber does have one way to estimate crowd size: trash. Rinckey said the group’s Dumpsters have never before been filled by the end of the festival.

A pair of hometown racers ran to unexpected victories Saturday at the Bear Paw 5K race in Eagle River.

“I didn’t think I had a chance,” said Eagle River 16-year-old Michael Earnhart, who took the overall title in 16 minutes, 54 seconds.

At least Earnhart has been atop a podium before. Women’s race winner Hannah Booher, 21, said Saturday’s victory was a complete shocker.

“It’s the first time I’ve really won anything,” said Booher, a 2015 Chugiak High grad and former teammate of Earnhart’s on the local Alaska Nordic Racing team.

Some owners of a popular parcel of recreational land near Mt. Baldy have issued a letter rescinding recreational access, while others have listed their portion of the property for sale. The moves by Wallace Mountain Brothers and Stephanie LeProwse were expected after the owners of the land adjacent to Chugach State Park said last month they were planning to either sell or develop the land after failing to find a way to transfer it to the public.

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

UPDATE: Police said on Monday a man wanted for allegedly burglarizing his former home was arrested in Eagle River after a tip from a citizen.

Chugiak and Eagle River beat up on East in Alaska American Legion Baseball games over the weekend, with the Post 33 Mustangs hammering the Thunderbirds 12-0 on Saturday at Oberg Field and Eagle River handing East a 15-9 loss Sunday at Bartlett High.

Orazio Ramos drove in four runs in Eagle River’s win, with Damien Frederick driving in three. Noah Lower tripled twice and scored three runs for the Wolves, who scored seven runs in the second inning and six in the fifth.

Local racers braved smoky conditions to turn in some top performances at the annual Mount Marathon race July 4 in Seward.

Chugiak’s Annie Connelly, 21, had her best career senior race finish, placing 11th in the women’s race in 1 hour, 1 minute and 16 seconds. Connelly was the 15th woman to reach the turnaround rock but posted the sixth fastest downhill and passed four runners on the trip down. Connelly was 13th last year.

All five members of the Chugiak-Eagle River legislative delegation have chosen to meet in Wasilla for a special session called by Gov. Mike Dunleavy rather than joining the majority of their colleagues in Juneau.

Senators Lora Reinbold (R-Eagle River) and Shelley Hughes (R-Mat-Su/Chugiak) are among four Republican senators meeting in Wasilla, while Reps. Kelly Merrick (R-Eagle River), Sharon Jackson (R-Eagle River) and Cathy Tilton (R-Mat-Su/Chugiak) will be among 15 Republican State House members to meet in the Mat-Su.

I wanted to thank Debbie for her casual and cursory review of our Eaglexit movement (“Letter: No to Eaglexit,” Anchorage Daily News). Unfortunately, it is disappointing when conclusions such as her’s are jumped to without a civil and open discussion. We have a large presence of good people in Assembly District 2 (Eagle River, Chugiak, Birchwood, Peters Creek and Eklutna) who are very open and engaged in an active dialog regarding Eaglexit.

An Eagle River man with a lengthy history of dangerous driving convictions was arrested on the Glenn Highway after allegedly firing a flare gun at another motorist during an Independence Day “road rage” incident.

According to the Alaska State Troopers, Joshua Haggerty, 36, allegedly tried to run several vehicles off the road while driving north on the highway from Eagle River. According to troopers, at one point Haggerty “produced a flare gun and shot it at another motorist, striking the vehicle.”

Dependable, beautiful plants, Hostas (Plantation Lily) are noted for their lush foliage and low maintenance in the garden. Touted as a shade perennial, Hostas grown in Southcentral Alaska can be a shade or partly sunny perennial.

Historically, Hostas are believed to have originated in the shady forests of China. They made their way to Europe in the 1830s and made their way to America several years later. There are thousands of cultivars of varying sizes, shapes and colors.

Chugiak’s bid to reach the finals of the BP Invitational American Legion Baseball tournament came up agonizingly short against the eventual tournament champions Saturday, June 29 at a smoky Mulcahy Stadium.

The Post 33 Mustangs lost 1-0 on a walk-off RBI single by Dakota Benner of the Napoleon (Ohio) River Bandits, who blasted Auburn (Rhode Island) 12-1 in the championship game Saturday to win their third tournament title.

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