“Take me to a mountain.”

Going up is how Susie Smith gets right. Immediately upon discovery of cancer in her rib, fleeing up an Arctic Valley trail was like a primal “flight” instinct. Her epic “fight” response mobilized later and again led up — 19,341 feet up, to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa.

“The mountains are just my place,” Smith mused. “It’s where I find peace. It’s where I go to regulate. It is what fills my soul.”

There’s about to be a Kennedy on the Anchorage Assembly.

With the early votes counted following Tuesday’s by mail election deadline, Eagle River’s Crystal Kennedy held a commanding lead over Oliver Schiess in the two-way race to replace Gretchen Wehmhoff on the Assembly. With 6,802 votes cast as of Tuesday night, Kennedy had 3,666 (53.9 percent) votes while Schiess garnered 2,686 (39.5 percent).

Kennedy, 61, said she felt her campaign connected well with voters in Chugiak-Eagle River, where she’s lived for the past 25 years.

Eagle River’s Andrew Shortridge is going pro.

The Quinnipiac University junior goalie has agreed to a free agent contract with the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, according to multiple media reports citing Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold. The signing was reported Tuesday by ESPN anchor John Buccigross, New Haven Register columnist Chip Malafronte and the College Hockey News.

Chugiak’s young, loaded boys track and field team made a big statement at the Pro/Whit track and field meet at The Dome Friday and Saturday, winning the team competition with more than twice as many points as second-place Dimond.

A dozen local educators were singled out for their service during a ceremony March 26 at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center.

The annual Excellence in Education Awards are presented each year by the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Eagle River Area Rotary, the Chugiak-Eagle River Foundation, Enstar and BP Alaska. This year’s 16th annual awards were selected by school principals at each of the 12 area public schools to honor outstanding teachers in the community.

The U.S. Army is investigating the death of a 20-year-old infantryman who died Saturday during a live fire training exercise near Fort Greely.

Spc. Nicholas Peter DiMona III, 20, of Medford Lakes, New Jersey, died from a gunshot wound while taking part in training at the Donnelly Training Area, according to a press release issued by the Army on Monday. He was taken by helicopter to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Arctic Valley’s annual spring fling is set for Saturday, March 30 starting at 11 a.m.

The 15th annual Merry Marmot Festival is a daylong event that features everything from fat tire bike races to a downhill dummy launch.

A Chugiak teen credited with helping to save his brother’s life after a freak accident will be recognized with a Spirit of Youth “Lifesaver” award during a ceremony March 30 at the Anchorage Downtown Marriott.

Michael and Tristan Wheatley were home alone on Sept. 28, 2018, when the two teens started roughhousing. Michael punched Tristan in the chest, which caused his older brother to immediately collapse.

The 2019 municipal election is ongoing through April 2 and is being conducted through the mail. Voters should have received a vote-by-mail packet in the mail shortly after the ballots were sent out in early March.

Signed ballots can be returned either by mail or at a secure drop box.

Tuesday, April 2, is Election Day for the Municipality of Anchorage and it’s the second year for a mail-in ballot election.

Ballots were sent out on March 12 to every registered voter in Birchwood, Chugiak, Eagle River, Eklutna, JBER and a small part of Muldoon near Boundary and Turpin. Voter turnout has typically been low for local elections so be sure to exercise your right to vote.

This week, after thoughtful consideration, I have withdrawn my support for HB 72, a bill that would make Black History Month permanent in Alaska. As the only African-American in the Alaska House of Representatives, I want you to understand why I felt compelled to do this.

The Anchorage School District has released engineering reports detailing the extent of damage caused at Gruening Middle School and Eagle River Elementary by the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake.

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-Eagle River residents can expect to see and hear plenty of military air activity through the first week of April as Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson conducts its two-week Polar Force exercise.

The massive exercise “gives squadrons an opportunity to demonstrate their abilities to forward deploy and deliver overwhelming combat airpower,” according to a Facebook post by the Air Force’s 3rd Operations Group, which included photos of a close formation taxi “elephant walk” showing 24 F-22 Raptors, a C-17 Globemaster III and an E-3 Sentry aircraft on the runway.

UPDATE: Gottschalk was arrested on the warrant and taken to the Anchorage Correctional Complex.

ORIGINAL STORY:

On March 20 at around 8:20 p.m. police responded to a church parking lot on Northwood Park Circle to meet with an assault victim. Police said the woman told them she got into an altercation with her husband, Archie N. Gottschalk, 68. The woman told police Gottschalk lunged at her so she ran up the stairs, at which time he allegedly pushed her and caused her to fall and get hurt.

Eagle River’s Slocombe siblings are getting stinking rich.

For the second time in the last three years, the nation’s smelliest shoes are from the same Eagle River household after 15-year-old Senneca Slocombe was named the Odor-Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest Tuesday at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not in Times Square in New York City.

Slocombe was one of seven national finalists for the annual contest, which awarded her a $2,500 grand prize for winning.

The 2019 municipal election is ongoing through April 2 and is being conducted through the mail. Voters should have received a Vote by Mail packet in the mail shortly after the ballots were sent out in early March.

An Eagle River woman is the first female champion in the history of the Home Winter King Salmon Tournament.

Shayna Perry claimed first place in the 26th annual derby March 23 in Kachemak Bay when she caught a 26.7-pound king while fishing aboard the Stella Maris 2 with skipper Krzysztof Balaban. For winning the derby, Perry received a $28,040 cash prize. She also won the “AJ’s Oldtown Steakhouse” prize for the largest “white” king caught in the derby.

The annual derby attracted 1,402 anglers and 426 boats who between them caught 180 kings.

An Eagle River woman accused of hitting and seriously injuring two children on bicycles with her car appeared in court Monday to face assault and drunk driving charges.

According to charging documents in the case, Vicie Zielinski, 60, had a blood alcohol level of 0.189 when she drove her silver Subaru onto the sidewalk alongside the Old Glenn Highway at around 3:51 p.m. and struck a boy and girl riding bicycles.

Chugiak junior guard Chasity Selden-Horn is starting to pile up the awards.

Already a first-team All-Cook Inlet Conference performer, Selden-Horn was named to the Alaska Association of Basketball Coaches All-State team released before the start of the state tournament.

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