Schools in Chugiak-Eagle River required some of the most expensive emergency repairs in the wake of the Nov. 30 earthquake.

Eagle River soared into the Cook Inlet Conference tournament semifinals and onto the state tournament Tuesday, while Chugiak will have to fight to keep its postseason alive.

The No. 3 seed Wolves advanced to the semis with a 2-0 win over No. 6 seed West at the McDonald Center behind 28 saves from Ryan Gray while No. 4 Chugiak fell into the fifth-place game after falling 4-3 to Service in a heartbreaker at Ben Boeke.

Chugiak claimed seventh place at the Alaska Airlines Classic basketball tournament Saturday with a 54-49 win over Monroe Catholic at West High.

The Mustangs used a dominant fourth-quarter performance to seal the victory, outscoring the Rams 21-15 in the final eight minutes.

Owen Lewis led a balanced Chugiak offense with 13 points, Jackson Wall had 12 and Austin Harr added 10.

Chugiak led 26-19 at halftime before Monroe rallied to tie the game heading into the fourth.

Izak Lohrke scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Rams.

Chugiak’s Luke Momblow and Eagle River’s Sal Demma each scored both their team’s goals in a 2-2 nonconference high school hockey tie Saturday at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

The final regular season game for both squads doubled as Senior Night, with Chugiak and Eagle River seniors and their families honored between periods.

An early morning warm-up caused numerous car crashes in the Anchorage area and Glenn Highway corridor Friday and an Anchorage School District already scrambling to make up lost days was forced to cancel classes once again.

Eagle River bowlers have been obliterating their Anchorage Scholastic Bowling League rivals this season, so it was fitting a pair of Wolves blew away the competition league’s Shootout Tournament Thursday at Center Bowl in Anchorage.

Wolves Allison Szewczyk and Cameron Spano swept the individual tournament titles, with Szewczyk posting the day’s best three-game series with a 722 and Spano taking the boys competition with a 677.

Male inmates enrolled in a successful faith-based program intended to reduce recidivism have been moved from Hiland Mountain Correctional Center to the Anchorage Correctional Complex in what state officials say is a plan to increase programs for female inmates at the women’s prison.

Alaska Department of Corrections Commissioner Nancy Dahlstrom confirmed 37 men were transferred from Hiland to the Anchorage jail Saturday.

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.

Calls were down slightly in 2018, but Chugiak’s volunteer fire department was still red hot.

Calls for service decreased by about eight percent last year even as the Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department saw a surge in volunteer hours thanks to what chief Tim Benningfield says has been a concerted effort to draw in new recruits.

“We’ve had a great recruitment and retention effort,” Benningfield told the Chugiak Community Council recently.

The Chugiak swimming pool is now open.

The pool — which had been closed for nearly two months due to damage from the Nov. 30 earthquake — reopened Tuesday according to the Chugiak-Eagle River Parks and Recreation Department. The facility is located at Chugiak High School (16525 S. Birchwood Loop).

Stay calm, it’s only a drill.

People living near Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson are likely to see an increase in noise and emergency vehicles during an emergency response exercise Thursday.

According to a press release issued Wednesday, noise from the drill “may carry into the local communities adjacent to JBER.”

Local teams swept the Birchwood Bash basketball tournament last weekend at Birchwood Christian School.

The host BCS boys claimed first place in a tiebreaker over the Eagle River junior varsity and Akiak. All three teams finished 2-1, but the Warriors were awarded the title due to the best point differential among the squads. In the girls tourney, the Eagle River JV earned the title by finishing 2-1 and beating second-place Akiak. Soldotna’s Cook Inlet Academy also participated in the three-day tournament.

A Tuesday night announcement by the Anchorage School District sent another aftershock through an already battered Chugiak-Eagle River.

Anchorage police say a 40-year-old Eagle River man fleeing police got tangled in the wires of a stun gun and was captured in downtown Eagle River early Wednesday.

According to an Anchorage Police Department Nixle alert, Kennth G. Stepetin was taken to the Anchorage Jail on charges of operating under the influence, resisting arrest, failure to stop and leaving the scene of an accident.

A dispute over dogs in Eagle River earlier this month resulted in a call to police after a man allegedly brandished a handgun at two women walking their animals off leash.

On Jan. 12 at around 4 p.m. police said they responded to a report of a man brandishing a handgun. According to APD, two women told them they were walking their dogs off leash at the Briggs Bridge lower parking lot. Police said the women told officers a man approached them on the trail “holding a handgun, and yelling that he almost shot the dogs and that they needed to be on a leash.”

Dear President Trump and members of Congress,

Day 31: Even as you withhold our pay, we continue working hard operating, maintaining and protecting our beloved nation. This is convenient for those of you in power, but it’s demoralizing for us, the workers. It’s like a communist microeconomy. You failed to do your job, yet you still are collecting pay from the fruits of our work.

Shaken to action by November’s magnitude 7.0 earthquake, some Chugiak residents believe it’s time to bring additional building safety measures to their community.

At its Thursday meeting, the Chugiak Community Council passed a resolution asking the Municipality of Anchorage to require that an engineer review plans for all residential structures requiring a municipal land-use permit.

“Somebody needs to look at these things,” said Bart Quimby, an engineer from Chugiak who spoke in favor of the resolution.

Tucker Lien’s shot from just inside the blue line with 3:09 left in the game completed a wild Eagle River 4-3 Cook Inlet Conference comeback victory over rival Chugiak Saturday night in Eagle River.

Lien’s shot snuck between the legs of Chugiak starter Olin Keliher and sent the Wolves’ half of a jam-packed McDonald Center into a frenzy as Lien was dog-piled by his teammates. Gavin McDonald and Logan Dudinsky assisted on the game-winner, one of three helpers for Dudinsky on the night.

Another week, another sweep.

Eagle River bowlers posted two of the week’s top three individual scores for the second consecutive week en route to an Anchorage Scholastic Bowling League sweep at the Eagle River Bowl.

Allison Szewczyk rolled a match-best 216 to lead the Eagle River girls to a 35-0 win over South, while Brendan Iaulualo had a 215 to help the Eagle River boys to a 28-7 win over South. Both teams are undefeated this season.

Spring Harris posted a 205 for the Eagle River girls, who have won four of the last five league titles and the past two in a row.

Chugiak/Eagle River got 33 saves from Morgan Richards in a 10-0 girls hockey loss Thursday to Dimond at the Dempsey-Anderson Arena in Anchorage.

Hannah Gross had three goals and four assists for the Lynx.

Chugiak/Eagle River faces South/Bartlett at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25 at the Dempsey-Anderson in the final regular season game of the year.


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