After watching the Chugiak girls basketball team put up its best state tournament performance in his 10 seasons as head coach, Ryan Hales said he was most proud of the little things.

“There’s this culture built into them that we work hard, we pay attention to details and we do it together — and that’s been built into each one of them and it has made them closer,” Hales said Saturday following his team’s 56-49 win over Soldotna in the third-place game of the Class 4A state tourney in Anchorage. “They really rely on each other. It’s pretty neat.”

Police were contacted after “a potential non-specific threat” was posted over the weekend by a Mirror Lake Middle School student on Instagram.

According to an email sent out by MLMS principal Alex Hagler, the social media post was spotted by “a concerned citizen” who told police about the threat. Anchorage School District spokesperson Catherine Esary said the Anchorage Police Department spoke with the student and appropriate disciplinary actions were being taken.

Esary said she couldn’t comment on what discipline might be taken or the specific nature of the threat.

A 60-year-old woman was arrested for operating under the influence Sunday after the vehicle she was driving struck two juveniles on bicycles at the intersection of the Old Glenn Highway and Coronado Road in Eagle River.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, Vicie Zielinski was driving a silver 2014 Subaru that struck a male and female juvenile on the sidewalk alongside the Old Glenn.

Chugiak’s late comeback bid came up just short Friday as the Mustangs dropped a 54-44 decision to Bartlett in the semifinals of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Class 4A Girls Basketball Tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.

The Mustangs trailed by seven points at the half but clawed their way back to within one possession in the fourth quarter before the Golen Bears pulled away.

The loss dropped the Mustangs into Saturday’s 8:30 a.m. third place game against Soldotna, which fell to Dimond in Friday’s other semifinal.

The University of Alaska Anchorage is vacating its campus in Eagle River.

UAA chancellor Cathy Sandeen sent an email to campus faculty and staff Friday saying the university is not renewing its lease in the Eagle Center building.

“…we have decided not to renew the lease on the existing Chugiak-Eagle River Campus building,” Sandeen wrote. “Spring and summer classes will continue as planned in the building, but beginning in fall 2019 UAA will offer classes in available Anchorage School District facilities in Eagle River.”

Anchorage School District officials said they confiscated a BB gun from a student on Friday at Chugiak High School.

CHS assistant principal Alison Susel sent out an email about the incident Friday afternoon. She said the gun was found after a a report from a student.

The Eagle River Lions Club has held two gun shows annually for more than 20 years. These fundraisers are a financial key to ensure the Eagle River Lions Community Hall can be made available at a reasonable nonprofit price for the community.

The Eagle River Lions Community Hall is one of the largest banquet halls in the Eagle River community. This hall is used for weddings and wedding receptions, celebrations of life, anniversaries, birthdays, nonprofit fundraisers for many causes and many other functions.

Police took a man into custody Friday after a standoff in Eagle River in which the man allegedly backed his vehicle atop a police patrol car parked in the man’s driveway.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, officers first responded to the 20500 block of Eagle River Road for a reportedly suicidal person. Police said they arrived to find a man was barricaded inside his home and had injured himself with a knife.

Moments after celebrating their biggest win of the season Thursday, all Chugiak’s players wanted to do Thursday was talk about the little things.

“We are able to find the little, small happinesses,” said Chugiak junior Chasity Horn, who scored a game-high 29 points as the Mustangs knocked off West Valley 69-66 in the opening round of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Girls Class 4A State Basketball Tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.

Eagle River’s Andrew Shortridge has won the Ken Dryden Award as the top goalie in the Eastern College Athletic Conference.

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 March 12 at around 6:47 p.m. police responded to Rosebud Row Avenue for a report of a man not breathing. Police said officers performed CPR, which revived the victim. Police said the man had recently injected heroin and was taken to a local hospital by medics.

Trip to DMV results in trip to jail

Anchorage School Board members have approved a $36.3 million plan to fix two Eagle River schools that suffered heavy damage in the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake.

At its Monday meeting, the board voted 6-0 with one absent to endorse a plan previously adopted by an ad hoc committee formed to make recommendations for the future of Gruening Middle School and Eagle River Elementary, which have been closed since the magnitude 7.1 quake.

Garcia’s Cantina makes muchas margaritas. In fact the Eagle River restaurant moves more Jose Cuervo tequila than any other establishment in Alaska, a distinction that earned its owners the perk of crafting their very own special edition tequila.

“We have an ultra premium tequila you can’t get anywhere else, a signature tequila of Garcia’s Cantina,” co-owner Jason Hemphill said. “So it’s a big deal.”

Eagle River’s Ashlynn Burgess capped a stellar career at Wenatchee Valley College by helping the Lady Knights to a Northwest Athletic Conference championship March 17 with a 74-70 win over Umpqua College at Everett Community College in Everett, Washington.

The 2017 Chugiak High grad scored 16 points, hauled in five rebounds and grabbed a game-high four steals in the victory.

A team of Chugiak High School hockey players joined up to win the 18U division at the 5th Annual Last Frontier Pond Hockey Classic held March 8 in Big Lake.

Playing as the “Cherry Pickers,” CHS senior Grant Epple was joined by juniors Tyler Huffer and Luke Momblow and sophomores Jarett Beckett, Alayna Breivogel and Wyatt Young to claim the title.

The 4-on-4 tournament March 8-10 at the Burkshore Marina was played on 13 rinks and included nine divisions ranging from 10-and-under to elite and “49ers.”

The Mustang Hockey Association 12U Alaska Blue Devils won an Alaska state championship on March 10 when they defeated the Valley Thunder 5-4 in the state title game at the Big Dipper Ice Arena in Fairbanks. The victory was the second state title in three seasons for the 12U Blue Devils.

After neither team scored during a 15-minute sudden death overtime period, the Blue Devils won in a shootout.

Michael Earnhart capped a superb U.S. Cross Country Junior Nationals with a second trip to the podium Saturday as part of the second-place U18 boys freestyle relay team on the final day of competition at Kincaid Park.

Earnhart — who won the U18 boys classic sprint race Wednesday — teamed up with Alexander Maurer and Zanden McMullen to finish just 0.6 seconds behind the winning team of Kai Mittelsteadt, Haydn Halvorsen and Johnny Hagenbuch of the Inter-Mountain team.

Michael Earnhart and Adrianna Proffitt continued to rack up Alaska Cup points Friday at the U.S. Cross Country Junior Nationals at Kincaid Park.

Proffitt led Chugiak-Eagle River’s large contingent of athletes on Friday by finishing seventh in the girls 10-kilometer U18 mass start classic race. Proffitt was the second Alaskan across the line behind race winner Kendall Kramer of Fairbanks.

Chasity Horn and Eva Palmer were among 15 players named to the CIC’s All-Conference team, which was announced after the tournament Saturday. The star duo also helped lead the Mustangs to the girls GPA award.

Horn and Palmer were joined on the team by Eagle River’s Grace Harder. Dimond’s Alissa Pili won the conference MVP and Bartlett’s Clarence Smith was named Coach of the Year.

Local author Monica Devine will hold a reading of her new memoir “Water Mask,” on Sunday, March 17, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Jitters Coffee Shop in Eagle River. She’ll also hold a second signing April 27.

Devine is a retired speech therapist whose work took her all over Alaska. Her book is a collection of 15 stories detailing her life and experiences.


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