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This week, after thoughtful consideration, I have withdrawn my support for HB 72, a bill that would make Black History Month permanent in Alaska.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.