Angie Fraize is in the spotlight after a U.S. Senator sang her praises in a glowing speech earlier this month.

“The Senate floor, how cool is that?” said the Anchorage Police Department officer from Eagle River.

The Chugach Mountain Bike Riders (CMBR) trails at Mirror Lake are now open.

The trails officially opened for summertime traffic May 16. Located between Mirror and Edmonds lakes, the five-mile trail system first opened in 2017, with a second phase completed last year. The main access point is at the northeast end of the Mirror Lake Park parking lot.

The CMBR has been hosting volunteer work parties to help get the trails into summertime shape. The next event is scheduled for May 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Hudson Taylor is a human Swiss Army knife: he can do just about anything.

Taylor recently graduated as valedictorian of the Alaska Middle College School, is an accomplished trumpet player and even carried a 170 average for Eagle River High’s conference champion bowling team. And this summer he’s heading to Dallas, where he’ll take part in a summer research program in biomedical engineering.

“I’ll be sort of getting a head start on the whole college experience,” he said.

After leading her team to its first state tournament appearance in school history, Eagle River girls head soccer coach Lynn Swanson was honored as the Railbelt Conference’s girls Coach of the Year in voting announced last week.

Swanson’s Wolves went 3-5-2 in the Railbelt, including a win and a tie against rival Chugiak. The squad played its best when it mattered, going undefeated in its final three conference games to earn a state tournament berth.

Chugiak’s Camden Costanios was unhittable, Trystan Costnios was uncatchable and the Chugiak Mustangs are the champions of the Cook Inlet Conference.

The younger Costanios — junior-to-be Camden — threw a seven-inning no-hitter May 23 to help Chugiak defeat West 7-0 in the final game of the CIC playoffs, secure a conference title and earn the No. 1 seed in the upcoming state baseball tournament. The elder Costanios — recent CHS grad Trystan — blasted a 3-run homer in the third inning to lead the Chugiak offense.

While we are out there working hard to grow a beautiful garden in just a few short months, the creepy crawlers are munching away at our bounty. It can be so frustrating to find holes and sticky slime all over your pristine vegetables and flowers. Instead of spraying bug killers all over a garden we plan to ingest, consider creating a garden that is full of all sorts of bugs that can help us in this endeavor. Some of the bugs are pests that destroy our plants while others east the plant-eating bugs. I can go for that!

Tour de Cure is more than just a cycling event. It’s a life-changing event. A day full of fun and excitement where riders of all levels join forces in the fight to stop diabetes and raise critical funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy in support of the American Diabetes Association.

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 May 16 at around 10:13 p.m. police received a report that a man was hitting a woman while parked in a blue Buick in the Fred Meyer parking lot.

PALMER — Through rain and shine, Chugiak’s track and field team kept piling up the points — and the records — Saturday at the state track and field championships at Machetanz Field.

The Mustangs won the Division I boys team title with depth and determination while the girls team broke two state relay records despite rapidly changing weather that featured bright sunshine in the morning followed by wind and rain in the afternoon.

Chugiak Daniel Bausch won the Division I boys 3,200 meters for the second straight year Friday on the opening day of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Track and Field Championships at Machetanz Field in Palmer.

Bausch led wire-to-wire and was never challenged, winning in 9 minutes, 21.78 seconds. Teammate Hyrum Nelson finished second in 9:37.96.

“I’m very happy,” Bausch said after crossing the finish line.

The senior said he was equally happy for Nelson, who finished 10th last year.

DIVISION I BOYS

Service 2, Chugiak 1

Undefeated Service survived a scare Thursday, getting a late strike from Alex Nunez to advance to the semifinals of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Division I Boys State Soccer Tournament with a 2-1 win over Chugiak at Service High.

Nunez’s header in the 88th minute broke a 1-1 tie and sent the host Cougars into a 5 p.m. semifinal Friday at Service against Colony.

The guest of honor was resplendent in a bright red dress and a pair black flats she picked out several days before the party.

As she sat surrounded by piles of birthday cards sent from around the world — and fresh off a phone call from U.S. congressman — the smile on Charlotte Schwid’s face Wednesday was matched in brightness only by the glints of sunlight pouring in through the windows of the Eagle River VFW and bouncing off the “Birthday Girl” tiara she wore atop her flowing locks of silver hair.

A pilot. A businessman. A scientist. A soldier.

The 2019 class of more than 500 Chugiak-Eagle River area high school graduates includes many young people on the brink of extraordinary adulthoods, and this year’s crop of valedictorians exemplifies that promise.

The Eagle River girls soccer team will host the opening game of the 2019 ASAA/First National Bank Soccer Tournament on Thursday at the Wolves’ Den on Yosemite Drive in Eagle River.

Chugiak clinched a spot in the state baseball tournament and knocked its crosstown rivals out in the process Saturday with a 7-2 win over Eagle River in the Cook Inlet Conference playoffs at Mulcahy Stadium.

The win lifted the Mustangs to 7-1 and ensured the team will finish in the top two spots in the CIC. Eagle River fell to 4-4, meaning the Wolves could finish no higher than third in the standings despite having playoff games remaining Wednesday against West and Thursday against South. Both games are at 4:30 p.m. at Mulcahy Stadium.

After the stomping ended, all Taylor Caldwell could think about was finding his dog, Memphis.

“I started yelling out his name,” Caldwell said Monday from Providence Hospital, where he’s recovering from injuries suffered in a Friday afternoon moose attack. Then he realized that was a mistake. A cow moose was again sizing up the 67-year-old piano player as he laid on the ground, broken and bleeding from wounds to his hand, ribs, leg and rear end.

Eagle River’s Charlotte Schwid has seen more than most during her century of life, but she still loves a good parade.

“She just wants to get up and go and go places, she loves fairs and festivals,” said Schwid’s daughter, Sharon White.

The Grand Parade during the annual midsummer celebration in her adopted hometown is a favorite for Schwid, who will celebrate her 100th birthday Wednesday during a party at the Eagle River VFW.

“Bear Paw we go all three days every year,” she said.

Fueled by a blazing run Friday and a depth charge Saturday, the Chugiak boys track and field team raced to a dominant win at the Cook Inlet Conference Track and Field Championships at Dimond Alumni Field.

Tony Petito didn’t believe it at first. He pulled his vehicle up to a man who was lying in the grass and yelling for help in Eagle River Friday afternoon.

“I said, ‘You need a cell phone? What’s going on, man? What happened?’ And he said, “I’ve been stomped by a moose,’” Petito said. “I was like, ‘This guy’s jerking my chain. Are you kidding me?’”

Then the man rolled over. His hands and arms were covered in blood.

Petito said he called 911.

Locals grimacing over a lack of fast food options in Eagle River will have to McWait until the end of the year to address their earthquake-induced Mac attacks — but happier meals are ahead.

“The bottom line is the store’s going to be rebuilt,” said Mike Davidson, who owns 21 McDonald’s franchises in Southcentral Alaska, including the shuttered store along Eagle River’s main drag.

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