Last fall’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake has spoiled the plans of some springtime campers in Eagle River.

The popular Eagle River Campground will be closed until mid-June due to quake damage to the road leading to the riverside park, according to Chugach State Parks superintendent Kurt Hensel.

“We’re just keeping it closed until we get it fixed,” Hensel said Wednesday.

The road leading to the campground suffered extensive damage in the quake, according to a press release issued by the Department of Natural Resources.

Alaska State Troopers, Anchorage police and park rangers are looking for a man believed to be missing near the Eagle River Nature Center.

According to Troopers, Neil Guggenmos, 47, of Palmer was reported missing late Tuesday night. His vehicle was located Wednesday morning in the center parking lot.

Anchorage police said there was no indication of foul play or a bear attack and said Guggenmos even paid for a parking pass at the center, which is located at the end of Eagle River Road and provides a gateway to Chugach State Park.

UPDATE (9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 2): The body of missing hiker Neil Guggenmos was found by searchers at around 9 p.m. Wednesday night, accoring to an update provided by the Alaska State Troopers. He died of an apparent suicide.

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The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer free vessel safety checks May 11 and May 18 in Eagle River.

The checks are open to any boater who wants to check the condition of their power or paddle craft before launching. The checks are voluntary and there is no penalty for not passing the check, though many insurance companies do offer a discount for boats that own the Auxiliary’s Seal of Safety.

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.

Police arrested a 25-year-old Anchorage woman Saturday after she allegedly side-swiped a bridge on the Glenn Highway with her 3-year-old child in the back seat.

Now that a long-term irritant has been removed from their neighborhood, some folks in Peters Creek are grappling with the issue of what to do next. That’s a problem they’re happy to have.

“We are so grateful for the way the property was abated the way it was,” said Joelle Hall, one of several people working on a proposal to help build a small park on property locally known as the “Yates Compound.” The derelict property was foreclosed on by the Municipality of Anchorage over the winter.

Chugiak’s boys soccer team rolled to a big win Saturday over their crosstown rivals while the Eagle River girls forged a tie against theirs in a pair of Railbelt Conference matches at Ed Blahous Field at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium in Chugiak.

The Chugiak boys exploded for four goals in the second half after taking a 1-0 lead into the half on a penalty kick by Francis Wanek. Chugiak got second-half goals from Haruki Ono, Josh Rolston, Owen Lewis and Grant Jones, with Codey Riedel, Rolston, Wanek, James Frizelle and Michael Belmear picking up assists.

It’s easy to see why the FOCUS 5K is gaining a reputation as one of the happiest footraces around. Just look for the smiles.

“It’s a great event, great atmosphere — they even brought the sun out,” said Eagle River runner Ryan Bish after the third annual race in downtown Eagle River.

Eagle River had two double winners during a four-team meet Friday with Service, Dimond and Bartlett at Service High.

Emily Walsh won the 800 and 1,600 for the second-place Eagle River girls, who also got a win from Morgan Bolin in the 100 hurdles. Bolin also finished second in the 100 meter dash and the 300 hurdles. Thrower Avery Brown was second in the shot and discus to Dimond’s Alissa Pili, while Claire Nelson took second in the 3,200 and third in the 400.

The Dimond boys and girls swept the team titles.

Three local Girl Scouts were presented with the group’s highest honor during the Girls Scouts of Alaska’s annual Leadership Luncheon April 18 at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage.

Earning Gold Awards were Eagle River’s Kayla Reifel and Allyson Brokaw, along with JBER’s Carolyn Pope. The three were joined by Anchorage’s Quinn White and Petersburg’s Avery Herrman-Sakamoto in receiving the awards.

In order to earn a Gold Award, Girl Scouts must work on a project that addresses a community need.

Chugiak and Eagle River will get their kicks Saturday, April 27, in a pair of Railbelt Conference soccer matches at Ed Blahous Field in Chugiak.

The girls match will be at 3 p.m., with the boys to follow.

In addition to the matches, the event will include music, free T-shirts at halftime and more.

“This is a great chance for the community to come together and watch our young talented athletes from both schools compete,” wrote Chugiak assistant Chris Dimmick in an email about the event.

The Chugiak boys track and field team raced to a lopsided win Thursday at a four-team meet at West High.

The Mustangs won eight of 13 individual events to rack up 212.5 team points and easily outdistance the host Eagles, who finished second with 132. Earning individual wins were Jeremiah Wilson (100 meters), Logan Mathieu (110 hurdles), Kenny Huffer (discus), Dray Etienne (high jump), Jared Parks (triple jump), Wyatt Rohde (300 hurdles), Jacob Lestina (400) and Daniel Bausch (1600). The Mustangs also won the 4X100 relay.

There’s never a bad time to brush up on fire safety basics — not even during a snowstorm.

That was the message Alaska Fire and Life Safety Public Education Coordinator Virginia Lauer-McMichael delivered to a snow-smallened crowd at the Matanuska Ale House April 17 as wet, heavy chunks of spring snow fell outside.

“You’d be surprised how many people don’t know about fire education,” said McMichael, who previously worked as an assistant chief at the Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department and was honored as the 2017 Bear Paw Parade grand marshall.

A fiery pile-up on the Glenn Highway caused only minor injuries thanks in part to the quick action of good Samaritans who helped pull crash victims from the burning wreckage.

According to Anchorage Police Department spokesman MJ Thim, six vehicles were involved in the crash, which happened at around 8 a.m. near the Eagle River exit at Artillery Road.

When military kids grow up and decide to return to their roots and childhood homes, there are multiple locations to claim. While a military retiree myself, I am also a former military brat. At 61-years-old I have felt compelled to return to every base I have ever lived. Although it took me 30 years to return to Fort Richardson; once I did, with my husband and children, I have either lived nearby in Anchorage or visited on a regular basis; however no trip is ever complete without returning to the familiar surroundings on Fort Richardson.

Well, sort of.

The 3rd Annual FOCUS Family 5K race will be held Saturday, April 27, at 10 a.m. in the Eklutna lot across from Fred Meyer in Eagle River.

The 5-kilometer walk/run fundraiser for the Eagle River nonprofit costs $35 to enter and includes a race T-shirt. There will be a DJ, food trucks, water stations and activities for kids. Age-group winners will be presented medals made by artists in the FOCUS after-school program and its adult meet-up groups.

Spring cleaning was never so much fun.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Anchorage Chamber for a citywide cleanup celebration Saturday, April 27 in Town Square Park in Eagle River.

The event will feature a cleanup followed by a volunteer barbecue and beer garden sponsored by Jalapeno’s restaurant.

People can pick up orange trash bags at Alaska USA Federal Credit Union between 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday — the more bags collected, the more tickets people can get for a prize raffle at the free barbecue, which starts at 6 p.m.

CCS Early Learning received a grant recently for $10,000 worth of books from The UPS Store. The Chugiak-Eagle River based nonprofit was one of 10 nonprofits and schools around the country selected for the grant.

A ceremony to present the grant was held Thursday, April 18 at the CCS Chugiak Center in Chugiak. CCS Head Start will use the books in its early education program, according to a press release about the award.

An Anchorage man who was shot in the chest by police while robbing an Eagle River pharmacy in 2009 has been arrested for the fourth time since August, this time after allegedly stealing a motorhome in Chugiak.

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.

Homes vandalized

On April 15 at around 8:39 a.m. police received a report that three screens had been removed from the windows of an outbuilding on Foothill Avenue, but said it did not appear entry was made into the building.

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