The Chugiak-Eagle River legislative delegation will host a public town hall meeting Saturday, Feb. 23, from 2-4 p.m. at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center (22424 Birchwood Loop).

Scheduled to attend the event are Sen. Lora Reinbold (R-Eagle River), Sen. Shelley Hughes (R-Chugiak/Mat-Su), Rep. Kelly Merrick (R-Eagle River), Rep. Sharon Jackson (R-Eagle River) and Rep. Cathy Tilton (R-Chugiak/Mat-Su).

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.

Shoplifters make off with groceries

On Feb. 11 at around 8 p.m. a man and woman were allegedly spotted stealing a basket of groceries from the Eagle River Carrs store. The couple left in a van, police said.

Screaming leads to arrest

A tip from the public resulted in the Thursday morning arrest of two people wanted in a Feb. 9 robbery in Eagle River.

According to APD spokesperson Renee Oistad, Eagle River’s Ian Blodgett, 27, and Anchorage’s Sarah Norton, 27, were arrested at around 9:30 a.m. Thursday on the 500 block of East 4th Avenue after someone alerted police through the department’s anonymous Crime Stoppers system.

An Eagle River man accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint in an Eagle River park last spring has been arrested for attempting to pawn a stolen gold nugget.

Redrawn school boundaries, relocatable classrooms and the continued combination of a middle and high school are among the Anchorage School District’s preferred options for a pair of earthquake damaged schools in Eagle River.

Chris Olds is halfway home while Tyson Johnson has some catching up to do.

The Eagle River snowmachine riders were both among the top five teams into Nome in the 2019 Iron Dog snowmachine race Tuesday, with Olds arriving in first place and Johnson less than an hour back in fifth.

Olds and partner Mike Morgan of Anchorage arrived in Nome at 2:49 p.m. Tuesday, almost five minutes ahead of Anchorage’s Casy Boylan and Bryan Leslie in second.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory warning of a rush-hour storm that’s expected to bring 4-8 inches of snow to the area starting Wednesday afternoon.

Anchorage police said they made no arrests after a middle school student deployed pepper spray on a school bus last week in Chugiak.

According to APD, on Feb. 13 at around 10 a.m. police contacted a pair of students from Mirror Lake Middle School about an incident involving pepper spray on a school bus. According to police, one of the students sprayed “a small amount of pepper spray that belonged to the other student.” Police said the pepper spray was not aimed at anyone but did irritate some of the students on the bus.

Kelsey Griffin’s legend continues to grow Down Under.

The 2005 Chugiak High grad and former NCAA All-American capped her best season as a professional basketball player Monday by winning the Australian Women’s National Basketball League’s MVP award during a ceremony in Melbourne.

Griffin recently capped her first season in Canberra, where she led the Capitals to a league title on Feb. 16 at the AIS Arena in Canberra.

You could say the partnership between Brooke Hartman and Evon Zerbetz was a dream come true.

“I had a vision of how it could turn out and she blew my mind,” said Hartman, whose new children’s book, “Dream Flights on Arctic Nights,” will be released Feb. 26 by Alaska Northwest Books.

Chugiak split with East and Eagle River was swept by West Friday in Cook Inlet Conference basketball action at Chugiak and Eagle River High.

The Chugiak girls earned a 63-52 win over the Thunderbirds in the early game before the CHS boys fell 70-41 in the nightcap. Players from both teams honored Chugiak High teachers and staff between the boys and girls games.

At Eagle River, the West girls handled the Wolves 67-14 before the Eagles got past the Wolves 74-64 in the boys game despite a game-high 28 points from Ryan Adkins.

Six local skaters landed on the Alaska Division I All-State Hockey Team announced last week by the Alaska High School Hockey Coaches Association.

Named to the 25-member squad from the Wolves were forwards Ty McEnaney and Tucker Lien alongside defenseman Logan Dudinsky. Making the team for the Mustangs were defenseman Tyler Huffer and forwards Luke Momblow and Grant Epple.

One was of Chugiak High’s most accomplished and versatile athletes who went on to Olympic glory; the other was a CHS standout who went on to influence his sport as a coach and official. Both are now Hall of Famers.

Chugiak greats Alev Kelter and Cody Tanner are among seven Alaska athletes and coaches honored as members of the Alaska High School Hall of Fame Class of 2019 announced Thursday.

Individuals impacted by the Nov. 30 earthquake have both online and in-person options when attempting to negotiate the emergency aid process.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) have set up a disaster recovery office at Community Covenant Church, located at 16123 Artillery Road. Federal workers at the center can help individuals begin the process of applying for federal grants and/or loans needed due to damage from the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake.

The task of untangling the complex web of choices, courses, controversies and complications concerning Chugiak-Eagle River schools began Tuesday night at Chugiak High, where about 200 people gathered for the first in a series of public meetings that will help determine the future of virtually every Anchorage School District student living north of Muldoon Road.

“We have a lot of work to do,” ASD superintendent Dr. Deena Bishop said that the outset of the meeting, which was attended by district officials and members of the Anchorage School Board.

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.

Uber driver claims passenger flashed her

Engineers had serious questions about whether Gruening Middle School could withstand a powerful earthquake from the time the school was built, according to a collection of news stories written about the school’s troubled construction in the early 1980s.

“A major earthquake would produce significant damage and a possible partial collapse,” at the school, California engineering firm Forell/Elsesser Engineers Inc. wrote in a 1983 report to the Anchorage School District.

Police arrested two people in Eagle River last week after a woman slipped a note to a gas station attendant saying she’d been kidnapped.

According to police spokeswoman Renee Oistad, the incident began at around 5:41 p.m. on Feb. 6 when an employee at the Chevron station in Peters Creek called police to report a woman came into the store and passed the clerk a note saying she was being kidnapped. Police said the clerk told dispatchers the woman then got into the front passenger seat of a black Dodge Durango that left the area.

UPDATE: Blodgett and Norton were taken into custody on Feb. 21 after police received an anonymous tip.


Police are searching for two people accused of robbing a man Saturday in Eagle River.

Gatorade has confirmed what everyone in Alaska aleady knew: Daniel Bausch is the best boys distance runner in the state.

The sports drink company named the Chugiak High senior its Alaska Boys Cross Country Athlete of the Year in a press release issued Monday.

“He’s overcome a lot in his life and has really been able to flourish this year,” Chugiak coach Melissa Hall said in the release.


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