A send-off celebration will be held for Miss Alaska USA JoEllen Walters of Eagle River on Thursday, April 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at North Star Elementary in Anchorage.

Walters will sign autographs and answer questions from students, friends and family before for Reno, Nevada to compete in the April 29 preliminary competition. This Miss USA pageant will be televised on FOX at 8 p.m. on May 2.

Eagle River’s Karsten Senden notched an assist to help the Little Caesars 15-only team to a Chipotle-USA Hockey Tier I national championship Monday in Detroit.

Senden assisted on the first goal of the game as Little Caesars rolled to a 4-0 win over fellow Michigan squad the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies. Tier I is the highest level of USA Hockey’s three-tiered amateur hockey system.

Senden attends Seaholm High in Detroit and is the son of Eagle River’s Kristi and Kirby Senden.

No team traveled more miles to get to this year’s Chipotle-USA Hockey Youth Tier II 16U National Championships in Plano, Texas than the Anchorage North Stars. They didn’t go all that way to lose.

Anchorage’s Hayden Fox slapped the puck into a wide-open net with just 51 seconds left to ice the team’s 4-3 win Monday over the McKinney (Texas) North Stars. The play was set up by Eagle River’s Tucker Lien, who took a breakout pass in the neutral zone and skated along the left side deep into the offensive end before slipping a pass to Fox just as the defense closed in.

An Eagle River woman has been selected to lead the Alaska Chamber of Commerce.

Kati Capozzi was named the chamber’s president and CEO in a March 28 announcement. She previously worked as the campaign manager for the Stand for Alaska Vote No on 1 campaign and before that worked for five years as communications and project manager for the Resource Development Council for Alaska.

Chugiak’s Brooklynn Gould showed her all-around prowess by winning the Alaska Airlines Pentathlon Saturday at the Big C Relays at The Dome in Anchorage.

The junior finished first in four of the five individual events in the pentathlon, which includes a 100 meter sprint, 800 meter run, 300 meter hurdles, shut put and high jump. Gould won the 100, 800 and hurdles outright and tied for first in the shot put. Her only stumble came in the shot, where she was last out of six competitors.

Supporting a loved one dealing with mental health issues can be lonely labor. But it doesn’t have to be.

“That’s a huge thing to realize you’re not alone,” said Kathy Burek Huntington, an Eagle River woman who helps facilitate a National Alliance of Mental Illness family support group that meets twice a month at Community Covenant Church in Eagle River.

Huntington said the purpose of the support group is for people to share their stories, discuss treatments and support methods and simply commune with other people experiencing similar circumstances.

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.

An Eagle River family never knew just how many friends they had until tragedy struck in the form of a Subaru Forester with an alleged drunk driver behind the wheel.

The parent company of the Chugiak-Eagle River Star has bought three weekly Alaska newspapers.

The Anchorage Daily News purchased the Arctic Sounder, The Bristol Bay Times / Dutch Harbor Fisherman and the Homer Tribune from Alaska Media LLC, according the paper’s owners the Binkley Company.

“Take me to a mountain.”

Going up is how Susie Smith gets right. Immediately upon discovery of cancer in her rib, fleeing up an Arctic Valley trail was like a primal “flight” instinct. Her epic “fight” response mobilized later and again led up — 19,341 feet up, to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa.

“The mountains are just my place,” Smith mused. “It’s where I find peace. It’s where I go to regulate. It is what fills my soul.”

There’s about to be a Kennedy on the Anchorage Assembly.

With the early votes counted following Tuesday’s by mail election deadline, Eagle River’s Crystal Kennedy held a commanding lead over Oliver Schiess in the two-way race to replace Gretchen Wehmhoff on the Assembly. With 6,802 votes cast as of Tuesday night, Kennedy had 3,666 (53.9 percent) votes while Schiess garnered 2,686 (39.5 percent).

Kennedy, 61, said she felt her campaign connected well with voters in Chugiak-Eagle River, where she’s lived for the past 25 years.

Eagle River’s Andrew Shortridge is going pro.

The Quinnipiac University junior goalie has agreed to a free agent contract with the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, according to multiple media reports citing Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold. The signing was reported Tuesday by ESPN anchor John Buccigross, New Haven Register columnist Chip Malafronte and the College Hockey News.

Chugiak’s young, loaded boys track and field team made a big statement at the Pro/Whit track and field meet at The Dome Friday and Saturday, winning the team competition with more than twice as many points as second-place Dimond.

A dozen local educators were singled out for their service during a ceremony March 26 at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center.

The annual Excellence in Education Awards are presented each year by the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Eagle River Area Rotary, the Chugiak-Eagle River Foundation, Enstar and BP Alaska. This year’s 16th annual awards were selected by school principals at each of the 12 area public schools to honor outstanding teachers in the community.

The U.S. Army is investigating the death of a 20-year-old infantryman who died Saturday during a live fire training exercise near Fort Greely.

Spc. Nicholas Peter DiMona III, 20, of Medford Lakes, New Jersey, died from a gunshot wound while taking part in training at the Donnelly Training Area, according to a press release issued by the Army on Monday. He was taken by helicopter to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Arctic Valley’s annual spring fling is set for Saturday, March 30 starting at 11 a.m.

The 15th annual Merry Marmot Festival is a daylong event that features everything from fat tire bike races to a downhill dummy launch.

A Chugiak teen credited with helping to save his brother’s life after a freak accident will be recognized with a Spirit of Youth “Lifesaver” award during a ceremony March 30 at the Anchorage Downtown Marriott.

Michael and Tristan Wheatley were home alone on Sept. 28, 2018, when the two teens started roughhousing. Michael punched Tristan in the chest, which caused his older brother to immediately collapse.

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.

Signed ballots can be returned either by mail or at a secure drop box.

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.

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