A trio of candidates will square off to claim the soon-to-be-vacant Chugiak-Eagle River seat on the Anchorage Assembly.

As of the 5 p.m. Friday deadline, Crystal Kennedy, Oliver Schiess and Clayton Trotter have thrown their hats into the ring for the April 2 election, according to the Municipality of Anchorage.

Gretchen Wehmhoff currently holds Seat A on the Assembly. Wehmhoff vowed not to seek election after she was appointed to finish out the term of Amy Demboski, who left office last year after getting a job as deputy chief of staff for Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

Federal disaster assistance for Alaskans can now begin flowing after President Trump on Thursday issued a federal disaster declration for the state.

Eagle River came up just short Tuesday, Jan. 29 in a 60-57 CIC boys basketball loss to Bartlett at Bartlett.

Sterling Retzlaff and Javan Walker scored 12 points each to lead Eagle River, which trailed by 10 points entering the fourth quarter. Ryan Adkins and Jordan Ronan had nine points for the Wolves, who fell to 0-4 in the conference.

Also at Bartlett, the Eagle River girls fell to 0-4 with a 66-18 loss to the Golden Bears.

Mustangs fall at Dimond

Chugiak will play for its playoff life Friday while Eagle River will look to rebound from a heartbreaking semifinal loss Friday night in the final games of the Cook Inlet Conference hockey tournament for both teams.

The Mustangs will face West at 6:30 p.m. at Ben Boeke Ice Arena for fifth place in the tourney and the CIC’s final berth in the state tournament. The Wolves will play Service for third place at 7:15 p.m. at the McDonald Center, the site of the Wolves 3-2 triple overtime loss to Dimond Thursday night.

Chugiak/Eagle River fell to 0-2 in the Anchorage Hockey Association’s girls hockey tournament with a 5-0 shutout at the hands of South/Bartlett on Wednesday at the Dempsey-Anderson rink.

Carter Nelson made 27 saves for South/Bartlett, which improved to 2-0 in the tournament and cliched a spot in Saturday’s championship game.

Morgan Richards stopped 26 shots for Chugiak/Eagle River, which faces Service/East in the third round of the tournament Friday at 6 p.m. at Dempsey-Anderson.

UPDATE: Police reopened Hiland Road at around 6 p.m. Thursday. An Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman said the situation ended peacefully.

“There were no injuries, no crime was committed and the man is with officers,” said APD spokeswoman Renee Oistad.


Hiland Road was closed in both directions Thursday afternoon from its intersection with Eagle River Loop to about one mile up Hiland due to what police said was a suicidal man with a gun.

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.

Eagle River residents forced to do their banking “in town” or online for the past two months are back in business.

The local Key Bank and Wells Fargo branches are set to reopen in the coming days, with Wells Fargo opening its doors at 10 a.m. Jan. 31 and Key Bank returning to business at 10 a.m. Feb. 4.

The State of Alaska has extended the deadline for people to apply for the state’s Individual Assistance Program for damage caused by the November earthquake. According to an announcement sent Monday, people now have until Feb. 28, 2019 to fill out an application at ready.alaska.gov.

The deadline was originally Jan. 29.

Individuals can also call 1-855-445-7131 for assistance.

Schools in Chugiak-Eagle River required some of the most expensive emergency repairs in the wake of the Nov. 30 earthquake.

Eagle River soared into the Cook Inlet Conference tournament semifinals and onto the state tournament Tuesday, while Chugiak will have to fight to keep its postseason alive.

The No. 3 seed Wolves advanced to the semis with a 2-0 win over No. 6 seed West at the McDonald Center behind 28 saves from Ryan Gray while No. 4 Chugiak fell into the fifth-place game after falling 4-3 to Service in a heartbreaker at Ben Boeke.

Chugiak claimed seventh place at the Alaska Airlines Classic basketball tournament Saturday with a 54-49 win over Monroe Catholic at West High.

The Mustangs used a dominant fourth-quarter performance to seal the victory, outscoring the Rams 21-15 in the final eight minutes.

Owen Lewis led a balanced Chugiak offense with 13 points, Jackson Wall had 12 and Austin Harr added 10.

Chugiak led 26-19 at halftime before Monroe rallied to tie the game heading into the fourth.

Izak Lohrke scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Rams.

Chugiak’s Luke Momblow and Eagle River’s Sal Demma each scored both their team’s goals in a 2-2 nonconference high school hockey tie Saturday at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

The final regular season game for both squads doubled as Senior Night, with Chugiak and Eagle River seniors and their families honored between periods.

An early morning warm-up caused numerous car crashes in the Anchorage area and Glenn Highway corridor Friday and an Anchorage School District already scrambling to make up lost days was forced to cancel classes once again.

Eagle River bowlers have been obliterating their Anchorage Scholastic Bowling League rivals this season, so it was fitting a pair of Wolves blew away the competition league’s Shootout Tournament Thursday at Center Bowl in Anchorage.

Wolves Allison Szewczyk and Cameron Spano swept the individual tournament titles, with Szewczyk posting the day’s best three-game series with a 722 and Spano taking the boys competition with a 677.

Male inmates enrolled in a successful faith-based program intended to reduce recidivism have been moved from Hiland Mountain Correctional Center to the Anchorage Correctional Complex in what state officials say is a plan to increase programs for female inmates at the women’s prison.

Alaska Department of Corrections Commissioner Nancy Dahlstrom confirmed 37 men were transferred from Hiland to the Anchorage jail Saturday.

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.

Calls were down slightly in 2018, but Chugiak’s volunteer fire department was still red hot.

Calls for service decreased by about eight percent last year even as the Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department saw a surge in volunteer hours thanks to what chief Tim Benningfield says has been a concerted effort to draw in new recruits.

“We’ve had a great recruitment and retention effort,” Benningfield told the Chugiak Community Council recently.

The Chugiak swimming pool is now open.

The pool — which had been closed for nearly two months due to damage from the Nov. 30 earthquake — reopened Tuesday according to the Chugiak-Eagle River Parks and Recreation Department. The facility is located at Chugiak High School (16525 S. Birchwood Loop).

Stay calm, it’s only a drill.

People living near Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson are likely to see an increase in noise and emergency vehicles during an emergency response exercise Thursday.

According to a press release issued Wednesday, noise from the drill “may carry into the local communities adjacent to JBER.”


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