Local teams swept the Birchwood Bash basketball tournament last weekend at Birchwood Christian School.

The host BCS boys claimed first place in a tiebreaker over the Eagle River junior varsity and Akiak. All three teams finished 2-1, but the Warriors were awarded the title due to the best point differential among the squads. In the girls tourney, the Eagle River JV earned the title by finishing 2-1 and beating second-place Akiak. Soldotna’s Cook Inlet Academy also participated in the three-day tournament.

A Tuesday night announcement by the Anchorage School District sent another aftershock through an already battered Chugiak-Eagle River.

Anchorage police say a 40-year-old Eagle River man fleeing police got tangled in the wires of a stun gun and was captured in downtown Eagle River early Wednesday.

According to an Anchorage Police Department Nixle alert, Kennth G. Stepetin was taken to the Anchorage Jail on charges of operating under the influence, resisting arrest, failure to stop and leaving the scene of an accident.

A dispute over dogs in Eagle River earlier this month resulted in a call to police after a man allegedly brandished a handgun at two women walking their animals off leash.

On Jan. 12 at around 4 p.m. police said they responded to a report of a man brandishing a handgun. According to APD, two women told them they were walking their dogs off leash at the Briggs Bridge lower parking lot. Police said the women told officers a man approached them on the trail “holding a handgun, and yelling that he almost shot the dogs and that they needed to be on a leash.”

Dear President Trump and members of Congress,

Day 31: Even as you withhold our pay, we continue working hard operating, maintaining and protecting our beloved nation. This is convenient for those of you in power, but it’s demoralizing for us, the workers. It’s like a communist microeconomy. You failed to do your job, yet you still are collecting pay from the fruits of our work.

Shaken to action by November’s magnitude 7.0 earthquake, some Chugiak residents believe it’s time to bring additional building safety measures to their community.

At its Thursday meeting, the Chugiak Community Council passed a resolution asking the Municipality of Anchorage to require that an engineer review plans for all residential structures requiring a municipal land-use permit.

“Somebody needs to look at these things,” said Bart Quimby, an engineer from Chugiak who spoke in favor of the resolution.

Tucker Lien’s shot from just inside the blue line with 3:09 left in the game completed a wild Eagle River 4-3 Cook Inlet Conference comeback victory over rival Chugiak Saturday night in Eagle River.

Lien’s shot snuck between the legs of Chugiak starter Olin Keliher and sent the Wolves’ half of a jam-packed McDonald Center into a frenzy as Lien was dog-piled by his teammates. Gavin McDonald and Logan Dudinsky assisted on the game-winner, one of three helpers for Dudinsky on the night.

Another week, another sweep.

Eagle River bowlers posted two of the week’s top three individual scores for the second consecutive week en route to an Anchorage Scholastic Bowling League sweep at the Eagle River Bowl.

Allison Szewczyk rolled a match-best 216 to lead the Eagle River girls to a 35-0 win over South, while Brendan Iaulualo had a 215 to help the Eagle River boys to a 28-7 win over South. Both teams are undefeated this season.

Spring Harris posted a 205 for the Eagle River girls, who have won four of the last five league titles and the past two in a row.

Chugiak/Eagle River got 33 saves from Morgan Richards in a 10-0 girls hockey loss Thursday to Dimond at the Dempsey-Anderson Arena in Anchorage.

Hannah Gross had three goals and four assists for the Lynx.

Chugiak/Eagle River faces South/Bartlett at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25 at the Dempsey-Anderson in the final regular season game of the year.

Chugiak and Eagle River remain on a Cook Inlet Conference hockey collision course after blowing out CIC opponents Thursday.

Grant Epple had a hat trick to lead the Mustangs to a 9-1 trampling of East at Ben Boeke, while Eagle River got its own hatty from Tucker Lien and goals from eight different players in an 11-1 CIC mauling of Bartlett at the McDonald Center.

Sharon Jackson’s wait is over.

Jackson was officially sworn in as Rep. Sharon Jackson of District 13 on Thursday after the Alaska House of Representatives selected Neal Foster (D-Nome) as speaker pro tempore, relieving Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer of that task and allowing the House to conduct business.

The Chugiak boys claimed three of the top nine spots at the Bartlett 2X2X2 cross country skiing relay races Wednesday at the Bartlett High trails.

Max Beiergrohslein and Michael Earnhart claimed third place in the A boys relay, in which each member of the two-person teams skied two relay legs. Earnhart’s overall time was the day’s fourth fastest behind West’s Maxime Germaine and the service duo of Eli Hermanson and Alex Maurer, who combined to win the boys relay. Germain and teammate Everett Cason were third.

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.

The Chugiak Community Council will undergo a shake-up at Thursday’s meeting at the Elsie Oberg Center in Chugiak.

In addition to hosting a community discussion on building safety codes in the wake of the November earthquake, the council will also hold elections for four open seats at the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.

An agenda can be viewed online at communitycouncils.org.

Jarett Beckett needed less than six minutes to score a natural hat trick Wednesday, leading the Chugiak Mustangs to a 3-1 Cook Inlet Conference win over Service at Ben Boeke Ice Arena.

Beckett’s goal rush started 90 seconds into the game when he scored off a Chris Kennedy assist. He racked an unassisted goal 61 seconds later, then added a power play tally with 9:32 left in the period — making it three goals in a span of 3 minutes, 58 seconds.

Tyler Huffer and Riley Lindberg added assists for Chugiak, which improved to 8-3 in the CIC.

Eagle River’s boys and girls basketball teams took a pair of Cook Inlet Conference defeats to South Wednesday at Eagle River High.

Grace Harder had a game-high 16 points in the Wolves’ 48-35 loss to the Wolverines. Eagle River (0-2 CIC) outscored South 21-16 in the second half. Abby Jensen scored six points for the Wolves, who also got five from Paige Sharpe.

In the nightcap, the Eagle River boys dropped a 71-55 decision to the Wolverines. The Wolves fell to 0-2 in the CIC.

Sharon Jackson, who was appointed by Gov. Dunleavy to the District 13 State House seat in Eagle River, participated in what Rep. Josh Revak described as a “swearing in” ceremony Wednesday at a courthouse in Juneau.

Jackson has yet to be officially sworn in by the Legislature, which is currently in the middle of trying to organize and has yet to form a majority.

The Anchorage Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a man seen on video trying to break into cars in the early morning hours of Jan. 13 off Skyline Drive.

Two of the nation’s best young skiers call Chugiak-Eagle River home.

Chugiak’s Adrianna Proffitt and Eagle River’s Michael Earnhart will travel to Otepaa, Estonia Jan. 20-23 for the U18 Scandinavian Championships. The Alaska Nordic Racing and Chugiak High School teammates were named to the team in an announcement by U.S. Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Sport Development Manager Bryan Fish.

UPDATE (Jan. 17): The resolution in question has been postponed until the Feb. 12 Assembly meeting at the request of Anchorage Assembly chair Forrest Dunbar.


Birchwood residents are concerned about possible impacts to their neighborhood if a proposed infrastructure coordination agreement (ICA) between the Municipality of Anchorage and Eklutna, Inc. is approved by the Anchorage Assembly.


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