Chugiak advanced to the “Gold” bracket at the Dimond Lady Lynx Prep Shootout girls basketball tournament Wednesday night at Dimond High with a 41-38 overtime win over Lathrop.

Caitlin Wachmann scored four of her eight points in overtime and Eva Palmer was 3-of-4 from the free throw line in the extra period. Cheyenne Young led Chugiak with 11 points, Chasity Horn and Ari Lewis had seven each and Palmer scored five.

Olivia Kraska scored a game-high 14 points for the Malemutes.

The Mustangs will play West at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Dimond.

The U.S. Small Business Administration will open a Business Recovery Center in downtown Eagle River Thursday to help people affected by the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake apply for low-interest federal loans and begin the process of applying for individual federal disaster assistance.

The office will be located in the Eagle River Town Center Building at 12001 Business Boulevard. It will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Both SBA and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials will be on hand.

The Anchorage School District will hold a series of public meetings to discuss the future of a pair of Eagle River schools forced to close due to earthquake damage.

The district will hold meetings along with an ad hoc committee from the Anchorage School Board on Feb. 12 and 21 at Chugiak High and Feb. 13 and 20 at Eagle River High. All four meetings will start at 6 p.m. The meetings at Chugiak will address secondary education and the meeting at Eagle River high will discuss elementary education options.

Anchorage Assembly candidate Clayton Trotter has withdrawn from the race, leaving two candidates for the open Chugiak-Eagle River seat in April’s election. Trotter withdrew his name from the ballot Tuesday, meaning Crystal Kennedy and Oliver Schiess will compete for a District 2 seat on the 11-member board.

Trotter told District 13 and 14 Republicans he was stepping aside during its regular meeting Tuesday night at Piccolino’s Restaurant. Both he and the local Republican Party then endorsed Kennedy in the race.

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.

On Feb. 1 at around 8:30 p.m. police were called to a residence on Whispering Birch Drive, where they arrested Carol J. Crandall, 68, of Chugiak for assault after she allegedly bit her husband during an argument, leaving a visible injury. Police said both people had been drinking.

There won’t be many days off for students, parents, teachers, administrators and Anchorage School District officials in the coming weeks as they scramble to come up with plans for what to do about a pair of quake-damaged schools in Eagle River.

“We have a very short window,” Anchorage School Board President Starr Marsett said at a Monday night board meeting, where an ad hoc committee was formed to study options for Chugiak-Eagle River schools even as the district waits for engineering reports on damage to the most severely damaged facilities.

A team of students from Eagle River High School claimed a state robotics championship Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Wells Fargo Center in Anchorage.

The school’s “Phantom Wolves” team of Andre Gutierrez, Samantha Gutierrez, Gage Cullings, Sophia Padilla, Isaac Jennings and Tyler Jennings combined with a squad of robot builders from Thunder Mountain High to claim first place at the Alaska FIRST Tech Challenge state championship. The victory was the first for the Phantom Wolves and the fourth for an Eagle River team in the past six years.

Chugiak musher Kourosh Partow parlayed a home-course advantage into a dominant win Sunday on the final day of the Eagle River Classic sprint races at Beach Lake Park.

Partow’s team had the fastest run for the second day in a row, crossing the finish line more than a minute faster than Michael Tetzner in the Open Class race. Partow’s two-day time was 91 minutes, 51 seconds — nearly five minutes faster than Tetzner’s.

Gary Markley finished third overall, Bill Kornmuller was fourth, Lance Mackey finished fifth and Matt Paveglio was sixth.

Lance Mackey will never let go of the dogsled.

The Fairbanks musher endured one of the more brutal chapters of his storied mushing career Saturday at the Eagle River Classic sprint dog races after a starting line mishap in the Open Class race sent him down the trail face-first as he held onto his handlebars with all the grip his nine gnarled fingers could muster.

“It’s always something,” Mackey said through a pained grin as he crossed the finish line nearly an hour later in front of a handful of fans at the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association Beach Lake Trails.

What happens when Chugiak and Eagle River get together on a chilly winter night? Everybody wins.

The Mustangs and Wolves split a spirited doubleheader at the Wolves’ Den Friday, with the CHS girls rolling over their crosstown rivals 55-17 and the Eagle River boys taking a 47-45 thriller.

“You always look forward to this game,” said Eagle River’s Ryan Adkins, who scored a team-high 14 points to lead the Wolves. “To come out on top is a really good feeling.”

Chugiak’s high school hockey season ended early Friday night while Eagle River’s is to be continued.

The Mustangs lost 6-1 to West in the fifth place game of the Cook Inlet Conference tournament at Ben Boeke, while the Wolves fell 3-1 to Service in the CIC’s third place contest at the McDonald Center.

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

The deadline was originally Jan. 29.

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


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