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State biologists Thursday were still trying to locate a brown bear believed to be responsible for the death of a 44-year-old hiker and the mauling of a 51-year-old man searching for him.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh said the department set out bear traps Wednesday night to try and capture the animal, which a witness described as a large brown bear.

Biologists were monitoring the traps Thursday.

A 7-year-old Alaskan husky named Nanook is being credited with helping rescue a cold, injured hiker Wednesday night in the Eagle River Valley.

“He’s Alaska’s version of Lassie,” said Lt. Eric Olsen with the Alaska State Troopers.

A brown bear killed a 44-year-old hiker deep in the South Fork Eagle River Valley and mauled a member of a search party looking for him on Wednesday, Anchorage police said.

Michael Soltis’ body was found in the same area near the end of Hiland Road — a winding, 9-mile-long route into the South Fork Eagle River Valley — where a brown bear also attacked a man searching for the missing Eagle River civil engineer Wednesday morning.

“It appears the brown bear was protecting the body when it attacked a member of the search party,” APD said.

A week-long trash binge is over for a pair of Eagle River brown bears who were shot and killed by state wildlife officials Monday night.

According to Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh, Fish and Game biologists and an Alaska wildlife trooper arrived in the Eagle Ridge subdivision Monday night in search of the bears, which had been getting into trash for more than a week.

“I think they encountered them fairly quickly,” Marsh said Monday.

Marsh said the bears were spotted wandering through the neighborhood in search of their favorite meal: trash.

On June 12 at around noon, police received a report of a robbery on the Glenn Highway. According to police, a man arranged for his mother to get a ride from Wasilla to Anchorage from someone he met on Craigslist. During the ride, police said another female passenger in the car tried to steal the woman’s purse. Police said the man driving the car pulled over, and the victim got out without her purse near the North Birchwood overpass.

A death sentence has been handed down for a pair of trash-eating brown bears in Eagle River.

“They’re going to be euthanized,” said Alaska Department of Fish and Game assistant Anchorage area biologist Cory Stantorf.

A three-hour standoff between an armed man and police ended with the man being Tasered and bitten by a police dog before being taken into custody.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, James Fredrickrock, 37, was arrested just before midnight on Saturday, June 16. According to APD, a drunken Fredrickrock showed up at his ex-girlfriend’s home on Regency Drive shortly before 9 p.m. armed with a handgun. He allegedly pointed the weapon at her and made suicidal threats.

The woman and a child were able to get out of the home without being hurt, police said.

In an effort to gain local support for a proposed homeless veterans housing facility, the chairman of the group behind the project made a swing through Eagle River last week.

Ric Davidge, chairman of the Alaska Veterans Foundation, met with the Eagle River Valley and Eagle River community councils, where he laid out his vision for the facility to potential neighbors.

“Our mission is very simple: Do what no one else will do for veterans,” Davidge told the Eagle River Community Council at its June 14 meeting.

Teams of racers began what some called “the worst game of tag ever” Friday on the shores of Mirror Lake, where runners embarked on a 175-mile trek expected to end sometime Saturday at Waterfront Park in Seward.

The second-annual Alaska Relay features teams of as many as 12 runners alternating legs along the route. The race winds south through Chugiak-Eagle River, Anchorage, Girdwood and onto the Kenai Peninsula. Racers travel in vans, leapfrogging each other as runners alternate running and resting over the course of the grueling event.

Rising to a height of 3,218 feet, Mount Baldy is Chugiak-Eagle River’s backyard playground. On any given summer day, dozens of cars line the sides of Skyline Drive, where the trail begins near the site of the Old Wallace Homestead. The hike provides a gateway into Chugach State Park, and offers both a quick day hike or longer excursions toward the peaks beyond, including Blacktail Rocks, Roundtop and Vista Peak.

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