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Alaska kids are alright.

Chugiak’s Michael Connelly and Fairbanks’s Kendall Kramer etched their names in the 34-degree face of Mount Marathon on Wednesday when each won the junior race at the iconic Alaskan event for the first time.

“It’s a dream,” said Connelly, a 16-year-old who attends Chugiak High School. “I’ve always dreamed of this.”

Kramer’s win was also the fulfillment of a dream the West Valley High 16-year-old has had since hearing tales of her dad Mike’s back-to-back top-10 finishes in 2006-07.

As you think about the upcoming Independence Day celebrations, remember to thank our veterans for your freedom. We live in paradise because of those who gave some and some who gave it all.

Your local Lions are all about the month of July with many fun activities to get you outdoors.

It is time for our annual fireworks extravaganza on the 3rd of July. For its 31st year, Eagle River Lions Park will be booming with excitement on the 3rd of July at this FREE event for the public. Look for a great time brought to you by your local Lions.

Wildlife biologists are no longer actively trying to trap a bear thought to have mauled two men in the South Fork Eagle River Valley.

“The immediate trail has gone cold,” said Alaska Department of Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh on Monday.

The bear traps remain near the end of Hiland Road, but Marsh said they’re no longer set. However, that could change if there are bear sightings in the area.

Got big plans for the Fourth? Why not start your day at the Chugiak Fourth of July Parade?

The parade starts at Latimer Fire Station 31 on the Old Glenn Highway, passes through Chugiak proper and ends at the Chugiak Senior Center. Parking is available on the original Chugiak Elementary School grounds. The parade route is closed to traffic at 1 p.m., so plan to get in early. The Parade starts at 2 p.m.

Editor’s note: Gruening Middle School principal Bobby Jefts recently returned from a weeklong field trip to China, where he and a group of GMS students learned about the Asian country’s culture, customs and history. Jefts shared his journal from the trip with the Star, which first appeared in the June 28 print edition of the paper.

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.

Pair arrested after drunken disturbance on Juanita Loop

The Chugiak-Eagle River Advisory Board will hold a public meeting June 30 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Eagle River Town Center Building (12001 Business Boulevard).

The stated purpose of the meeting is to discuss two questions:

1. Who has road construction responsibility for new development in our area?

2. How does our Comprehensive plan impact municipal planning decisions?

Starting July 2, the Municipality of Anchorage will begin changes to its People Mover operations that will impact the Chugiak-Eagle River area.

According to a June 29 press release, the municipality will transfer operations of its AnchorRIDES program to the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center. According to the press release, the transfer will “improve the rider experience above current thresholds, as well as remove the duplication of service coverage.”

Girls in Eagle River are going Wild for the Mustang Hockey Association’s new identity.

“I was very excited,” said 8-year-old Roxie Merrick after helping to unveil the name and logo for MHA’s Alaska Wild on Tuesday at the Harry J. McDonald Center in Eagle River. “It’s like getting that new thing that you’ve been waiting for.”

At a garden club meeting a while back, we had a wonderful speaker from a veterinary pet emergency clinic who spoke to us about common house and outside plants that were poisonous for dogs and cats. I have had animals all my life and never have I witnessed them eating anything other than grass. Evidently, the eating of poisonous plants is very common and takes the lives of many animals every year.