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State biologists shot and killed a brown bear Wednesday morning in Chugiak after the sow and its three cubs raided trash cans and attacked 22 chickens and a goat, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

It’s the agency’s first bear kill of the season in the Municipality of Anchorage, said Ken Marsh, a Fish and Game spokesman.

Over the weekend, he said, the department received a significant increase in reports of bear activity within the municipality, both sightings and concerns about bears getting into garbage.

Two men were arrested last week at an Eagle River pizza restaurant for an alleged knifepoint truckjacking in Anchorage.

According to police, on April 23 at around 8:27 a.m., APD officers responded to Center Bowl in Anchorage for a report of a stolen truck.

Local choir students have some shiny new hardware to add to their collection.

The North Area Choir — which is made up of choir students from Chugiak and Eagle River High Schools — recently returned from a trip to the Worldstrides Music Festival in San Francisco, where the group wowed the judges en route to a sweep of the festival’s top awards.

The women’s choir won first place and gold earned gold medal recognition, as did the mixed choir. The men’s choir won gold recognition, with the group’s Liam Dooley earning the festival’s Ovation Award for Outstanding Soloist.

Local bars hit by heists

On April 18 at around 5:10 a.m., police received a report that the front glass doors of the Eagle River Elks Lodge had been broken and an ATM stolen from inside.

Four days later, police were called to the Birchwood Saloon for a report that someone had broken in during the night through an interior office door and stolen a safe.

No arrests have been made in either case. The saloon is offering a reward for information about its safe, and the bar’s Facebook page took to social media to issue a call to action:

There wasn’t much sun, but there was plenty of fun at the second annual FOCUS Inc. 5-kilometer run in Eagle River.

“This is awesome,” said Eagle River’s Karen Kirk, who turned in the winning time in the women’s division on a cloudy but rain-free Saturday morning that featured plenty of awesomeness for everybody.

The event packed free coffee, a bouncy house, a DJ, free massage, rescue dogs, a fun run and a visit from the governor into a short section of Regency Drive in downtown Eagle River.

On Earth Day at the Eagle River Nature Center, life was emerging from nearly every nook and cranny: Big, lazy mosquitos hovered, skittish butterflies fluttered and in the shallow ponds near the center trails, salmon fry fought over a few fledgling flies.

Sometime soon, even the bears will be about.

“We have not run into any bear sightings, but it’s definitely that time of year,” said ERNC operations manager Laura Krueger on Sunday, April 22.

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Friday, April 27

One man’s journey toward autism awareness is helping raise the profile of an Eagle River organization whose mission isn’t always clearly understood.

“They’ve really helped walk me through the process in general of understanding what autism was,” said Michael Harlow, whose two children are on the autism spectrum.

Harlow’s wife first noticed their children having difficulty keeping up with their peers when it came to verbal communication. However, he was initially resistant to the diagnosis.

UPDATE: According to online records, Sala was released from custody on April 30. He is currently under the supervision of pre-trial services while he awaits trial.


A man wanted for robbing a woman at gunpoint in an Eagle River park during a drug deal gone bad has been captured.

A man wanted in connection with an Anchorage pepper-spraying incident was captured Thursday, April 26 in Eagle River.

According to Anchorage Police, Bret Maness was taken into custody at around 11:27 a.m.

Police said Maness allegedly attacked a group of people gathered at the Church of Love in Spenard last week.

Read more at Anchorage Daily News.