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Though he’s currently busy turning heads as a Hollywood actor, Chugiak’s Talon Wild has a much more Alaskan dream in mind.

“I really want to make a career out of playing hockey,” Wild said during a recent phone interview from Southern California.

The NHL might have to wait.

Wild, 9, recently learned that a short film he starred in, “Adam,” will be shown at the ultra-prestigious Cannes Film Festival later this month in France. Wild’s mom, Bettsie, said having a film screened at the festival’s “Short Film Corner” is an enormous honor.

Repair work on the Eklutna overpass scheduled for Monday, May 14 has been delayed until after Memorial Day (Monday, May 28).

Weight restrictions on state and city roads were not lifted as expected for contractor Sandstrom & Sons, Inc. to move their equipment from Anchorage, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities project engineer Ted Meyer said Friday, May 11.

“We’re basically stuck,” he said.

Meyer said the project is expected to start Tuesday, May 29 or Monday, June 4, but a specific date has not been set.

Construction at the McDonald Center is entering its final phase.

The $6 million project to add an indoor turf field, running track and maintenance shop to the longtime Eagle River recreational facility should be completed by July 17, said Mac manager Reid McDonald on May 12.

“It’s basically done,” he said. “They just need to do the final touches.”

Palmer-based F-E Contracting Inc. is currently installing drywall and painting, McDonald said. Once the toilets and netting are installed, the final step will be to put down the turf and track, he said.

Anchorage police say a 57-year-old Eagle River man was hospitalized with injuries to his back and scalp after a run-in with a brown bear on Saturday, May 12.

Lt. Dave Parker said Howard Meyer was hiking near his home in the Eagle River Valley when the attack occurred around 6 p.m.

Parker said Meyer came across the adult bear suddenly. When the animal began acting aggressively, Parker said Meyer first tried to hold his ground, before turning to run.

“The thing was on him like that,” Parker said.

The U.S. Army said today that two paratroopers based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson were killed when their Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle was attacked on May 13 near Bowri Tana, Afghanistan.

Sgt. Brian L. Walker, 25, of Lucerne Valley, Calif., and Pfc. Richard L. McNulty III, 22, of Rolla, Mo., were both military policemen assigned to the 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion (Airborne), 4th Bridgade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Divison.

Three other soldiers were wounded in the attack.

There’s about to be a new man in charge of the Army in Alaska.

Maj. Gen. Michael X. Garrett will become the 36th commander in U.S. Army Alaska during a change of command ceremony on Pershing Parade Field on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson at 2 p.m. today (Thursday, May 17).

Garrett will replace Maj. Gen. Raymond Palumbo, who has been the senior Army commander in Alaska since July 12, 2010.

Anchorage police say a 57-year-old Eagle River man was resting at a local hospital Sunday night after a run-in with a brown bear Saturday evening.

According to APD Lt. Dave Parker, Howard Meyer was hiking near his home in the Eagle River Valley when the attack occurred around 6 p.m.

Parker said Meyer came across the adult bear suddenly. When the animal began acting aggressively, Parker said Meyer first tried to hold his ground before turning to run.  

“The thing was on him like that,” Parker said.

Repair work on the Eklutna overpass scheduled for Monday, May 14 has been delayed until after Memorial Day (Monday, May 28).

Weight restrictions on state and city roads were not lifted as expected for contractor Sandstrom & Sons, Inc. to move their equipment from Anchorage, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities project engineer Ted Meyer said Friday, May 11.

“We’re basically stuck,” he said.

Meyer said the project is expected to start June 2 or June 9, but a specific date has not been set.

An early-morning fire off South Birchwood Loop on Sunday, May 6, completely destroyed the home of longtime Chugiak residents Jim and Lindsay Vermillion.

“It’s just a smoking hole in the ground,” said Jim Vermillion on Monday, May 7.

He and his wife were in the process of remodeling the home at 19022 Baidarka, which Jim said was originally built in the 1950s. At the time of the blaze, they were staying in their large shop next door, which houses Concrete Polishing and Artistic Staining of Alaska.

As a beauty pageant contestant, Brandy Wendler is used to being in the spotlight.

But the Eagle River resident isn’t only interested in winning crowns. Wendler’s main purpose is spreading awareness about her disorder, Celiac Disease.

Along with interfering with the absorption of nutrients from food, Celiac Disease also causes gluten intolerance, Wendler said.

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