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The 2019 Eagle River Triathlon will bring hundreds of athletes to Chugiak Sunday for the 21st running of the event.

The triathlon will feature individual, team and kids’ competitions. The “sprint” triathlon includes a 500-yard swim, a 12.4-mile bike ride and a 3.1-mile run. The swimming portion of the event will be held in the Chugiak High pool, with the bike ride taking place on South Birchwood Loop/Terrace Lane and the out-and-back 5-kilometer run utilizing the bike trail alongside the Glenn Highway.

Municipal officials are hoping to receive federal assistance repairing Eagle River’s Town Square Park.

“We discovered after the earthquake we’ve got some uneven conditions there, so what we’re trying to do is we’re working with FEMA to see if we can get that area repaired,” said Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation director John Rodda.

The park’s small skating rink and pavilion area have been closed to the public due to the uneven nature of the brick pavers that cover the ground. Rodda said the area is now a liability for the department.

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.

Anchorage police arrested a 30-year-old man May 20 after he allegedly threw change at the cashier and tried to help himself to cigarettes behind the counter.

Angie Fraize is in the spotlight after a U.S. Senator sang her praises in a glowing speech earlier this month.

“The Senate floor, how cool is that?” said the Anchorage Police Department officer from Eagle River.

The Chugach Mountain Bike Riders (CMBR) trails at Mirror Lake are now open.

The trails officially opened for summertime traffic May 16. Located between Mirror and Edmonds lakes, the five-mile trail system first opened in 2017, with a second phase completed last year. The main access point is at the northeast end of the Mirror Lake Park parking lot.

The CMBR has been hosting volunteer work parties to help get the trails into summertime shape. The next event is scheduled for May 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Hudson Taylor is a human Swiss Army knife: he can do just about anything.

Taylor recently graduated as valedictorian of the Alaska Middle College School, is an accomplished trumpet player and even carried a 170 average for Eagle River High’s conference champion bowling team. And this summer he’s heading to Dallas, where he’ll take part in a summer research program in biomedical engineering.

“I’ll be sort of getting a head start on the whole college experience,” he said.

While we are out there working hard to grow a beautiful garden in just a few short months, the creepy crawlers are munching away at our bounty. It can be so frustrating to find holes and sticky slime all over your pristine vegetables and flowers. Instead of spraying bug killers all over a garden we plan to ingest, consider creating a garden that is full of all sorts of bugs that can help us in this endeavor. Some of the bugs are pests that destroy our plants while others east the plant-eating bugs. I can go for that!

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 May 16 at around 10:13 p.m. police received a report that a man was hitting a woman while parked in a blue Buick in the Fred Meyer parking lot.

PALMER — Through rain and shine, Chugiak’s track and field team kept piling up the points — and the records — Saturday at the state track and field championships at Machetanz Field.

The Mustangs won the Division I boys team title with depth and determination while the girls team broke two state relay records despite rapidly changing weather that featured bright sunshine in the morning followed by wind and rain in the afternoon.

The guest of honor was resplendent in a bright red dress and a pair black flats she picked out several days before the party.

As she sat surrounded by piles of birthday cards sent from around the world — and fresh off a phone call from U.S. congressman — the smile on Charlotte Schwid’s face Wednesday was matched in brightness only by the glints of sunlight pouring in through the windows of the Eagle River VFW and bouncing off the “Birthday Girl” tiara she wore atop her flowing locks of silver hair.

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