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College scholarships and Bear Paw bragging rights are on the line Thursday, July 12, at the Steve Primis Auditorium, where 19 young women will be joined by two young men on the stage for the 29th edition of the Bear Paw Pageant.

The pageant — which began in 1989 — is back again this year after taking a one-year hiatus in 2016. Last year’s Miss Bear Paw Queen was Shannon O’Hare, with Michal Treder named Bear Paw King. Other honorees were prince Jon Streff, princess Casey McCormick and ambassador Danielle Stam.

Air Force Col. Patricia Csank is about to make Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson history.

On Friday, Csank will become the base’s first female commander when she takes over command of the Air Force’s 673rd Air Base Wing during a 10 a.m. ceremony on the base. The 673rd Air Base Wing is responsible for installation management on the joint base, which was formed in 2005 when Elmendorf Air Force Base and Fort Richardson Army Garrison combined into a single entity. According to JBER, the 673rd maintains an $11.4 billion infrastructure encompassing 79,000 acres north of Anchorage.

Bear traps have been reset and a popular trailhead closed in the South Fork Eagle River Valley after at least two more close-range encounters between humans and brown bears near where a man was killed by a bear and another was mauled last month.

A Chugiak family of three had their lives turned upside down during a weekend road trip to Seward.

Before Tina Willis left rainy Resurrection Bay, she slipped off the second step of the family camper and broke her leg. When she returned to her home Sunday night with her husband, young son and their four dogs, things got even worse.

Much worse.

Willis’ husband was looking for a way to bring her into the house on Sarah Circle with her injury, so he went to grab a wheelbarrow from the garage.

A man convicted in a 2017 high-speed chase to Seward has allegedly assaulted a police officer for the second time in three months.

According to Anchorage police, on July 3 at around 7:28 p.m., officers arrived at a residence on Husky Street for a report of a disturbance. While there, an officer patting down Chase W. M. McMichael, 20, was stuck by a hypodermic needle while conducting a pat-down search. Police said the officer was not warned ahead of time about the needle, which they said had been used to inject drugs earlier in the day.

Residents of one of Eagle River’s oldest neighborhoods are growling over a proposal to add an off-leash dog park to a small municipal park alongside Eagle River Road.

“I’m not against a dog park, I’m a dog owner,” said Zach Seabolt, who lives on Seabolt Lane across from the proposed park. “I’m just against where this dog park is going.”

Chugiak-Eagle River racers showed up en masse for the 2018 Mount Marathon races in Seward. Among this year’s finishers in the men’s, women’s and junior races, 75 were from Eagle River, 18 from Chugiak and two from JBER.

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.

The board that oversees the Harry J. McDonald Center in Eagle River has a new look.

In June, the Fire Lake Arena Management Inc. board of directors chose two names from a list of four forwarded by the Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors to serve on the FLAMI Board of Directors. Added to the now seven-member board were Eagle River’s Michelle Fletcher and Tony Boneta.

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