Matt Tunseth

Mirror Lake’s Emily Moore won her second straight ASD Middle School Cross Country Running City Championship Thursday at Kincaid Park, where the Coyotes swept the top three spots in the 8th grade girls races.

Moore outkicked teammate Emersyn Brewer for a one-second victory on the muddy, 3-kilometer course, winning the eighth grade girls race in a time of 11 minutes, 59 seconds. Skyler Belmear finished third for Mirror Lake, which won the 8th grade girls team title.

Moore also won the 6th/7th grade girls race last year.

Backers of a movement to separate Assembly District 2 from the Municipality of Anchorage say they’re still trying to raise money and enlist volunteers to help with a feasibility study they hope will show the economics of a split are sound.

Businesses owners know starting a new venture is a sink-or-swim situation. Sondra Tompkins plans to float.

The owner of Float 49 visited the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce last week to talk about her planned float tub business, which she said was inspired by the way her son responded to floating in the large, saltwater filled tubs.

“He was the inspiration for this business,” Tompkins said during a speech at the chamber’s biweekly lunch forum at the Matanuska Alehouse in Eagle River.

Police say a woman is expected to survive after she was shot by her boyfriend, who then fatally turned the gun on himself during an Oct. 3 incident in Chugiak.

Police were called to Rosebud Row Avenue in Chugiak at around 10:38 p.m. for a report of a suicide, according to Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Renee Oistad.

“An adult male had gotten into an altercation with his girlfriend,” Oistad wrote in a synopsis of the incident. “The male shot his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene.”

Five miles isn’t a long way apart — unless you’re talking trophy cases.

Chugiak made the quick drive south across the Eagle River bridge Saturday and returned to Birchwood Loop with a shiny metal box of redemption after reclaiming the Battle of the Bridge trophy from Eagle River with a 35-8 nonconference football win at the Wolves’ Den.

Coaches for Chugiak and Eagle River’s love their teams’ prospects at the upcoming Region IV Championships — but for very different reasons.

For Chugiak’s Paul McDonough, a senior-laden Mustangs squad featuring several of the region’s top players has the team galloping into the tournament.

“Nine of our 14 players are seniors,” said McDonough, whose team features an undefeated — and top-seeded — player in girls singles star Emilee Groth.

Police have concluded an investigation into a boy who they said brought a backpack containing a loaded gun and a knife to Fire Lake Elementary. Anchorage Police Department spokesman MJ Thim said the case has been turned over to the municipal prosecutor’s office for review.

“They will determine if charges will be filed,” Thim wrote in a Wednesday email.

A reliable source of water for hundreds of Chugiak-Eagle River residents may soon run dry, but city officials are committed to keeping the water flowing.

Emily Walsh is as consistent as they come.

The Eagle River junior claimed her third straight runner-up finish at the Region IV Cross Country meet Saturday, clocking a time of 18 minutes, 31 seconds — one second faster than she ran in last year’s race and one second slower than her personal best on the 5-kilometer course at Bartlett High.

“I’m very happy with it,” Walsh said after finishing 10 seconds behind South freshman Robyn Miller and 12 seconds ahead of Miller’s teammate, two-time defending Region IV champion Ava Earl.

Chugiak was galloping toward victory in the third quarter of Friday night’s nonconference football game against South before stumbling down a disastrous home stretch at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.

“We had that game won,” said Chugiak head coach Ryan Landers after watching his team surrender 27 points in the final 7:17 of a shocking 39-14 loss.

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