Jarett Beckett and Tyler Huffer each scored twice as Chugiak rolled to a 6-2 nonconference hockey win over Soldotna at the McDonald Center.

Huffer’s score with 8:04 left in the second period off a Shayden Davis assist was the game-winner for the Mustangs, who improved to 3-3 overall. His second goal was the team’s last, a power-play strike off assists from Beckett and Luke Momblow early in the third period.

Nothing can stop the Merry Merchant Munch and Winter Wonderland celebration from returning to Chugiak-Eagle River. At least, that’s what the local chamber of commerce is promising.

“We are having Merry Merchant Munch no matter what,” said Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber executive director Debbie Rinckey during the chamber’s biweekly lunch forum last month.

The annual event was canceled last year after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the area on Nov. 30.

But Rinckey said a full slate of food and fun is planned for Dec. 6-7 in downtown Eagle River.

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 Nov. 26 at around 6 p.m. police received a report that a red and white 1994 Ford pickup was stolen while parked unlocked outside a business with its keys inside.

Tie gets the Rumbler.

Chugiak retook the Rumble Cup trophy for the first time since 2015 by the thinnest of margins Wednesday night, tying Eagle River 30-30 in a dual wrestling meet at CHS to win the annual crosstown rivalry in a tiebreaker.

Eagle River ran its winning streak to four in a row with a 2-1 nonconference high school hockey win Tuesday night at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Tay Kurpius scored the game-winner with 8:12 left in the third period off assists from Dylan Bender and Jacob Whetsell.

The Wolves opened the scoring with a Brooks Christian short-hander off an Aaron James assist less than five minutes into the first period, but the Knights equalized late in the frame with an unassisted tally from Carson Lantto.

Ryan Gray made 22 stops for the Wolves, who were outshot 23-14.

A Chugiak man has been sentenced to nine months in federal prison for failing to register as a sex offender.

Donald Eugene Phillips, 37, was charged in July with one count with failure to register, according to a statement from Bryan Schroder, U.S. Attorney for the District of Alaska. He subsequently pleaded guilty and was sentenced Wednesday by Sr. District Judge Ralph R. Beistline.

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[Editor’s note: This story is part of a joint series by the Star and Anchorage Daily News looking back at the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake. To read the rest of the series, click here.]

The 7.1 earthquake that jolted the Cook Inlet region on Nov. 30, 2018, cracked walls, liquefied soil and split foundations. But a year later, data show the wreckage wasn’t evenly distributed.

[Editor’s note: This story is part of a joint series by the Star and Anchorage Daily News looking back at impacts and lessons learned from the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake. To read more of the series, click here.]

Daniel Bausch hasn’t missed a stride since leaving Chugiak High.

The 2018-19 Alaska Gatorade Cross Country Athlete of the Year and current Utah Valley University cross country runner clocked a time of 15 minutes, 34 seconds to win the Skinny Raven Turkey Trot 5-kilometer race in downtown Anchorage on Thanksgiving Day.

Bausch finished 30 seconds ahead of second-place Lars Arneson of Anchorage. Anchorage’s Jake Moe was third.

Chugiak’s powerhouse stable of runners has produced two more Division I thoroughbreds.

The Mustangs’ Brooklynn Gould and Hyrum Nelson signed Division I National Letters of Intent in the week before Thanksgiving Break, with Gould making the leap to the University of North Dakota and Nelson travelling cross-country to Utah’s Brigham Young University.

Nobody was hurt after powerful winds tore off part of the roof of an Eagle River restaurant Wednesday night.

The Matanuska Brewing Company posted dramatic video of the damage, which took place as a massive storm brought rain and wind gusts of more than 110 MPH to some parts of Anchorage Wednesday afternoon and into Thursday morning.

A Chugiak convenience store was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night.

According to Anchorage Police Department spokesperson, a man with a gun walked into the Vitus gas station on the Old Glenn Highway at around 9 p.m. and demanded money. Thim said the suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police searched the area with a K9 unit until around midnight but were unable to locate a suspect, Thim said.

“Detectives are reviewing surveillance video from the area,” Thim wrote.

Chugiak’s Daniel Niebles remained undefeated on the high school wrestling season with a second-round pin of West’s Caedmon Crowley during a dual match at Chugiak High Tuesday night.

The 189-pound senior was one of five CHS wrestlers to win by fall, but the Eagles used superior team depth to earn a 46-30 team victory. Also earning pins for the Mustangs were Tristan Petrykievicz (140 pounds), Calvin Daugherty (145), Grant Jones (152) and Justin Lafferty (160).

Eagle River won its third straight game Tuesday behind a pair of goals from Dylan Bender and a solid night from Ryan Gray in net during a 5-1 nonconference high school hockey victory over Service the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Tucker Lien, Tay Kurpius and Gunnar Sackerson also scored for the Wolves, who scored three times in the final 4:44 of the third period to break open what had been a tight contest.

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.

Police and volunteer firefighters responded to a Friday, Nov. 22 car crash that resulted in a trip to the hospital for a vehicle’s passenger and a trip to jail for its driver.

A feud has formed in Chugiak-Eagle River over whether to combine the area’s two public high schools.

At stake in the small-town spat are tens of millions of municipal dollars and the future of thousands of children in the famously quarrelsome twin towns where the only thing people might currently be more irritated with than outsiders is each other.

A woman said she was beaten in Thunderbird Falls after being picked up by a man in Anchorage on Thursday, Nov. 21.

According to police, dispatchers received a call at around 10:21 p.m. from a man who told them a woman showed up at the door of his home with visible injuries.

When police arrived, the woman reportedly told them she was walking in Anchorage near the intersection of Benson Boulevard and the Seward Highway when an unknown man in a red, full-size Ford pickup offered her a ride.

Many folks know the local Lions Club mainly for its large clubhouse and sports complex across from Walmart in Eagle River. But it’s what Lions do that can’t be seen that makes the group special according to Lion Karen Burns, who spoke about the group during the weekly Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce meeting Nov. 20 at the Matanuska Brewing Company in Eagle River.

“We’ve been here a long time,” Burns told the chamber before detailing the organization’s many and varied service projects.

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