It was a good summer to be a bear in Anchorage, where far fewer bruins were killed due to conflicts with humans.

According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, just six bears were killed by either the government or by private citizens defending life or property. That’s a dramatic decrease from 2018, when 42 bears were killed.

“Compared to other years it was like being on vacation,” said Fish and Game area management biologist Dave Battle.

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.

UPDATE (Oct. 23, 2019): McKenzie was listed as in custody Wednesday morning at the Anchorage Correctional Complex.


Anchorage police are looking for an Eagle River man accused of grabbing a woman by the throat and pushing her against a wall.

One of the six community councils representing the Chugiak-Eagle River area says it wants little to do with a movement to detach the area from the Municipality of Anchorage.

At its Oct. 15 meeting, the Eklutna Valley Community Council voted 15-1 to disassociate itself from the “Eaglexit” movement, an effort that began this spring to explore the possibility of detaching Assembly District 2 from the muni and forming its own local government.

“We’re kind of raising a red flag and saying don’t count on us,” said EVCC vice president Rick Sinnott, who drafted the resolution.

Emily Rand won the floor exercise and placed third in the all-around standings to lead Chugiak to a second-place finish at a four-team gymnastics meet on Friday, Oct. 18 at Dimond High. Rand wowed the judges with her floor routine, which was the only individual performance of the day to score a 9.000 or higher.

South’s Ellie Decker won the uneven bars and balance beam to claim the all-around title, with the first-place Wolverines’ Brieley Alch placing second in the all-around standings after winning the vault.

Eagle River’s football team finished second in the Northern Lights Conference but last in the hearts of the conference’s coaches.

The Wolves were shut out of All-NLC voting this year as conference champion Soldotna took the lion’s share of first-team honors and the rest were given to players from teams that finished below Eagle River in the standings.

Among the NLC’s top awards, the Stars swept all but Coach of the Year — with that honor going to Kodiak’s Brian Ellsworth after he guided his team to a 2-6 campaign that included a 41-7 loss to Eagle River.

Jerry Ross won his second Maddy’s Run title Saturday with a little help from his friend.

Ross and Patrick Conway had broken away from the rest of the field in the annual 5-kilometer race when Ross — who was in the lead — got confused by the course layout and veered the wrong way. Conway saw the wayward move and called Ross back to the trail.

“He was a good sport, he could easily have taken off and I would have been demoralized, I don’t think I would have caught up to him,” he said.

Staffing levels are preventing the Anchorage Police Department from keeping four full-time officers on patrol in Chugiak-Eagle River, but according to the officers who walk the beat the department is doing a better job of keeping familiar faces in the area.

Chugiak fell victim to a big Dimond comeback Friday night as the Lynx rallied for a 3-2 (24-26, 20-25, 25-20, 25-17, 15-5) Cook Inlet Conference volleyaball win over the Mustangs at Chugiak High.

Chugiak got 26 digs and three aces from Ashley Hicks, 16 assists from Stephanie Stoltenberg and 11 kills from Ellie Scherffius. Aubre Adams had a team-high five blocks for the Mustangs, who play at Bartlett Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.

Taliyah Esters had a match-high 15 kills for the Lynx, who got 11 kills from Kadyn Osborne and 10 from Kimmie Roth.

Eagle River remained undefeated in Cook Inlet Conference riflery action by the narrowest of margins over Service on Friday.

The Wolves’ C shooters won their match by a single point to seal the win for Eagle River, which also won the A match and had a higher overall score to claim a 5-2 victory.

Kayla Reifel fired a match-high 291 for the Wolves’ A team, who got a 284 from Lindsey Foshee, a 283 from Rylee Price and a 280 from Cayden Shade.

Mustangs fall to Eagles

Cold gusts of wind swept across the mountain, numbing my fingers and cutting through my nylon pants. What I believed was going to be an enjoyable autumn outing on Harp Mountain in South Fork Valley was quickly becoming a winter siege.

Three days earlier I was on the Kenai Peninsula, peacefully basking in warm sun along the shore of Lost Lake, admiring the alpine tundra’s brilliant fall colors.

Five local flag football players were named first-team all Cook Inlet Conference by a vote of the CIC’s coaches.

Making the team for Chugiak were senior linebacker Mariah Perish and senior rusher Marelie Chaperon, along with junior running back Kaylin Garner.

Eagle River senior running back Spring Harris and junior linebacker Haley Stephenson made the first-team for the Wolves.

The Eagle River swim official at the center of a national controversy over swimsuits will not be decertified, according to the Alaska School Activities Association.

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.

Nic Nelson can’t do much running right now, so a couple hundred of his closest friends are going to run for him.

Nelson is an Anchorage 13-year-old currently undergoing treatment for a rare form of cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Before he was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma this spring, Nelson’s main concern was training for triathlons.

“That’s actually how this all started…” recalled his mom, Jane.

Lathrop sure knows how to hold a grudge.

The Malemutes defeated Eagle River 54-10 Saturday in the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Division II State Football Semifinals — the team’s second win over the Wolves since losing to Eagle River in last year’s D-II semis.

LaDavien Simon had an 80-yard kickoff return for Eagle River’s lone touchdown. Andrew Hamilton had a field goal for the Wolves, who got 97 total yards from Tim Pennington (62 receiving, 35 rushing) and 72 from Justin Davis (51 rushing, 21 receiving).

McKenzie Fazio picked up three first places and a second as Eagle River took third in the overall team standings at the 24-team Bartlett/Chugiak Invitational Saturday at Bartlett High.

Fazio won the 200 and 500 yard freestyle for the Eagle River girls and swam a leg on the team’s winning 200 yard medley relay. Fazio joined Ellie Mercer, Hannah Shaw and Kiara Borchardt in winning the relay and taking second in the 200 yard freestyle relay.

Emilee Groth completed an undefeated season with more perfection.

The Chugiak senior knocked off West Valley’s Klara Kondrak in straight sets Saturday to win a state championship in girls singles at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Tennis Championships at the Alaska Club East in Anchorage.

The win was Chugiak’s first state tennis title since the tournament began in 2007.

Groth won 6-1, 6-0 in her first meeting with the unseeded Kondrak, who knocked off the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds before falling to Groth, who finished fifth at last year’s state tourney.

Chugiak’s final step Friday night wasn’t a big one. But it was in the right direction.

The Mustangs fell victim to a second-half mauling at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium as the Service Cougars reeled off 28 unanswered second-half points for a runaway 42-7 win in the opening round of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Division I Football Playoffs at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium in Chugiak.

“It was just little mistakes,” said Chugiak head coach Ryan Landers.

Landers took his hat off to the Cougars, who held his team to just 132 yards of total offense.

Win or it’s snowmachine tuning time.

Chugiak and Eagle River will face do-or-die prep football games this weekend when the Mustangs host a Division I playoff game Friday night at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium and the Wolves go to Fairbanks for a Division II semifinal Saturday afternoon against Lathrop.

The Mustangs (6-2) finished with the No. 2 seed from the Chugach Conference and will face Service (6-2), the No. 3 team from the Cook Inlet Conference. The teams have not met this season. Game time is 7 p.m.

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.


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