At Chugiak High, they’ve got a nickname for Ashley Bailey, the steely-eyed security guard who stalks the campus with the vigilance of a junkyard dog that ain’t been fed.

“The kids call her ‘Bulldog Bailey,’” said Chugiak principal Megan Hatswell.

Bailey has a reputation as someone who doesn’t take a lot of guff. Hatswell said the military veteran is fierce but fair — traits that have earned her grudging respect from the students she oversees.

Chugiak’s Emily Rand placed fourth in the floor exercise and 12th in the all-around competition Saturday at the Cook Inlet Conference Gymnastics Meet at Dimond High.

The CHS junior was the top local competitor at the season-ending meet. Teammate Makenna Casey was 13th in the all-around competition, highlighted by a ninth-place finish on the parallel uneven bars for the fourth-place Mustangs.

Finja Ochse placed ninth on the balance beam to lead Eagle River, which finished sixth in the team standings.

A Chugiak High senior has won a Frightening 4K title for the second straight year after Adrianna Proffitt claimed her first women’s race championship Saturday in downtown Anchorage.

Last year’s women’s runner-up, Proffitt clocked at time of 14 minutes, 2 seconds to beat Anchorage’s Payton Smith by 21 seconds. Eagle River’s Breanna Day — Proffitt’s Chugiak High teammate — was third. Proffitt won the annual Halloween-themed race while running in a black mask and red “Incredibles” costume.

Progress is being made on a project to help Alaskans reach out and touch their neighbors Outside.

Matanuska Telephone Association CEO Michael Burke visited the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce biweekly lunch forum earlier this month at the Matanuska Alehouse in Eagle River, where he said only about 40 more miles of cable are needed to complete the co-op’s Alcan One project, which when completed next year will become the first overland fiber optic link between Alaska and the Lower 48.

“It’s all buried, which is much easier to maintain,” he said.

10 years ago this week in the Star…

‘An icon restored’

Access to Mt. Baldy in Eagle River was opened after a five-year battle, according to a front-page story in the Oct. 29, 2009, edition of the Star headlined “An icon restored.”

The final piece of the puzzle was a road-paving project atop Skyline Drive completed by the local street maintenance department, according to a story by Darrell Breeze that featured a photo of Eagle River hikers Eric and Lora Reinbold coming down off the mountain.

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).


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