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.

Soldotna ran wild against Eagle River on Saturday, racking up 10 first-half touchdowns en route to an 81-7 Northern Lights Conference win at Justin Maile Field in Soldotna.

The loss was the worst in Eagle River program history, eclipsing a 70-0 loss to South in 2006, the team’s first season of varsity play. However, the tough day came with a silver lining as the Wolves clinched a playoff berth with a Kodiak win over Kenai Central.

Eagle River’s Scott Minor was named Volunteer of the Year by Special Olympics Alaska during the group’s Breakfast With Champions event on Sept. 18 at the Jim Balamaci Training Center in Anchorage.

Minor and his wife, Alicia, own Fitzgerald Photography in Eagle River, and Minor frequently captures images for Special Olympics events. He first started working with the group in 2001 when the late Balamaci hired him to take photos during the Special Olympics World Games in Anchorage. In a speech shared by his wife on Facebook, Minor said he was humbled by the experience.

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.

A student brought a backpack containing a loaded handgun and a knife to Fire Lake Elementary School in Eagle River on Thursday, according to the Anchorage School District. There were no injuries and the gun was not discharged, according to a statement emailed to media Thursday afternoon by ASD communications director Alan Brown.

Brown said the male student’s classmates told their teacher they saw the weapons while on the school bus.

“The student in question was separated from the backpack and escorted to the office,” Brown wrote.

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.

Editor’s note: The woman who was arrested in the following case called the Star on Sept. 26 to say the charges in the case were dropped. Her name has been removed from this report.

15 years ago this week in the Star…

Seven inches of snow fell on Chugiak-Eagle River Sept. 24-25, 2004, according to a front-page story on the Sept. 30 edition of the Alaska Star.

“Snow-laden branches knocked out Matanuska Electric Association power lines, creating several outages,” read the story.

Several small power outages were reported, as were numerous fender-benders, according to the story. Johnson’s Tire Service salesman Mike Johnson said the early snowfall created an instant boom.

Snow fell in the mountains around Eagle River last week, bringing termination dust to mountainsides above 3,000 feet in the Chugach.

That includes the mountains above Arctic Valley and the South Fork Eagle River Valley, where hikers on Sunday ventured onto the high alpine tundra for late-season berry-picking and fall hiking.

This year’s Beach Lake Cross-Country Running Jamboree will be held Sept. 26 starting at 5 p.m. at Chugiak High.

Each year hundreds of children hit the trails for the event, which features races for kids ranging from Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade. Distances will be 1/4 mile for preK, 3/4 mile for Kindergarten, 1 mile for 1st/2nd graders, 1 1/4 mile for 3rd/4th graders and 1 1/2 miles for 5th/6th graders.

Helping others can be pretty sweet.

For hours on end, Eagle River’s Alaina Vik, 13, has stood in grocery store entrances or parking lots and approached strangers asking if they’d like to buy Girl Scout cookies. Often with her mom and siblings along to help, Vik has been “everywhere” from Anchorage to the Mat-Su selling the distinctive boxes, and the effort has paid off — last year, she sold more than 5,000 boxes to become Alaska’s No. 1 seller.

“I went out every day and I just kept going and asking people if they wanted to buy cookies,” she said.

The Municipality of Anchorage’s weekly Bonny Sosa Tuesday Night Race Series will come to Chugiak Sept. 24 when the community cross country races are held on the trails at Beach Lake Park and Chugiak High.

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.

Dimond’s Sonny Prosser and South’s Ava Earl won the Big 8 Invitational cross country races on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Kincaid Park.

Prosser set a new record on the 5-kilometer course in the varsity boys race, finishing in 15 minutes, 24 seconds to best Service’s Alexander Maurer by 16 seconds and break the 1993 course record set by his father, Miguel Gomez, by 10 seconds. Chugiak’s Hyrum Nelson finished third in 15:56.

Chugiak dropped a 21-7 Chugach Conference football game to the Juneau-Thunder Mountain Huskies on Friday, Sept. 20 at a soggy Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium in Chugiak.

The loss was the first of the season for the Mustangs, who fell to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the conference. Juneau improved to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the conference.

Juneau sophomore running back Gaby Soto was a tiny terror for the Huskies, running for a game-high 177 yards on 24 carries. The 5-foot-6 inch, 145-pound Soto had two touchdowns for Juneau, which bounced back from a 44-14 loss to West the previous week.

Eagle River remained undefeated in the Northern Lights Conference with a 31-0 win over Kenai Central on Saturday at the Wolves’ Den in Eagle River.

Cashiez Reaves scored two touchdowns and had a game-high 142 yards rushing on 15 carries for the Wolves, who won their fourth straight game, improved to 4-2 overall and — most importantly — moved to 2-0 in the four-team NLC. The win virtually clinched a playoff spot for the Wolves, who need only a win over Soldotna next week or a Soldotna win over Kenai in the final game of the season to clinch a playoff sport.

The 1984 Chugiak High School state football championship team will gather for a 35th reunion the weekend of Sept. 20-22. The team will be honored during a special ceremony before the Chugiak-Juneau Homecoming football game on Friday at 7 p.m. at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.

Most team members and coaches are expected to attend the reunion, according to Huffer Sr., who coached the team for 19 seasons.

A round-up of recent high school sporting events involving Chugiak and Eagle River teams. To submit scores, email [email protected] or call (907) 257-4274.


Chugiak won a rivalry flag football game Tuesday, Sept. 17, knocking off Eagle River 25-0 at ERHS.

Aleah Madsen scored two touchdown for the Mustangs, who also got one each from Averie Carlos and Brooke Storen.


Dimond 3, Eagle River 0

It’s smooth sailing again over the Eagle River bridge.

The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities said Tuesday it has completed repairs to the earthquake-damaged northbound crossing. The damage suffered in the magnitude 7.1 quake on Nov. 30, 2018 was to abutments on each end of the bridge, which caused commuters to hit irritating bumps coming onto and leaving the bridge.

In a Tuesday Facebook post, the department said it used polymers injected beneath the roadway to help raise the approach structure of the bridge.

For more than four decades, John Rodda has been one of the busiest men in Anchorage — which is why he considers himself the luckiest.

The Municipality of Anchorage’s Parks and Recreation director is responsible for overseeing a $22 million annual budget, 10,946 acres of parkland, more than 300 full- and part-time employees, 250 miles of trails, 223 parks, 110 athletic fields, 82 playgrounds, 11 recreation centers and a handful of swimming pools. It suits him.


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