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Alaska State Troopers said they rescued a woman and her dog from the Crow Pass Trail via helicopter on Sunday, the second such rescue in the past two summers along the popular trail within Chugach State Park.

Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters said the helicopter rescue took place Sunday afternoon.

“The limited info I have is that we got the report at about [4:34 p.m.] regarding a hiker that was about nine miles away from the nature center,” Peters wrote in a Monday email.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Star/Eagle River Garden Club Garden of the Week for June 13 is at the home of Curt and Katherine Holloway at 12230 Winter Park Place. This week’s business Garden of the Week is located at the VCA Animal Hospital at 11710 Business Boulevard.

Local woman honored for weight loss

Chugiak’s Sarita Cox was recently named the TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) Alaska Queen for losing 117 pounds over the past decade.

“Over the years, I tried most all of the diets, pills, and injections,” Cox said in a press release about the recognition. “Most of them helped take the weight off, but as soon as Istopped, every ounce came back plus more.”

Cox joined the Chugiak TOPS chapter in 1982 and began to make steady progress in 2007, said Cox, who once weighed over 300 pounds.

Groundwork is being laid for a new gym in Eagle River.

“Sometime around September we began talking with the Planet Fitness folks,” said Andre Spinelli, whose family’s company, Spinell Homes, owns the land at the corner of S. Juanita Loop and the Old Glenn Highway.

Last summer, Spinell received the permits needed to re-route a small creek that runs through the property. That move allowed him to build on the property, which led to a deal with the nationwide fitness chain.

Alaska State Troopers are looking for a 39-year-old Eagle River woman reported missing in Interior Alaska.

According to an online dispatch, troopers received a welfare check for Shanna Oman on June 9 from someone who said she left their residence off McGrath Road in Fairbanks at around 12:30 a.m. on June 3.

“The complainant was supposed to give her a ride back to Eagle River;” troopers wrote.

“He assumed she made other arrangements until her roommate called stating she had not returned home.”

Kale is a super green that grows well in our cool soils and is gaining in popularity. Historically, kale is thought to have originated in Asia Minor and was brought to Europe around 600 B.C. by groups of Celtic wanderers. Ancient Rome saw kale as an important vegetable of the peasant class. English settlers brought this vegetable to America in the 17th century.

I’ve been hiking and climbing in southcentral Alaska for quite some time, and I’ve often found that one of the most difficult journeys is from the couch to the door, and from the door to the car. Most people would agree that getting into the outdoors, even for short hikes, is a good prescription for improving and maintaining health. Besides, many of us spend too much time indoors during the long, dark winters. So here are some relatively easy hikes that are close by and don’t require the exceptional fitness of champion runner Ali Ostrander.

A 21-year-old Indiana man is facing federal child pornogrpahy charges related to the death of Cynthia Hoffman, a 19-year-old woman who was found dead in the Eklutna River last week.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Library will reopen for normal business hours on Tuesday, June 11.

The library has been closed since May 10, when the Eagle River Town Center Building was deemed unsafe due to the discovery of damage caused by the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake. The building was declared safe by the State Fire Marshal last week, but library staff needed the weekend to get the space prepared.

A 30-year-old man arrested last month for allegedly throwing change at a convenience store clerk has been arrested again — this time for allegedly stabbing a man in Eagle River.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, Kyle W. Smith got into a fight with another man in the hallway outside the man’s apartment in Eagle River on the night of June 5. Police refused to say where exactly in Eagle River the assault took place, only that it took place outside an apartment on the 12300 block of the Old Glenn Highway.

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