Matt Tunseth

It’s cool-off season at Mirror Lake in Chugiak, where hundreds of people have been flocking to beat the heat alongside the area’s top choice for summer run in the sun.

“During the summer we try to come out here once a week,” said Chugiak’s Sarah Hansen as she watched her son, Elias, kayak on the lake, which is located at 23051 Old Glenn Highway, just off the Mirror Lake exit.

Many coaches develop a strong parental bond with their athletes, and Melissa Hall is no different.

“These two are like kids to me,” the Chugiak High track and field coach said during a National Letter of Intent signing for two of her athletes in the CHS library last month.

The audience giggled. That’s because one of the runners sitting in front of Hall was her daughter, Chugiak sprinter Reilly Hall.

“They’re laughing because one of them literally is my kid,” Hall said. “We fight and we bicker but I love her to death.”

One of Alaska’s most vet-friendly towns now has a highly visible symbol of its support for the armed forces.

A joint effort of the local chamber of commerce, garden club and numerous service organizations raised more than $11,000 to bring a giant steel star and Blue Star Memorial sign to Chief Alex Park alongside the Old Glenn Highway. The 15-by-15-foot steel star was filled with red, white and blue flowers Tuesday.

Downtown Eagle River was the picture of patriotism Friday as local scouts helped members of Elks Lodge 2682 honor Flag Day with a colorful ceremony in observance of the national holiday.

“It’s about the flag, patriotism, what our lodge stands for — charity, justice, brotherly love,” said Elks Exalted Ruler Phil R. Petrie.

Since 1908, Flag Day celebrations have been mandatory for lodges within the fraternal organization, which has had a lodge in Eagle River since 1982. Petrie said the holiday is an ideal fit with the group’s mission.

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.

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.

A brown bear that was getting into trash in Eagle River was killed Tuesday morning by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and Alaska Wildlife Troopers.

According to Fish and Game area management biologist Dave Battle, the bear shot Tuesday was the second aggressive brown bear killed by authorities in the Municipality of Anchorage this summer.

Battle said in one Tuesday morning incident, a woman cleaning up trash a bear had scattered on her property had a dangerously close encounter with the bruin.

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.

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.

Even with a record crowd on hand there was still more than enough baseball to go around Thursday night at Lee Jordan Field.

Unfortunately for Fish fans, Malcom Tipler’s 2-run single in the top of the 14th inning put a damper on an otherwise dreamlike night at the ballpark as the Anchorage Glacier Pilots took a 3-1 win in the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks’ home opener.

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