Matt Tunseth

No team traveled more miles to get to this year’s Chipotle-USA Hockey Youth Tier II 16U National Championships in Plano, Texas than the Anchorage North Stars. They didn’t go all that way to lose.

Anchorage’s Hayden Fox slapped the puck into a wide-open net with just 51 seconds left to ice the team’s 4-3 win Monday over the McKinney (Texas) North Stars. The play was set up by Eagle River’s Tucker Lien, who took a breakout pass in the neutral zone and skated along the left side deep into the offensive end before slipping a pass to Fox just as the defense closed in.

Supporting a loved one dealing with mental health issues can be lonely labor. But it doesn’t have to be.

“That’s a huge thing to realize you’re not alone,” said Kathy Burek Huntington, an Eagle River woman who helps facilitate a National Alliance of Mental Illness family support group that meets twice a month at Community Covenant Church in Eagle River.

Huntington said the purpose of the support group is for people to share their stories, discuss treatments and support methods and simply commune with other people experiencing similar circumstances.

An Eagle River family never knew just how many friends they had until tragedy struck in the form of a Subaru Forester with an alleged drunk driver behind the wheel.

There’s about to be a Kennedy on the Anchorage Assembly.

With the early votes counted following Tuesday’s by mail election deadline, Eagle River’s Crystal Kennedy held a commanding lead over Oliver Schiess in the two-way race to replace Gretchen Wehmhoff on the Assembly. With 6,802 votes cast as of Tuesday night, Kennedy had 3,666 (53.9 percent) votes while Schiess garnered 2,686 (39.5 percent).

Kennedy, 61, said she felt her campaign connected well with voters in Chugiak-Eagle River, where she’s lived for the past 25 years.

The Anchorage School District has released engineering reports detailing the extent of damage caused at Gruening Middle School and Eagle River Elementary by the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake.

The 2019 municipal election is ongoing through April 2 and is being conducted through the mail. Voters should have received a Vote by Mail packet in the mail shortly after the ballots were sent out in early March.

An Eagle River woman accused of hitting and seriously injuring two children on bicycles with her car appeared in court Monday to face assault and drunk driving charges.

According to charging documents in the case, Vicie Zielinski, 60, had a blood alcohol level of 0.189 when she drove her silver Subaru onto the sidewalk alongside the Old Glenn Highway at around 3:51 p.m. and struck a boy and girl riding bicycles.

After watching the Chugiak girls basketball team put up its best state tournament performance in his 10 seasons as head coach, Ryan Hales said he was most proud of the little things.

“There’s this culture built into them that we work hard, we pay attention to details and we do it together — and that’s been built into each one of them and it has made them closer,” Hales said Saturday following his team’s 56-49 win over Soldotna in the third-place game of the Class 4A state tourney in Anchorage. “They really rely on each other. It’s pretty neat.”

Police were contacted after “a potential non-specific threat” was posted over the weekend by a Mirror Lake Middle School student on Instagram.

According to an email sent out by MLMS principal Alex Hagler, the social media post was spotted by “a concerned citizen” who told police about the threat. Anchorage School District spokesperson Catherine Esary said the Anchorage Police Department spoke with the student and appropriate disciplinary actions were being taken.

Esary said she couldn’t comment on what discipline might be taken or the specific nature of the threat.

Chugiak’s late comeback bid came up just short Friday as the Mustangs dropped a 54-44 decision to Bartlett in the semifinals of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Class 4A Girls Basketball Tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.

The Mustangs trailed by seven points at the half but clawed their way back to within one possession in the fourth quarter before the Golen Bears pulled away.

The loss dropped the Mustangs into Saturday’s 8:30 a.m. third place game against Soldotna, which fell to Dimond in Friday’s other semifinal.

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