Matt Tunseth

Chugiak and Eagle River opened Alaska American Legion Baseball postseason play with victories Friday.

The Mustangs advanced to the second round of the Alaska State Tournament with a 3-2 win over Service Friday morning at Mulcahy Stadium. With the score tied 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth, the Mustangs scored the winning run on an error by Service shortstop Cobey Cupp that allowed Billy Smith to score from third base.

This is the last weekend for personal use fishermen hoping to fill their freezer with Kenai River reds.

State biologists are closing the popular Kenai River dipnet fishery at 12:01 a.m. Monday, July 30 due to a poor return of sockeye salmon.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the closure in a Thursday press release. The season was originally scheduled to end at 11 p.m. July 31.

An unofficial parking lot popular with Glenn Highway commuters and cyclists is being closed in favor of a new lot across the highway.

According to Municipality of Anchorage Solid Waste Services spokesperson Suzanna Caldwell, the old lot near the entrance to the Anchorage Regional Landfill was a safety hazard.

“There have been numerous near collisions with pedestrians and cars going in and out of the parking area,” Caldwell wrote in a press release. “As a result, Solid Waste Services has identified it as a serious safety concern.”

State wildlife biologists killed a black bear on Monday in Eagle River after it was caught trying to break into someone’s garage.

According to Alaska Department of Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh, the bear was reported on July 20 when it broke out a garage door panel in an attempt to get at trash inside a home on Prudhoe Bay Avenue off Eagle River Road.

“Once they start breaking into buildings and cars and stuff that’s a red flag for us,” Marsh said.

Chugiak and Eagle River’s American Legion Baseball teams are heading for the postseason, but they’ll be playing in different tournaments.

The Post 33 Mustangs will participate in the state tournament at Mulcahy Stadium, while the Wolves will play in the consolation Matson Invitational at Bartlett High. Both tournaments will be held July 27-31.

State investigators believe they’ve identified the driver of a truck from which a rock fell and killed an 8-year-old boy Thursday on the Sterling Highway but have yet to release a name or further details about the incident.

“Investigators have tentatively identified the vehicle and driver involved,” Jonathon Taylor of the Department of Public Safety said in a Friday email.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks broke out of their summer slump with back-to-back wins coming out of the Alaska Baseball League all-star break.

The Chinooks knocked off the Anchorage Bucs 5-1 on Monday at Lee Jordan Field, then took out the first-place Mat-Su Miners 7-5, also in Chugiak. The wins snapped a four-game losing streak for the Chinooks, who slipped into last place in the five-team ABL after dropping nine of 11 games dating back to June 30.

A Chugiak artist and dog musher is helping preserve a crumbling piece of Alaska history.

Iditarod Hall of Fame member Jon Van Zyle is well known for his official Iditarod prints, which have been a staple of the annual sled dog race to Nome since 1977. Now he’s turning his keen eye on a long-forgotten bit of Iditarod Trail lore.

“We basically believe in the fact that history should be saved and not just discarded,” said Van Zyle, who finished the race in 1976 and 1979 before becoming the race’s official artist.

College scholarships and Bear Paw bragging rights are on the line Thursday, July 12, at the Steve Primis Auditorium, where 19 young women will be joined by two young men on the stage for the 29th edition of the Bear Paw Pageant.

The pageant — which began in 1989 — is back again this year after taking a one-year hiatus in 2016. Last year’s Miss Bear Paw Queen was Shannon O’Hare, with Michal Treder named Bear Paw King. Other honorees were prince Jon Streff, princess Casey McCormick and ambassador Danielle Stam.

Air Force Col. Patricia Csank is about to make Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson history.

On Friday, Csank will become the base’s first female commander when she takes over command of the Air Force’s 673rd Air Base Wing during a 10 a.m. ceremony on the base. The 673rd Air Base Wing is responsible for installation management on the joint base, which was formed in 2005 when Elmendorf Air Force Base and Fort Richardson Army Garrison combined into a single entity. According to JBER, the 673rd maintains an $11.4 billion infrastructure encompassing 79,000 acres north of Anchorage.

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