Matt Tunseth

Eagle River and Chugiak each suffered lopsided losses in their final regular-season football games Friday and Saturday, but both teams’ seasons are still alive after both advanced to the state playoffs next weekend.

Despite falling 50-7 to nonconference South, the Wolves wrapped up the No. 2 seed in the Division II Northern Lights Conference thanks to a 72-24 Soldotna win Saturday over Kenai Central.

A high-ranking executive for an Alaska oil giant believes recent discoveries more than 800 miles from downtown Eagle River could mean good news for the local business community.

“It’s a pretty exciting time for the company,” said ConocoPhillips vice president for North Slope operations and development Lisa Bruner during the Sept. 19 meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce at the Eagle River Ale House.

Bruner gave an update of the company’s North Slope operations, which she said have experienced a dramatic turnaround over the past five years.

An always heartwarming event will be a little less chilly and a lot more spicy this fall.

The annual Maddy’s Run 5-kilometer run and fun run event has been moved up a month (from November to October 20), which organizer Dana Johnson thinks could benefit athletes and spectators.

“I think it will be a little more comfortable for the people out there,” Johnson said of the race, which was first run in 2015 and featured some participants running in snow boots and parkas.

They’re still looking for a place to live, but a family of three believes they’ve found a community in Eagle River after receiving an outpouring of support from locals in the aftermath of a dispiriting campsite robbery.

“It’s made it home,” said Sarah Marble Wednesday outside her temporary home at Beach Lake Park, where she and her two sons are staying in a dry cabin owned by the local Parks and Recreation department.

Don’t fear the setbacks.

It’s a little more complicated than that, but Municipality of Anchorage watershed hydrologist (and Peters Creek resident) Jeff Urbanus told the Chugiak Community Council be believes the ongoing effort to increase stream setbacks and clarify municipal wetland code is being done for the right reasons.

“The biggest reason is there is benefit to the community,” Urbanus told the council during a presentation at its Sept. 20 meeting at the Elsie Oberg Center in Chugiak.

Daniel Bausch is totally sick.

The star Chugiak runner won an individual title Saturday at Bartlett High to help lead the Mustangs to a boys team championship at the Cook Inlet Conference Cross Country Running Championships despite battling a fever.

“I’m sick right now,” Bausch told the Anchorage Daily News after completing the 5-kilometer course in 15 minutes, 40 seconds.

Just five miles separate Hiland Road and Birchwood Loop, but for more than a decade the gulf between the high school football teams that call those highway exits home has been much greater.

Consider the gap bridged.

Eagle River won its first “Battle of the Bridge” trophy Saturday with a dominant 34-21 nonconference win over Chugiak in front of a huge homecoming crowd at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium in Chugiak.

State attorneys issued a statement Friday expaining a plea deal that allowed a man who strangled and sexually attacked a woman last year in Anchorage to walk free without serving jail time.

UPDATE: On Friday, the state issued a response to concerns from citizens about the percieved light sentence Schneider received as a result of his plea agreement. Prosecutors said Schneider was sentenced in accordance with existing state law and explained some elements of his alleged crimes — specifically the most serious charge of kidnapping — couldn’t have been proven.

Read the letter here.

An Eagle River woman has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for stealing from an Eagle River youth hockey association while serving as treasurer.

Jennifer Suchan, 34, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess to 14 months in prison at a Tuesday hearing in Anchorage. Suchan previously pleaded guilty to three counts of wire fraud. As part of her plea deal, Suchan agreed to pay $170,353 in restitution.

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