The Eagle River Lions Club will host its 3rd Annual Community Bazaar and Spaghetti Dinner Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lions Clubhouse (18344 Eagle River Road). Cost is $8 per plate and includes spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, drinks and dessert. There will also be craft items for sale and vendors.
At around 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 2, police received a report of a hit-and-run at the South Birchwood exit on the outbound Glenn Highway. According to police, the caller told police dispatchers they were following a black 2015 Volkswagen sedan that struck their 2007 GMC pickup and drove away. Police said the driver of the GMC followed the Volkswagen until police officers arrived to pull the vehicle over.
A historic run came up one game short Saturday as Eagle River fell 46-14 to Soldotna in the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Division II Football Championship at a rainy Machetanz Field in Palmer.
Eagle River quarterback Ryan Adkins said he was proud of Eagle River’s historic run, which saw the Wolves post their best record in school history, defeat Chugiak for the first time and make their first playoff appearance. But the senior — one of 16 seniors of the team’s roster — admitted he wanted more in his final game in navy and silver.
There were no members of the public in attendance at Monday’s meeting of the Eagle River-Chugiak Parks and Rec board, but there were a number of ghoulish guests. Richards said she was storing additional “Boo at the Beach” materials in the meeting room, which explained the dozen or so oversized goblins, scarecrows and monsters lining the room.
Parks and recreation board members want to move forward on at least on area dog park by next spring.
At Monday’s meeting of the Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors, the board agreed to tentatively work toward putting a plan in place to create a dedicated off-leash dog park at Peters Creek Park.
Parks director John Rodda said he thinks that if the board decides to go ahead with the plan, work could begin next spring.
Led by a dominant performance by Emily Moore, Mirror Lake’s 6th/7th grade cross country running teams swept the Anchorage Middle School Cross Country Running Championships Wednesday at Kincaid Park in Anchorage.
Moore completed the 3-kilometer course in 16 minutes, 55 seconds to beat teammate Skyler Belmear by 46 seconds for the Coyote girls, who beat Goldenview by 10 points in the team standings. Goldenview’s Ella Atteberry was third.
Ed Willis, a former Alaska legislator and Anchorage Assembly member who was an early advocate for special education and instrumental in bringing a high school to Chugiak in the 1960s, died Monday in Anchorage. He was 94.
Willis was a longtime Eagle River resident who spent the last decade living at the Veterans and Pioneers Home in Palmer, according to his family.
A fighter jet made an emergency landing Wednesday on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
According to a press release issued by the base Wednesday evening, an F-22 Raptor assigned to the 3rd Air Wing made the emergency landing at around 1 p.m. The pilot was able to get out of the jet safely and there were no injuries reported.
On Thursday, the base provided a brief update saying the emergency landing was due to a landing gear malfunction.
Anchorage Police Department officers will be training at the new Ted R. Smith Tactical Training Facility for Law Enforcement in Birchwood from around 11 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 to 1 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. Police issued a noise advisory about the training Wednesday afternoon alerting residents that gunfire will be heard during that time.
The noise alert is the first issued by the department since opening the new training facility opened last month.
A 35-year-old paratrooper died Saturday after he lost control of his motorcycle on the Glenn Highway.
According to U.S. Army Alaska, Staff Sgt. James Trent Alcorn was pronounced dead at the scene where he struck a pole after crashing his motorcycle near Gambell Street. Alcorn was a member of the Army’s 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. The 4/25 (or “Spartan Brigade) is based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
Shelby Dunn had 10 kills and 18 digs to lead Eagle River to a Cook Inlet Conference volleyball win over East on Tuesday at East. The Wolves also got eight kills and two blocks from Katyrie Brown and seven aces from Kaylee Barch.
Precilla Fagafaga had 17 kills for the Thunderbirds.
Eagle River’s next match is at West Friday at 7:15 p.m.
South 3, Chugiak 1
South knocked off Chugiak 3-1 (25-16, 21-25, 25-21, 25-15) Tuesday in a CIC volleyball match at South High.
Two days of dryland racing concluded on a drizzly Sunday at the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association trails in Birchwood with the second day of the 2018 Alaska Dogworks Dryland Derby.
Human racers riding modified bikes and trikes — or on their own two feet — teamed up with their canine companions for the final dryland races of the season at the trails. Saturday’s conditions were dry, but Sunday’s rain meant most competitors finished their 1.8-mile laps around the course covered in a thick layer of mud.
“It is ‘dryland’ racing,” quipped racer Annie Grenier.
Chugiak seniors Jared Elison and Claire Mahoney netted a third-place finish in mixed doubles competition Saturday at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Tennis State Championships at the Alaska Club East in Anchorage.
Eagle River and Chugiak will play in do-or-die playoff games Saturday when the Mustangs travel to East for a Division I quarterfinal against the Thunderbirds at 2 p.m. and the Wolves head north to the Mat-Su for a 4 p.m. Division II semifinal showdown against Lathrop at Machetanz Field in Palmer.
Trailing 24-22 with less than two minutes to play in their Division II football semifinal against Lathrop in Palmer Saturday night, Eagle River’s dream season was on the brink as the Wolves faced fourth-and-9 from their own 44-yard-line.
The Wolves needed a miracle at Machetanz Field. They got one.
Quarterback Ryan Adkins lofted a long pass in the direction of Quanard Cox, and the speedy wideout did the rest, catching the pass in stride and racing to the end zone for the biggest touchdown in school history.
All three of Eagle River’s A team shooters shot 280 or better Friday in a 7-0 Cook Inlet Conference riflery win over East at Eagle River
Emma Mackenzie led the Wolves with a 285, Kyla Reifel shot a 282, Maddie Bidinger had a 281 and Ava Perkins shot 280 to lead the A team to a 1,128-1,080 victory. Jonah Wegner shot a 278 to lead the Eagle River B shooters.
Chugiak wrapped its Cook Inlet Conference flag football season with a dramatic victory on Thursday, getting a 60-yard touchdown pass from Eva Palmer to Chasity Horn with less than a minute to play to take a 20-18 win over East at East High.
Chugiak led 14-0 at halftime, but the T-birds rallied for a pair of second-half touchdowns to take an 18-14 lead with just 50 seconds to play. But Horn’s second score of the game proved decisive as the Mustangs locked (6-8) up their sixth win in seven games to close the season.
During the Oct. 3 Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce meeting, FOCUS Outreach community relations manager Jenna Morales thanked the Chugiak-Eagle River Foundation for its recent $2,000 grant. Morales said the grant will fund four scholarships for children in need.
“Big, big, big thank you to you guys,” Morales said.