Alaska State Troopers responded to a fatal car crash on the Glenn Highway near the Old Glenn Highway (Palmer Alternate) interchange Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, a man was found dead at the scene of the single-vehicle crash, which was reported at around 3 p.m. Saturday. In a brief Nixle statement, the department said the cause of the crash was under investigation.

Josh Robles was going to have to wait another year for his shot at a conference championship. With less than a minute left in his finals match Saturday at the Cook Inlet Conference tournament, the Eagle River 113-pounder trailed East’s Octavius McCleskey by eight points and was running out of gas.

“I was tired, I was like, ‘I don’t know if I can do it,’” he said.

But Robles wasn’t about to quit, either, and when McCleskey made a small mistake, Robles pounced.

“I just saw an opportunity and I took it,” he said.

Anchorage police charged six people during a recent sting operation to catch shoplifters at an Anchorage retail store.

According to Anchorage Police Department spokesman MJ Thim, nine officers from the department’s Investigative Support Unit worked a total of 72 hours on the “retail blitz” operation, which was conducted at the Fred Meyer store on Abbott Road in South Anchorage. Thim said the alleged thieves tried to make off with a total of $1,100 in stolen items from the store.

He said the department plans similar operations in the future.

For the second straight week, Eagle River’s Helen Wilson was the top local Nordic skier at Kincaid Park as she raced to a fourth-place finish Saturday at the Lynx Loppet, the largest high school ski race of the season.

Wilson held her position in Saturday’s pursuit race, a 5.4-kilometer freestyle race in which racers were sent onto the course in the order of their finish in Friday’s 5-kilometer interval start classic technique race. Wilson held off Chugiak’s Heidi Booher, who finished 15 seconds back in fifth.

Land use and crime are the hottest topics facing Chugiak-Eagle River residents this month, with several key meetings and issues on the docket at a flurry of meetings scheduled between now and the year-end holidays. Among the biggest are ongoing conflicts between the municipal officials keen on more development in Chugiak-Eagle River and residents who’d prefer things stay much the same in the semi-rural neighborhoods north of Anchorage.

Here’s a rundown of some of the key issues facing local community councils and boards this month:

Local teams won three of four prep bowling matches Thursday, Nov. 30 at the Eagle River Bowl.

The girls swept, with Chugiak rolling past Service 31-4 behind a 159 from Haley Scott and the Wolves posting a 29-6 victory over Dimond thanks in part to a match-high 205 by Hanna Graves.

Also rolling a 205 Thursday was Chugiak’s Kolton Reves, who led the Mustang boys to a 28-7 win over Service.

The Eagle River boys were the only local team to fall, dropping a 24-11 decision to Dimond. Brendan Iaulaulo led the Wolves with a team-high 203.

I think everyone has read the classic Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. Those words ring as true today as when they were written in 1897. Last Friday at the tree lighting ceremony at Town Square Park, I found out there is a Mrs. Santa as well.

Led by a fourth-place finish by Ashtin Bennett, Eagle River shot its way to a third-place team finish at the Region IV Riflery Championships Saturday, Dec. 2 at West High.

Bennett fired a 282-14 to lead the Wolves, narrowly beating out Chugiak’s top performer, Hannah Fitzgerald, who had a 282-12. The Mustangs finished sixth overall.

Region IV Riflery Championships

Team Scores: 1) Dimond 3,287; 2) South 3,216; 3) Eagle River 3,176; 4) Service 3,174; 5) West 3,161; 6) Chugiak 2,990; 7) Bartlett 2,863; 8) East 2823.

Alev Kelter continues to fly high for the U.S.A. Eagles women’s rugby sevens team.

Kelter, a 2009 Chugiak High graduate, helped the national team to a second-place finish at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai. The 27-year-old from Eagle River played a key role in the team’s quarterfinal victory over favored New Zealand, kicking the winning two-point conversion in the team’s 14-12 Friday, Dec. 1 win.

Eagle River’s Lauren Murphy improved her pro MMA record to 10-3 Friday, Dec. 1 with a victory at the Ultimate Fighter 26 season finale in Las Vegas.

The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame blog reported Murphy’s victory, a narrow three-round decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) over Barb Honchak. The 34-year-old Chugiak High grad known as “Lucky” was making her flyweight debut in the bout.

UPDATE (Dec. 4, 2017): According to the Anchorage Police Department, Brandy Nolcini was arrested Oct. 30 by officers checking up on a suspicious vehicle parked on Gander Street off Lake Otis Boulevard in South Anchorage.

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless convicted.

There’s a lot of love behind the Miss Chugiak/Eagle River pageant.

When Bob Adkins was a young substitute teacher at Chugiak High School in the early 1990s, he spied the photo of a young woman pinned to the wall behind CHS activities clerk Kathleen Kuersten. Adkins was immediately smitten.

“I said who the [heck] is that?!?” Adkins said of the first time he saw a photo of Miss Alaska 1990 Holly Salo of Kenai.

Though the lights have dimmed at the Alaska Fine Arts Academy, the Eagle River arts organization isn’t closing the curtains entirely.

Call it an intermission.

“We’re kind of taking a sabbatical as an organization,” said Lailani Cook, who recently stepped down as the group’s executive director.

AFAA vacated its longtime downtown Eagle River home at the end of October, and since then the group has been winding down its ongoing arts classes — most of which end this month.

Debbie Rinckey has had one heck of a year.

On Monday, the longtime Eagle River resident was recently named the new executive director of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce, capping a year that began with a springtime house fire and included a milestone birthday.

“It’s been overwhelming, but it’s all good,” said Rinckey — who also celebrated her 50th birthday this year.

Eagle River’s Helen Wilson finished second to West’s Molly Gellert in the season-opening Service Snowball Sprint high school Nordic ski races Saturday at Kincaid Park.

Wilson was the third-fastest girls’ skier in qualifying before moving up a spot in the finals. C0lony’s Annika Hanestad was third.

Chugiak’s Adrianna Proffitt finished sixth, Heidi Booher was eighth and Emma Nelson finished 13th. Eagle River’s only other finalist, Emily Walsh, finished 26th.

With the Cook Inlet Conference wrestling tournament just a week away, the Eagle River Wolves are ready to rumble.

The Wolves won their second straight “Rumble Cup,” Friday by knocking off rival Chugiak 52-24 in a dual meet held on Senior Night at Eagle River High.

Following presentations to Eagle River senior wrestlers and managers, the opened with an exhibition match that proved to be perhaps the most entertaining of the event as Chugiak’s Daniel Brooks took a grueling 14-13 decision from Eagle River’s Ian George.

Hundreds of holiday revelers packed Eagle River Friday and Saturday for the annual Christmastime kick-off known as the Merry Merchant Munch and Winter Wonderland celebration.

The event got underway Friday morning as a trickle of shoppers checked out businesses participating in the Munch, and annual shop-and-dine event in which local retailers hand out holiday treats and decorate for the season. By afternoon, those numbers had turned into a flood as families went from business to business sampling goodies and checking out the downtown business district.

UPDATE (Tuesday, Dec. 5)

Police said a 28-year-old man was arrested after a drunken target practice session in Eagle River on Saturday, Dec. 2.

According to APD spokeswoman Renee Oistad, police were called to a location on Lazy Street at around 10:38 a.m. for a report of multiple shots being fired. When officers arrived, they found several neighbors standing outside, including one who said he may have heard a bullet go over his head. Police searched the area and located a man in the back of the home where the shots were coming from.

Anchorage police say two men tried to rob an Eagle River pizza restaurant at gunpoint Wednesday, Nov. 29.

According to a press release issued Thursday by the Anchorage Police department, witnesses described the robbers as a skinny black male between 5-feet-7 and 5-feet-9 inches tall and a skinny white male about 6 feet tall. Both men were said to be in their 20s and wearing dark clothing.

Witnesses told police the suspects entered the Great Alaska Pizza Company at around 8:30 p.m. and demanded money.


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