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 proven guilty.

On June 15 at around 12:50 p.m. police received a report that a home on Rebischke Lane in Eagle River had been burglarized. According to police, the homeowner said someone entered their home, greenhouse and a shed and took several items. Police said there was no sign of forced entry.

It’s cool-off season at Mirror Lake in Chugiak, where hundreds of people have been flocking to beat the heat alongside the area’s top choice for summer run in the sun.

“During the summer we try to come out here once a week,” said Chugiak’s Sarah Hansen as she watched her son, Elias, kayak on the lake, which is located at 23051 Old Glenn Highway, just off the Mirror Lake exit.

Many coaches develop a strong parental bond with their athletes, and Melissa Hall is no different.

“These two are like kids to me,” the Chugiak High track and field coach said during a National Letter of Intent signing for two of her athletes in the CHS library last month.

The audience giggled. That’s because one of the runners sitting in front of Hall was her daughter, Chugiak sprinter Reilly Hall.

“They’re laughing because one of them literally is my kid,” Hall said. “We fight and we bicker but I love her to death.”

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 proven guilty.

One of Alaska’s most vet-friendly towns now has a highly visible symbol of its support for the armed forces.

A joint effort of the local chamber of commerce, garden club and numerous service organizations raised more than $11,000 to bring a giant steel star and Blue Star Memorial sign to Chief Alex Park alongside the Old Glenn Highway. The 15-by-15-foot steel star was filled with red, white and blue flowers Tuesday.

A weeklong road trip to the Kenai Peninsula netted mixed results for the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks, who went 3-3 against the Peninsula Oilers during their only trip to Coral Seymour Memorial Park this summer.

The Chinooks opened the trip with three straight wins before dropping a doubleheader Saturday and falling in the finale Sunday. The road trip left Chugiak-Eagle River (4-7) one game behind the Oilers in the Alaska Baseball League standings.

Downtown Eagle River was the picture of patriotism Friday as local scouts helped members of Elks Lodge 2682 honor Flag Day with a colorful ceremony in observance of the national holiday.

“It’s about the flag, patriotism, what our lodge stands for — charity, justice, brotherly love,” said Elks Exalted Ruler Phil R. Petrie.

Since 1908, Flag Day celebrations have been mandatory for lodges within the fraternal organization, which has had a lodge in Eagle River since 1982. Petrie said the holiday is an ideal fit with the group’s mission.

Alaska State Troopers said they rescued a woman and her dog from the Crow Pass Trail via helicopter on Sunday, the second such rescue in the past two summers along the popular trail within Chugach State Park.

Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters said the helicopter rescue took place Sunday afternoon.

“The limited info I have is that we got the report at about [4:34 p.m.] regarding a hiker that was about nine miles away from the nature center,” Peters wrote in a Monday email.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Star/Eagle River Garden Club Garden of the Week for June 13 is at the home of Curt and Katherine Holloway at 12230 Winter Park Place. This week’s business Garden of the Week is located at the VCA Animal Hospital at 11710 Business Boulevard.

Local woman honored for weight loss

Chugiak’s Sarita Cox was recently named the TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) Alaska Queen for losing 117 pounds over the past decade.

“Over the years, I tried most all of the diets, pills, and injections,” Cox said in a press release about the recognition. “Most of them helped take the weight off, but as soon as Istopped, every ounce came back plus more.”

Cox joined the Chugiak TOPS chapter in 1982 and began to make steady progress in 2007, said Cox, who once weighed over 300 pounds.

Groundwork is being laid for a new gym in Eagle River.

“Sometime around September we began talking with the Planet Fitness folks,” said Andre Spinelli, whose family’s company, Spinell Homes, owns the land at the corner of S. Juanita Loop and the Old Glenn Highway.

Last summer, Spinell received the permits needed to re-route a small creek that runs through the property. That move allowed him to build on the property, which led to a deal with the nationwide fitness chain.

Runners will take the phrase “long weekend” to the extreme starting Friday morning in Chugiak, where contestants in the 2019 Alaska Relay will begin their nearly 200-mile trek south to Seward.

The third annual running of the relay race gets underway at 8 a.m. at Mirror Lake Park, where teams of up to 12 athletes will head out onto the course. The first finishers are expected in downtown Seward the following day.

Alaska State Troopers are looking for a 39-year-old Eagle River woman reported missing in Interior Alaska.

According to an online dispatch, troopers received a welfare check for Shanna Oman on June 9 from someone who said she left their residence off McGrath Road in Fairbanks at around 12:30 a.m. on June 3.

“The complainant was supposed to give her a ride back to Eagle River;” troopers wrote.

“He assumed she made other arrangements until her roommate called stating she had not returned home.”

Kale is a super green that grows well in our cool soils and is gaining in popularity. Historically, kale is thought to have originated in Asia Minor and was brought to Europe around 600 B.C. by groups of Celtic wanderers. Ancient Rome saw kale as an important vegetable of the peasant class. English settlers brought this vegetable to America in the 17th century.

I’ve been hiking and climbing in southcentral Alaska for quite some time, and I’ve often found that one of the most difficult journeys is from the couch to the door, and from the door to the car. Most people would agree that getting into the outdoors, even for short hikes, is a good prescription for improving and maintaining health. Besides, many of us spend too much time indoors during the long, dark winters. So here are some relatively easy hikes that are close by and don’t require the exceptional fitness of champion runner Ali Ostrander.

A brown bear that was getting into trash in Eagle River was killed Tuesday morning by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and Alaska Wildlife Troopers.

According to Fish and Game area management biologist Dave Battle, the bear shot Tuesday was the second aggressive brown bear killed by authorities in the Municipality of Anchorage this summer.

Battle said in one Tuesday morning incident, a woman cleaning up trash a bear had scattered on her property had a dangerously close encounter with the bruin.

A 21-year-old Indiana man is facing federal child pornogrpahy charges related to the death of Cynthia Hoffman, a 19-year-old woman who was found dead in the Eklutna River last week.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Library will reopen for normal business hours on Tuesday, June 11.

The library has been closed since May 10, when the Eagle River Town Center Building was deemed unsafe due to the discovery of damage caused by the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake. The building was declared safe by the State Fire Marshal last week, but library staff needed the weekend to get the space prepared.

A 30-year-old man arrested last month for allegedly throwing change at a convenience store clerk has been arrested again — this time for allegedly stabbing a man in Eagle River.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, Kyle W. Smith got into a fight with another man in the hallway outside the man’s apartment in Eagle River on the night of June 5. Police refused to say where exactly in Eagle River the assault took place, only that it took place outside an apartment on the 12300 block of the Old Glenn Highway.

The Eagle River Garden Club/Chugiak-Eagle River Star Garden of the Week for the week of June 6-12 is located at the Wetherley home at 19030 Barbof Drive in Eagle River.

The business Garden of the Week is the Eagle River Fred Meyer.

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