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.

Sweat mixed with sunscreen and insect repellent stung my eyes as I turned right (west) off the main South Fork trail onto a smaller trail into the second pass that in my opinion is incorrectly named “Rendezvous Pass.” Likewise, signage on a post at the first pass is incorrectly labelled “Hunters Pass.”

Police arrested a 26-year-old Georgia man on Tuesday afternoon after he allegedly kicked-in his ex-girlfriend’s door while armed with a handgun and physically removed a 2-year-old child from the woman’s apartment.

It may be slow going for a while for Glenn Highway commuters, but a speedier highway is on the way.

Construction on “Phase II” of the Glenn Highway Artillery to Hiland Capacity Improvements is now underway along the state’s second-busiest highway corridor. The project will add a new three-lane southbound bridge across the Eagle River alongside the northbound bridge completed in 2015, as well as a new southbound frontage road west of the Glenn.

A brush fire that broke out overnight near the South Fork Eagle River trailhead is under control and does not pose a threat to nearby homes, according to the Anchorage Fire Department.

The fire is about a half-acre in size and burning on the mountain side of the South Fork trail near Mile 7 of Hiland Road.

Mikey Connelly continues to climb the ranks of the world’s top junior mountain runners.

The Chugiak 17-year-old took third place in the Youth A (16-17) vertical kilometer race at the 2019 Youth World Skyrunning Championships Aug. 2 on the Gran Sasso ridgelines near L’Aquila, Italy.

Well after waiting for five years, my Norland dwarf apple tree has finally produced apples! This tree has been babied and cared for to the nth degree, and just when I was about to give up — surprise! — 25 apples appeared on the tree after the blossoms faded this past spring. I am a patient person, but five years? It’s time to research this subject a little more.

Teamwork can be a funny thing — and sometimes funny can be what makes a team work.

For Eagle River 21-year-olds Annie Connelly and Keegan Crow, a working partnership meant adopting a “smile a mile” policy in order to complete the grueling Chugach Front Linkup, an epic 12-peak wilderness adventure that has become the unofficial Holy Grail of Anchorage mountain runners.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks have returned home after finishing fifth in the Alaska Baseball League standings and missing out on the league’s four-team playoff.

The Chinooks dropped their final home game of the season 14-2 to the Mat-Su Miners on Tuesday at Lee Jordan Field in Chugiak to finish 13-30 overall. The team finished 1.5 games behind the Peninsula Oilers for fourth place after losing five straight games to close out the year.

A 4-year-old girl is expected to survive a self-inflicted gunshot wound suffered after she apparently picked up a loaded handgun left on a kitchen counter and shot herself at a home in the Prudhoe Bay Avenue area of Eagle River.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, officers were called to a residence on the 30900 block at around 10:17 a.m. Wednesday for a report of a shooting. The girl was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the upper body, police said.

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.

A 27-year-old woman was charged with resisting arrest, failure to provide a breath sample and operating under the influence after she allegedly became combative following an early morning traffic stop on the Glenn Highway on July 23.

An injured hiker was helped off Mount Baldy on July 17 after he fell and hurt his knee.

According to Alaska State Troopers, a report came in about the hiker at around 2:28 p.m. Troopers said the unidentified man was unable to continue on his own.

An Alaska State Parks ranger arrived and determined the hiker needed more help, troopers said, so the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group was called in with a litter team. The hiker was brought to the trailhead by around 7:30 p.m., troopers said.

Repairs and seismic upgrades at Anchorage-area schools damaged in the Nov. 30 earthquake could cost more than $150 million, according to the latest Anchorage School District projections.

The district estimates two schools need more than $20 million to repair and improve seismic performance, six may cost at least $10 million and improvement projects at 14 schools could cost at least $1 million each.

Six local American Legion baseball players have been named to the Alaska Legion Baseball Team of Excellence, including five Mustangs and a lone Wolf.

Named to the team as starting pitchers were Chugiak’s Camden Costanios and Sam Hall, along with Eagle River reliever Noah Lower. Chugiak catcher Trystan Costanios — who is set to start his college baseball career at Mt. Hood Community College later this year — was also named to the first team, as was the Mustangs’ slick-fielding shortstop Justin Nevells and Chugiak center fielder Chrstian Cambridge.

Chugiak Post 33 took a pair of narrow losses in back-to-back games to exit the Alaska American Legion Baseball Tournament in fourth place.

The Mustangs fell victim to a dazzling pitching performance Monday as South’s Austin Delsline and Gage Webster combined for a two-hitter in the Wolverines’ 2-0 win in the tournament’s loser’s bracket.

Chugiak starter Sam Hall gave up seven hits in five innings and Camden Costanios struck out three in two innings of scoreless relief in the loss.

There is nothing more frustrating than looking at your beautiful plants only to see powdery mildew forming on the leaves. So what are the causes of this fungus and how can we prevent this from getting a foothold in the garden?

When you are buying starts from a garden center, examine the plants very carefully for disease before bringing them home. Look under the leaves of the plants for insect eggs and aphids. If you see any yellowing of the leaves avoid buying the plant and save yourself a problem to begin with. Always pick out the healthiest looking specimen.

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.

After more than 50 years serving Chugiak families, the CCS Early Learning program may soon be forced to leave the community where it was founded.

According to CCS executive director Mark Lackey, the program’s Chugiak Head Start Center will close if a $6.8 million budget veto by Gov. Mike Dunleavy remains in place. Since 2010, the group has received about $567,099 annually from the state, which Lackey said is crucial to providing about 60 children with Head Start services.

“To make up that amount is just impossible,” Lackey said Monday.

Alice Mae’s is getting a new look.

The gas station, convenience store, liquor store and laundromat formerly known as Alice Mae’s and The Shopper’s Cache located at 19223 Old Glenn Highway was purchased in February by Anchorage-based Vitus Energy and is currently undergoing a full makeover and name change. The first signs of the overhaul were seen late last week when the old Alice Mae’s signage was taken down and replaced.

The Knik Little League Majors Baseball All-Star team will play Sitka Little League in the state championship tournament starting Friday in Sitka.

Knik advanced to the state finals by going undefeated at the District 1 tournament last week at Lions Park in Eagle River. Knik defeated Abbott-O-Rabbit 12-4 in the District 1 championship game Sunday.

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