Good things come to those who wait.

After losing three straight ABL games following a season-opening win, the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks treated their home fans to a true gem Monday night.

Chinooks starter Jared Reklaitis thrilled fans by taking a no-hitter into the top of the ninth inning in the Alaska Baseball League team’s home opener against the Mat-Su Miners, losing the bid with one out in the ninth on a single by Brayden Merritt.

A snack shack bandit has struck the Knik Little League.

“We’re furious!” the local Little League wrote on its Facebook page Monday after someone broke into the snack shack at Eagle River Lions Park on Eagle River Road sometime over the weekend.

According to the league, someone broke a lock off the snack shack, entered the building and stole petty cash, a karaoke speaker and a microphone as well as damaging the inside of the facility.

After a day’s skiing on the steep slopes of Arctic Valley, it’s not uncommon for skiers and snowboarders to gather in the slopeside Alpenglow Lodge to swap tales of fresh powder over a glass of wine or beer. It’s a tradition that links the small nonprofit ski area with lodges from Alaska to the Alps.

“Apres ski is something that’s a part of ski culture all over the world,” said Arctic Valley general manager John Robinson-Wilson last week.

The first class of seniors to spend all four years of high school at Chugiak High are planning a 50th reunion.

The school’s class of 1968 will host a picnic lunch Thursday, June 21 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Beach Lake Chalet on Birchwood Loop. The event will also feature a tour of the school from 2 to 3 p.m. with CHS principal (and graduate) Megan Hatswell.

Alumni from as far away as Florida and California have confirmed their attendance at the event, which is welcoming any graduates from 1965 to 1973.

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.

Baggie found, drugs not

On May 29 at around 4:52 p.m., police were called to a location on Crested Butte Drive by a citizen who found a baggie they thought contained drugs. Police said the substance tested negative for meth and cocaine. Case closed.

Every spring, the first flowers to emerge in my garden are the primulas. Primulaceae is the name taken from the Italian word for spring, (primavera).

Frequently found in the Himalayas and western China and in the northern countrysides of Europe, this plant prefers the cool, damp conditions of the alpine mountain regions and is well-suited for us in Alaska.

Anchorage police believe they’ve caught the Fire Lake vandal in the act.

Patrol officers arrested a boy June 6 at around 3 a.m. after the Anchorage Police Department received a report of “a man banging on the window of Fire Lake Elementary School” in Eagle River. When police arrived, they found two broken windows and arrested someone they spotted running away from the school, according to a Wednesday press release announcing the vandal’s capture.

A man was hurt when a vehicle collided with two people riding bicycles in Eagle River Tuesday.

According to Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Renee Oistad, a call came in at around 4 p.m. to report two cyclists had been struck by a vehicle near the corner of Coronado Road and the Old Glenn Highway. Oistad didn’t have any further details about the cause of the collision, but said a man was being treated for non life-threatening injuries and the driver of the vehicle remained at the scene. It was unknown if the other cyclist suffered any injuries.

Logan White celebrated his 20th birthday with a couple dozen of his new best friends.

“We’re all gelling really well,” said White, who ate birthday cake behind the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks clubhouse, courtesy of his host family, Ed and Becca Banfield.

On May 30 at around 3:27 p.m., police contacted a group of kids who said they were building a fort in the woods near Homestead Elementary School. The children reportedly told police they ventured near another fort to collect more wood, at which time they were confronted by a rival group of fort-builders, who told them to stay away.

On May 29 at around 4:23 p.m., an APD officer stopped a Jeep Liberty on Business Boulevard in Eagle River after allegedly watching the driver get out of the vehicle while it was still in gear and in traffic. Upon investigation, the officer determined driver Peggi A. Pizzino, 36, of Eagle River had been in an argument with her wife, who grabbed the steering wheel in an attempt to pull the vehicle over. Pizzino allegedly bit the other woman on the arm, which police said caused a visible injury but did not require medical attention.

We have just celebrated Arbor Day, which is designated on April 26 every year. The garden clubs in Alaska however do not recommend planting of trees in spring until late May when the ground is thawed sufficiently.

An Army medic faces first-degree sexual abuse of a minor charges after he was caught on video sexually assaulting a young girl in Eagle River, according to Anchorage police.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, Jeremiah Gettler, 33, of Eagle River was arrested on May 28 after police received a report of a sexual assault in Eagle River. He is currently being held on a $50,000 cash performance bond.

Chugiak High senior-to-be Daniel Bausch won a 1,600 meter showdown with Galena’s Jacob Moos at the Brian Young Invitational over the weekend in Kodiak.

The race was one of the marquee events of the post-season meet, which attracted athletes from across the state. In the team competition, the Cook Inlet Conference All-Stars won behind wins by Bausch and Emily Walsh, who recently completed her freshman season at Eagle River High.

Eagle River’s hopes of a first state softball title since 2006 were dashed Friday as Dimond and Wasilla handed the Wolves back-to-back losses at South Davis Park in Fairbanks.

The losses came after the Wolves opened the bracket portion of the tournament with a 10-6 win over West Valley.

Avery Brown gave up four runs on five hits in 5 ⅓ innings for the Wolves, who hammered 20 hits in the game. Leading the way was Serenity Argudin, who went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and a trio of runs scored.

Despite seeing its hopes of a state baseball title crushed by Colony on May 31 in the opening round of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska High School Baseball Tournament, Chugiak rallied for back-to-back victories to close out the season at Mulcahy Stadium June 1-2.

Chugiak knocked off North Pole on Friday to advance to the tournament’s fourth-place game, where they clobbered Palmer 14-4 to claim fourth.

As racers made the transition from the darkness of the Chugiak High swimming pool into the bicycle transition area outside, most squinted as they were hit by a bright blast of sunlight.

The reactions could have been as much surprise as reflex.

“This race can be hit or miss, and this is definitely a hit for sure,” said Anchorage Triathlon Club president Andy Duenow.

Race co-director Missy Roberts said the sunny skies were far from the norm at an event that has a rainy reputation.

Everything can change in a heartbeat.

Earlier this spring, Eagle River’s Kristin Bozarth started feeling “a bit under the weather.” The busy 35-year-old mother of two active boys had a cough and felt tired, but she soldiered on, continuing to run the household in Alaska while her husband, Scott, worked out of state for the Federal Aviation Administration.

“She was doing everything — taking our kids to scouts, taking the kids to swim practice, we have three dogs…” Scott said.

Due to a combination of exits and ambition, three of four open seats in the Alaska Legislature are guaranteed to be filled by new people in January when the body reconvenes in Juneau.

The list of candidates to represent Chugiak-Eagle River was finalized Friday afternoon, and it includes a crowded field of political newcomers, established politicians and several potential primary punch-ups.

Chugiak saw its hopes of a state baseball title crushed by Colony Thursday in the opening round of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska High School Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Chugiak led the entire way, but Colony got a two-run double from Kolten Ketchum in the bottom of the seventh inning off reliever Christian Cambridge to break the Mustangs’ nine-game winning streak and send the team to the loser’s bracket.

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