Gymnasts flew into action for first high school meet of the season Aug. 23 at Chugiak High.

Emily Rand led the way for a high-flying Chugiak team with wins in both the balance beam and floor exercise.

“I’m really excited for this season,” said Chugiak head coach Wendy Wiltfong.

Wiltfong said she’s got about 20 athletes in the program, with about 10 of those having previous gymnastics experience.

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 Aug. 19 at around midnight, police received a report of a skateboard robbery on the Old Glenn Highway.

FAIRBANKS — The players on the West Valley High School football team can stick another feather in their caps after another convincing victory.

The Wolfpack dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and used their strength up front throughout Friday night’s 22-7 victory over the Chugiak Mustangs at West Valley High School.

With the win, West Valley improves to 3-0. The team already has more wins than it did last season, when the Wolfpack finished the year 2-6.

Ryan Adkins threw for 259 yards and six touchdown passes and Eagle River raced to its best start in program history with a 65-15 Northern Lights Conference win over Kodiak Saturday in Eagle River.

“It means a lot,” said Eagle River’s Quanard Cox, who ran for a touchdown and caught another in front of a large Homecoming Day crowd at The Wolves Den. “Now we’ve got to just keep pushing and pushing.”

Eagle River is 3-0 for the first time in the school’s 13 seasons of varsity play. More importantly, the Wolves improved to 1-0 in the four-team Northern Lights Conference.

After placing third in a three-man sprint finish in his last race, Chugiak runner Daniel Bausch didn’t leave things till the last minute Saturday.

He made a move midway through Saturday’s 5-kilometer Bartlett Invitational state preview race to claim a decisive victory over Dimond’s Santiago Prosser and Anchorage Christian’s Tristian Merchant.

In the girls race, Emily Walsh of Eagle River surprised herself with a victory.

Walsh said she felt “super gross” before the race but a surge of adrenaline energized her once she got going.

It is surprising the number of people that do not know the importance of deadheading spent flowers to enjoy continued blooming of their flowering plants. Deadheading refers to the removal of faded dead flowers from your plant. As it turns out, there is a right and wrong way to deadhead flowers and so we will look this practice to better understand it.

Photos don’t do justice to the yard at 17216 Alice Loop in Eagle River, site of this week’s Greater Eagle River Garden Club Garden of the Week. The home Bill and Bobbie Gosseiler have lived in since 1981 is home to more than 100 varieties of trees and shrubs, including many that don’t normally grow in this part of Alaska. The lawn features a waterfall and numerous hidden treasures such as gnomes, gargoyles and a sea serpent. This week’s business Garden of the Week is O’Reilly Auto Parts. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)

Chugiak picked up a Cook Inlet Conference volleyball sweep over Eagle River at the Wolves’ Den on Thursday in the conference opener for both local squads.

The Mustangs won 25-20, 25-11, 25-19 behind 13 kills each from Claire Schimmack and Sophia Lestina and six aces by Kaitlyn Eastman.

“She brought us home with her aces,” said Chugiak coach Bobbi Mason.

Shelby Dunn had eight kills for Eagle River (0-1), which got 23 assists from Elizabeth Ruehle and a career-high 32 digs from Kaylee Barch.

With a massive hurdle to fish passage in the Eklutna River now gone, it’s up to local utilities to take the next step toward restoring the river to its natural state.

In the first week of August, a yearlong project to remove an abandoned diversion dam in the Eklutna River Valley was completed. Although the dam removal hasn’t restored water flow into the river, it’s a major step toward returning the 22-mile stretch of prime salmon habitat to its natural state.

Police say they’re unaware of an organized “smash-and-grab” ring targeting vehicles in Anchorage area parks, but at least one municipal department believes otherwise.

“It’s well known that from Girdwood to Mirror Lake there is a massive smash-and-grab group,” Anchorage Parks and Recreation director John Rodda told the Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors on Aug. 13.

Rodda said he believes the brazen group uses similar techniques and appears to include the same people time and time again.


Mustangs, Wolves drop CIC home games

Chugiak got an 80-yard touchdown run from Chasity Horn, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a 13-0 halftime deficit as East took a 20-7 Cook Inlet Conference flag football win over the Mustangs at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium on Wednesday.

Jessica Titzel had two touchdowns for the T-birds, who scored twice in the final two minutes of the first half. Chugiak’s next game is at South at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The votes are in. Now what?

Tuesday night’s primary elections narrowed the field for November’s general election, where Chugiak-Eagle River Republicans appear to have strong financial and electoral factors in their favor over Democratic nominees. In all four area races, the Republican nominees will enter the race with a substantial lead over their opponents — a factor that proved decisive in the primaries.

With all area precincts reporting, it looks like Chugiak-Eagle River voters will be sending a quartet of Republican women through to the general election.

In Senate District G, Lora Reinbold picked up a convincing win over Dan Saddler, while District 13 House candidate and former legislator Nancy Dahlstrom won her three-way race and Kelly Merrick won hers in District 14. Reinbold, Merrick and Dahlstrom will join incumbent Cathy Tilton — who ran unoposed in the District 12 Republican primary — on the party’s ticket in November.

The Chugiak Soccer Club claimed a pair of state championships Aug. 2-5 in Fairbanks.

The CSC boys 06 Eagles won for the second straight year, while the CSC 05 Thunder also claimed a crown.

The Eagles were led by Lynn Swanson and the Thunder were coached by Steve Day.

A total of five Chugiack Soccer Club teams entered the state tournament, according to Franklin Lawson of the Soutchcentral Soccer Alliance Alaska.

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Mustangs second at Chugiak Invite

Three new administrators are starting work at two local high schools this fall.

Eagle River High has a new head principal in Tim Helvey, who is moving from an assistant principal role at Chugiak High. Helvey is replacing Marty Lang, who spent seven years as principal at ERHS.

Helvey’s hiring was announced in June.

A paratrooper with the Army’s 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) was hurt during an exercise Aug. 16 on the base.

A spokesman for U.S. Army Alaska said the paratrooper — who was not identified — suffered “serious, but not life-threatening” injuries.

“The paratrooper received immediate medical attention and was transported to Providence for further treatment,” wrote USARAK spokesman John Pennell.

A pair of local runners nabbed podium finishes Saturday on a big day for Chugiak-Eagle River atheltes at the Tsalteshi Invitational cross-country meet in Soldotna.

Chugiak’s Daniel Bausch and Eagle River’s Emily Walsh came up just short of victory, with Walsh eight seconds behind South’s Ava Earl and Bausch losing a sprint to Dimond’s Santiago Prosser.

Chugiak’s Izzy Powers made a splash in her 2018 high school swimming debut, winning a pair of individual races at the season-opening CIC Big 8 meet at Bartlett High on Saturday.

Powers won the girls’ 50- and 200-yard freestyle races to lead the Chugiak girls, who also got a victory by Addison Morgan in the 100-yard breaststroke.

The meet included all eight schools from the Cook Inlet Conference. No team scores were kept, but Dimond won nine of the 18 individual races and five of the six relay races.

Some lessons are harder to learn than others.

Chugiak’s football team suffered a crushing 39-36 overtime loss Saturday to Service in a game first-year head coach Ryan Landers said was encouraging despite its heartbreaking ending.

“We did a lot of good things tonight,” said Landers, who fell to 0-2 in his first season leading his alma mater.

Warm-ups are over.

After their second straight rout of a Division III opponent, the Eagle River Wolves football team will face their first major hurdle of the season Saturday, Aug. 25 when Northern Lights Conference foe Kodiak visits town for homecoming at the Wolves’ Den in Eagle River.

“This was just a step along the way,” said Eagle River head coach Bob Adkins after his team thrashed defending Alaska Division III champion Barrow 50-3 in a nonconference clash Saturday afternoon in Eagle River.


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