With a nine-game winning streak and Cook Inlet Conference championship on their resume, the Chugiak Mustangs will be one of the favorites when the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska High School Baseball Tournament begins Thursday at Mulcahy Stadium.

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.

Speeder gets away

On May 22 at around 4:30 a.m., an APD officer tried to stop a Dodge Ram pickup driving 90 mph on the Glenn Highway. The driver failed to stop and the officer ended the pursuit.

Student uses razor blade during fight at Gruening

For the first time in quite a while, Bill Popp is bullish on Anchorage’s economy.

“The recession, I believe, seems to be near an end,” the president and CEO of the Anchorage Economic Development Council told the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce earlier this month during its biweekly lunch forum at the Eagle River Ale House. “And yes, I said that here first.”

Popp’s comments came as he prepared to join

With its star senior soaring to new heights, Chugiak’s track and field team again showed why it’s one of the state’s elite programs Friday and Saturday at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Division I Track and Field Championships at Machetanz Field in Palmer.

On the opening day of the meet, Chugiak senior Emma Nelson broke the state record in the high jump by more than two inches to pick up the first of three individual wins for the second-place Mustangs, who were going for a third consecutive state title but had to settle for the runner-up trophy behind South.

On Sunday, May 27 at around 11 p.m., an Anchorage Police Department officer responded to a report that a red and black Chevy Suburban was hitting other vehicles on the Glenn Highway. According to APD, the driver of the Suburban apparently “got angry over the speed other vehicles were driving (too slow) and he hit both a Ford Ranger and a Nissan Frontier.”

After nearly two decades in public office, one of Chugiak-Eagle River’s most prominent politicians is ready for a break.

“The kicker was my grandson said, ‘Grandma, I am ready to come to Juneau and help you get your work done so you can come home,’ ” the 60-year-old from Eagle River said during an interview last week.

The Municipality of Anchorage wants to know who dumped part of a building at the Park-and-Ride lot off South Birchwood Loop.

“Who in the world does this belong to?” asked the Anchorage Police Department in a May 9 Facebook post about the building, which appears to be about 20 feet long by 10 feet wide and contains three small rooms.

The department wants to know who left the building at the lot, and is asking anyone with information about it to call them at 786-2448.

The most successful sports team in Eagle River High School is back in the state tournament for the first time in more than a decade.

The Wolves softball team knocked off defending state champion South on Thursday in the Cook Inlet Conference Tournament to earn one of the CIC’s four automatic berths at state for the first time since 2007. Senior Alina Cook pitched a complete game in the 2-1 win, which advanced the Wolves into a Saturday semifinal showdown against East. There, the T-birds were the better team, handing the Wolves and starter Avery Brown a 4-2 loss.

Chugiak-Eagle River took another small step in the long trot toward creating public dog parks last week, though residents living near an existing park off Eagle River Road remain unconvinced such a park is right for their neighborhood.

A 20-year-old Eagle River man arrested one week ago for being a felon in possession of a handgun allegedly stole a pickup and struck the vehicle’s owner Saturday morning in Eagle River.

Brock Werder was arraigned in Anchorage on Saturday on charges of vehicle theft and violating conditions of release after police said he crashed a vehicle in an Eagle River neighborhood and fled police on foot.

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.

Off-duty officer intercedes in apparent assault

Chugiak senior Emma Nelson broke the state record in the high jump by more than two inches Friday on the first day of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Division I Track and Field Championships at Machetanz Field in Palmer.

Nelson cleared the bar at 5-feet, 9-inches on her second attempt to break the record of 5 feet, 6.5 inches set by Wasilla’s Ceil Dunleavy in 2016.

“I’m really excited,” the Oregon State-bound senior said after winning the event.

Eagle River advanced to the state high school softball tournament with a 2-1 win over defending state champion South on Thursday at the Cook Inlet Conference Softball Tournament at the Albrecht Fields in Anchorage.

Alina Cook pitched a complete game for the Wolves, who face East at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the tournament semifinals at Albrecht.

The win kept Eagle River undefeated in the tournament; the Wolves knocked off Chugiak 4-2 in Wednesday’s first-round match-up after the tournament start was delayed a day by rain.

A public meeting will be held Thursday, May 24, to discuss the possibility of bringing a dog park to the Chugiak-Eagle River area.

State wildlife biologists shot and killed two male black bears in Eagle River over the weekend after the animals reportedly opened car doors in the area and shredded the soft top of a Jeep, said the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

“They were breaking into cars and causing some real problems,” said Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh. “Damage was reported, from claw marks to car doors ripped off and soft tops torn and destroyed.”

When choosing a shrub for your garden, never pick one unless you are absolutely sure that it is resistant to our winter cold and hardy for this area. We are in a zone 3 and many of the box stores do sell plants that are not hardy outside here in the winter and they will die. Save your money and get a shrub that will survive and thrive here. One such shrub is Syringa Vulgaris an heirloom variety of lilac. This variety can grow 20 feet high and can become large and provide multiple beautiful blooms for your enjoyment.

Two Eagle River men were arrested on gun charges after a May 18 shooting incident in Chugiak.

According to police, on May 18 at around 5:10 p.m., an APD officer was flagged down by someone who said several people were standing outside a parked Chevy Blazer near the intersection of Birchwood Spur and Stoltze Road, and that one of the people was shooting into the woods.

Police said when the officer arrived, the people had already gotten back into the Blazer. The officer then allegedly watched as one person threw a pistol out the window.

A family of six narrowly escaped a house fire with their lives Sunday evening, but things could have been a lot worse if Anchorage’s Daren Beals hadn’t decided to take the scenic route.

Beals, 50, was driving from Eagle River to Chugiak with his girlfriend Irene Bush, and two other family members when he decided — on a whim, he said Monday — to take the quieter Old Glenn instead of the quicker Glenn Highway.

The Alaska Middle College School in Eagle River held a graduation ceremony for 57 students May 18 at Bartlett High, although many of the school’s students elected to participate in graduation ceremonies alongside their peers at Chugiak and Eagle River High School.

[To see more photos from this year’s graduation ceremonies, visit the Star’s 2018 Graduation Photo Gallery]

Here are this year’s AKMS graduates:

Faith, family and some fast feet took center stage at the Birchwood Christian School high school graduation May 18 at theCrossing church in Chugiak.

The 6:30 p.m. ceremony was delayed by about 15 minutes as a couple hundred well-wishers waited for seniors Tanner Reich, Bjorn Peterson and Steven Sterling to arrive from the preliminary round of the Region II track and field meet in Talkeetna. Luckily, the boys are fast — the trio make up three-fourths of the 4X400 relay team — and managed to arrive just in time to complete a record graduating class of 16 members.

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