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 male suspect stole a bag from Polaris at about 2:38 p.m. on Jan. 22, ran out of the business with it, and got into the driver’s seat of a vehicle. As the suspect attempted to drive away, the Polaris employee stood in front of the vehicle and was subsequently struck by it.

Anchorage Police Department calls for Jan. 22-29.

Monday, Jan. 22

1:22 a.m.: Trespass, Goliath Drive

1:16 p.m.: Traffic collision, Dolly Drive and Songbird Ave.

2:17 p.m.: Burglary, Easy Street

2:38 p.m.: Robbery, Snowmobile Lane

3:08 p.m.: Warrant service, Hesterberg Road

8:57 p.m.: Drugs, North Eagle River

10:31 p.m.: Assault, Bill Stephens Drive

Tuesday, Jan. 23

Chuck Schumer started a government shutdown he couldn’t finish.

The New York Democrat, among the shrewdest operators in national politics, stumbled badly because he succumbed to the siren song of the anti-Trump resistance.

He believed that any charge could be made to stick to President Donald Trump, no matter how implausible, and chose the dictates of an inflamed Democratic base over common sense.

Eagle Academy Charter School was recently honored by Eagle River Rep. Lora Reinbold with a citation from the 30th Alaska Legislature as one of the highest performing schools in the Anchorage School District.

It is a tuition-free, school of choice that emphasizes a challenging curriculum with high expectations of students, families and staff. In Spring AimsWeb test scores, the school had 93.75 percent score as Tier I students in mathematics and 88 percent scored in Tier I in English language arts. It has enrollment of about 170 students.

Sheri Boggs of Eagle River is thanking the community after another successful donation drive for Project Homeless Connect.

Boggs collects hats, gloves, socks and scarves to donate to Project Homeless Connect, an annual event in downtown Anchorage that puts homeless people in contact with social service agencies and donated goods.

By now, almost everyone’s got a smart phone. Even in Alaska, iPhones and Androids have become an indispensable part of life, helping us communicate, navigate, plan schedules, count calories, play games, and more. There is almost no aspect of life that smartphones don’t make easier and better.

So, as part of my work to make state government work better for Alaskans, I came up with a simple idea that will let us leverage modern technology to better enjoy the traditional Alaskan pleasures of hunting, fishing and trapping: digital licenses.

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Thursday, Feb. 1

Toddler Time: 10:30 a.m., Chugiak- Eagle River Library (12001 Business Boule- vard). Twenty minutes of short stories, songs and lots of repetition to build early literacy skills for children ages 3 and under and their caregivers. Free event; visit anchoragelibrary. org or call (907) 343-1530 for more infor- mation.

Alaska’s 72,000 veterans will continue to receive care under a program that the state office of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs took pains to reconfigure over the past 18 months.

The Veterans Choice Program received an additional $2.1 billion in December, just weeks prior to the three-day government shutdown on Capital Hill.

Robotics teams from Eagle River High School took the top two spots in the Fairbanks First Tech Challenge Qualifier tournament at Lathrop High School held Jan. 19-20.

The Nuclear Wolves were second through the qualifying rounds and then captured the tournament title by eliminating the Cyber Wolves in the championship round. The Nuclear Wolves team of Sebastian Tunley, Isiah Bauzon, Gage Friesen, Keith Sellers, Ryan Sabroski and Alex Oleniczak also won the tournament’s Inspire Award as the top overall team for all judged categories.

Jitters patrons enjoyed live local musicians and coffee last Tuesday and Wednesday as five bands from the Anchorage Folk Festival performed.

The festival, which ran from Jan. 17-28, also provided weekend workshops to go along with more than 70 free performances for the public.

Eagle River residents Kim Medders and her son, Elias Medders loved hearing the diverse music Tuesday evening.

Chugiak center Daniel Casey won the opening faceoff and without taking a stride fired the puck at the Service net for the first shot game Monday night.

The puck bounced off Cougar goalie Kevin Taunton and skittered harmlessly away. That was as about good as it got for the Mustangs in the opening period of their first round of the Cook Inlet Conference playoffs.

Eagle River uses big third quarter to pull away from Soldotna

The Wolves outscored the Stars 21-4 in the third quarter to pull away for a nonconference basketball victory last Thursday night in Eagle River.

Although SoHi connected on 10 3-pointers, Eagle River held the Stars to just one made field goal in the third quarter, while getting 9 points from Jacob Thompson. Thompson finished with 21 points, while teammate Ryan Adkins hit five three-pointers to also score 21.

Managing Eagle River’s opening pressure was key for the Chugiak Mustangs in their 4-2 season-ending win Thursday night at the McDonald Center.

“We had to survive that first five minutes; if they had scored, it would have been a different hockey game,” said Mustangs head coach Rodney Wild. “And Riley had to be good.”

Wild was referring to netminder Riley Fugere, who was good as he stopped 14 shots in the first period alone and the offense used the momentum to jump to a 3-0 lead.

Star staff reports

Chugiak skier Heidi Booher led the local entrants in two days of Besh Cup racing in Homer last weekend.

Booher took fifth in the 5,000 meters in 16:51.10, a few ticks ahead of usual Lady Mustangs teammate Emma Nelson in sixth at 16:54.37. Adrianna Proffitt, also of Chugiak High, rounded out the top 10 finishers at 17:23.85.

The trio did even better in the 1,200-meter freestyle sprint with Booher in third (3:24.4), Nelson in fifth (3:28.6) and Proffitt in sixth (3:29.4).

The world fell on Donald Trump’s head — yet again — when he said in a White House meeting that we should be trying to get immigrants from Norway rather than s***hole countries in the Third World.

The media has treated Trump’s remarks, made in a heated exchange with senators over a proposed immigration deal, as an explicit confession of racism. Why else would he scorn immigrants from places like Haiti and Somalia, while yearning for those from lily-white Scandinavia?

Star staff reports

A three-day trip to Interior ice ended on a high note for Eagle River on Saturday with a 6-3 victory over West Valley highlighted by a hat trick from Nat Nielsen and a pair of goals by Ty McEnaney.

The Wolves will play rival Chugiak Thursday at the McDonald Center before the puck drops on the Cook Inlet Conference Tournament that begins Monday with games at the Mac and Ben Boeke in Anchorage.

Eagle River fell 3-2 to West Anchorage on Tuesday in the tuneup for Chugiak.

Aaron Davis and Jacob Thompson led the Eagle River Wolves to a third-place finish at the Dean Cummings Tournament in Delta Junction last week.

Before losing to eventual tournament champion Valdez 55-48 in the semifinals on Friday, the Wolves blew out Galena 66-48 and then handled Nome 67-52 after a huge third quarter in the consolation game.

Thompson averaged 16.6 points per game over the three-day tourney, with 21 against Galena and 17 in the third-place game versus Nome.

The Chugiak Community Council met on Jan. 18 to discuss numerous issues impacting Chugiak and to hold elections for council seats and officers. Tiffany Briggs from the Municipality of Anchorage’s Real Estate Department and Officer Robin Nave of the Anchorage Police Department informed attendees about pressing local issues.

Rezoning for Chugiak Senior Center

Star staff report


The Chugiak Mustangs toppled conference rival and powerhouse Anchorage East High 58-46 on Monday night in front of an electrified home crowd.

It was the first time in four years for the Mustangs to defeat East, which has a student population double the size of Chugiak’s. The Mustangs now sit at 9-3 overall and 2-1 for the Cook Inlet Conference.

Despite playing 10 games in the last 12 days, the Mustangs drove the pace throughout the night and challenged East’s defense with stellar passing and teamwork.

As it looks to expand its footprint in Alaska, GCI will continue to spend money on improvements to telecommunications infrastructure statewide.

“It does take a significant investment,” the company’s senior director of corportate communications told the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce at its luncehon Jan. 17 in downtown Eagle River.


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