Local woman honored for weight loss

Chugiak’s Sarita Cox was recently named the TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) Alaska Queen for losing 117 pounds over the past decade.

“Over the years, I tried most all of the diets, pills, and injections,” Cox said in a press release about the recognition. “Most of them helped take the weight off, but as soon as Istopped, every ounce came back plus more.”

Cox joined the Chugiak TOPS chapter in 1982 and began to make steady progress in 2007, said Cox, who once weighed over 300 pounds.

Groundwork is being laid for a new gym in Eagle River.

“Sometime around September we began talking with the Planet Fitness folks,” said Andre Spinelli, whose family’s company, Spinell Homes, owns the land at the corner of S. Juanita Loop and the Old Glenn Highway.

Last summer, Spinell received the permits needed to re-route a small creek that runs through the property. That move allowed him to build on the property, which led to a deal with the nationwide fitness chain.

Runners will take the phrase “long weekend” to the extreme starting Friday morning in Chugiak, where contestants in the 2019 Alaska Relay will begin their nearly 200-mile trek south to Seward.

The third annual running of the relay race gets underway at 8 a.m. at Mirror Lake Park, where teams of up to 12 athletes will head out onto the course. The first finishers are expected in downtown Seward the following day.

Alaska State Troopers are looking for a 39-year-old Eagle River woman reported missing in Interior Alaska.

According to an online dispatch, troopers received a welfare check for Shanna Oman on June 9 from someone who said she left their residence off McGrath Road in Fairbanks at around 12:30 a.m. on June 3.

“The complainant was supposed to give her a ride back to Eagle River;” troopers wrote.

“He assumed she made other arrangements until her roommate called stating she had not returned home.”

Kale is a super green that grows well in our cool soils and is gaining in popularity. Historically, kale is thought to have originated in Asia Minor and was brought to Europe around 600 B.C. by groups of Celtic wanderers. Ancient Rome saw kale as an important vegetable of the peasant class. English settlers brought this vegetable to America in the 17th century.

I’ve been hiking and climbing in southcentral Alaska for quite some time, and I’ve often found that one of the most difficult journeys is from the couch to the door, and from the door to the car. Most people would agree that getting into the outdoors, even for short hikes, is a good prescription for improving and maintaining health. Besides, many of us spend too much time indoors during the long, dark winters. So here are some relatively easy hikes that are close by and don’t require the exceptional fitness of champion runner Ali Ostrander.

A brown bear that was getting into trash in Eagle River was killed Tuesday morning by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and Alaska Wildlife Troopers.

According to Fish and Game area management biologist Dave Battle, the bear shot Tuesday was the second aggressive brown bear killed by authorities in the Municipality of Anchorage this summer.

Battle said in one Tuesday morning incident, a woman cleaning up trash a bear had scattered on her property had a dangerously close encounter with the bruin.

A 21-year-old Indiana man is facing federal child pornogrpahy charges related to the death of Cynthia Hoffman, a 19-year-old woman who was found dead in the Eklutna River last week.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Library will reopen for normal business hours on Tuesday, June 11.

The library has been closed since May 10, when the Eagle River Town Center Building was deemed unsafe due to the discovery of damage caused by the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake. The building was declared safe by the State Fire Marshal last week, but library staff needed the weekend to get the space prepared.

A 30-year-old man arrested last month for allegedly throwing change at a convenience store clerk has been arrested again — this time for allegedly stabbing a man in Eagle River.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, Kyle W. Smith got into a fight with another man in the hallway outside the man’s apartment in Eagle River on the night of June 5. Police refused to say where exactly in Eagle River the assault took place, only that it took place outside an apartment on the 12300 block of the Old Glenn Highway.

The Eagle River Garden Club/Chugiak-Eagle River Star Garden of the Week for the week of June 6-12 is located at the Wetherley home at 19030 Barbof Drive in Eagle River.

The business Garden of the Week is the Eagle River Fred Meyer.

Police have arrested three more people in connection with the death of a 19-year-old woman found dead alongside the Eklutna River last week.

An 18-year-old woman who was originally questioned and released in the Cynthia Hoffman death investigation has been arrested and charged with her murder.

The Eagle River Campground has been reopened after a closure that began at the beginning of May due to damage to the access road caused by the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake.

State officials originally estimated the work would take until the middle of the month to repair.

“We’re really excited to get that work done ahead of schedule,” said Chugach State Park superintendent Kurt Hensel in a June 7 press release announcing the opening.

Even with a record crowd on hand there was still more than enough baseball to go around Thursday night at Lee Jordan Field.

Unfortunately for Fish fans, Malcom Tipler’s 2-run single in the top of the 14th inning put a damper on an otherwise dreamlike night at the ballpark as the Anchorage Glacier Pilots took a 3-1 win in the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks’ home opener.

Staff returned to their offices inside the Eagle River Town Center Building after the structure was again deemed safe to occupy by the Alaska State Fire Marshal.

The local parks and recreation and street maintenance departmens are back in their normal spaces, as is the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce. The Chugiak-Eagle River Library is also in the process of re-opening, but will remain closed until staff can get caught up.

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 until proven guilty.

An Eagle River woman was arrested for operating under the influence and child neglect after she allegedly sped away from police with two children in the back seat at around 2 p.m. on May 27.

Yeah, who? Mat-Su?

Chugiak-Eagle River spoiled the home opener for the defending Alaska Baseball League champions Wednesday night, getting a five-run fifth inning to send the defending league champion Mat-Su Miners to a 10-2 defeat at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.

Outfielder Haden Keller of Mendocino College went 3-for-4 with a home run to lead the Chinooks, who pounded out 12 hits, including two each from Brandon Cody (Biola College) and Jess Davis (University of Alabama-Birmingham).

Average doesn’t cut it at the Alaska state high school track and field meet, where each year the state’s most gifted young athletes run, jump and throw against each other and sometimes history to see who can be the best of the best.

Some people would give anything to be average.

Standout kid

UPDATE (4 p.m. June 8): The 18-year-old woman who police believe supplied the gun was arrested on June 8 and charged with murder Her name is Denali Brehmer.

Editor’s note: This story contains graphic accounts of violence that may be disturbing to some readers.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A 16-year-old Anchorage boy was arrested and charged with murder Tuesday for allegedly killing a woman near the Thunderbird Falls Trail on Sunday.

Pages

Subscribe to The Alaska Star RSS