UPDATE: The highway was reopned in both directions shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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The Glenn Highway was closed in both directions after a vehicle struck and killed a woman Tuesday afternoon.

Despite recent rains, the trail up to Mile High Saddle was in good condition on Friday, October 26. Taking advantage of the mid-afternoon sun that wasn’t forecast by weather experts, I made this short hike (one-way) above Eagle River Valley in less than an hour. (Round trip is about 3.4 miles).

Every year in October I like to squeeze the most out of autumn by hiking just under the snow line that inexorably creeps down the Chugach Mountains. In a strange way it feels as if I’m defiantly cheating winter’s relentless advance.

The Anchorage School District has canceled all sports and after-school activities for Monday, Oct. 29, 2018 due to icy roads.

According to the district, “deteriorating weeather and road conditions” forced the cancellation.

A winter storm hit Anchorage Monday bringing the first measurable snowfall to the area. A winter weather advisory issued Sunday night said as much as a foot of snow was expected to fall in the mountains, with 5-8 inches expected in the Chugiak-Eagle River area.

Winter’s on its way.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory Sunday evening calling for snow across Anchorage and the Mat-Su starting early Monday morning. According to the advisory, 5 to 8 inches of snow could fall northeast of Anchorage overnight, with as much as a foot at higher elevations.

Eagle River’s John Heaphy set a new Cook Inlet Conference record in the boys 100 yard breaststroke Saturday at the Cook Inlet Conference Swimming and Diving Championships at Bartlett High.

Heaphy also won the 200 yard individual medley, one of two local swimmers to win two events.

Eagle River finished third in both the boys and girls team standings.

Chugiak’s Emily Rand finished 10th in the all-around competition to lead the Mustangs to a fourth-place team finish at the Cook Inlet Conference Gymnastics Meet on Saturday at Dimond High.

Rand was third on both the vault and floor exercise, the top individual performances turned in by Chugiak or Eagle River athletes at the meet. Chugiak’s Courtney Tekas was eighth on the bars and 11th on the vault for Chugiak.

Eagle River finished sixth in the team competition.

Chugiak-Eagle River runners were frighteningly fast Saturday on the streets of downtown Anchorage.

Chugiak’s Daniel Bausch, 17, won the men’s Frightening 4K race by seven seconds over Palmer 23-year-old Chris Osiensky, crossing the finish line in 11 minutes, 30 seconds. A senior at Chugiak High School, Bausch also won the Division I cross country championship last month at Bartlett High.

Eagle River used superior depth to earn a 5-2 high school riflery win Friday over South.

The Wolves lost the A team shoot 1,138-1,130, but claimed victory in both the B and C matches to earn the overall win.

Lindsey Foschee shot a 280 and Rylee Prince had a 279 to lead the B shooters, with Abigail Foger shooting a 270 to lead the C team for the Wolves, who had nine shooters shoot 270 or higher. Ava Perkins and Emma Mackenzie shot 283 to lead the A shooters.

Mustangs fall to Dimond

Editor’s note: The Star recently asked each candidate running for state office in the Chugiak-Eagle River area five questions pertaining to issues facing Alaska. In the race for House District 14, Republican Kelly Merrick is running against nonpartisan candidate Joe Hackenmueller, the Democratic nominee in the House district that includes Eagle River and parts of the Chugach State Park.

To read the other candidate questionnaires, click the link for each race:

Editor’s note: The Star recently asked each candidate running for state office in the Chugiak-Eagle River area five questions pertaining to issues facing Alaska. In the race for House District 13, Republican Nancy Dahlstrom is running against nonpartisan candidate Oliver Kimp, the Democratic nominee in the House district that includes Eagle River and Fort Richardson.

To read the other candidate questionnaires, click the link for each race:

Editor’s note: The Star recently asked each candidate running for state office in the Chugiak-Eagle River area five questions pertaining to issues facing Alaska. In the race for House District 12, Incumbent Republican Cathy Tilton is running against undeclared candidate Stephany Jeffers in the senate district that includes Chugiak and the Butte.

To read the other candidate questionnaires, click the link for each race:

Editor’s note: The Star recently asked each candidate running for state office in the Chugiak-Eagle River area five questions pertaining to issues facing Alaska. In the race for Senate District G, Alaska State House member Lora Reinbold is running against Democrat Oliver Schiess in the senate district that includes Eagle River and Fort Richardson. Their answers are below.

To read the other candidate questionnaires, click the link for each race:

Chugiak wrapped up the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Cook Inlet Conference volleyball tournament with a 3-1 (25-15, 25-19, 22-25, 25-20) win over Bartlett Thursday at Chugiak in the final match of the CIC regular season.

Sophia Lestina had 21 kills and 23 digs for the Mustangs, who got 10 kills from Mazie Edwards and eight from Isabelle Kaltschnee. Claire Schimmack disched 23 assists (and knocked five kills) for Chugiak, which als ogot 10 digs from Cheyenne Young and a five-kill, 10-dig, 25-assist night from Kaitlyn Eastman.

Eagle River rocked on opening night of the 2018-19 Cook Inlet Conference hockey season with a 2-1 win Friday night over defending state champion Dimond at Ben Boeke.

The Wolves got a short-handed goal from Tucker Lien to open the scoring in the first period and extended the lead to 2-0 on a power play tally from Logan Dudinsky in the second. Dudinsky assisted on Lien’s goal and Ty McEnaney had a helper on Dudinsky’s.

Dimond got a third-period goal from Teague Porter, but it wasn’t enough as Wolves goalie Ryan Gray made 32 saves on 33 shots to backstop the win.

The newest — and smallest — Seawolf is bringing plenty of energy to the UAA basketball team. After signing with the squad at a Wednesday ceremony, Eagle River’s James Ludwig was asked if he’s looking forward to being a part of the UAA men’s basketball program.

“Yeah,” he said before grabbing the microphone and mugging for a crowd of reporters and UAA players.

“I think that’s an excited yes,” chimed in Seawolves head coach Rusty Osborne.

Riders at the Mirror Lake Singletrack Trails are seeing double after a summerlong trail-building project added more than twice the distance to the existing trail system.

“Folks are welcome to go enjoy the trails,” said Will Taygan, a volunteer with the Chugach Mountain Bike Riders (CMBR). “They are ready.”

The new sections of the trail — all 2.75 miles worth — officially opened Monday to bring the total distance up to five miles. Taygan said the trails include everything from beginner routes to black diamond sections for expert riders.

A black bear on campus forced Gruening Middle School to briefly go into “stay-put” mode Wednesday morning.

Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Renee Oistad said the department got a call at around 8 a.m. about a bear in a dumpster behind the school. Officers quickly arrived on scene, as did biologists from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

A brief brush with the seafaring life has given Eagle River High School science teacher Mark Van Arsdale a new appreciation for the work done by scientists working every day in some of the most far-flung and inhospitable parts of the planet.

“Definitely a take-home for me was in a day and age when we can Google any information, the sheer amount of labor that goes into producing scientific knowledge is overwhelming,” said Van Arsdale, who last month spent two weeks aboard a 121-foot research vessel in the Gulf of Alaska as part of the NOAA Teacher at Sea program.

Groups of teens busted for weed

Two separate groups of teens were caught smoking pot near Chugiak High School on Oct. 17.

According to APD, one group was caught by a staff member at around 11:30 a.m. and the second was caught around 12:20 p.m. Both groups were caught by a staff member and off school grounds, police said. Parents were contacted in both cases, and three students were charged through the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Assault claim unsubstantiated

A resolution that would give the Eagle River-Chugiak Parks and Recreation Department more flexibility in how it allocates its funds was introduced at the Anchorage Assembly Tuesday.

If adopted, the ordinance will change the formula managers use to spend the one-mill property tax levy used to fund the department.

According to parks director John Rodda, the change is needed in order to meet the department’s operating budget for next year.

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