Residents living north of Anchorage have long yearned for a permanent home in Chugiak-Eagle River. Now, plans for a local cemetery are being resurrected thanks to progress in Girdwood at the southern end of the Municipality of Anchorage.

According to several people familiar with the discussions, the hope is to combine the two communities’ work in an attempt to bring a pair of new cemeteries to a municipality rapidly running out of gravesites.

A 34-year-old Eagle River man was arrested on numerous charges after allegedly running from officers alongside the Glenn Highway in the early morning hours of Oct. 17.

Mark Eagles and Emily Walsh won their first Maddy’s Run 5K race championships Saturday at the fourth annual event at Eagle River High School.

Eagles won in 18 minutes, 16.2 seconds, with Andy Baalerud (18:34) second and Michael Olson (19:28.9) finishing third.

Eagle River High School students swept the top spots in the women’s race, with ERHS sophomore Emily Walsh winning in 21:02.2 over Helen Wilson (21:37.3) and Claire Nelson (21:54.2).

Wolverines nip Mustangs

Three South shooters fired match-high 289’s Friday to lead the Wolverines to a 4-3 win over Chugiak in a Cook Inlet Conference riflery meet at Chugiak.

Braden Shackleford shot a 286 to lead Chugiak, which got a 279 from Michael Sorensen.

Lynx edge Wolves

Dimond won a narrow Cook Inlet Conference riflery match over Eagle River Friday at Dimond.

The Lynx won the A team competition by just six points, and the B and C team competitions by nine points each to claim a 7-0 win.

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Police are asking for the public’s help finding a blue 2008 Chevy Trailblazer thought to be involved in a homicide in which police believe a 35-year-old man was killed in Anchorage and dumped near a hydroelectric plant in Butte.

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has announced he’s suspending his re-election campaign.

Walker make the announcement alongside new Lt. Gov. Valerie Davidson during a brief speech at the Alaska Federation of Natives Conference Friday in Anchorage.

“I am suspending my campaign for re-election as governor,” Walker told the crowd.

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.

Police seek burglary suspect, net suspected drunk driver

The mountain at the head of Hanging Valley known only by its elevation, 5679, was dusted in new snow as we hiked along the trail Oct. 14, breathing in the last of what everyone agreed was an over-extended autumn.

It was a partly cloudy day that showed signs of improving as friends Jeff Worrell, Al Beck and I moved farther into the valley.

Chugiak schooled West Valley on the court Wednesday night, but it was the Mustangs’ teachers who were in the spotlight.

Before the match (a 3-0 Chugiak win), each of the team’s 11 players presented a candy lei to a teacher who had inspired them through the years. Head coach Bobbi Mason said the event was something she did in college and wanted to bring to Chugiak.

“We’re really trying to give something back,” Mason said.

U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan spent Wednesday making the rounds in Chugiak-Eagle River.

He also ate a few, too.

Sullivan sat down for pepperoni pizza at the Eagle River Ale House, where he also made off with a handful of homemade cookies during a casual pop-in at the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Sen. Sullivan also made stops at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center and the Alaska Laborers Training Center in Chugiak during an upbeat spin through the community.

Maddy Brandl’s nickname was “Strong,” so it’s fitting the race held in her honor will benefit a pair of kids who are as tough as they come.

Kiyah Tuttle is a 16-year-old who’s interested in wilderness survival and has a passion for karate. Phoenix Mendoza is a 3-year-old heck-raiser who loves cartoons and tussling with with his football player brothers. Aside from their energetic personalities, Kiyah and Phoenix have something else in common.

They’re fighting for their lives.

Kiyah’s story

On Oct. 11 at around 6:46 p.m., police were called to a residence on Park Place Street for a report of a disturbance involving a knife.

According to police, Carl A. Akina, 46, stabbed himself in the chest and told his girlfriend he was going to cut his own throat and stab himself in the head. Officers said the woman told them she was fearful and didn’t know if Akina would hurt her as well.

Police said Akina’s injuries were minor. After being evaluated by medics, he was taken to Anchorage Jail on a charge of third-degree assault.

Eagle River’s Tara Fisher is having a standout season for the stellar Boise State women’s soccer team.

The senior goalie was named the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Week for Sept. 24 after notching her fifth shutout of the season.

Through Oct. 15, Boise State was 13-2-1 overall and 7-0-1 in the conference, with Fisher starting all 16 games and posting nine shutouts.

Fisher is a 2015 graduate of Eagle River High School, where she was a three-time All-Cook Inlet Conference goalie and standout for the Wolves’ flag football and riflery teams.

The Eagle River Lions Club will host its 3rd Annual Community Bazaar and Spaghetti Dinner Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lions Clubhouse (18344 Eagle River Road). Cost is $8 per plate and includes spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, drinks and dessert. There will also be craft items for sale and vendors.

Hit-and-run drivers arrested

At around 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 2, police received a report of a hit-and-run at the South Birchwood exit on the outbound Glenn Highway. According to police, the caller told police dispatchers they were following a black 2015 Volkswagen sedan that struck their 2007 GMC pickup and drove away. Police said the driver of the GMC followed the Volkswagen until police officers arrived to pull the vehicle over.

A historic run came up one game short Saturday as Eagle River fell 46-14 to Soldotna in the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Division II Football Championship at a rainy Machetanz Field in Palmer.

Eagle River quarterback Ryan Adkins said he was proud of Eagle River’s historic run, which saw the Wolves post their best record in school history, defeat Chugiak for the first time and make their first playoff appearance. But the senior — one of 16 seniors of the team’s roster — admitted he wanted more in his final game in navy and silver.

There were no members of the public in attendance at Monday’s meeting of the Eagle River-Chugiak Parks and Rec board, but there were a number of ghoulish guests. Richards said she was storing additional “Boo at the Beach” materials in the meeting room, which explained the dozen or so oversized goblins, scarecrows and monsters lining the room.

Parks and recreation board members want to move forward on at least on area dog park by next spring.

At Monday’s meeting of the Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors, the board agreed to tentatively work toward putting a plan in place to create a dedicated off-leash dog park at Peters Creek Park.

Parks director John Rodda said he thinks that if the board decides to go ahead with the plan, work could begin next spring.

Led by a dominant performance by Emily Moore, Mirror Lake’s 6th/7th grade cross country running teams swept the Anchorage Middle School Cross Country Running Championships Wednesday at Kincaid Park in Anchorage.

Moore completed the 3-kilometer course in 16 minutes, 55 seconds to beat teammate Skyler Belmear by 46 seconds for the Coyote girls, who beat Goldenview by 10 points in the team standings. Goldenview’s Ella Atteberry was third.

Ed Willis, a former Alaska legislator and Anchorage Assembly member who was an early advocate for special education and instrumental in bringing a high school to Chugiak in the 1960s, died Monday in Anchorage. He was 94.

Willis was a longtime Eagle River resident who spent the last decade living at the Veterans and Pioneers Home in Palmer, according to his family.

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