Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events provided by the department’s public information office; defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

BURGLARY

On Dec. 12, police received a report that someone had cut out a circle in an outer pane of a window at Health Wise in Eagle River. It did not appear anyone got inside, and police said no other damage was found.

NO BURGLARY

Roger Spackman is stepping down, but he isn’t going anywhere.

After four years as the Chugiak High head football coach, Spackman resigned earlier this month — ironically, so he could focus more on coaching.

“Mostly it’s that I want to coach but not be a head coach,” said Spackman, who compiled a 25-14 record (.641 winning percentage) during his four seasons leading the blue and black — including back-to-back Railbelt Conference titles the past two seasons.

Chugiak man earns automotive detailing certifications

Chugiak’s Ryan McGowan, who owns True North Auto Detailing, has been awarded a Detailing Business, Paint Correction, Headlight Repair and Ceramics Coating Certification from Renny Doyle of Detailing Success. According to a press release, McGowan now holds dual certifications from the International Detailing Association.

It’s no secret attendance at high school hockey games isn’t what it used to be.

Unless we’re talking Chugiak-Eagle River.

“It’s night and day, isn’t it?” said Chugiak head coach Rodney Wild after his hockey team pulled out a 3-2 Cook Inlet Conference nailbiter over its biggest rival in front of a spirited crowd inside the McDonald Center Thursday night.

A pair of local skiers are atop the Besh Cup standings after the first weekend of the statewide Nordic skiing race series.

Eagle River bowlers delivered a perfect day Thursday, Dec. 14 as the Wolves blanked Bartlett 35-0 in a pair of Anchorage Scholastic Bowling League matches held at Center Bowl in Anchorage. For the Eagle River girls, Allison Szewczyk delivered a match-high 190 to lead the win over the Golden Bears, while Joseph Herr rolled a 235 to lift the Eagle River boys to a shutout win. Chugiak’s girls also posted a shutout, knocking off South 35-0 behind a 201 from Jadyn Moore. The Chugiak boys were the only local team to fall, losing a 29-6 decision to South.

Drugs, murder, thievery and kidnapping were among the issues facing the people of Chugiak-Eagle River in 1971, as the growing area grappled with crime in the rapidly growing community.

“There is a drug problem in Chugiak-Eagle River,” Alaska State Trooper Loren Thomas told attendees at a meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce in June.

Thomas said local dealers were mainly users who buy extra supplies to help support their habits, according to a front-page story in the June 17, 1971 edition of the Chugiak-Eagle River Star.

“What’s so unpleasant about being drunk?”

“You ask a glass of water.”

— “A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”

Plans to build a new water transmission line through Birchwood will move forward after the Anchorage Assembly voted Thursday to reject locals’ concerns about the potential for the planned 24-inch pipeline to negatively impact the neighborhood.

The 2017-18 high school basketball season officially got underway last week, with local teams already registering impressive early season wins.

The Chugiak girls opened the season by knocking off perennial powerhouse Wasilla in a Saturday, Dec. 16 showdown in the Mat-Su. The Mustangs rolled to a 30-13 halftime lead and hung on from there, getting a game-high 18 points from Chasity Horn to lead three players in double figures. Ariana Lewis added 11 points for Chugiak, which got 10 from Patricia Houser and six from Caitlin Wachmann.

Eagle River Rep. Lora Reinbold will join the founder of a new community patrol and several self-defense instructors at a community meeting on public safety next month in Eagle River.

Basketballs and the squeak of tennis shoes gave way to robots and the buzz of electric motors inside the Eagle River High gymnasium on Saturday, Dec. 9, as the school’s robotics program hosted 20-team FIRST Tech Challenge state qualifying tournament.

At 9:41 p.m. Thursday, with the night’s tension finally bled from the room like steam from a pressure cooker, the Eagle River Community Council quietly adjourned its final — and most heated — meeting of the year to the delight of the dozen or so people still in attendance. Municipal parks and rec director John Rodda dutifully crossed the room and began helping stack chairs, having spent much of the past hour waiting patiently in the doorway as the forum passed then pulled away from its 9 p.m. curfew.

One person was taken to the hospital after a collision on Eagle River Road between an Anchorage Fire Department engine and a private vehicle the morning of Friday, Dec. 15.

According to AFD assistant chief Alex Boyd, a fire engine from Eagle River Station 11 was on its way to another call at around 7:15 a.m. when the crash occurred.

“It appears the other vehicle crossed the center line and struck the engine,” Boyd said.

None of the fire department crew were hurt.

“Crews immediately rendered aid and one person was transported,” he said.

Top-ranked South remained undefeated with a 5-1 Cook Inlet Conference hockey win over Eagle River on Thursday, Dec. 14 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Five different players — Ryan Bailey, Cason Martin, Carter Eaton, Sam Jemmings and Hayden Fox — scored goals for the Wolverines (9-0), who got 17 saves from Zane Anderson.

Austin Linn scored the lone goal for Eagle River (3-6), which got 28 saves from Ryan Gray.

The Wolves are off until their crosstown showdown with Chugiak at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21 at the Mac.

Nobody ever said wrestling was easy; if they did, you’d know they never wrestled.

Minutes after losing the final match of his high school career, Eagle River’s Grant Burningham was still able to crack a smile despite sporting cuts to his forehead and lips.

“I feel pretty good,” he said after going down fighting in a 6-0 loss to Colony’s Trace Severson Saturday on Day 2 of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Division I High School Wrestling Tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.

Thursday, Dec. 14

BOWLING

Chugiak vs. South, Center Bowl, 3:15 p.m.

Eagle River vs. Bartlett, Center Bowl, 3:15 p.m.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Palmer at Eagle River, 6 p.m.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Palmer at Eagle River, 7:30 p.m.

Chugiak at West Valley tournament, TBA

HOCKEY

South at Eagle River, McDonald Center, 7:15 p.m.

At the rate she’s throwing curve balls, Mother Nature might want to try out for the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks baseball team next summer.

Eagle River improved to 3-5 in the Cook Inlet Conference with a 6-2 win over Service on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at Ben Boeke.

Tucker Lien scored two goals and Ty McEnaney notched a goal and three assists to lead the Wolves. Nick Silance, Michael Maddox and Nat Nielsen also scored for Eagle River.

Ryan Gray made 31 saves for Eagle River, which won despite getting outshot 33-24.

Landon Hill and Ben Martensen scored for Service, which got 18 saves from Kevin Taunton.

The first snowfall of the year brings a rash of ditch divers and car crashes. My kids and I used to have a game of rating the wrecks when we drove between Eagle River and Anchorage. The ditch divers, whom we scored as a 10, managed to cross four lanes of traffic, clear the guardrail, do a complete roll or summersault, and land on their wheels without hitting another car. You can come up with your own way of scoring these esoteric accomplishments.

Planning for safe(r) winter driving

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.

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