Jake Moe’s run of Bear Paw dominance has reached double figures.

The Anchorage runner claimed his 10th Bear Paw 5K title on Saturday, beating Eagle River teen Hyrum Nelson by 11 seconds to claim the Saturday morning championship.

Moe completed the course through Eagle River in 15 minutes, 30 seconds to trim nine seconds off his winning time from last year. Nelson finished in 15:41, with Matt Morse third in 15:47.

Anchorage police are seeking a man who reportedly hit his ex-girlfiriend with a shovel and struck her with a vehicle.

It’s about to get loud in Eagle River.

According to officials with Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, the base plans controlled detonations on the Eagle River Flats July 17-19 in order to test sound levels in the area.

“Residents in and around JBER and Eagle River may hear loud noises created by life-firing of high-explosive munitions as these test are conducted in support of data collection as part of a scientific acoustic study,” reads a press release issued Monday.

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. Defendatns are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Tools, trucks stolen from CHS

A Chugiak artist and dog musher is helping preserve a crumbling piece of Alaska history.

Iditarod Hall of Fame member Jon Van Zyle is well known for his official Iditarod prints, which have been a staple of the annual sled dog race to Nome since 1977. Now he’s turning his keen eye on a long-forgotten bit of Iditarod Trail lore.

“We basically believe in the fact that history should be saved and not just discarded,” said Van Zyle, who finished the race in 1976 and 1979 before becoming the race’s official artist.

Alaska’s short glorious summer is now in full bloom. Everywhere we look while out on our hikes there are native plants and flowers popping up across our forests and mountain hillsides. The rich layers of composting leaves and plant material have provided a perfect balance for our native plants and flowers to thrive.

When Chyna Finley moved to Eagle River in 2016, she needed a fresh start. As a teen from Chicago with a tough past, she feared she would fulfill others’ predictions and become just another statistic of a troubled youth whose life was cut short. She certainly didn’t expect to play college basketball, but she’ll do just that after signing to play for NAIA school Central Methodist University at a ceremony held last month on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

College scholarships and Bear Paw bragging rights are on the line Thursday, July 12, at the Steve Primis Auditorium, where 19 young women will be joined by two young men on the stage for the 29th edition of the Bear Paw Pageant.

The pageant — which began in 1989 — is back again this year after taking a one-year hiatus in 2016. Last year’s Miss Bear Paw Queen was Shannon O’Hare, with Michal Treder named Bear Paw King. Other honorees were prince Jon Streff, princess Casey McCormick and ambassador Danielle Stam.

Air Force Col. Patricia Csank is about to make Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson history.

On Friday, Csank will become the base’s first female commander when she takes over command of the Air Force’s 673rd Air Base Wing during a 10 a.m. ceremony on the base. The 673rd Air Base Wing is responsible for installation management on the joint base, which was formed in 2005 when Elmendorf Air Force Base and Fort Richardson Army Garrison combined into a single entity. According to JBER, the 673rd maintains an $11.4 billion infrastructure encompassing 79,000 acres north of Anchorage.

Chugiak won the battle of the Bradens Wednesday at Oberg Field.

Post 33’s Braden Shackelford outdueled fellow southpaw Brayden Olmstead in rainy Peters Creek, striking out six batters in 5 1/3 innings to key the Mustangs’ 3-0 Alaska American Legion Baseball victory over Eagle River.

Shackelford gave up three hits before giving way to reliever Sam Hall, who didn’t allow a baserunner and needed just 12 pitches to close out the final 1 2/3 innings.

It’s time to grin and Bear Paw it.

Eagle River’s annual summertime festival returns for its 33rd year this week, with a full slate of family fun set to take over the fairgrounds at Town Square Park and elsewhere across Chugiak-Eagle River.

“It’s been going really great,” said Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce executive director Debbie Rinckey.

July has seen a disastrous run for the Chinooks of Chugiak-Eagle River, who went 2-8 to open the month as they slid to last place in the five-team Alaska Baseball League.

After winning four straight games near the end of June, the collegiate summer league team dropped 11 of 14 games to fall to 12-20 overall.

By Matt Tunseth

Chugiak-Eagle River Star

Chugiak Post 33 remains in solid playoff position as the Alaska Legion Baseball AA season nears its homestretch, while Eagle River is still in the hunt for one of the National Division’s three automatic playoff berths.

Through Monday, July 9, Chugiak was 8-3 in the league and 12-9 overall, just two points behind first-place Juneau and four clear of third-place West. Eagle River was 4-7 (23 points) and 8-14 overall. The league awards four points for a tie, two for a tie and one for a loss.

Bear traps have been reset and a popular trailhead closed in the South Fork Eagle River Valley after at least two more close-range encounters between humans and brown bears near where a man was killed by a bear and another was mauled last month.

A Chugiak family of three had their lives turned upside down during a weekend road trip to Seward.

Before Tina Willis left rainy Resurrection Bay, she slipped off the second step of the family camper and broke her leg. When she returned to her home Sunday night with her husband, young son and their four dogs, things got even worse.

Much worse.

Willis’ husband was looking for a way to bring her into the house on Sarah Circle with her injury, so he went to grab a wheelbarrow from the garage.

A man convicted in a 2017 high-speed chase to Seward has allegedly assaulted a police officer for the second time in three months.

According to Anchorage police, on July 3 at around 7:28 p.m., officers arrived at a residence on Husky Street for a report of a disturbance. While there, an officer patting down Chase W. M. McMichael, 20, was stuck by a hypodermic needle while conducting a pat-down search. Police said the officer was not warned ahead of time about the needle, which they said had been used to inject drugs earlier in the day.

Residents of one of Eagle River’s oldest neighborhoods are growling over a proposal to add an off-leash dog park to a small municipal park alongside Eagle River Road.

“I’m not against a dog park, I’m a dog owner,” said Zach Seabolt, who lives on Seabolt Lane across from the proposed park. “I’m just against where this dog park is going.”

Chugiak-Eagle River racers showed up en masse for the 2018 Mount Marathon races in Seward. Among this year’s finishers in the men’s, women’s and junior races, 75 were from Eagle River, 18 from Chugiak and two from JBER.

Police have caught a teenage boy believed to have caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to Alpenglow Elementary School in Eagle River.

The Anchorage Police Department sent out a Nixle alert on Tuesday saying that “as a result of evidence gathered at the scene, APD School Resource Officers were able to identify the male teenager responsible for the crime.”

Alaska kids are alright.

Chugiak’s Michael Connelly and Fairbanks’s Kendall Kramer etched their names in the 34-degree face of Mount Marathon on Wednesday when each won the junior race at the iconic Alaskan event for the first time.

“It’s a dream,” said Connelly, a 16-year-old who attends Chugiak High School. “I’ve always dreamed of this.”

Kramer’s win was also the fulfillment of a dream the West Valley High 16-year-old has had since hearing tales of her dad Mike’s back-to-back top-10 finishes in 2006-07.

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