An anti-bullying program last week at Birchwood ABC Elementary was a slam-dunk.

Literally.

Much to the delight of the hundreds of screaming children packed inside the school’s gymnasium, Harlem Globetrotter Julian “Zeus” McClurkin provided the high-flying lesson as part of the world-famous basketball team’s community outreach program.

A young boy died after being struck and by a vehicle at a home in Eagle River.

According to the Anchorage Police Department spokesman MJ Thim, the 18-month-old was hit when his father moved a Ford Expedition from the driveway of a home on W. Parkview Terrace into the street.

“It happened very quickly,” Thim said.

The boy’s father didn’t realize what had happened until he got out of the vehicle, Thim said.

“It’s a heartbreaking situation,” he said.

At one point during a frantic Friday night at Anchorage Football Stadium, steam rising from the turf at Anchorage Football hung over the players like a fog.

Even the field was breathing heavy.

In a First National Bowl Division I semifinal thriller, Bartlett used an unstoppable running game to outlast Chugiak 75-62 and reach the state title game — ending the Mustangs’ dream of a perfect season in the process.

The family of a 41-year-old Chugiak man shot and killed during a traffic stop in Seward is speaking out about an investigation they say has shed little light on what happened to Micah McComas in a Safeway parking lot in the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 1.

“Right now we are just searching for the truth,” said Krista Smith, who appeared at a press conference with her husband, Scott Smith, on Thursday morning in Anchorage.

Chugiak’s hopes of a repeat Cook Inlet Conference flag football title were washed away on Thursday, Oct. 12 at a soggy Dimond Alumni Field.

The host Lynx (14-2) got touchdowns from Victoria Johansen, Megan Luther and Desjorney Tanuvasa to earn a berth in the CIC title game. Chugiak finished 9-7.

The game was close until late. No. 2 seed Dimond led 7-0 heading into the fourth quarter, and twice No. 3 seed Chugiak had chances inside the Dimond 10-yard-line.

Organizers expect to give out more than 21,000 pieces of candy Saturday during the annual scare-and-sweets event known as “Boo at the Beach.”

The Eagle River-Chugiak Parks and Recreation Department puts on the event, which is scheduled to take place Oct. 14 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Beach Lake Chalet, with the trick-or-treat trail opening at 5:30 p.m. and the haunted trail beginning at 7 p.m.

Admission is $5 to the trick-or-treat trail and $10 to the haunted trail.

Numerous complaints about a property off Hiland Road resulted in a bust police believe could be linked to numerous vehicle and other thefts.

Local swimmers make a splash

Eagle River’s John Heaphy won two individual events for the Eagle River boys, while Izzy Powers and Cheyenne Burke led a solid day for the Chugiak girls at the Chugiak/Bartlett Invitational Swimming and Diving Meet at Chugiak and Bartlett High.

Heaphy won the 200 yard individual medley and 100 breaststroke for the Wolves, who also got a second-place finish from Sam Horning in the 100 freestyle. Horning and Heaphy also joined Daniel Min and Kevin Fast to win the 200 freestyle relay.

The Eagle River High School riflery team recently received a grant for $3,586.62 from the Friends of the NRA Foundation. The grant money will be used for maintenance and repair of the team’s 0.177-caliber precision air rifles, targets, shooting backstop materials and replacement air cylinders.

The ERHS team consists of 18 athletes. High school riflery is a co-ed sport in which boys and girls compete alongside one another.

A man wanted in connection with an Anchorage murder was arrested after turning himself in at an Eagle River church Wednesday, Oct. 11.

According to an Anchorage Police Department public Nixle alert, police Dispatch received a tip that a man — later identified as 34-year-old Anthony Aumua — walked into the ACF Church on Brooks Loop and admitted to shooting and killing a man at an apartment in Midtown Anchorage earlier in the morning.

Tony Izzo is charged up about electricity.

The Matanuska Electric Association general manager gave an up-beat presentation on the state of the local electrical cooperative, which serves a 10,000 square mile area covering Chugiak-Eagle River and the Mat-Su Valley.

“We’ve made a bunch of member services improvements over the years,” he told the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce during its bi-weekly luncheon Oct. 4 at the Eagle River Ale House.

Chugiak began its Cook Inlet Conference championship defense with an emphatic statement Tuesday, racing past Service 27-0 to advance to Thursday’s semifinals against Dimond.

The Mustangs got three rushing touchdowns from senior quarterback Eva Palmer and another from sophomore Chasity Horn. Thursday’s game time had not been announced as of Tuesday night, but will likley be either 5 or 5:30 p.m. at Dimond.

As termination dust continues to appear on Chugiak-Eagle River mountaintops, local street maintenance crews are preparing for winter at lower elevations.

This year, that involves spending approximately $62,000 to rent a privately owned snow dump just north of Powder Ridge.

“It’s a win-win situation for everyone,” said Eagle River Street Maintenance general foreman Mark Littlefield. “We’ve been actively looking for a snow disposal site for many, many years.”

Michael Knueppel

Eagle River’s Michael Daniel Knueppel died Sept. 30, 2017. He was 19. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 8 at 4 p.m. at ACF Church in Eagle River. Donations in Knueppel’s name can be made at www.namianchorage.org.

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.

BURGLARY

A new business is bubbling up in Eagle River.

Earlier this fall, contractors began groundwork at the future site of the Sudzy Salmon – a joint car and pet wash facility under construction near the intersection of the Old Glenn Highway and Snowmobile Lane. It will be the first new business on the lot since the old Duck Pond Car Wash was razed in April 2016.

Over the past eight months, Star reporter Kirsten Swann has indeed been the star of our newsroom, so it’s with mixed feelings we announce her departure from the Star staff. While we’re sad to see her go, we can’t wait so see how far she takes her next opportunity.

Not this time.

Chugiak avenged a first-round upset to Service in last year’s playoffs with a dominant 63-27 win over the Cougars Friday night at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.

“Our team is a family,” said Chugiak defensive lineman Matt Davis. “We’re one.”

After a wild first half that saw Chugiak give up a number of big plays while taking a 42-27 lead, Davis said the defense came together at halftime.

A pack of Eagle River Wolves are taking the news into their own paws.

The newly formed school newspaper – the ERHS Howl – began publishing online this semester, with plans to expand into print later this year. In the weeks since school began, the Howl’s young journalists have covered everything from sporting events to school art projects to profiles of students and staff.

“We’ve got a pretty awesome team of students — man, they kind of hit the ground running,” said ERHS English teacher Erik Johnson, sitting on a desk in his classroom one Thursday at lunch.

UPDATE: On Oct. 10, 2017, Alaska State Troopers released additional information about the incident in which a 41-year-old Chugiak man was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Seward. According to Troopers, Micah McComas was placed in handcuffs in the back of a patrol car. McComas managed to get into the front seat of the car, troopers said, at which point officer Matthew “Eddie” Armstrong fired at McComas in an attempt to get him to stop. An autopsy confirmed gunshots killed McComas.

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