Chugiak Post 33 continued to stay near the top of the Alaska American Legion Baseball standings with a 15-0 thrashing of Bartlett on Sunday, July 1. The win improved the Mustangs to 7-3 in the league and 10-6 overall, good enough for second-place in the ALB’s National Division.

Chugiak will play in the annual BP Tournament starting July 5 at Mulcahy Stadium at 5 p.m. against South.

The board that oversees the Harry J. McDonald Center in Eagle River has a new look.

In June, the Fire Lake Arena Management Inc. board of directors chose two names from a list of four forwarded by the Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors to serve on the FLAMI Board of Directors. Added to the now seven-member board were Eagle River’s Michelle Fletcher and Tony Boneta.

UPDATE (July 5):

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, July 3 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.”

Police did not say what evidence led to the arrest or whether there were any other suspects in the case.

Wildlife biologists are no longer actively trying to trap a bear thought to have mauled two men in the South Fork Eagle River Valley.

“The immediate trail has gone cold,” said Alaska Department of Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh on Monday.

The bear traps remain near the end of Hiland Road, but Marsh said they’re no longer set. However, that could change if there are bear sightings in the area.

Though he lives up the road in Palmer, Mark Corbin is a dogged Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks fan.

“I actually live within walking distance of the Miners’ stadium,” said Corbin, who Chinooks fans will recognize from his regular perch beneath a red tent on the hill behind left field at Lee Jordan Field.

Corbin has been a Chinooks fan since the team started playing its home games at the mountain-ringed diamond at Loretta French Park in 2011. He said the reason is simple.

Got big plans for the Fourth? Why not start your day at the Chugiak Fourth of July Parade?

The parade starts at Latimer Fire Station 31 on the Old Glenn Highway, passes through Chugiak proper and ends at the Chugiak Senior Center. Parking is available on the original Chugiak Elementary School grounds. The parade route is closed to traffic at 1 p.m., so plan to get in early. The Parade starts at 2 p.m.

Editor’s note: Gruening Middle School principal Bobby Jefts recently returned from a weeklong field trip to China, where he and a group of GMS students learned about the Asian country’s culture, customs and history. Jefts shared his journal from the trip with the Star, which first appeared in the June 28 print edition of the paper.

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.

Pair arrested after drunken disturbance on Juanita Loop

The Chugiak-Eagle River Advisory Board will hold a public meeting June 30 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Eagle River Town Center Building (12001 Business Boulevard).

The stated purpose of the meeting is to discuss two questions:

1. Who has road construction responsibility for new development in our area?

2. How does our Comprehensive plan impact municipal planning decisions?

Starting July 2, the Municipality of Anchorage will begin changes to its People Mover operations that will impact the Chugiak-Eagle River area.

According to a June 29 press release, the municipality will transfer operations of its AnchorRIDES program to the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center. According to the press release, the transfer will “improve the rider experience above current thresholds, as well as remove the duplication of service coverage.”

Despite scoring 10 runs in its final two at-bats, the Eagle River American Legion baseball team came up just short in the championship game of the Midnight Sun Invitational on Sunday, June 24 in Fairbanks. Eagle River trailed North Pole 10-1 after four innings, but rallied for a run in the fifth, six in the sixth and four more in the seventh. Braden Olmstead went 4 for 5 with two RBIs for Eagle River, which got three RBIs from Christian Frederick.

Girls in Eagle River are going Wild for the Mustang Hockey Association’s new identity.

“I was very excited,” said 8-year-old Roxie Merrick after helping to unveil the name and logo for MHA’s Alaska Wild on Tuesday at the Harry J. McDonald Center in Eagle River. “It’s like getting that new thing that you’ve been waiting for.”

At a garden club meeting a while back, we had a wonderful speaker from a veterinary pet emergency clinic who spoke to us about common house and outside plants that were poisonous for dogs and cats. I have had animals all my life and never have I witnessed them eating anything other than grass. Evidently, the eating of poisonous plants is very common and takes the lives of many animals every year.

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.

Showering man has car stolen

A spokesperson for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said Saturday a third bear was shot and killed in the Eagleridge neighborhood on Wednesday.

Race organizers for the Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon might want to consider renaming the 5-kilometer portion of the Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon races after Lee Jordan.

Jordan was briefly elected mayor of Chugiak-Eagle River during a failed secession movement from the Municipality of Anchorage in 1975, so honoring him would be fitting after Chugiak’s Daniel Bausch won the men’s 5K Saturday and Eagle River’s Morgan Ekemo was second in the women’s division and fourth overall.

State biologists Thursday were still trying to locate a brown bear believed to be responsible for the death of a 44-year-old hiker and the mauling of a 51-year-old man searching for him.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh said the department set out bear traps Wednesday night to try and capture the animal, which a witness described as a large brown bear.

Biologists were monitoring the traps Thursday.

A 7-year-old Alaskan husky named Nanook is being credited with helping rescue a cold, injured hiker Wednesday night in the Eagle River Valley.

“He’s Alaska’s version of Lassie,” said Lt. Eric Olsen with the Alaska State Troopers.

Chugiak’s Emma Nelson has been named the Gatorade Alaska Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

Nelson, a dynamic 5-foot-11 leaper bound for Oregon State University, won the high jump, long jump and triple jump at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Division I Track and Field Meet in May. Nelson was named Athlete of the Meet at the championships — where she set a new state record in the high jump by clearing 5 feet, 9 inches — and her three state titles gave her six for her high school career.

A brown bear killed a 44-year-old hiker deep in the South Fork Eagle River Valley and mauled a member of a search party looking for him on Wednesday, Anchorage police said.

Michael Soltis’ body was found in the same area near the end of Hiland Road — a winding, 9-mile-long route into the South Fork Eagle River Valley — where a brown bear also attacked a man searching for the missing Eagle River civil engineer Wednesday morning.

“It appears the brown bear was protecting the body when it attacked a member of the search party,” APD said.

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