Chugiak and Eagle River opened Alaska American Legion Baseball postseason play with victories Friday.

The Mustangs advanced to the second round of the Alaska State Tournament with a 3-2 win over Service Friday morning at Mulcahy Stadium. With the score tied 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth, the Mustangs scored the winning run on an error by Service shortstop Cobey Cupp that allowed Billy Smith to score from third base.

This is the last weekend for personal use fishermen hoping to fill their freezer with Kenai River reds.

State biologists are closing the popular Kenai River dipnet fishery at 12:01 a.m. Monday, July 30 due to a poor return of sockeye salmon.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the closure in a Thursday press release. The season was originally scheduled to end at 11 p.m. July 31.

There are four candidates running for the District 13 State House seat, which represents parts of Eagle River, Chugiak and JBER. The seat is being vacated by Rep. Dan Saddler, who is running in the Republican State Senate primary. There are three candidates in the Republican primary: Craig Christenson, Bill Cook and Nancy Dahlstrom. The lone candidate in the Democratic primary is unaffiliated candidate Danyelle Kimp. The primary election will be held Aug. 21.

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 department. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Shoplifter faces assault charge

Two candidates are running unopposed in the August 21 primary elections — Staphany Jeffers, an undeclared candidate running in the Democratic primary, and incumbent Cathy Tilton in the Republican primary. Here are their answers to five questions posed by the Star earlier this year:



House District 12

Democratic Primary Candidate

Stephany Jeffers

Age: 33

Place of birth: Portland, OR

An unofficial parking lot popular with Glenn Highway commuters and cyclists is being closed in favor of a new lot across the highway.

According to Municipality of Anchorage Solid Waste Services spokesperson Suzanna Caldwell, the old lot near the entrance to the Anchorage Regional Landfill was a safety hazard.

“There have been numerous near collisions with pedestrians and cars going in and out of the parking area,” Caldwell wrote in a press release. “As a result, Solid Waste Services has identified it as a serious safety concern.”

State wildlife biologists killed a black bear on Monday in Eagle River after it was caught trying to break into someone’s garage.

According to Alaska Department of Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh, the bear was reported on July 20 when it broke out a garage door panel in an attempt to get at trash inside a home on Prudhoe Bay Avenue off Eagle River Road.

“Once they start breaking into buildings and cars and stuff that’s a red flag for us,” Marsh said.

Chugiak and Eagle River’s American Legion Baseball teams are heading for the postseason, but they’ll be playing in different tournaments.

The Post 33 Mustangs will participate in the state tournament at Mulcahy Stadium, while the Wolves will play in the consolation Matson Invitational at Bartlett High. Both tournaments will be held July 27-31.

Alaska’s primary elections will be held Aug. 21, with polls open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. This year’s Republican primary candidates are Lora Reinbold and Dan Saddler. The Democratic primary has one candidate, Oliver Schiess.

The winner of the two primaries will face each other in the Nov. 6 general election to serve in the seat being vacated by Sen. Anna MacKinnon, who is retiring from the Legislature.

The Star asked several questions of the candidates in advance of this year’s primary election. Here are their answers:

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.

Armed runner scares bears

Eagle River triathletes J.T. Lindholm and Kinsey Loan each finished 10th Saturday in the grueling Alaskaman Triathlon between Seward and Girdwood.

Lindholm, 48, completed the course in 13 hours, 34 minutes, 36 seconds to finish about two hours behind the men’s winner.

Loan, 26, finished in 16:46:57, about 2 hours and 44 minutes behind winner and course record holder Morgan Chaffin of Nebraska.

UPDATE: A spokesman for the Anchorage Police Department said Monday that the motorcylist who died was 56-year-old Joe Carlos of Eagle River.


A motorcyclist who crashed into a pickup truck at a busy Eagle River intersection Saturday died of his injuries.

UPDATE: The Old Glenn was reopened early Sunday morning.


A motorcycle crash on the Old Glenn Highway near Artillery Road shut the Glenn down in both directions Saturday evening.

Chugiak-Eagle River pulled even in the win column Thursday with the Anchorage Glacier Pilots with an 8-4 Alaska Baseball League win at Lee Jordan Field in Chugiak.

The Chinooks improved to 15-22 in the league, while the Pilots fell to 15-18. Only the top four teams in the five-team league make the playoffs, which begin July 31.

Entering Saturday night’s 6 p.m. game against the Mat-Su Miners at Lee Jordan, the Chinooks have seven league games remaining.

State investigators believe they’ve identified the driver of a truck from which a rock fell and killed an 8-year-old boy Thursday on the Sterling Highway but have yet to release a name or further details about the incident.

“Investigators have tentatively identified the vehicle and driver involved,” Jonathon Taylor of the Department of Public Safety said in a Friday email.

An 8-year-old Eagle River boy died Thursday when a rock smashed through the front windshield of the vehicle he was riding in near mile 58.7 of the Sterling Highway on the Kenai Peninsula.

According to the Alaska State Troopers, Noah Schwebach was in the back middle seat of a northbound Volkswagen GTI Hatchback when a “volleyball-sized rock fell off the back of a rock truck” heading in the opposite direction.

DNA tests have revealed that the brown bear sow and two cubs killed in the South Fork Eagle River Valley last week were not involved in the two maulings in the area last month that left one man dead and another injured, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said on Thursday.

State wildlife biologists shot and killed the three bears from a helicopter on July 13, nearly a month after a bear killed Michael Soltis, 44, and later injured volunteer searcher Paul Vasquez, 51.

Eagle River’s Ryan McGowan of True North Auto Detailing has been selected as a member of the 15th Anniversary Air Force One Detailing Team at Seattle’s Museum of Flight July 15-22.

According to a press release, this is McGowan’s first selection to the team, which has spent 15 years restoring the original Air Force One on display at the museum. In addition to detailing Air Force One, the team will also work on preserving the museum’s newest acquisition, a Boeing B-52G Stratofortress bomber known as Midnight Express.

The Soltis and Claus families, and Michael’s close friends would like to say how very touched and grateful they are for the love, support, and gratitude this community has shown in this very difficult and sad time. The flowers, money donations, food, and cards have all been so greatly appreciated. The families and friends would also like to express their gratitude and thanks to the Eagle River Ale House for hosting the fundraiser and donating all the beer for the event. The success of the event would not have been possible without them.

UPDATED 10 a.m. Thursday, July 19

Anchorage police arrested a 19-year-old man Tuesday after he reportedly tried to a kidnap a 13-year-old boy at knifepoint near Fire Lake Drive.

At a Wednesday arraignment, the older teen claimed he was trying to pull a prank like those he’d seen online.


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