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.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Chugiak-Eagle River residents were among a crowd of people who stood up to speak out about crime and criminal justice concerns during a packed Anchorage Assembly public safety committee meeting Sept. 29.

The Chugiak Community Council reconvened Sept. 21 following a summer hiatus, drawing nearly three dozen locals to a basement room at the Elsie Oberg Community Center.

In the beginning, the room was filled with high school students, representatives from the Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, lawmakers and other residents. For the first hour-and-a-half, the Chugiak council meeting followed a routine agenda filled with updates on everything from public safety to local roads and legislative affairs.

Nick Carl has been chasing Jacob Walsh his entire high school career. In the final race of the season, he finally caught him.

Carl broke the 2016 Eagle River grad’s two-year-old school record by two seconds Saturday, posting a time of 16 minutes, 24 seconds over five sun-splashed kilometers to place seventh in the Division I boys race at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Cross Country Running Championships at Bartlett High.

“It’s awesome,” said Wolves head coach Jacob Bera. “He’s had his eye on that all season.”

An estimated 700 kids showed up Thursday for the Beach Lake Jamboree, an annual cross country running event that’s often the first race a child in Anchorage ever runs.

“Getting kids active and just bring the whole community together is the purpose,” said organizer Caela Nielsen of Ravenwood Elementary.

On a rainy, overcast Monday morning in mid-September, two tour busloads of local high school students pulled into the Port of Anchorage to spend the day in a different kind of classroom.

Chugiak turned a highly anticipated showdown into just another romp as the No. 1 ranked Mustangs galloped to a 44-25 win over No. 2 Colony to win the Railbelt Conference and complete an undefeated regular season.

“This feels amazing, especially on our home field,” said Chugiak’s Ramal Maad, who ran for 59 yards and two touchdowns as the Mustangs secured the top seed in the Division I state playoffs, which start a week from Friday.

A Chugiak man was arrested Tuesday evening after he allegedly stole a car from an Eagle River gym and led police on a car chase that ended in Seward.

According to Alaska State Troopers, at around 7:19 p.m., a Bureau of Highway Patrol trooper tried to stop a vehicle driving 111 MPH in a 65 MPH zone near Potter Marsh on the Seward Highway south of Anchorage. Instead of stopping, the Dodge Durango continued driving south for nearly 100 miles “at speeds in excess of 100 MPH,” troopers wrote in an online dispatch about the incident.

Coronado gets an upgrade

45 years ago in the Star…

After reading a newspaper article about unsafe conditions on Coronado Road, Eagle River resident Chuck Cloud took matters into his own hands, rolling out his grader to smooth ruts and fill holes along the dirt road through the heart of town.

Cloud, owner of Cloud’s Welding Service, hoped to remain anonymous at the time. The use of his name “wouldn’t add anything,” he said. But his work didn’t go unnoticed.

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