UPDATE: Anchorage Police have found the missing boy. According to an update posted by the department at around 12:53 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, he has been located safe and the public alert has been canceled.


Anchorage Police are looking for a 13-year-old last seen near the Peters Creek Chevron station at around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 26.

She’s got a hit show on Netflix, but Britney Young is just another kid from Eagle River when she comes home for Christmas.

“I’ll go to Walmart with my dad, and he gets recognized like crazy, not me,” said Young, a 2006 Chugiak High grad whose dad, Fred, is a longtime area basketball coach who used to be the head hoops coach at Eagle River High and now coaches football at East.

Three Chugiak-Eagle River area legislators will hold a Town Hall meeting Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Eagle River Town Center building (12001 Business Boulevard) in advance of the upcoming legislative session.

“We look forward to seeing you there and hearing what issues you are most concered about and what you would like to see us accomplish while we are in Juneau working for you,” reads a flyer sent out by Rep. Saddler’s office.

Dear friends,

Some of the most rewarding times in my life have come through seeing lives changed. As a chaplain for the Transformational Living Community (TLC), I have experienced many men who have surrendered their lives to Christ and have done the hard work of transformation.

The TLC moved to Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River in May, 2018. Twenty-four TLC programmers and 11 TLC grads are currently enrolled in the 12-month programs. The goal is to eventually build up to 78 programmers in the TLC, graduate TLC, and Christian Education.

The latest installment in the Knik Lecture Series will be held Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 at 6 p.m. in the Steve Primis Auditorium on the Chugiak High School campus.

The February presentation is titled “Pacific Pathfinders: Retracing Kayak Sea Routes from 1871” with Sven Haakanson, PhD.

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events provided by the department’s public information office; defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.


On Dec. 12, police received a report that someone had cut out a circle in an outer pane of a window at Health Wise in Eagle River. It did not appear anyone got inside, and police said no other damage was found.


Roger Spackman is stepping down, but he isn’t going anywhere.

After four years as the Chugiak High head football coach, Spackman resigned earlier this month — ironically, so he could focus more on coaching.

“Mostly it’s that I want to coach but not be a head coach,” said Spackman, who compiled a 25-14 record (.641 winning percentage) during his four seasons leading the blue and black — including back-to-back Railbelt Conference titles the past two seasons.

Chugiak man earns automotive detailing certifications

Chugiak’s Ryan McGowan, who owns True North Auto Detailing, has been awarded a Detailing Business, Paint Correction, Headlight Repair and Ceramics Coating Certification from Renny Doyle of Detailing Success. According to a press release, McGowan now holds dual certifications from the International Detailing Association.

It’s no secret attendance at high school hockey games isn’t what it used to be.

Unless we’re talking Chugiak-Eagle River.

“It’s night and day, isn’t it?” said Chugiak head coach Rodney Wild after his hockey team pulled out a 3-2 Cook Inlet Conference nailbiter over its biggest rival in front of a spirited crowd inside the McDonald Center Thursday night.

A pair of local skiers are atop the Besh Cup standings after the first weekend of the statewide Nordic skiing race series.

Eagle River bowlers delivered a perfect day Thursday, Dec. 14 as the Wolves blanked Bartlett 35-0 in a pair of Anchorage Scholastic Bowling League matches held at Center Bowl in Anchorage. For the Eagle River girls, Allison Szewczyk delivered a match-high 190 to lead the win over the Golden Bears, while Joseph Herr rolled a 235 to lift the Eagle River boys to a shutout win. Chugiak’s girls also posted a shutout, knocking off South 35-0 behind a 201 from Jadyn Moore. The Chugiak boys were the only local team to fall, losing a 29-6 decision to South.

Drugs, murder, thievery and kidnapping were among the issues facing the people of Chugiak-Eagle River in 1971, as the growing area grappled with crime in the rapidly growing community.

“There is a drug problem in Chugiak-Eagle River,” Alaska State Trooper Loren Thomas told attendees at a meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce in June.

Thomas said local dealers were mainly users who buy extra supplies to help support their habits, according to a front-page story in the June 17, 1971 edition of the Chugiak-Eagle River Star.

“What’s so unpleasant about being drunk?”

“You ask a glass of water.”

— “A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”

Plans to build a new water transmission line through Birchwood will move forward after the Anchorage Assembly voted Thursday to reject locals’ concerns about the potential for the planned 24-inch pipeline to negatively impact the neighborhood.

The 2017-18 high school basketball season officially got underway last week, with local teams already registering impressive early season wins.

The Chugiak girls opened the season by knocking off perennial powerhouse Wasilla in a Saturday, Dec. 16 showdown in the Mat-Su. The Mustangs rolled to a 30-13 halftime lead and hung on from there, getting a game-high 18 points from Chasity Horn to lead three players in double figures. Ariana Lewis added 11 points for Chugiak, which got 10 from Patricia Houser and six from Caitlin Wachmann.

Eagle River Rep. Lora Reinbold will join the founder of a new community patrol and several self-defense instructors at a community meeting on public safety next month in Eagle River.

Basketballs and the squeak of tennis shoes gave way to robots and the buzz of electric motors inside the Eagle River High gymnasium on Saturday, Dec. 9, as the school’s robotics program hosted 20-team FIRST Tech Challenge state qualifying tournament.

At 9:41 p.m. Thursday, with the night’s tension finally bled from the room like steam from a pressure cooker, the Eagle River Community Council quietly adjourned its final — and most heated — meeting of the year to the delight of the dozen or so people still in attendance. Municipal parks and rec director John Rodda dutifully crossed the room and began helping stack chairs, having spent much of the past hour waiting patiently in the doorway as the forum passed then pulled away from its 9 p.m. curfew.

One person was taken to the hospital after a collision on Eagle River Road between an Anchorage Fire Department engine and a private vehicle the morning of Friday, Dec. 15.

According to AFD assistant chief Alex Boyd, a fire engine from Eagle River Station 11 was on its way to another call at around 7:15 a.m. when the crash occurred.

“It appears the other vehicle crossed the center line and struck the engine,” Boyd said.

None of the fire department crew were hurt.

“Crews immediately rendered aid and one person was transported,” he said.

Top-ranked South remained undefeated with a 5-1 Cook Inlet Conference hockey win over Eagle River on Thursday, Dec. 14 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Five different players — Ryan Bailey, Cason Martin, Carter Eaton, Sam Jemmings and Hayden Fox — scored goals for the Wolverines (9-0), who got 17 saves from Zane Anderson.

Austin Linn scored the lone goal for Eagle River (3-6), which got 28 saves from Ryan Gray.

The Wolves are off until their crosstown showdown with Chugiak at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21 at the Mac.

Nobody ever said wrestling was easy; if they did, you’d know they never wrestled.

Minutes after losing the final match of his high school career, Eagle River’s Grant Burningham was still able to crack a smile despite sporting cuts to his forehead and lips.

“I feel pretty good,” he said after going down fighting in a 6-0 loss to Colony’s Trace Severson Saturday on Day 2 of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Division I High School Wrestling Tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.


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