Local students will be among thousands who leave their classrooms Friday morning for a nationwide protest against gun violence.

The Anchorage Daily News reports students across the Anchorage School District will participate in the walkout, which is scheduled to coincide with the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre in Colorado.

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.

On April 12 at around 2:30 a.m., an APD officer reportedly spotted two vehicles racing on the Glenn Highway. The officer pulled over one of the vehicles and waited for the second vehicle to approach.

Stunned by the combined loss of five students to suicide in the past year, Eagle River and Chugiak high schools are teaming up to bring the subject of suicide into the light. Hundreds are expected to gather the morning of Saturday, April 21, at Town Square Park for Eagle River’s first annual Out of the Darkness Walk to raise awareness, funds and hope for suicide prevention.

For years, Chugiak-Eagle River area residents have doggedly pursued a public place for their pooches to play. While the discussions have been mostly bark, there’s finally some teeth in plans to bring a dog park to town.

A draft feasibility study on a Chugiak-Eagle River dog park was recently completed by R&M Consultants, which looked at five different sites in the area that might be suitable for a dog park. At the Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors meeting April 9, R&M’s Van Le said the study found two sites most suitable for a park.

The wait was worth it for the high school baseball teams at Chugiak and Eagle River High, which each opened the weather-delayed prep season with victories.

On Monday, the Mustangs knocked off South 10-8 in a nonleague game at Bartlett High, where icy conditions around the stadium forced a three-day delay to the start of the season. Mason Pearce broke open a tie game in the top of the seventh inning, driving in Christian Cambridge and Brian Wing for the go-ahead runs.

Emma Nelson is flying high.

The Chugiak senior cleared a height of 5 feet, 8.75 inches to break Cathy Ballensky’s 1992 school record in the high jump to place second Saturday at the prestigious Oregon Relays at Hayward Field in Eugene.

“She just killed it,” said Chugiak coach Melissa Hall after the team returned to Alaska from the meet, which included some of the top athletes in the country.

On April 12 at around 7 p.m., Anchorage police received a report of an armed robbery during a drug deal in Schroeder Park near downtown Eagle River. 

According to police, a female said she got into a vehicle occupied by Austin M. Sala, 18, of Eagle River, with the intention of buying marijuana. The woman told police she showed Sala she had money, at which point he pulled a handgun, put it in her side, and told her to get out of the vehicle. Police said Sala took the woman's money and didn't give her any drugs. She was unharmed. 

Eagle River’s Pam Dreyer completed a wetter Boston Marathon than most Monday, running the 26.2-mile course in a personal best 3 hours, 31 minutes and 18 seconds to place 2,012nd in the women’s division.

“The 122nd Boston Marathon is a dream come true for this retired hockey player who loathed running any distance during my playing days,” Dreyer (@pkdreyer) wrote in an Instagram post after the race.

A 1999 Chugiak High graduate, the 36-year-old Dreyer is a former U.S. Olympic women’s hockey goalie who won a bronze medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

For decades, Henry Powell “Chip” Gallagher Jr. was a mainstay of the Chugiak-Eagle River hockey community.

Thanks to the efforts of some Alaska hockey officials, he’ll remain a visible part of that community for years to come.

A plan is in the works to name the officials’ dressing room at the Harry J. McDonald Center after Gallagher, who died in 2016.

“He was just a great guy,” Mac Center manager Reid McDonald told the Eagle River/Chugiak Board of Supervisors earlier this month.

“You may ask, how did this tradition start?”

— “Tradition,” Fiddler on the Roof

 

Back in the early 1980s, a cadre of bleary-eyed coaches chugged coffee before class at Chugiak High. One morning, the men were joined by the school’s new orchestra teacher Philip Burch, a man whose quick wit and genial grin had quickly gained him entry into the gruff group. As the men shot the breeze, the music teacher took out his bow and started to play.

There was a fiddler in the group.

It’s a good thing the daylight hours are getting longer these days, because someone shot the lights out Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

In the finale of a star-studded weekend, players put on a stunning offensive display as two teams made up of some of the best senior basketball players in Alaska combined to score 217 points in 40 frenzied minutes of play at the boys Class 3A/4A Alaska Association of Basketball Coaches Senior All-Star Game.

The Anchorage Police Department is looking for two suspects in a homicide investigation.

According to APD, 19-year-old Mickee Thompson and 18-year-old Robert Smith are considered armed and dangerous. The duo is wanted in connection with a shooting death in Mountain View.

(UPDATED April 12, 2018 at 5:21 p.m.)

Citing lingering ice surrounding the field at Bartlett High, officials have decided to delay the start of the Cook Inlet Conference baseball season.

“The field is fine, but the icy conditions outside the field are still a safety threat for fans,” wrote Alaska Legion Baseball media director Van Williams. “Better safe than sorry.”

Williams said the Anchorage School District had not yet cleared the field for games.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks Alaska Baseball League team is gearing up for the summer.

The Chinooks recently released their 2018 schedule, which includes 23 home games at Lee Jordan Field in Chugiak.

The Chinooks open their season June 5 at Mulcahy Stadium against the Anchorage Glacier Pilots. The team’s first home game is June 11 at 7 p.m. at Lee Jordan Field, where all games are free admission.

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 until proven guilty.

Police say 20-year-old hit man with baseball bat, spit on cop

Eagle River’s Kelsey Griffin returned from injury in trimphant fashion, helping the Australia women’s national basketball team to a 113-53 win over Mozambique on April 6 in the opening round of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

A naturalized Australian citizen, Griffin had been sidelined for several months with a hip injury, according to an account in the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame blog. She scored six points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished five assists in 19 minutes against Mozambique.

Local community councils are always looking for new members to help shape public policy.

“We love to hear everybody’s input,” Eagle River Community Council member Julie Ebben told the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce on April 4.

Ebben said the council needs members to serve on local boards and commissions, including the parks board and the Chugiak-Birchwood-Eagle River Rural Road Service Area board.

Chugiak junior Daniel Bausch won the 800 and 1,600 meter races at the Pro/Whit Championships on Saturday, April 6, 2018 at The Dome in Anchorage. Bausch clocked personal records in each race and as of April 9 had posted the state's fastest times at both distances. 

The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation is hopeful financing for a long-dreamed-of Alaska megaproject could be in place by the end of the year.

“Definitely by December we want to have definitive agreements,” AGDC vice president for communications Rosetta Alcantra told the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce at its April 4 lunch forum at the Eagle River Ale House.

The start of the high school track and field season is always a slippery season. With outdoor tracks still covered in snow and ice, coaches have to scramble to get in workouts and figure out where their athletes will work best as the spring wears on.

“This year it seems we’re pretty far behind the others,” said Eagle River coach Matt Turner, who said his school’s track likely won’t be usable for at least another week or more.

“We’re never going to get out there,” Turner quipped.

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