What was once the scene of heartbreak is being transformed into a place for healing.

A new memorial bench is being built on the St. John Orthodox Cathedral property near South Birchwood Loop where the body of a 19-year-old overdose victim was dumped in 2017.

“I think it’s pretty cool a place that was once known as somewhere kids used to drive down and get high is now going to be a spot of reflection and hope,” said Alaina Thiessen, whose son, Zac Schneider, was found lying dead on the ground on May 16, 2017.

A Chugiak man has been charged with weapons misconduct after he allegedly shot a black bear while intoxicated.

According to Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Renee Oistad, police were called to Rusticate Drive at around 2 a.m. on Thursday. Oistad said officers determined Jacob L. T. Stephan, 33, shot and killed a black bear that was eating out of a dumpster, but that the shooting was illegal.

“The situation in which Stephan killed the bear did not constitute ‘defense of life and property,’” Oistad wrote in a Tuesday email.

Nearly every person running for local political office showed up for a candidates’ forum last week in Eagle River for a fast and furious introduction to the community.

“It’s going to be like a speed round,” promised chamber treasurer Julie Estey, who served as emcee of the chamber’s Aug. 1 lunch forum at the Eagle River Ale House.

A Utah hiker was rescued from the mud at the base of Thunderbird Falls on Friday.

According to the Alaska State Troopers, Owen Hagland, 25, reportedly fell while trying to climb the falls and got stuck in the mud. Troopers were notified at around 5:15 p.m., and the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group was called to the scene. Rescuers were was able to get Hagland out of the mud, troopers said; he was reportedly cold but uninjured.

(Updated Aug. 8, 2018)

An upset-minded Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks squad fell just short in its attempt to upend the Alaska Baseball League regular season champion Mat-Su Miners Wednesday, falling in the first two games of their best-of-three ABL playoff series at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.

The Chinooks — who qualified for the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons since moving to Chugiak in 2012 — dropped the Aug. 1 opener 5-4 and fell in the second game 5-3 the following day.

Vehicles stolen

On July 23 at around 3:33 a.m., police received a report that a motorcycle had been stolen from the bed of a pickup truck on Aurora Borealis Road. As of Monday, the bike had not been recovered.

This week’s Greater Eagle River Garden Club Garden of the Week is located at the home of Robert and Amnuay Wrentmore on 10931 Kaskanak Drive. The business Garden of the Week is the Eagle River Brown Jug. To submit a garden for consideration, email [email protected]

The key to a healthy garden is rich, fertile soil. Establishing a good source of compost and adding this to your garden nourishes both the garden plants and the creatures that live in healthy soil. Applying compost to your soil can help stabilize the pH at the level most plants prefer.

When you make your own compost, you are doing what nature is doing all the time naturally around us — only faster. The soil-dwelling microbes are doing the work of decomposing. This slow process by the microbes releases nutrients at a rate that plants can use them.

A gnarly battle over a small ski area’s liquor license isn’t over yet.

In June, the Alaska Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office was supposed to review a recreational site alcohol license for the Arctic Valley Ski Area’s Alpenglow Lodge. However, due to a high number of items on the board’s agenda, the issue was moved to the board’s August meeting in the Interior.

It sounds like the name of a 1960s girl group: Christy Marvin and the Lady Train.

But no. It was the story of the women’s race Saturday at the Crow Pass Crossing.

Marvin captured her fourth straight victory in the 22-mile backcountry marathon in Chugach State Park, finishing with a collection of bee stings on her left leg but no course record in the wilderness run from Girdwood to the Eagle River Nature Center.

Marvin placed 12th overall in 3 hours, 32 minutes, 21.6 seconds, matching the 10th-fastest time ever recorded by a woman.

Sheryl Loan and Jason Lamoreaux captured the Tour of Anchorage titles Sunday after the fifth and final race of the annual bicycle stage race.

The victory marked Loan’s 12th Tour of Anchorage championship — by far the most in the history of the event, which dates back to 1984 Next on the list is Tim Lamb, who owns a record eight men’s titles, the last of them coming in 2003.

Anchorge police responded to a report of a gun-related road rage incident Sunday on the Glenn Highway.

According to APD, at around 8:34 p.m., a woman told police that a man in a red Chevy S10 pickup waved a handgun at her and her boyfriend while they were in traffic on the busy highway between Anchorage and Eagle River.

It’s going to be a busy Wednesday at the Eagle River Ale House.

Candidates running for State House in District 12, 13 and 14 have been invited to participate in a candidate forum Wednesday, Aug. 1 during the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the downtown Eagle River restaurant located at 11901 Old Glenn Highway.

There are 10 candidates running for three seats, although not all of them have opponents in the Aug. 21 primary elections. Most have confirmed to attend the forum, according to the chamber.

A new treatment center designed to treat substance abuse and mental illness patients will hold a ribbon-cutting and open house ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 2 in Eklutna.

The Knik Little League’s Intermediate All-Stars advanced to the Western Regional Tournament in Tempe, Arizona, by winning the Alaska District 1 championship. The team finished fourth in the region, dropping their final game 16-9 to Northern California.

Chugiak’s American Legion baseball hopes were dashed by a juggernaut from Juneau, while Eagle River played its way into a consolation championship game.

The Post 33 Mustangs dropped an 8-3 decision to the Post 25 Midnight Suns on Sunday at the 66th Alaska American Legion State Tournament, the team’s second loss in as many days following a tournament-opening victory Friday. Ian Frizelle homered for Chugiak, which also got two hits and two RBIs from Christian Cambridge and a double from Trystan Costanios.

A popular trailhead in Eagle River that leads hikers to Eagle and Symphony lakes was reopened on Friday, just over a month after a brown bear sow in the area killed one man and injured another.

Chugach State Park announced the reopening of the South Fork Eagle River trail in a Facebook post on Friday. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is still searching for a dangerous bear in the area, the post said, “please consider choosing an alternate venue for your hike.”

Alaska’s peonies have become a desired crop to sell to the Lower 48 for the wedding season because our peonies bloom at 1-2 months later and are perfect for June and July weddings for which they are highly desired. This year, our cool June has slowed the peony crops development. Peonies are picked in the mature bud stage, can be refrigerated for up to two months and will bloom when taken out and placed in water and last for approximately 7-10 days. Peonies have surpassed the rose in popularity for weddings.

The Anchorage Police Department is looking for a suspect in a hit-and-run that happened last week at the intersection of Farm Avenue and the Old Glenn Highway in Eagle River.

There are four candidates running for the Alaska State House seat from District 14: Republicans Jamie Allard, Eugene Harnett and Kelly Merrick, along with nonpartisan candidate Joe Hackenmueller, who is running in the Democratic primary. The candidates are hoping to replace Rep. Lora Reinbold, who is running in the Republican primary for the State Senate District G seat.

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