We have just celebrated Arbor Day, which is designated on April 26 every year. The garden clubs in Alaska however do not recommend planting of trees in spring until late May when the ground is thawed sufficiently.

An Army medic faces first-degree sexual abuse of a minor charges after he was caught on video sexually assaulting a young girl in Eagle River, according to Anchorage police.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, Jeremiah Gettler, 33, of Eagle River was arrested on May 28 after police received a report of a sexual assault in Eagle River. He is currently being held on a $50,000 cash performance bond.

Chugiak High senior-to-be Daniel Bausch won a 1,600 meter showdown with Galena’s Jacob Moos at the Brian Young Invitational over the weekend in Kodiak.

The race was one of the marquee events of the post-season meet, which attracted athletes from across the state. In the team competition, the Cook Inlet Conference All-Stars won behind wins by Bausch and Emily Walsh, who recently completed her freshman season at Eagle River High.

Eagle River’s hopes of a first state softball title since 2006 were dashed Friday as Dimond and Wasilla handed the Wolves back-to-back losses at South Davis Park in Fairbanks.

The losses came after the Wolves opened the bracket portion of the tournament with a 10-6 win over West Valley.

Avery Brown gave up four runs on five hits in 5 ⅓ innings for the Wolves, who hammered 20 hits in the game. Leading the way was Serenity Argudin, who went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and a trio of runs scored.

Despite seeing its hopes of a state baseball title crushed by Colony on May 31 in the opening round of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska High School Baseball Tournament, Chugiak rallied for back-to-back victories to close out the season at Mulcahy Stadium June 1-2.

Chugiak knocked off North Pole on Friday to advance to the tournament’s fourth-place game, where they clobbered Palmer 14-4 to claim fourth.

As racers made the transition from the darkness of the Chugiak High swimming pool into the bicycle transition area outside, most squinted as they were hit by a bright blast of sunlight.

The reactions could have been as much surprise as reflex.

“This race can be hit or miss, and this is definitely a hit for sure,” said Anchorage Triathlon Club president Andy Duenow.

Race co-director Missy Roberts said the sunny skies were far from the norm at an event that has a rainy reputation.

Everything can change in a heartbeat.

Earlier this spring, Eagle River’s Kristin Bozarth started feeling “a bit under the weather.” The busy 35-year-old mother of two active boys had a cough and felt tired, but she soldiered on, continuing to run the household in Alaska while her husband, Scott, worked out of state for the Federal Aviation Administration.

“She was doing everything — taking our kids to scouts, taking the kids to swim practice, we have three dogs…” Scott said.

Due to a combination of exits and ambition, three of four open seats in the Alaska Legislature are guaranteed to be filled by new people in January when the body reconvenes in Juneau.

The list of candidates to represent Chugiak-Eagle River was finalized Friday afternoon, and it includes a crowded field of political newcomers, established politicians and several potential primary punch-ups.

Chugiak saw its hopes of a state baseball title crushed by Colony Thursday in the opening round of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska High School Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Chugiak led the entire way, but Colony got a two-run double from Kolten Ketchum in the bottom of the seventh inning off reliever Christian Cambridge to break the Mustangs’ nine-game winning streak and send the team to the loser’s bracket.

With a nine-game winning streak and Cook Inlet Conference championship on their resume, the Chugiak Mustangs will be one of the favorites when the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska High School Baseball Tournament begins Thursday at Mulcahy Stadium.

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.

Speeder gets away

On May 22 at around 4:30 a.m., an APD officer tried to stop a Dodge Ram pickup driving 90 mph on the Glenn Highway. The driver failed to stop and the officer ended the pursuit.

Student uses razor blade during fight at Gruening

For the first time in quite a while, Bill Popp is bullish on Anchorage’s economy.

“The recession, I believe, seems to be near an end,” the president and CEO of the Anchorage Economic Development Council told the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce earlier this month during its biweekly lunch forum at the Eagle River Ale House. “And yes, I said that here first.”

Popp’s comments came as he prepared to join

With its star senior soaring to new heights, Chugiak’s track and field team again showed why it’s one of the state’s elite programs Friday and Saturday at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Division I Track and Field Championships at Machetanz Field in Palmer.

On the opening day of the meet, Chugiak senior Emma Nelson broke the state record in the high jump by more than two inches to pick up the first of three individual wins for the second-place Mustangs, who were going for a third consecutive state title but had to settle for the runner-up trophy behind South.

On Sunday, May 27 at around 11 p.m., an Anchorage Police Department officer responded to a report that a red and black Chevy Suburban was hitting other vehicles on the Glenn Highway. According to APD, the driver of the Suburban apparently “got angry over the speed other vehicles were driving (too slow) and he hit both a Ford Ranger and a Nissan Frontier.”

After nearly two decades in public office, one of Chugiak-Eagle River’s most prominent politicians is ready for a break.

“The kicker was my grandson said, ‘Grandma, I am ready to come to Juneau and help you get your work done so you can come home,’ ” the 60-year-old from Eagle River said during an interview last week.

The Municipality of Anchorage wants to know who dumped part of a building at the Park-and-Ride lot off South Birchwood Loop.

“Who in the world does this belong to?” asked the Anchorage Police Department in a May 9 Facebook post about the building, which appears to be about 20 feet long by 10 feet wide and contains three small rooms.

The department wants to know who left the building at the lot, and is asking anyone with information about it to call them at 786-2448.

The most successful sports team in Eagle River High School is back in the state tournament for the first time in more than a decade.

The Wolves softball team knocked off defending state champion South on Thursday in the Cook Inlet Conference Tournament to earn one of the CIC’s four automatic berths at state for the first time since 2007. Senior Alina Cook pitched a complete game in the 2-1 win, which advanced the Wolves into a Saturday semifinal showdown against East. There, the T-birds were the better team, handing the Wolves and starter Avery Brown a 4-2 loss.

Chugiak-Eagle River took another small step in the long trot toward creating public dog parks last week, though residents living near an existing park off Eagle River Road remain unconvinced such a park is right for their neighborhood.

A 20-year-old Eagle River man arrested one week ago for being a felon in possession of a handgun allegedly stole a pickup and struck the vehicle’s owner Saturday morning in Eagle River.

Brock Werder was arraigned in Anchorage on Saturday on charges of vehicle theft and violating conditions of release after police said he crashed a vehicle in an Eagle River neighborhood and fled police on foot.

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.

Off-duty officer intercedes in apparent assault

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