The sun was bright and the air warm (and devoid of mosquitoes!) April 14 as we hiked the three miles from the Eagle River Nature to Echo Bend. With relatively dry weather in early April, the trail was in good condition, with very few muddy spots.

Joining me on this outing were Eagle River’s Pete Panarese, Scott Sims and Paul Foreward. Starting later and running the trail was Sims’ friend John Kogl, who easily caught up with us before reaching Echo Bend.

A student at Mirror Lake Middle School was arrested Thursday after police said a threatening message was found in a bathroom at the school.

According to an Anchorage Police Department online Nixle alert, a school resource officer was told of the message written on a wall in a girls’ bathroom.

A little snow — ok, a lot of snow — couldn’t slow down local track and field athletes Wednesday at the first outdoor meet of the season.

Chugiak and Eagle River joined Dimond and West for the afternoon quad meet at Dimond Alumni Field. When the snow finally settled, several locals had first-places finishes to show for their chilly efforts.

Former Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan used to refer to Chugiak-Eagle River as “the breakaway republic,” and for decades residents of the northern reaches of the municipality have seen their dreams of independence remain unfulfilled.

Enter Eaglexit.

“We have put together a group of people who are seriously contemplating a detachment of Assembly District 2,” said Michael Tavoliero, chair of the newly formed nonprofit whose name is a nod to the “Brexit” movement to separate Great Britain from the European Union.

There’s a broken-down bus in Texas, and it’s got some stories to tell.

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.

Man arrested for burglary

The National Weather Service said an April storm could bring snow to higher elevations around Eagle River, Anchorage and the Mat-Su beginning overnight Tuesday.

A proposal that would lock up 1,380 acres of municipal parkland from future development in exchange for cash is one step closer to reality after the Chugiak-Eagle River Parks and Recreation Department agreed to a memorandum of understanding with an Oklahoma nonprofit funded by the U.S. Army.

Police on Friday said they have been unable to find any suspects after a rash of reports of suspicious people approaching children in Chugiak spread on social media over the past week.

According to an APD Nixle alert, several reports were made to police “in reference to suspicious people in the Eagle River & Chugiak area, who were reportedly approaching children and acting inappropriately.”

An Anchorage man died and a Wasilla man was rescued in separate incidents Wednesday on Goat Mountain near Eklutna Lake.

Even if she doesn’t become Miss Universe, the students at North Star Elementary still think Miss Alaska USA JoEllen Walters is the world’s best teacher.

“She’s very nice and she gives us parties,” said first-grader Titus Topps during a send-off celebration for his teacher, who will travel to Reno next week for the Miss USA pageant.

Topps said the students get parties for doing good work like finishing a “compliment chain” for doing good work.

“We get one when they tell us our line is beautiful and we’re doing a good job,” Topps explained.

Trails at the Eagle River Nature Center are drying out, with clear paths now open at the center at the end of Eagle River Road. The center will transition to its summer hours starting May 1. Through April the center is open Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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 6 at around 11:36 a.m. police were called to the Eagle River Midas for a report of an altercation between two coworkers. According to police, the two men got into an argument over one of them turning off the radio.

A send-off celebration will be held for Miss Alaska USA JoEllen Walters of Eagle River on Thursday, April 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at North Star Elementary in Anchorage.

Walters will sign autographs and answer questions from students, friends and family before for Reno, Nevada to compete in the April 29 preliminary competition. This Miss USA pageant will be televised on FOX at 8 p.m. on May 2.

Eagle River’s Karsten Senden notched an assist to help the Little Caesars 15-only team to a Chipotle-USA Hockey Tier I national championship Monday in Detroit.

Senden assisted on the first goal of the game as Little Caesars rolled to a 4-0 win over fellow Michigan squad the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies. Tier I is the highest level of USA Hockey’s three-tiered amateur hockey system.

Senden attends Seaholm High in Detroit and is the son of Eagle River’s Kristi and Kirby Senden.

No team traveled more miles to get to this year’s Chipotle-USA Hockey Youth Tier II 16U National Championships in Plano, Texas than the Anchorage North Stars. They didn’t go all that way to lose.

Anchorage’s Hayden Fox slapped the puck into a wide-open net with just 51 seconds left to ice the team’s 4-3 win Monday over the McKinney (Texas) North Stars. The play was set up by Eagle River’s Tucker Lien, who took a breakout pass in the neutral zone and skated along the left side deep into the offensive end before slipping a pass to Fox just as the defense closed in.

An Eagle River woman has been selected to lead the Alaska Chamber of Commerce.

Kati Capozzi was named the chamber’s president and CEO in a March 28 announcement. She previously worked as the campaign manager for the Stand for Alaska Vote No on 1 campaign and before that worked for five years as communications and project manager for the Resource Development Council for Alaska.

Chugiak’s Brooklynn Gould showed her all-around prowess by winning the Alaska Airlines Pentathlon Saturday at the Big C Relays at The Dome in Anchorage.

The junior finished first in four of the five individual events in the pentathlon, which includes a 100 meter sprint, 800 meter run, 300 meter hurdles, shut put and high jump. Gould won the 100, 800 and hurdles outright and tied for first in the shot put. Her only stumble came in the shot, where she was last out of six competitors.

Supporting a loved one dealing with mental health issues can be lonely labor. But it doesn’t have to be.

“That’s a huge thing to realize you’re not alone,” said Kathy Burek Huntington, an Eagle River woman who helps facilitate a National Alliance of Mental Illness family support group that meets twice a month at Community Covenant Church in Eagle River.

Huntington said the purpose of the support group is for people to share their stories, discuss treatments and support methods and simply commune with other people experiencing similar circumstances.

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.

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