Groups of teens busted for weed

Two separate groups of teens were caught smoking pot near Chugiak High School on Oct. 17.

According to APD, one group was caught by a staff member at around 11:30 a.m. and the second was caught around 12:20 p.m. Both groups were caught by a staff member and off school grounds, police said. Parents were contacted in both cases, and three students were charged through the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Assault claim unsubstantiated

Michael Knueppel

Eagle River’s Michael Daniel Knueppel died Sept. 30, 2017. He was 19. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 8 at 4 p.m. at ACF Church in Eagle River. Donations in Knueppel’s name can be made at

Former Eagle River resident Shirley Chi Weiss died April 23, 2017. She was 36 years old.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, May 6 at 2:30 p.m. at Rose Hill Memorial Park in Whittier, California, followed by a graveside reception.

Weiss was born on May 7, 1980, in San Antonio, Texas.

She is survived by her mother, Shih-Ying Weiss; father, John D. Weiss; sister and brother-in-law Stephanie Richter (Weiss) and Olaf Richter; niece Denali Hwa-Li Richter; and nephew Milo Wei Richter.

Long time Eagle River resident, Kathleen Jane Hickey, 54, passed away on April 9, 2015 at Alaska Regional Hospital. Her daughter Alison and sister Patty were by her side, as she went to be with the Lord, after fighting a courageous and valiant battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 1:00 pm at The Crossing Church, 22208 North Birchwood Loop Rd. Kathy was born on November 12, 1960, in Sacramento, California into a loving family. Her family left California in 1965, and settled in Eagle River, Alaska, making it their home.

Bryan Gene Wild, son of Rodney and Bettsie Wild, passed away in his sleep on Wednesday, December 31, 2014. He was 28 years old.

A celebration of Bryan’s life will be held at 6 p.m. Jan, 7 at Chugiak High School.

Bryan was born in Fairbanks on Aug, 2, 1986.

The family requests that everyone who played hockey with or coached Bryan to wear their jerseys to the service.

John Newell Ordway Polzin , 53, of Panama, Okla. (formerly of Eagle River) passed away Wednesday, December 10, 2014, in Ft. Smith, Ark. Memorial services will be at a later date in Alaska.

Online messages may be left at

Claire Louise (Donnelly) Tobia, 94, of Windham, NH, passed away peacefully on Dec, 8, surrounded by her family at the Warde Health Center, Windham, NH.

Funeral arrangements took place on Dec. 12 in Windham.

Claire was born in Fall River, Mass., one of eight children of Lawrence and Susan Donnelly. She attended Saint Mary’s School and was taught by the Sisters of Mercy. She later attended Durfee High School and worked in Fall River where she met and married John Tobia; their marriage lasted for 67 years, until John’s death in 2010.

Eagle River resident Maxine Victoria Colbath-Schell, 79, passed away peacefully in her home on Nov. 15, 2014.

Her last wish was for her ashes to be spread on her infant daughter’s graves Tammy Kay and Frona Mae.

Maxine was born on April 24, 1935, in Ashland, Me., and was one of 14 children. She grew up on a potato farm where she began a life of hard work.

Micah Jesse Hammett, 19, passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 17, 2014, at his home in Anchorage.

Micah was born on May 15, 1995, in Seattle, Wash., to Ted and Renee (Nelson) Hammett. His family moved to Alaska in 1995. Micah graduated from Highland Tech in 2013 and had been working for Extreme Construction since 2012.

Leo Martin Ostendorf, 86, died on Oct. 6, 2014, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. Memorial service was held Oct. 10 at the Alpenglow Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Chapel in Eagle River, with Bishop Fullmer officiating. Burial was at Fort Richardson National Cemetery.