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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.

This Greater Eagle River Garden Club selection for Garden of the Week for July 26-Aug. 2 is located at the home of Toni Kruger on Santa Maria Drive in Eagle River. The business Garden of the Week is Walmart. To submit suggestions for a local Garden of the Week, email Chris Wood at [email protected]

Fishing has been slow on the Kenai River, but that’s not stopping Alaska State Troopers from catching a boatload of dipnet delinquents.

Alaska State Troopers arrested a 30-year-old Chugiak man wanted by U.S. Marshals following a high-speed chase early Saturday morning between Houston and Willow.

According to an online trooper dispatch, Kyle Wilson was driving a 2004 Ford pickup on the Parks Highway near Houston at around 3:37 a.m. Saturday when a trooper tried to stop the vehicle for an equipment violation. Instead, Wilson sped off at a high rate of speed, troopers said.

This is the last weekend for personal use fishermen hoping to fill their freezer with Kenai River reds.

State biologists are closing the popular Kenai River dipnet fishery at 12:01 a.m. Monday, July 30 due to a poor return of sockeye salmon.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the closure in a Thursday press release. The season was originally scheduled to end at 11 p.m. July 31.

There are four candidates running for the District 13 State House seat, which represents parts of Eagle River, Chugiak and JBER. The seat is being vacated by Rep. Dan Saddler, who is running in the Republican State Senate primary. There are three candidates in the Republican primary: Craig Christenson, Bill Cook and Nancy Dahlstrom. The lone candidate in the Democratic primary is unaffiliated candidate Danyelle Kimp. The primary election will be held Aug. 21.

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 unless proven guilty.

Shoplifter faces assault charge

Two candidates are running unopposed in the August 21 primary elections — Staphany Jeffers, an undeclared candidate running in the Democratic primary, and incumbent Cathy Tilton in the Republican primary. Here are their answers to five questions posed by the Star earlier this year:



House District 12

Democratic Primary Candidate

Stephany Jeffers

Age: 33

Place of birth: Portland, OR

An unofficial parking lot popular with Glenn Highway commuters and cyclists is being closed in favor of a new lot across the highway.

According to Municipality of Anchorage Solid Waste Services spokesperson Suzanna Caldwell, the old lot near the entrance to the Anchorage Regional Landfill was a safety hazard.

“There have been numerous near collisions with pedestrians and cars going in and out of the parking area,” Caldwell wrote in a press release. “As a result, Solid Waste Services has identified it as a serious safety concern.”