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Alaska’s latest world champion is a hot shot from Chugiak.

20-year-old marksman Matt Toth helped Team U.S.A. to a dramatic win July 6-9 at the Federation Internationale de Tirs aux Armes Sportives de Chasse (FITASC) Sporting Clays Junior World Championships at the Galgamasca Shooting Ground near Budapest, Hungary. Toth is a Chugiak High grad who frequently hones his skills at the Birchwood Recreation and Shooting Park.

Toth joined teammates Braxton Oliver and Dominic Gross in defeating second-place Great Britain by a single point.

A loud bang inside the Eagle River Walmart triggered reports of gunfire, a store evacuation and a large police presence Friday night.

Following an “extensive” search, an Anchorage Police Department dispatch supervisor said no evidence of a gunshot was ever found.

Home following a marathon legislative season, a trio of local lawmakers gathered in Eagle River July 19 to give constituents a bleak brief on capitol affairs.

“It’s a messy business with 60 people, all with different ideas,” said Sen. Shelley Hughes, a District F Republican, at a weekly meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce. “The state is at a serious crossroads.”

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from 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.

An Eagle River man was killed after a violent confrontation Friday night in Levelock, a small village on the Kvichak River near Bristol Bay.

According to Alaska State Troopers, Ellis Lee Kaloke, 37, was dead when they arrived at a home in the village at around 9:10 p.m. Friday, July 14 for a report of a stabbing. According to an online dispatch, an investigation found there had been a dispute “betweeen the homeowner and a visitor which escalated into a physical confrontation resulting in the death of one of the persons involved.”

(Note: 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.)

Florida teenager Valerie Chapman watched in terror as her aunt ran toward her Saturday afternoon carrying the rotten carcass of a slimy, bloody pink salmon.

“It was disgusting,” said Chapman, whose aunt, Eagle River’s Laura Davidson, brought her up to Alaska this summer for a graduation present.

Taking part in the Slippery Salmon Olympics at the annual Bear Paw Festival in her aunt’s hometown, Chapman said, “seemed like a good idea at the time.”

It wasn’t.

A vehicle fire briefly closed the southbound lanes of the Glenn Highway at the North Peters Creek exit on Saturday.

The Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department doused the fire, which happened just past the exit on the far righthand side of the busy highway. Traffic was stopped at around 7:30 p.m., according to broadcast alerts issued by the Anchorage Police Department and Alaska Department of Transportation.

Bears were spotted getting into trash in a neighborhood not far from the Bear Paw Festival grounds Saturday, July 15.

Laura Simkins lives on Echo Street, which is about a half-mile from downtown Eagle River. She recorded video of a black bear in a neighbor’s yard at around 3 p.m. Saturday, and said she hopes people will be wary of bears during the ongoing festival. Simkins said several bears had been spotted Saturday getting into bird feed and garbage cans.

(Editor’s note: The Bear Paw Festival is taking place in downtown Eagle River July 12-16. We’ll update this blog periodically with photos and information from the festival. You can also find more about the festival at its webside, bearpawfestival.org, or on Facebook)

UPDATED Tuesday, July 18

AWARDS ANNOUNCED

Here are this year’s award winners for Bear Paw events:

Grand Parade Results

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