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Residents of one of Eagle River’s oldest neighborhoods are growling over a proposal to add an off-leash dog park to a small municipal park alongside Eagle River Road.

“I’m not against a dog park, I’m a dog owner,” said Zach Seabolt, who lives on Seabolt Lane across from the proposed park. “I’m just against where this dog park is going.”

Chugiak-Eagle River racers showed up en masse for the 2018 Mount Marathon races in Seward. Among this year’s finishers in the men’s, women’s and junior races, 75 were from Eagle River, 18 from Chugiak and two from JBER.

Alaska kids are alright.

Chugiak’s Michael Connelly and Fairbanks’s Kendall Kramer etched their names in the 34-degree face of Mount Marathon on Wednesday when each won the junior race at the iconic Alaskan event for the first time.

“It’s a dream,” said Connelly, a 16-year-old who attends Chugiak High School. “I’ve always dreamed of this.”

Kramer’s win was also the fulfillment of a dream the West Valley High 16-year-old has had since hearing tales of her dad Mike’s back-to-back top-10 finishes in 2006-07.

As you think about the upcoming Independence Day celebrations, remember to thank our veterans for your freedom. We live in paradise because of those who gave some and some who gave it all.

Your local Lions are all about the month of July with many fun activities to get you outdoors.

It is time for our annual fireworks extravaganza on the 3rd of July. For its 31st year, Eagle River Lions Park will be booming with excitement on the 3rd of July at this FREE event for the public. Look for a great time brought to you by your local Lions.

The board that oversees the Harry J. McDonald Center in Eagle River has a new look.

In June, the Fire Lake Arena Management Inc. board of directors chose two names from a list of four forwarded by the Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors to serve on the FLAMI Board of Directors. Added to the now seven-member board were Eagle River’s Michelle Fletcher and Tony Boneta.

UPDATE (July 5):

Police have caught a teenage boy believed to have caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to Alpenglow Elementary School in Eagle River.

The Anchorage Police Department sent out a Nixle alert on Tuesday, July 3 saying that “as a result of evidence gathered at the scene, APD School Resource Officers were able to identify the male teenager responsible for the crime.”

Police did not say what evidence led to the arrest or whether there were any other suspects in the case.

Wildlife biologists are no longer actively trying to trap a bear thought to have mauled two men in the South Fork Eagle River Valley.

“The immediate trail has gone cold,” said Alaska Department of Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh on Monday.

The bear traps remain near the end of Hiland Road, but Marsh said they’re no longer set. However, that could change if there are bear sightings in the area.

Got big plans for the Fourth? Why not start your day at the Chugiak Fourth of July Parade?

The parade starts at Latimer Fire Station 31 on the Old Glenn Highway, passes through Chugiak proper and ends at the Chugiak Senior Center. Parking is available on the original Chugiak Elementary School grounds. The parade route is closed to traffic at 1 p.m., so plan to get in early. The Parade starts at 2 p.m.

Editor’s note: Gruening Middle School principal Bobby Jefts recently returned from a weeklong field trip to China, where he and a group of GMS students learned about the Asian country’s culture, customs and history. Jefts shared his journal from the trip with the Star, which first appeared in the June 28 print edition of the paper.

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.

Pair arrested after drunken disturbance on Juanita Loop

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