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An 8-year-old Eagle River boy died Thursday when a rock smashed through the front windshield of the vehicle he was riding in near mile 58.7 of the Sterling Highway on the Kenai Peninsula.

According to the Alaska State Troopers, Noah Schwebach was in the back middle seat of a northbound Volkswagen GTI Hatchback when a “volleyball-sized rock fell off the back of a rock truck” heading in the opposite direction.

Eagle River’s Ryan McGowan of True North Auto Detailing has been selected as a member of the 15th Anniversary Air Force One Detailing Team at Seattle’s Museum of Flight July 15-22.

According to a press release, this is McGowan’s first selection to the team, which has spent 15 years restoring the original Air Force One on display at the museum. In addition to detailing Air Force One, the team will also work on preserving the museum’s newest acquisition, a Boeing B-52G Stratofortress bomber known as Midnight Express.

The Soltis and Claus families, and Michael’s close friends would like to say how very touched and grateful they are for the love, support, and gratitude this community has shown in this very difficult and sad time. The flowers, money donations, food, and cards have all been so greatly appreciated. The families and friends would also like to express their gratitude and thanks to the Eagle River Ale House for hosting the fundraiser and donating all the beer for the event. The success of the event would not have been possible without them.

UPDATED 10 a.m. Thursday, July 19

Anchorage police arrested a 19-year-old man Tuesday after he reportedly tried to a kidnap a 13-year-old boy at knifepoint near Fire Lake Drive.

At a Wednesday arraignment, the older teen claimed he was trying to pull a prank like those he’d seen online.

The Greater Eagle River Garden Club residential Garden of the Week for July 19 is located at 10800 Splendor Loop in Eagle River, the home of Patrick and Lou Ann Clark.

This week’s business Garden of the Week is located at Alaska USA Federal Credit Union in Eagle River.

To submit suggestions for a local Garden of the Week, email Chris Wood at

The Bear Paw Festival parade Saturday morning stretched nearly as long as the parade route along the Old Glenn and Business Boulevard, with 117 entries and roughly 20 more applicants turned away for lack of space.

“We have to make sure the beginning doesn’t catch up to the end,” laughed Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce executive director Debbie Rinckey, noting that the traditional limit is set at 100 entries.

Anchorage police are seeking a man who reportedly hit his ex-girlfiriend with a shovel and struck her with a vehicle.

It’s about to get loud in Eagle River.

According to officials with Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, the base plans controlled detonations on the Eagle River Flats July 17-19 in order to test sound levels in the area.

“Residents in and around JBER and Eagle River may hear loud noises created by life-firing of high-explosive munitions as these test are conducted in support of data collection as part of a scientific acoustic study,” reads a press release issued Monday.

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. Defendatns are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Tools, trucks stolen from CHS

A Chugiak artist and dog musher is helping preserve a crumbling piece of Alaska history.

Iditarod Hall of Fame member Jon Van Zyle is well known for his official Iditarod prints, which have been a staple of the annual sled dog race to Nome since 1977. Now he’s turning his keen eye on a long-forgotten bit of Iditarod Trail lore.

“We basically believe in the fact that history should be saved and not just discarded,” said Van Zyle, who finished the race in 1976 and 1979 before becoming the race’s official artist.