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Anchorage police say a 57-year-old Eagle River man was hospitalized with injuries to his back and scalp after a run-in with a brown bear on Saturday, May 12.

Lt. Dave Parker said Howard Meyer was hiking near his home in the Eagle River Valley when the attack occurred around 6 p.m.

Parker said Meyer came across the adult bear suddenly. When the animal began acting aggressively, Parker said Meyer first tried to hold his ground, before turning to run.

“The thing was on him like that,” Parker said.

The U.S. Army said today that two paratroopers based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson were killed when their Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle was attacked on May 13 near Bowri Tana, Afghanistan.

Sgt. Brian L. Walker, 25, of Lucerne Valley, Calif., and Pfc. Richard L. McNulty III, 22, of Rolla, Mo., were both military policemen assigned to the 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion (Airborne), 4th Bridgade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Divison.

Three other soldiers were wounded in the attack.

There’s about to be a new man in charge of the Army in Alaska.

Maj. Gen. Michael X. Garrett will become the 36th commander in U.S. Army Alaska during a change of command ceremony on Pershing Parade Field on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson at 2 p.m. today (Thursday, May 17).

Garrett will replace Maj. Gen. Raymond Palumbo, who has been the senior Army commander in Alaska since July 12, 2010.

Anchorage police say a 57-year-old Eagle River man was resting at a local hospital Sunday night after a run-in with a brown bear Saturday evening.

According to APD Lt. Dave Parker, Howard Meyer was hiking near his home in the Eagle River Valley when the attack occurred around 6 p.m.

Parker said Meyer came across the adult bear suddenly. When the animal began acting aggressively, Parker said Meyer first tried to hold his ground before turning to run.  

“The thing was on him like that,” Parker said.

Repair work on the Eklutna overpass scheduled for Monday, May 14 has been delayed until after Memorial Day (Monday, May 28).

Weight restrictions on state and city roads were not lifted as expected for contractor Sandstrom & Sons, Inc. to move their equipment from Anchorage, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities project engineer Ted Meyer said Friday, May 11.

“We’re basically stuck,” he said.

Meyer said the project is expected to start June 2 or June 9, but a specific date has not been set.

An early-morning fire off South Birchwood Loop on Sunday, May 6, completely destroyed the home of longtime Chugiak residents Jim and Lindsay Vermillion.

“It’s just a smoking hole in the ground,” said Jim Vermillion on Monday, May 7.

He and his wife were in the process of remodeling the home at 19022 Baidarka, which Jim said was originally built in the 1950s. At the time of the blaze, they were staying in their large shop next door, which houses Concrete Polishing and Artistic Staining of Alaska.

As a beauty pageant contestant, Brandy Wendler is used to being in the spotlight.

But the Eagle River resident isn’t only interested in winning crowns. Wendler’s main purpose is spreading awareness about her disorder, Celiac Disease.

Along with interfering with the absorption of nutrients from food, Celiac Disease also causes gluten intolerance, Wendler said.

Anchorage police have announced they've arrested a fellow airman in the case of missing airman Clinton Reeves.

James Thomas, 24, has been charged with six counts of Tampering with Physical Evidence, with bail set for $25,000 cash.

Here's APD's press release on the arrest:

The Anchorage Police Department said today that a body found the day before near Golden Eagle Drive in Eagle River is that of missing airman Clinton Reeves, 24.

The senior airman was last seen April 19 leaving work at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

A fellow airman, James Thomas, 24, was arraigned on Wednesday in connection with Reeves' death and charged with six counts of evidence tampering. No murder charges have been filed against anyone, and police have not released how they believe Reeves was murdered.

Anchorage Police said a man's body was found on Golden Eagle Drive in Eagle River at around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8. Identification is pending notification of the man's next of kin.

"All we're releasing at this time is it's a male," said APD spokesman Lt. Dave Parker.

Parker said the man's body was discovered by three women walking on the road. Golden Eagle Drive is near the end of Skyline Drive.

Parker said more details will likely be released Wednesday.

"There will be more coming," he said.

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