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The Army said a 20-year-old paratrooper with the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division was killed and three others were wounded in an improvised exposive device attack on their Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle on June 9 in the city of Tore Obeh, Afghanistan.

According to the Army, the dead soldier — Pfc. Nathan Tyler Davis, of Yucaipa, Calif. — was the driver of the vehicle. Davis joined the Army in Sept. 2010 and graduated from basic training in Fort Benning, Ga., before arriving in Alaska in February 2011. He was on his first deployment.

A brown bear mauled an Eagle River man who was hiking alone on a trail near Bird Creek Trail early Sunday morning, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Benjamin Radakovich, 30, was about 3 miles from the trailhead on Penguin Creek Trail when he encountered a bear cub, said troopers spokesperson Beth Ipsen. After the cub ran off, its mother charged Radakovich, Ipsen said.

Radakovich had a backpack and ski poles, which he used to fight off the bear, Ipsen said. He also had bear spray, she said, but wasn’t able to reach it in time.

The Army said a 22-year-old soldier on his first deployment to Afghanistan died June 4 in Landstuhl, Germany, where he was receiving treatment for injuries suffered in a June 1 attack in Khost Province.

Private First Class Vincent J. Ellis, of Tokyo, Japan, was a member of the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. The Army said he was assigned to the brigade's 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, where he served as an airborne cavalry scout.

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A 6-year-old Eagle River girl is expected to make a full recovery after a terrifying encounter with a mama moose on Monday, May 28 in Eagle River.

Chloe Metzger had to have several surgeries on her injured shoulder after being stomped by the angry moose behind her family’s home on Sokolof Circle.

“Her spirits are high,” said Metzger’s mother, Julie, on Thursday, May 31.

Julie Metzger said Chloe and an older girl were jumping on the family’s trampoline when they decided to walk toward the nearby woods.

A pilot was forced to land his home-built single engine airplane on the Old Glenn Highway near the Rural Discount Center in Chugiak on Sunday, June 3.

Anchorage poilce spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said pilot Craig Walls landed on the road and then veered into the ditch.

When Dustin Slinker first arrived in Anchorage as a member of the U.S. Army, he couldn’t wait to go find out how to catch Alaska’s famous salmon. Six years later, he’s someone locals ask for advice.

State Senator Fred Dyson, along with Representatives Anna Fairclough, Bill Stoltze, Mike Hawker and Dan Saddler, will be the guest speakers at the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting at noon on Wednesday, June 6 at the Bear Mountain Grill (12300 Old Glenn Highway) in Eagle River.

The five legislators are scheduled to give a briefing on the recently completed legislative session.

Chugiak was just three innings away from playing for a state title, but fell short in the semifinals and finished third at the Large Schools ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Softball State Championships at Cartee Fields in Anchorage on June 2.

“They wore the Mustangs [uniform] very proudly and represented the school very well this weekend,” head coach Jim Huber said after West eliminated Chugiak with a 7-2 come-from-behind win.

A pilot was forced to land his home-built single engine airplane on the Old Glenn Highway near the Rural Discount Center in Chugiak on Sunday, June 3.

Anchorage poilce spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said pilot Craig Walls landed on the road and then veered into the ditch. Parker said Walls was uninjured. 

"Something went wrong and he put 'er down," Parker said.

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