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The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks had their home opener postponed for a second time this week Thursday, June 14 due to poor field conditions at Loretta French Park.

The decision to postpone the game was made around 5 p.m. on Thursday, said booster club president Lee Jordan.

“The ground is so soggy,” he said. “When I walked between the bases, I sank down about 3 inches.

“The ground just hasn’t been packed tight enough,” Jordan said.

It’s time for a new face in Congress — and Terre Gales thinks he’s the man for the job.

Gales, of Eagle River, is one of eight candidates hoping to unseat 20-term Congressman Rep. Don Young for Alaska’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Gales is one of three Republicans who will appear on the Primary Election ballot Aug. 28. Young and John Cox, of Anchor Point, are the others.

A brown bear mauled an Eagle River man who was hiking alone on a trail near Bird Creek 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.

Though he’s soon leaving the delegation, Rep. Mike Hawker says legislators representing the Chugiak-Eagle River area present the most united front of any team in the Alaska Legislator.

“I can assure you there is no tighter team working for a community,” Hawker said in remarks to the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday, June 6 at the Bear Mountain Grill in Eagle River.

Hawker’s remarks were a farewell of sorts. After redistricting, the South Anchorage Republican’s district will no longer include parts of Eagle River.

Tonight’s scheduled Alaska Baseball League game between the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks and the Anchorage Bucs has been postponed due to rain.

“That’s Alaska, it is what it is,” said Chinooks general manager Chris Beck, who announced the decision Tuesday afternoon.

Persistent rain in the area overnight and through Tuesday made the field unplayable, Beck said.

Beck said the game will be rescheduled for either later this month or in late July.

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.

Some hotly contested races should give political junkies their fix between now and the Aug. 28 primary elections.

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