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A pick-up truck struck and injured a pedestrian shortly after 1 p.m. in downtown Eagle River on Monday, June 18.

According to eyewitnesses, an elderly man carrying a cane was nearly across the Old Glenn Highway when he was struck in the far right (southbound) lane near the busy 5-lane thoroughfare’s intersection with Centerfield Drive in front of Wells Fargo bank.

The man was taken to an Anchorage hospital. He was conscious and speaking as he was loaded into the ambulance with an apparent head wound.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks won their third straight game 5-0 over the Anchorage Bucs on Sunday, June 17 at Mulcahy Stadium to remain unbeaten in Alaska Baseball League play. 

The Chinooks only managed four hits, but they got some help from Bucs starter Erick Allen who walked four and gave up four runs, three of them earned, in just one inning of work. 

Caleb Dirks got the win for the Chinooks, who used four pitchers. Dirks struck out two and gave up three hits through three innings. 

The first-place Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks ran their record to 2-0 with a 13-9 win over the Anchorage Glacier Pilots on Friday, June 15, at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Trailing  7-5 after five innings, the Chinooks racked up eight runs in the final four innings. Five Chinooks had multiple hits and four different players drove in two runs apiece.

Griffin Gum went 3-for-6 with one RBI and scored a run for Chugiak-Eagle River. Brent Fukushima and Adam Humes each went 2-for-3 for the Chinooks. Humes drove in two runs while Fukushima had two RBIs and scored a run. 


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.