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.
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.