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An Eagle River woman is the first female champion in the history of the Home Winter King Salmon Tournament.

Shayna Perry claimed first place in the 26th annual derby March 23 in Kachemak Bay when she caught a 26.7-pound king while fishing aboard the Stella Maris 2 with skipper Krzysztof Balaban. For winning the derby, Perry received a $28,040 cash prize. She also won the “AJ’s Oldtown Steakhouse” prize for the largest “white” king caught in the derby.

The annual derby attracted 1,402 anglers and 426 boats who between them caught 180 kings.

An Eagle River woman accused of hitting and seriously injuring two children on bicycles with her car appeared in court Monday to face assault and drunk driving charges.

According to charging documents in the case, Vicie Zielinski, 60, had a blood alcohol level of 0.189 when she drove her silver Subaru onto the sidewalk alongside the Old Glenn Highway at around 3:51 p.m. and struck a boy and girl riding bicycles.

Police were contacted after “a potential non-specific threat” was posted over the weekend by a Mirror Lake Middle School student on Instagram.

According to an email sent out by MLMS principal Alex Hagler, the social media post was spotted by “a concerned citizen” who told police about the threat. Anchorage School District spokesperson Catherine Esary said the Anchorage Police Department spoke with the student and appropriate disciplinary actions were being taken.

Esary said she couldn’t comment on what discipline might be taken or the specific nature of the threat.

A 60-year-old woman was arrested for operating under the influence Sunday after the vehicle she was driving struck two juveniles on bicycles at the intersection of the Old Glenn Highway and Coronado Road in Eagle River.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, Vicie Zielinski was driving a silver 2014 Subaru that struck a male and female juvenile on the sidewalk alongside the Old Glenn.

Anchorage School District officials said they confiscated a BB gun from a student on Friday at Chugiak High School.

CHS assistant principal Alison Susel sent out an email about the incident Friday afternoon. She said the gun was found after a a report from a student.

The Eagle River Lions Club has held two gun shows annually for more than 20 years. These fundraisers are a financial key to ensure the Eagle River Lions Community Hall can be made available at a reasonable nonprofit price for the community.

The Eagle River Lions Community Hall is one of the largest banquet halls in the Eagle River community. This hall is used for weddings and wedding receptions, celebrations of life, anniversaries, birthdays, nonprofit fundraisers for many causes and many other functions.

Police took a man into custody Friday after a standoff in Eagle River in which the man allegedly backed his vehicle atop a police patrol car parked in the man’s driveway.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, officers first responded to the 20500 block of Eagle River Road for a reportedly suicidal person. Police said they arrived to find a man was barricaded inside his home and had injured himself with a knife.

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

On March 12 at around 6:47 p.m. police responded to Rosebud Row Avenue for a report of a man not breathing. Police said officers performed CPR, which revived the victim. Police said the man had recently injected heroin and was taken to a local hospital by medics.

Trip to DMV results in trip to jail

Anchorage School Board members have approved a $36.3 million plan to fix two Eagle River schools that suffered heavy damage in the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake.

At its Monday meeting, the board voted 6-0 with one absent to endorse a plan previously adopted by an ad hoc committee formed to make recommendations for the future of Gruening Middle School and Eagle River Elementary, which have been closed since the magnitude 7.1 quake.

Garcia’s Cantina makes muchas margaritas. In fact the Eagle River restaurant moves more Jose Cuervo tequila than any other establishment in Alaska, a distinction that earned its owners the perk of crafting their very own special edition tequila.

“We have an ultra premium tequila you can’t get anywhere else, a signature tequila of Garcia’s Cantina,” co-owner Jason Hemphill said. “So it’s a big deal.”

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