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Fishing has been slow on the Kenai River, but that’s not stopping Alaska State Troopers from catching a boatload of dipnet delinquents.

Alaska State Troopers arrested a 30-year-old Chugiak man wanted by U.S. Marshals following a high-speed chase early Saturday morning between Houston and Willow.

According to an online trooper dispatch, Kyle Wilson was driving a 2004 Ford pickup on the Parks Highway near Houston at around 3:37 a.m. Saturday when a trooper tried to stop the vehicle for an equipment violation. Instead, Wilson sped off at a high rate of speed, troopers said.

This is the last weekend for personal use fishermen hoping to fill their freezer with Kenai River reds.

State biologists are closing the popular Kenai River dipnet fishery at 12:01 a.m. Monday, July 30 due to a poor return of sockeye salmon.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the closure in a Thursday press release. The season was originally scheduled to end at 11 p.m. July 31.

There are four candidates running for the District 13 State House seat, which represents parts of Eagle River, Chugiak and JBER. The seat is being vacated by Rep. Dan Saddler, who is running in the Republican State Senate primary. There are three candidates in the Republican primary: Craig Christenson, Bill Cook and Nancy Dahlstrom. The lone candidate in the Democratic primary is unaffiliated candidate Danyelle Kimp. The primary election will be held Aug. 21.

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 department. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Shoplifter faces assault charge

Two candidates are running unopposed in the August 21 primary elections — Staphany Jeffers, an undeclared candidate running in the Democratic primary, and incumbent Cathy Tilton in the Republican primary. Here are their answers to five questions posed by the Star earlier this year:

 

 

House District 12

Democratic Primary Candidate

Stephany Jeffers

Age: 33

Place of birth: Portland, OR

An unofficial parking lot popular with Glenn Highway commuters and cyclists is being closed in favor of a new lot across the highway.

According to Municipality of Anchorage Solid Waste Services spokesperson Suzanna Caldwell, the old lot near the entrance to the Anchorage Regional Landfill was a safety hazard.

“There have been numerous near collisions with pedestrians and cars going in and out of the parking area,” Caldwell wrote in a press release. “As a result, Solid Waste Services has identified it as a serious safety concern.”

State wildlife biologists killed a black bear on Monday in Eagle River after it was caught trying to break into someone’s garage.

According to Alaska Department of Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh, the bear was reported on July 20 when it broke out a garage door panel in an attempt to get at trash inside a home on Prudhoe Bay Avenue off Eagle River Road.

“Once they start breaking into buildings and cars and stuff that’s a red flag for us,” Marsh said.

Alaska’s primary elections will be held Aug. 21, with polls open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. This year’s Republican primary candidates are Lora Reinbold and Dan Saddler. The Democratic primary has one candidate, Oliver Schiess.

The winner of the two primaries will face each other in the Nov. 6 general election to serve in the seat being vacated by Sen. Anna MacKinnon, who is retiring from the Legislature.

The Star asked several questions of the candidates in advance of this year’s primary election. Here are their answers:

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.

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