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A popular trailhead in Eagle River that leads hikers to Eagle and Symphony lakes was reopened on Friday, just over a month after a brown bear sow in the area killed one man and injured another.

Chugach State Park announced the reopening of the South Fork Eagle River trail in a Facebook post on Friday. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is still searching for a dangerous bear in the area, the post said, “please consider choosing an alternate venue for your hike.”

Alaska’s peonies have become a desired crop to sell to the Lower 48 for the wedding season because our peonies bloom at 1-2 months later and are perfect for June and July weddings for which they are highly desired. This year, our cool June has slowed the peony crops development. Peonies are picked in the mature bud stage, can be refrigerated for up to two months and will bloom when taken out and placed in water and last for approximately 7-10 days. Peonies have surpassed the rose in popularity for weddings.

The Anchorage Police Department is looking for a suspect in a hit-and-run that happened last week at the intersection of Farm Avenue and the Old Glenn Highway in Eagle River.

There are four candidates running for the Alaska State House seat from District 14: Republicans Jamie Allard, Eugene Harnett and Kelly Merrick, along with nonpartisan candidate Joe Hackenmueller, who is running in the Democratic primary. The candidates are hoping to replace Rep. Lora Reinbold, who is running in the Republican primary for the State Senate District G seat.

This Greater Eagle River Garden Club selection for Garden of the Week for July 26-Aug. 2 is located at the home of Toni Kruger on Santa Maria Drive in Eagle River. The business Garden of the Week is Walmart. To submit suggestions for a local Garden of the Week, email Chris Wood at [email protected]

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

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