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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.

Armed runner scares bears

State investigators believe they’ve identified the driver of a truck from which a rock fell and killed an 8-year-old boy Thursday on the Sterling Highway but have yet to release a name or further details about the incident.

“Investigators have tentatively identified the vehicle and driver involved,” Jonathon Taylor of the Department of Public Safety said in a Friday email.

An 8-year-old Eagle River boy died Thursday when a rock smashed through the front windshield of the vehicle he was riding in near mile 58.7 of the Sterling Highway on the Kenai Peninsula.

According to the Alaska State Troopers, Noah Schwebach was in the back middle seat of a northbound Volkswagen GTI Hatchback when a “volleyball-sized rock fell off the back of a rock truck” heading in the opposite direction.

Eagle River’s Ryan McGowan of True North Auto Detailing has been selected as a member of the 15th Anniversary Air Force One Detailing Team at Seattle’s Museum of Flight July 15-22.

According to a press release, this is McGowan’s first selection to the team, which has spent 15 years restoring the original Air Force One on display at the museum. In addition to detailing Air Force One, the team will also work on preserving the museum’s newest acquisition, a Boeing B-52G Stratofortress bomber known as Midnight Express.

The Soltis and Claus families, and Michael’s close friends would like to say how very touched and grateful they are for the love, support, and gratitude this community has shown in this very difficult and sad time. The flowers, money donations, food, and cards have all been so greatly appreciated. The families and friends would also like to express their gratitude and thanks to the Eagle River Ale House for hosting the fundraiser and donating all the beer for the event. The success of the event would not have been possible without them.

UPDATED 10 a.m. Thursday, July 19

Anchorage police arrested a 19-year-old man Tuesday after he reportedly tried to a kidnap a 13-year-old boy at knifepoint near Fire Lake Drive.

At a Wednesday arraignment, the older teen claimed he was trying to pull a prank like those he’d seen online.