Star staff report

The monthly cycle of community council meetings is set to begin Thursday, April 5 with a 7 p.m. meeting of the South Fork Community Council at Eagle River High School. Community councils meet on a monthly basis to discuss items of interest to local residents. The councils advise the Anchorage Assembly on municipal matters and council members serve on local boards and commissions. To learn more about the community council process, visit

This month's Chugiak-Eagle River area community council meetings: 

A Chugiak man was arrested Tuesday evening after he allegedly stole a car from an Eagle River gym and led police on a car chase that ended in Seward.

According to Alaska State Troopers, at around 7:19 p.m., a Bureau of Highway Patrol trooper tried to stop a vehicle driving 111 MPH in a 65 MPH zone near Potter Marsh on the Seward Highway south of Anchorage. Instead of stopping, the Dodge Durango continued driving south for nearly 100 miles “at speeds in excess of 100 MPH,” troopers wrote in an online dispatch about the incident.

Michael Connelly is a climbing machine.

The 15-year-old from Chugiak climbed Alyeska’s North Face Trail 12 times Sunday to win the 10th Annual Alyeska Climbathon, a unique test of endurance in which climbers see how many times they can make the 2,000-foot ascent in a 10-hour day. Connelly tied the course record and beat his previous personal best by one lap.

The 2017 Crow Pass Crossing wilderness race has been canceled due to concerns about safety along the 24-mile mountain race from the Crow Pass trailhead near Girdwood to the Eagle River Nature Center.

Officials with the University of Alaska Anchorage — which organizes the event — are calling the decision “a pause” rather than a permanent shut-down of the 33-year-old race.

A man who shot and killed a 56-year-old woman during a bizarre 2015 incident in Eagle River has been sentenced to 45 years in prison.

Chugiak’s Dawson Budke, the 2016 Alaska Class 4A state high school wrestling champion at 170 pounds, reached the round of 32 over the weekend at the NHSCA National Wrestling Championships in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The Cook Inlet Conference announced its All-CIC basketball teams on Friday morning following Thursday’s all-conference meetings.

The Chugiak girls earned three All-CIC selections, with Ashlynn Burgess, Nicole Pinckney and Chasity Horn named to the 15-person squad.

Dimond’s Alissa Pili was named the league MVP.

Eagle River’s Chyna Finley also made the team, which was selected by the conference’s coaches.

On the boys side, Chugiak’s Hunter Harr and Tyler Trevino were named all-conference, as was Eagle River’s Aaron Davis.

A locals-only contest on a busy night at Chugiak high will highlight the first round of the Cook Inlet Conference basketball tournament.

Brackets for the tournament were released early Friday morning and include a battle between the Chugiak and Eagle River girls at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8. Chugiak finished the season 10-4 in the CIC to grab the No. 3 seed, while Eagle River won its last game to go 3-11 and earn the No. 6 seed.

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


The Eagle River and Chugiak girls basketball teams picked up Cook Inlet Conference wins on Wednesday, Feb. 1.

The Wolves broke into the CIC win column with a 55-36 victory over Service at Eagle River. Eagle River improved to 1-5 in the CIC with the win.

Chugiak bombed away against West, knocking down eight 3-pointers in a 53-20 win at Chugiak.