Star staff report

The Anchorage Office of Emergency Management extended its dense fog advisory for the Anchorage area through 6 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13.

According to the advisory, the fog — which has persisted over the Anchorage Bowl and up the Knik River Valley during much of a recent cold snap in the area — will continue to create low visibility and difficult driving conditions.

Chugiak rang in the New Year with a bang by knocking off first-place and previously unbeaten South at the McDonald Center in Eagle River, the first Cook Inlet Conference high school hockey action for either side since returning from the holiday break.

John Hammer scored with 1:05 left in the extra frame to ice the 2-1 win for the Mustangs and Andrew Beckett picked up the assist on the game-winner, which came just nine seconds after a Chugiak timeout.

A balanced Chugiak’s boys basketball team clamped down on Eagle River in the second half Tuesday night, holding the visiting Wolves to two second-half field goals in a 53-31 Cook Inlet Conference win at Chugiak High.

The game was the first CIC contest for either team.

Star staff report

Chugiak’s girls basketball team continued its solid start to the season with a 74-37 Cook Inlet Conference win over Eagle River on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at Chugiak High.
All eight players who dressed for the Mustangs scored. Chasity Selden pumped in a game-high 23, Nicole Pinckney added 15, Ashlyn Burgess finished with 11, Layla Beam had eight, followed by Courtney Kuhlman (7), Randi McMullen and Eva Palmer (4 each) and Kassidy Murfin (2).

The Chugiak-Eagle River legislative delegation will host a town hall meeting Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Eagle River Town Center (12001 Business Boulevard) Room 170 in downtown Eagle River.

On hand to hear constituents’ concerns will be Sen. Anna MacKinnon, senator-elect Shelley Hughes and representatives Dan Saddler, Cathy Tilton and Lora Reinbold.

A 31-year-old Eagle River woman died Thursday, Jan. 5 when the pick-up truck she was driving crashed about six miles north of Trapper Creek along the Parks Highway.

According to Alaska State Troopers, Karen Benjamin was driving a 2008 Ford F-350 southbound on the highway near mile 120.5 at around 3:47 p.m. when the truck slipped on icy roads, crossed the roadway and rolled onto its roof. Benjamin was wearing a seat belt but did not survive the crash.

Local biathletes Grace Gilliland and Helen Wilson have been named to the U.S. national team that will compete at the Youth/Junior Biathlon World Championships Feb. 20-28.

The two earned their way onto the Youth Women’s team with their performances in qualifying Dec. 28-30 at the Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vermont.

Eagle River’s Cale Green has been named a finalist in the Alaska Railroad’s Catch The Trail Photo Contest.

Finalists were announced in a press release Jan. 4. Voting is held online via the railroad’s Facebook page and runs through Jan. 8. To vote, visit

Green’s photo is one of 18 finalists in the contest. His picture is of an Alaska Railroad train alongside Turnagain Arm.

The Chugiak girls basketball team cashed in on its trip to Las Vegas, defeating Orosi (Calif.) 74-32 to take third place in the Gold bracket at the Gator Winter Classic basketball tournament on Friday, Dec. 30. The Mustangs finished the tourney with a 4-2 record and improved to 5-2 overall.

Chasity Selden scored 21 points to lead the Mustangs, who also got 11 from Eva Palmer and 11 assists from senior Nicole Pinckney.
Pinckney – who signed to play at UAA next season in November – surpassed 1,000 career points during the tournament.

ANCHORAGE – The Eagle River man accused of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl was arraigned in Alaska Superior Court in Anchorage on Monday, Dec. 19.

Lance Hagedon, 37, was arrested in April for allegedly assaulting the girl during two visits to his home in the fall of 2015. He faces up to 99 years in prison if convicted of the charges.

Hagedon has been in jail since his arrest. He is being held on $25,000 bail with a third party custodian requirement.

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