A potential windfall for Chugiak-Eagle River taxpayers continues to move forward in one of the area’s quietest areas.

Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation Director John Rodda told the Parks and Rec Board of Supervisors on Monday the appraisal process at Beach Lake Park is about to get underway — the next toward the sale of a conservation easement on nearly 1,400 acres of the 1,700-acre municipal park.

“At that point, the valuation will have been established,” he said.

The Eagle River girls claimed a dual meet win over Service on Friday at Service High.

The Wolves got individual wins from McKenzie Fazio (200 yard freestyle, 100 butterfly), Ellie Mercer (50 free, 100 free), Kiara Borchardt (200 individual medley), Lindsay Drummond (diving) and Kara Johnson (500 freestyle) to claim a 93-81 victory. The Eagle River boys lost 105-60, but did get individual wins from Thomas Myers in the 50 freestyle and Jake Metzger (500 free) and Matthew Heaphy (100 breaststroke.

Mustangs fall to Dimond

Chugiak senior Hyrum Nelson won the Division I boys race at the Palmer Invitational on Saturday at the Janecek Trails.

Nelson finished in 15 minutes, 18.96 seconds to clock the day’s fastest overall time on the 5-kilometer course. Service’s Alex Maurer was second in 15:26.28, with South’s Kaleb Beloy (16:23.48 in third. Tristian Merchant of ACS won the Division II boys race in 16:11.99.

Eagle River’s football team is coming home with a comeback win.

The Wolves scored 28 straight points to stun West Valley Friday night for a 36-30 nonconference win in Fairbanks.

“We have a really strong-heart team,” Wolves quarterback Nathaniel Guderian told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner after scoring the game-winning touchdown with 1:17 left to play.

Guderian credited his offensive linemen for the 1-yard plunge.

“My linemen did it right there for me,” he said.

A small plane made an emergency landing Friday evening in the southbound lanes of the Glenn Highway near the Palmer Hay Flats just north of Eklutna. An Anchorage Police Department dispatcher said there were no injuries reported.

Several police cars were on the scene where the blue-and-white plane sat parked alongside the busy highway at around 8:30 p.m., but there were no lane closures or traffic delays.

According to an online database, the plane is a Maule M-4 220, a fixed-wing, propeller driven plane built in 1973.

Payback is a blast. Just ask the Chugiak Mustangs, who scored on offense, defense and special teams Saturday to clobber Colony 38-12 and remain undefeated at a rainy Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium in Chugiak.

“It feels great, especially bouncing back from last year,” said Chugiak’s Kody Carlson, who made big plays on offense and defense as the Mustangs knocked off their second straight Chugach Conference opponent.

Eagle River and Chugiak picked up Cook Inlet Conference victories Thursday in Anchorage.

At Begich Middle School, Eagle River swept the singles and girls doubles matches to earn a 6-3 win over Service.

Jillian Mullen and Mikayla Johnson won girls singles matches for the Wolves, Griffin Marson and Cam Witte won boys singles matches and the doubles squads of Ella Bryner/Sarah Von Luhrte and Lila Wegener/Lily Singleton took the girls doubles matches.

Chugiak and Eagle River were among four Alaska high schools to receive national banner recognition for efforts to provide “inclusive sports and activities for students with and without disabilities.”

The local schools were joined by East and West High.

“These schools are receiving this honor as a result of meeting national standards of excellence in the areas of inclusion, advocacy and respect,” according to a press release about the recognition.

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.

Josh Wood is a submarine hunter.

The 2010 Eagle River High School graduate and current U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class was recently featured in a profile by the Navy’s American Connections Media Outreach blog, which highlights the work of sailors for their local communities. An aviation electrician’s mate with the Navy’s HSM 71 squadron, Wood is responsible for helping keep the Navy’s MH-60R “Seahawk” helicopter in the air.

Chugiak spiked Service Wednesday in a three-set Cook Inlet Conference volleyball match at CHS.

The Mustangs got more dominant as the match rolled along, winning 25-19, 25-12, 25-11.

Ellie Scherffius had a match-high 10 kills and five blocks for the Mustangs, who got 17 digs from Annika Schimmack, 14 assists from Layla Beam and 10 digs and a pair of aces from Reyna Moore, who had a seven-point serving streak. Ashley Hicks added 11 digs and seven kills for Chugiak, which also got five blocks from Shannon Luna and nine assists from Stephanie Stoltenberg.

Even if you’re not hard of hearing, it’s getting a little hard to hear inside the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

“It’s old and needs upgrading for sure,” said facility manager Reid McDonald of the center’s 35-year-old sound system.

For its age, the system has held up well, McDonald said.

“It doesn’t sound too bad,” he said.

Derryk Snell is officially a Division I college football player — and he’s got the stats to prove it.

A 2018 Chugiak High grad, Snell caught his first career pass in FCS Division I Montana State’s 45-10 loss to FBS squad Texas Tech on Saturday in Lubbock, Texas.

The 6-foot-2, 245-pound redshirt freshman tight end caught one pass for four yards in the loss to the Red Raiders in his first collegiate game.

Fall means hunting, football and the return to normalcy for the area’s community councils.

All five local councils that meet regularly have meetings in September after most took the summer off. The first will be the South Fork Community Council on Thursday, Sept. 5 at Eagle River High at 7 p.m.

20 years ago this week in the Star…

Legislators debate PFD advisory vote

Chugiak Sen. Rick Halford and Anchorage Rep. Brian Porter “expressed sharply different views” on an upcoming Permanent Fund Advisory vote during a meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce.

According to a story in the Sept. 2, 1999 Star, the vote would ask Alaskans whether legislators should be allowed to use a portion of the $30 billion Permanent Fund for state spending.

Chugiak and Eagle River dropped flag football games Saturday, with the Wolves falling to South and the Mustangs losing to Service in overtime.

South got two touchdowns from Shelby Ottum in its 39-0 win at South.

At Service High, the Mustangs tied the game with a minute left to play but were unable to convert the extra point. Service then stopped the Mustangs’ offense from the 10-yard line before getting a touchdown pass from Lehua Foma’i to Sharlynn Crutcher to claim an 18-12 win.

Baldy might be beautiful, but Blacktail rocks.

The popular Mt. Baldy trail atop Skyline Drive in Eagle River draws thousands of hikers each summer, but few venture much farther down the trail then the vantage point overlooking Chugiak-Eagle River and the Knik Arm. Those who do will find a wide-open alpine trail leading to Blacktail Rocks and a vantage point as good as any in the Front Range.

It’s been a bumpy ride for Glenn Highway commuters since the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake, but upcoming repairs to the Eagle River bridge should help make for smoother sailing soon.

The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities has announced repair work will begin on the northbound bridge starting Sept. 3. The work is being done to repair abutments on each end of the bridge, which were damaged when the magnitude 7.1 quake struck the area.

Sometimes both the tortoise and the hare are winners.

Eagle River’s Emily Walsh and Dimond’s Sonny Prosser used dramatically different strategies to reach the top of the podium Saturday at the annual State Preview cross country running meet at Bartlett High. While Walsh went the “slow and steady” route to grind down her competition, Prosser sped away from his pursuers and never looked back.

Walsh said her goal was to run “even splits” throughout the race rather than going out fast and trying to hold on.

Not even an icy waterfall can cool off the red-hot Chugiak football team, which rolled to a 34-20 victory Saturday over Bartlett to remain undefeated.

The team has gotten in the habit of visiting Thunderbird Falls before (and sometimes after) practices to take dips in the chilly Chugiak stream. Although ice baths are known to soothe tired muscles after workouts, senior Tyler Huffer said the ritual has become a cherished team bonding exercise.


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