A speedy and fortuitous response by local volunteer firefighters helped keep a small brush fire from becoming a major blaze Sunday afternoon near Mirror Lake in Chugiak.

“We were fortunate to catch it,” said Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department assistant chief Clifton Dalton Sunday afternoon at Camp Gorsuch Boy Scout camp near Mirror Lake, where firefighters extinguished a 100-by-200-foot blaze before it burned any buildings.

On a warm, windy and cloudless day at the Wolves’ Den, Eagle River head coach Brad Myers was still able to find a silver lining to his team’s 42-14 non conference football loss to Lathrop Saturday afternoon.

“We didn’t quit,” Myers said after his ERHS head coaching debut.

The Wolves fell behind 21-0 after the first half but scored two late touchdowns to earn some much-needed confidence heading into next week.

“We were starting to click in the second half,” he said.

No one was injured after a condominum caught fire on Vista Ridge Loop Friday afternoon in downtown Eagle River.

Anchorage Fire Department Assistant Chief Erich Scheunemann told the Anchorage Daily News the fire was reported at 5:24 p.m. and under control by 5:56 p.m.

Chugiak’s Hyrum Nelson and Eagle River’s Emily Walsh opened the high school cross country running season with victories Friday at the “Battle of the Bridge” dual meet that saw the crosstown rivals split team titles.

Nelson outran teammate Max Beiergrohslein by 23 seconds, finishing the 3-kilometer layout at the Beach Lake Trails in 9 minutes, 56 seconds. Chugiak swept the top four individual spots to claim the team victory, with Jacob Lestina taking third and Will Gerlach fourth. Michael Olson was the top Eagle River finisher in fifth, followed by Alex Carl in sixth.

Police are looking for a 41-year-old woman who allegedly punched her roommate during an Aug. 4 altercation on Woodland Ave. in Chugiak.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, officers were called at around 2 a.m. for a report of an assault. Officers said they found an adult woman had confronted Jacqueline M. Nicholi about a possible theft, at which point Nicholi allegedly punched the woman causing “visible injuries.” Police said Nicholi left before officers arrived.

A pregame rainbow over Chugiak’s Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium prior to Friday night’s clash between Chugiak and Palmer Moose was the first sign the Mustangs’ luck was about to change. It didn’t take long for Chugiak to cash in with a 26-2 non conference victory on a golden opening night of prep football for the blue and black.

“We’re 100 percent transformed,” said Chugiak senior quarterback Quentin Wilson, who threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as Chugiak dominated from start to finish.

Last week’s Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce luncheon was all about fitness — even if not everyone opted for a salad.

As attendees dined on gyros and fries, guest speaker Ericka Mulder, a nurse practitioner with the Anchorage Women’s Clinic, discussed ways people can combat obesity and live healthier lifestyles. While eating right is important, she said getting active can provide a wealth of health benefits.

“We’re just not engaging in enough physical activity,” said Mulder, who pointed to statistics showing Americans have obesity rates approaching 40 percent.

Nothing went right last year for the Chugiak Mustangs. This year the team is hoping it can do no wrong.

“Our energy has been awesome,” said second-year head coach Ryan Landers after a practice last week at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium. “Kids are buying into it, kids are flying around the field, they’re having fun out there and competing every day.”

Last year’s version of the Eagle River football team wasn’t the same old Wolves. This year’s won’t be, either.

Long a doormat of Alaska football, Eagle River had its best season in program history in 2018, going 7-3 overall and reaching the Division II state championship game. The Wolves set numerous team records and defeated crosstown rival Chugiak for the first time.

But gone are many of last year’s stars, including the team’s all-state quarterback, Division II Coach of the Year Bob Adkins and — hopefully — any memories from the team’s forgettable past.

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.

Police arrested a 25-year-old Anchorage man on a third-degree assault charge on Saturday after he allegedly pointed a rifle at another motorist on the Glenn Highway.

State fire crews were able to contain a small wildland fire in the Meadow Creek Valley near Eagle River Monday afternoon, fire officials say.

The Steeple Fire was reported by residents who saw the fire from their houses “just after noon on Monday,” according to information from the Alaska Division of Forestry. The fire was burning in the Meadow Creek Valley area but did not threaten any structures.

“The fire does not pose a threat to any homes at this time” the Division of Forestry wrote.

Saturday’s Eagle River Classic was an uphill battle — and that was just fine with Anchorage’s Julie Johnson.

“I just keep going on the uphill,” Johnson said after becoming the first woman to win the 10-kilometer wilderness race through the rolling hills of the Eagle River Valley in in its 15-year history.

Eagle River’s Dayton Denter led the race for the first 15 minutes or so, he said, until Johnson powered past on a long, steep hill.

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.

Sweat mixed with sunscreen and insect repellent stung my eyes as I turned right (west) off the main South Fork trail onto a smaller trail into the second pass that in my opinion is incorrectly named “Rendezvous Pass.” Likewise, signage on a post at the first pass is incorrectly labelled “Hunters Pass.”

Police arrested a 26-year-old Georgia man on Tuesday afternoon after he allegedly kicked-in his ex-girlfriend’s door while armed with a handgun and physically removed a 2-year-old child from the woman’s apartment.

It may be slow going for a while for Glenn Highway commuters, but a speedier highway is on the way.

Construction on “Phase II” of the Glenn Highway Artillery to Hiland Capacity Improvements is now underway along the state’s second-busiest highway corridor. The project will add a new three-lane southbound bridge across the Eagle River alongside the northbound bridge completed in 2015, as well as a new southbound frontage road west of the Glenn.

A brush fire that broke out overnight near the South Fork Eagle River trailhead is under control and does not pose a threat to nearby homes, according to the Anchorage Fire Department.

The fire is about a half-acre in size and burning on the mountain side of the South Fork trail near Mile 7 of Hiland Road.

Mikey Connelly continues to climb the ranks of the world’s top junior mountain runners.

The Chugiak 17-year-old took third place in the Youth A (16-17) vertical kilometer race at the 2019 Youth World Skyrunning Championships Aug. 2 on the Gran Sasso ridgelines near L’Aquila, Italy.

Well after waiting for five years, my Norland dwarf apple tree has finally produced apples! This tree has been babied and cared for to the nth degree, and just when I was about to give up — surprise! — 25 apples appeared on the tree after the blossoms faded this past spring. I am a patient person, but five years? It’s time to research this subject a little more.

Teamwork can be a funny thing — and sometimes funny can be what makes a team work.

For Eagle River 21-year-olds Annie Connelly and Keegan Crow, a working partnership meant adopting a “smile a mile” policy in order to complete the grueling Chugach Front Linkup, an epic 12-peak wilderness adventure that has become the unofficial Holy Grail of Anchorage mountain runners.

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