Chugiak’s Daniel Niebles got a repeat and Eagle River’s Andrew Hamilton got some redemption Saturday at the Cook Inlet Confernce Wrestling Tournament at South High.

Niebles won his second straight CIC championship at 189 pounds, while Hamilton claimed the 171-pound title one season after falling in the 215-pound finals.

Niebles improved to 39-0 this season by defeating East’s Daniel Mokom 4-2 in the finals Saturday. The match was the only challenge for the senior, who pinned his first three tournament opponents en route to the finals.

Birchwood Community Council members voted Wednesday to ask the Alaska Attorney General’s office to oppose the Native Village of Eklutna in its lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Birchwood residents are celebrating after a controversial project that would have run a water transmission line through their community has been scrapped.

“There are no plans for AWWU to move forward,” Gretchen Wehmhoff told the Birchwood Community Council Wednesday.

Students in Brian Mason’s class at Chugiak High didn’t ace their big test Tuesday. They butchered it.

Mason brought a cow moose carcass to class in the back of his pickup truck that morning, and for the rest of the day his students went to work de-boning, separating, grinding and packaging the animal. The bloody business served as a way to immerse the World Discovery Seminar program students in Alaska cultural traditions, give them a basic understanding of anatomy and teach them practical life skills.

There’s plenty of fight in these Wolves.

Tay Kurpius and Aaron James provided dramatic goals and Ryan Gray did the rest as Eagle River shocked Service with a thrilling 4-3 Cook Inlet Conference hockey win in overtime Tuesday at Ben Boeke Ice Arena.

Gray stopped 38 shots — including all four he faced in overtime — and Kurpius made him a winner with an unassisted strike with 2:55 left in the extra frame. James’ goal was nearly as important, with the sophomore sending the game into extra time just seconds after Service appeared to have completed an improbable comeback.

Holiday spirit burned hot on a chilly Friday night in Eagle River last week as the annual Winter Wonderland and Merry Merchant Munch events returned to fill Town Square Park with children, community and cheer.

Not everyone went home happy, but they all drove the same roads home.

A hotly anticipated community meeting on the future of Chugiak-Eagle River schools produced a few barbs but few fireworks Monday at Mirror Lake Middle School as the debate continued between neighbors who support paying to repair earthquake-damaged Gruening Middle School and those who hope to combine the area’s two public high schools.

Eight different Mustangs scored goals as Chugiak blasted Bartlett 15-1 Tuesday night in a Cook Inlet Conference hockey game at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Jarett Beckett led the onslaught with four goals and three assists for the Mustangs and Luke Momblow had an eight-point night, scoring two goals and assisting on six others.

Barrett Pelant had a hat trick and an assist for Chugiak, which got two goals from Tanner Ebersole and one each from Wyatt Young, Keyan Breivogel, Blake Francione and Joe Joe Tapley.

For the second straight year, Eagle River has produced the sharpest shooters in the Cook Inlet Conference. This year they’re the smartest, too.

The Wolves won their second straight CIC riflery championship Saturday at West High, besting the host Eagles by 63 points in the combined team standings. Eagle River also won the team GPA award for the highest combined team grade point average.

Eagle River beat Dimond by eight points last season to win its first conference title.

Editor’s note: The following story contains depictions of sexual violence that may be disturbing to some readers.

A 34-year-old Chugiak man has reached a deal with state prosecutors to admit he raped a 9-year-old girl on Memorial Day of 2018.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for Turnagain Arm, Anchorage and Eagle River through 6 p.m. Monday as a warm winter storm brought record temperatures and high wind gusts to the area.

The highest winds were expected Monday evening, according to the alert issued at 3:22 a.m. Monday.

The Anchorage School District has cancelled school and all district activities for Monday, Dec. 9, 2019 due to icy roads in the Anchorage area.

The district announced the closure shortly after 5 a.m. Monday. The closure includes all sports and after-school activities but does not apply to facility rentals for non-ASD groups.

Temperatures Monday were in the mid-30s to upper 40s with light rain, and the district cited deteroriating road conditions on secondary and side streets as the reason for the closure.

Jarett Beckett and Tyler Huffer each scored twice as Chugiak rolled to a 6-2 nonconference hockey win over Soldotna at the McDonald Center.

Huffer’s score with 8:04 left in the second period off a Shayden Davis assist was the game-winner for the Mustangs, who improved to 3-3 overall. His second goal was the team’s last, a power-play strike off assists from Beckett and Luke Momblow early in the third period.

Nothing can stop the Merry Merchant Munch and Winter Wonderland celebration from returning to Chugiak-Eagle River. At least, that’s what the local chamber of commerce is promising.

“We are having Merry Merchant Munch no matter what,” said Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber executive director Debbie Rinckey during the chamber’s biweekly lunch forum last month.

The annual event was canceled last year after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the area on Nov. 30.

But Rinckey said a full slate of food and fun is planned for Dec. 6-7 in downtown Eagle River.

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.

On Nov. 26 at around 6 p.m. police received a report that a red and white 1994 Ford pickup was stolen while parked unlocked outside a business with its keys inside.

Tie gets the Rumbler.

Chugiak retook the Rumble Cup trophy for the first time since 2015 by the thinnest of margins Wednesday night, tying Eagle River 30-30 in a dual wrestling meet at CHS to win the annual crosstown rivalry in a tiebreaker.

Eagle River ran its winning streak to four in a row with a 2-1 nonconference high school hockey win Tuesday night at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Tay Kurpius scored the game-winner with 8:12 left in the third period off assists from Dylan Bender and Jacob Whetsell.

The Wolves opened the scoring with a Brooks Christian short-hander off an Aaron James assist less than five minutes into the first period, but the Knights equalized late in the frame with an unassisted tally from Carson Lantto.

Ryan Gray made 22 stops for the Wolves, who were outshot 23-14.

A Chugiak man has been sentenced to nine months in federal prison for failing to register as a sex offender.

Donald Eugene Phillips, 37, was charged in July with one count with failure to register, according to a statement from Bryan Schroder, U.S. Attorney for the District of Alaska. He subsequently pleaded guilty and was sentenced Wednesday by Sr. District Judge Ralph R. Beistline.

[Editor’s note: This story is part of a joint series by the Star and Anchorage Daily News looking back at the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake. To read the rest of the series, click here.]

The 7.1 earthquake that jolted the Cook Inlet region on Nov. 30, 2018, cracked walls, liquefied soil and split foundations. But a year later, data show the wreckage wasn’t evenly distributed.

[Editor’s note: This story is part of a joint series by the Star and Anchorage Daily News looking back at impacts and lessons learned from the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake. To read more of the series, click here.]

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