Daniel Bausch hasn’t missed a stride since leaving Chugiak High.

The 2018-19 Alaska Gatorade Cross Country Athlete of the Year and current Utah Valley University cross country runner clocked a time of 15 minutes, 34 seconds to win the Skinny Raven Turkey Trot 5-kilometer race in downtown Anchorage on Thanksgiving Day.

Bausch finished 30 seconds ahead of second-place Lars Arneson of Anchorage. Anchorage’s Jake Moe was third.

Chugiak’s powerhouse stable of runners has produced two more Division I thoroughbreds.

The Mustangs’ Brooklynn Gould and Hyrum Nelson signed Division I National Letters of Intent in the week before Thanksgiving Break, with Gould making the leap to the University of North Dakota and Nelson travelling cross-country to Utah’s Brigham Young University.

Nobody was hurt after powerful winds tore off part of the roof of an Eagle River restaurant Wednesday night.

The Matanuska Brewing Company posted dramatic video of the damage, which took place as a massive storm brought rain and wind gusts of more than 110 MPH to some parts of Anchorage Wednesday afternoon and into Thursday morning.

A Chugiak convenience store was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night.

According to Anchorage Police Department spokesperson, a man with a gun walked into the Vitus gas station on the Old Glenn Highway at around 9 p.m. and demanded money. Thim said the suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police searched the area with a K9 unit until around midnight but were unable to locate a suspect, Thim said.

“Detectives are reviewing surveillance video from the area,” Thim wrote.

Chugiak’s Daniel Niebles remained undefeated on the high school wrestling season with a second-round pin of West’s Caedmon Crowley during a dual match at Chugiak High Tuesday night.

The 189-pound senior was one of five CHS wrestlers to win by fall, but the Eagles used superior team depth to earn a 46-30 team victory. Also earning pins for the Mustangs were Tristan Petrykievicz (140 pounds), Calvin Daugherty (145), Grant Jones (152) and Justin Lafferty (160).

Eagle River won its third straight game Tuesday behind a pair of goals from Dylan Bender and a solid night from Ryan Gray in net during a 5-1 nonconference high school hockey victory over Service the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Tucker Lien, Tay Kurpius and Gunnar Sackerson also scored for the Wolves, who scored three times in the final 4:44 of the third period to break open what had been a tight contest.

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 and volunteer firefighters responded to a Friday, Nov. 22 car crash that resulted in a trip to the hospital for a vehicle’s passenger and a trip to jail for its driver.

A feud has formed in Chugiak-Eagle River over whether to combine the area’s two public high schools.

At stake in the small-town spat are tens of millions of municipal dollars and the future of thousands of children in the famously quarrelsome twin towns where the only thing people might currently be more irritated with than outsiders is each other.

A woman said she was beaten in Thunderbird Falls after being picked up by a man in Anchorage on Thursday, Nov. 21.

According to police, dispatchers received a call at around 10:21 p.m. from a man who told them a woman showed up at the door of his home with visible injuries.

When police arrived, the woman reportedly told them she was walking in Anchorage near the intersection of Benson Boulevard and the Seward Highway when an unknown man in a red, full-size Ford pickup offered her a ride.

Many folks know the local Lions Club mainly for its large clubhouse and sports complex across from Walmart in Eagle River. But it’s what Lions do that can’t be seen that makes the group special according to Lion Karen Burns, who spoke about the group during the weekly Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce meeting Nov. 20 at the Matanuska Brewing Company in Eagle River.

“We’ve been here a long time,” Burns told the chamber before detailing the organization’s many and varied service projects.

Chugiak/Eagle River exploded for four second-period goals en route to a 7-6 Anchorage Girls Hockey League win over Service/East on Friday, Nov. 22 at the Dempsey Anderson Ice Arena in Anchorage.

Rian Runyan had a hat trick and Chugiak/Eagle River got two goals each from Daphne Gray and Haley Olds — including the game-winner with 6:30 left in the third period.

Runyan and Kara Rahm both notched two assists for Chugiak/Eagle River, which improved to 2-2 in the four-team league.

More than a dozen local musicians have earned spots in the 2019 ASAA/First National Bank Alaska All-State Music Festival Nov. 22-23 in Anchorage.

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.

Eagle River got two goals and three assists from both Tay Kurpius and Brooks Christian to claim a 7-0 Cook Inlet Conference hockey win over East Thursday at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Kurpius has been red hot in the early season, scoring five goals and dishing five assists through Eagle River’s first four games.

Gavin McDonald had a goal and three assists for the Wolves, who got one goal each from Aaron and Jacob James.

Eagle River’s Zach Plucinski is hoping to add an NCAA title to an already loaded trophy case.

The Omaha Lancers defenseman and 2019 Chugiak High School graduate has signed a National Letter of Intent to play Division I college hockey at the University of Notre Dame.

“The education and hockey package is arguably the best in the NCAA,” the 6-foot-1, 199-pound defenseman said in a story posted on the Lancers’ website.

Notre Dame (8-1-1) plays in the Big 10 conference and is currently ranked No. 3 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey Poll.

Damage to Eagle River parks from last year’s earthquake remains, but without sure funding there’s little hope some needed projects will be completed any time soon.

Eagle River-Chugiak Parks and Recreation Director Karen Richards said Monday the process for receiving federal funds is slow and complicated with little guarantee any money will ever come.

“There’s nothing up front, there’s no guarantee,” Richards told Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors Monday night at its monthly meeting in Eagle River.

Chugiak High runner Hyrum Nelson was the second Alaskan and 60th overall Saturday at the Nike Cross Northwest cross-country races at Eagle Island State Park near Boise, Idaho.

Nelson finished the 5-kilometer course in 16 minutes, 14 seconds.

Chugiak’s Breanna Day finished in 20:18 to place 143rd in the girls race.

A total of 13 high schoolers and four middle schoolers from Alaska took part in the annual races, which featured some of the best young runners from Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.

Chugiak’s avalanche of hockey games turned into a mere flurry after one of a scheduled three straight games was postponed Thursday due to icy roads.

The Cook Inlet Conference game against Service on Thursday would have been Chugiak’s third game in three nights, but instead will be played at a future date.

Chugiak went 1-1 in its two games to start the week, falling to Dimond before knocking off East to improve to 1-2 in the conference. The Mustangs face South on Thursday and play Bartlett on Saturday.

Chugiak 6, East 1

Birchwood residents are in favor of a plan by the local road board to spend $1.2 million to replace the one-lane Starner Bridge across Peters Creek.

The Birchwood Community Council voted last week to support a resolution by the Chugiak-Birchwood-Eagle River Rural Road Service Area (CBERRRSA) Board of Supervisors to reallocate funds left over from the Yosemite Drive upgrade project for the bridge.

“We’re trying to make our capital improvements go as far as we can,” said Matt Cruickshank, Birchwood’s representative on the CBERRRSA board.

Icy roads have forced the cancellation of Anchorage School District after-school activities for Thursday, Nov. 14.

The decision was announced Thursday afternoon on the district’s website, which cited deterorating weather conditions. It does not affect the state volleyball tournament, which began today at the Alaska Airlines Center.


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