Saturday began with a splash and ended with a souvenir for the Eagle River girls swimming and diving team, which won the first event of the day at the ASAA/First National Bank Swimming and Diving Championships and walked away with the school’s first state swimming runner-up trophy.

The Wolves won four individual girls titles and a relay championship; McKenzie Fazio claimed two individual victories, with Ellie Mercer and Kiara Borchardt winning one each.

Four Chugiak-Eagle River hockey players will turn back the clock this weekend for a much-anticipated Alaska Aces alumni game at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

Local skaters Pete McEnaney, Brian Swanson and Justin Martin will join goalie John DeCaro on the ice for the event, which will bring more than 60 former Aces players and coaches back for a two-game series.

Few people have played a bigger role in preserving the unique narrative of the Chugiak-Eagle River community than Jinny Kirk, a woman who also had a role in creating much of that history.

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz says he’s all for smaller government but isn’t convinced Chugiak-Eagle River residents would be making a wise decision by breaking away from the municipality.

“Interesting conversation,” Berkowitz said Wednesday at the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce lunch forum in Eagle River. “Show me the money.”

Eagle River got four goals and two assists from Tucker Lien to take a 10-2 high school hockey exhibition win over Bartlett on Wednesday at Ben Boeke Ice Arena.

Brooks Christian had two goals for the Wolves, who also got scores from Bryan Collins, Gunnar Sackerson, Jacob James and Dmitri Kucherov.

Aiden Bruno made seven saves for Eagle River, which outshot the Golden Bears 49-9.

Bradley Beals had both goals for Bartlett, which got 39 saves from Dylan Harrington.

It’s springtime in the Chugach Mountains, where fuzzy white willow catkins are a sure sign of longer, warmer days ahead. There’s just one problem: It’s November.

“It’s pretty much unprecedented,” said Justin Fulkerson, a research botanist who said he first heard reports of catkins (also known as “pussy willows”) showing up in the Anchorage area from a fellow scientist in late October.

Chugiak advanced to the weekend Wednesday with a gritty win over the host Service Cougars Thursday at the Cook Inlet Conference Volleyball Tournament.

The Mustangs dropped two of the first three sets before winning the final two to claim the victory. The Mustangs will play at 3:30 p.m. Friday against the loser of Thursday’s South vs. Bartlett match. The tournament’s top three teams will advance to the state tournament Nov. 14-16 in Anchorage.

The CIC’s No. 6 seed, Chugiak opened the tournament with a 3-1 loss to No. 3 seed East on Wednesday.

Jen Hufford hadn’t slept for two days after an exhausting flight from Anchorage to London to Scandinavia, but as she settled into her hotel in Are, Sweden, earlier this week, her excitement still bubbled over. On Friday, the 35-year-old Eagle River sports trainer and athlete with an impressive competitive resume will toe the line with an elite group of competitors from around the world vying for the title of World Spartan Ultra champion.

A big lineman and a big leg have been tabbed for top postseason honors by the state’s football coaches.

Chugiak senior defensive end Austin Harr was named first-team All-State by the Alaska Football Coaches Association, which named the Mustangs’ Josh Rolston as the state’s top kicker and punter.

Harr was a first-team All-Railbelt Conference selection at defensive end and a second-team all-conference running back for the Mustangs, who went 6-3 and lost in the first round of the Division I state playoffs.

Two familiar names have signaled their intent to run for a Chugiak-Eagle River seat on the Anchorage Assembly in the April 7, 2020, municipal election.

As of Monday, Eagle River’s Jamie Allard and Chugiak’s Gretchen Wehmhoff were the only District 2 residents to file letters of intent with the Alaska Division of Elections. The filing period for municipal office is Jan. 1-Feb. 1, but the letters permit candidates to raise funds prior to officially filing for office.

Montana State University redshirt freshman tight end Derryk Snell had his best game as a college football player Saturday when he caught three passes for 42 yards and his first career touchdown in the Bobcats’ 42-7 win over Southern Utah in Bozeman, Montana.

The 2017 Alaska Gatorade Football Player of the Year has caught six passes this season and drew praise from Bobcats coach Jeff Choate in postgame interviews.

“He’s got really good ball skills,” Choate said of the 6-foot-2, 245-pounder, who graduated from Chugiak High in 2018. “He’s a talented young man.”

UPDATE (Nov. 6, 2019) — A broken water line that caused a Glenn Highway onramp to be closed for more than a day has been repaired.

The Municipality of Anchorage issued an alert early Wednesday morning saying the southbound North Eagle River ramp had been reopened.


Municipal crews are working to fix a broken water line that has forced the temporary closure of the southbound Glenn Highway on-ramp at the North Eagle River exit.

UPDATE (Nov. 7, 2019): Ingram turned himself in and as of Thursday was being held at the Anchorage Correctional Complex.


Police are looking for an Eagle River man involved in a vandalism case that led to a melee involving police and the man’s ex-girlfriend’s current boyfriend.

Participants at a French language camp near Beach Lake in Chugiak may soon be in danger of getting deja vu.

“We’ve got one student who has been at every camp so far,” said Nicole Ayers, a foreign language teacher at Chugiak High who started the third-annual camp in 2017 as a way to build a bit of esprit de corps among high school French programs within the Anchorage School District.

Ayers said she modeled the two-day camp at the Birchwood Camp after a successful program the district’s German teachers began three decades ago.

The Chugiak/Eagle River girls hockey team opened the season with a 3-1 win over Service/East on Friday at the Dempsey Anderson Ice Arena in Anchorage.

Daphne Gray, Kara Rahm and Haley Olds scored goals for Chugiak/Eagle River, which went 0-9 last season while getting outscored 61-8.

Chugiak/Eagle River plays South/Bartlett on Friday at 6:15 p.m. at the Depsey Anderson.

McKenzie Fazio did a lot of climbing Saturday at the Cook Inlet Conference Swimming and Diving Meet at Bartlett High.

A Gruening Middle School student was arrested Wednesday morning after allegedly making threats against other students.

According to a Nixle alert issued by the Anchorage Police Department, a School Resource Officer at the school — which is currently located on the campus of Chugiak High School on South Birchwood Loop — received a report of the threat at around 9:15 a.m.

After being spared from state budget cuts that would have shuttered CCS Early Learning center in Chugiak, preschool is back in session for a 48th year in the little red schoolhouse on the Old Glenn Highway. But the 15 vacant seats remaining to be filled are a new issue in the center, which historically has reached maximum enrollment every year.

The 2019-20 high school wrestling season is now underway after the opening tournament of the season.

Eagle River took fourth place at the West Anchorage Classic Friday and Saturday at West High in Anchorage.

The Wolves fell to East 48-26 in the third-place match Saturday. Eagle River opened the tournament with a 63-6 win over Palmer before losing 63-15 in the semifinals to eventual tournament champion Colony.

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.

A 31-year-old Soldotna man who was reportedly chasing a woman with a knife was arrested Friday morning in Chugiak after being taken down by a police stun gun.


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