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.

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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.

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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.

Eagle River claimed a fifth-place finish at the 20-team Dimond/Service Volleyball Tournament Friday and Saturday in Anchorage.

The Wolves went 5-3 in pool play to finish second in a pool that included Wasilla, North Pole, Homer and Juneau. The finish advanced the team into the “Gold” bracket for the top eight teams after the first day of play.

At Chugiak High, they’ve got a nickname for Ashley Bailey, the steely-eyed security guard who stalks the campus with the vigilance of a junkyard dog that ain’t been fed.

“The kids call her ‘Bulldog Bailey,’” said Chugiak principal Megan Hatswell.

Bailey has a reputation as someone who doesn’t take a lot of guff. Hatswell said the military veteran is fierce but fair — traits that have earned her grudging respect from the students she oversees.

Chugiak’s Emily Rand placed fourth in the floor exercise and 12th in the all-around competition Saturday at the Cook Inlet Conference Gymnastics Meet at Dimond High.

The CHS junior was the top local competitor at the season-ending meet. Teammate Makenna Casey was 13th in the all-around competition, highlighted by a ninth-place finish on the parallel uneven bars for the fourth-place Mustangs.

Finja Ochse placed ninth on the balance beam to lead Eagle River, which finished sixth in the team standings.

A Chugiak High senior has won a Frightening 4K title for the second straight year after Adrianna Proffitt claimed her first women’s race championship Saturday in downtown Anchorage.

Last year’s women’s runner-up, Proffitt clocked at time of 14 minutes, 2 seconds to beat Anchorage’s Payton Smith by 21 seconds. Eagle River’s Breanna Day — Proffitt’s Chugiak High teammate — was third. Proffitt won the annual Halloween-themed race while running in a black mask and red “Incredibles” costume.

Progress is being made on a project to help Alaskans reach out and touch their neighbors Outside.

Matanuska Telephone Association CEO Michael Burke visited the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce biweekly lunch forum earlier this month at the Matanuska Alehouse in Eagle River, where he said only about 40 more miles of cable are needed to complete the co-op’s Alcan One project, which when completed next year will become the first overland fiber optic link between Alaska and the Lower 48.

“It’s all buried, which is much easier to maintain,” he said.

10 years ago this week in the Star…

‘An icon restored’

Access to Mt. Baldy in Eagle River was opened after a five-year battle, according to a front-page story in the Oct. 29, 2009, edition of the Star headlined “An icon restored.”

The final piece of the puzzle was a road-paving project atop Skyline Drive completed by the local street maintenance department, according to a story by Darrell Breeze that featured a photo of Eagle River hikers Eric and Lora Reinbold coming down off the mountain.

It was a good summer to be a bear in Anchorage, where far fewer bruins were killed due to conflicts with humans.

According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, just six bears were killed by either the government or by private citizens defending life or property. That’s a dramatic decrease from 2018, when 42 bears were killed.

“Compared to other years it was like being on vacation,” said Fish and Game area management biologist Dave Battle.

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.

UPDATE (Oct. 23, 2019): McKenzie was listed as in custody Wednesday morning at the Anchorage Correctional Complex.

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Anchorage police are looking for an Eagle River man accused of grabbing a woman by the throat and pushing her against a wall.

One of the six community councils representing the Chugiak-Eagle River area says it wants little to do with a movement to detach the area from the Municipality of Anchorage.

At its Oct. 15 meeting, the Eklutna Valley Community Council voted 15-1 to disassociate itself from the “Eaglexit” movement, an effort that began this spring to explore the possibility of detaching Assembly District 2 from the muni and forming its own local government.

“We’re kind of raising a red flag and saying don’t count on us,” said EVCC vice president Rick Sinnott, who drafted the resolution.

Emily Rand won the floor exercise and placed third in the all-around standings to lead Chugiak to a second-place finish at a four-team gymnastics meet on Friday, Oct. 18 at Dimond High. Rand wowed the judges with her floor routine, which was the only individual performance of the day to score a 9.000 or higher.

South’s Ellie Decker won the uneven bars and balance beam to claim the all-around title, with the first-place Wolverines’ Brieley Alch placing second in the all-around standings after winning the vault.

Eagle River’s football team finished second in the Northern Lights Conference but last in the hearts of the conference’s coaches.

The Wolves were shut out of All-NLC voting this year as conference champion Soldotna took the lion’s share of first-team honors and the rest were given to players from teams that finished below Eagle River in the standings.

Among the NLC’s top awards, the Stars swept all but Coach of the Year — with that honor going to Kodiak’s Brian Ellsworth after he guided his team to a 2-6 campaign that included a 41-7 loss to Eagle River.

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