Lee Jordan Field wasn’t particularly friendly to the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks, which went just 2-6 during an eight-game homestand that ended with four straight losses June 25-30.

Chugiak-Eagle River fell to the Anchorage Glacier Pilots 9-0 on June 25, then dropped three in a row to the Anchorage Bucs on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday in Chugiak.

The Chinooks pounded 12 hits in their 17-12 loss to the Bucs Thursday, with Joe Brazil collecting three base hits and Mason Corbett, Dylan Gardner, Jess Davis and Ethan English picking up two each.

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 rash of overnight backyard break-ins was reported June 27 on Copper Mountain Drive in downtown Eagle River.

Jim Lanier is just getting warmed up.

The 78-year-old Chugiak musher will attempt to complete the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in his sixth different decade after entering the 2020 running of “The Last Great Race” on the first day of sign-ups Saturday in Wasilla.

A total of 40 mushers signed up in time for the annual summertime barbecue at race headquarters off Knik-Goose Bay Road. Among those joining Lanier in the race on Day 1 were reigning champion Peter Kaiser and past champions Martin Buser, Lance Mackey and Joar Leifseth Ulsom.

Umbrellas lined the Old Glenn Highway for the Chugiak Fourth of July Parade Thursday, but the only thing raining from the sky was candy.

Record temperatures greeted paradegoers for the 49th annual event, which ran from the Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Latimer Station to the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center. According to the National Weather Service, temperatures in the Anchorage area reached 89 degrees on Thursday, the highest ever recorded since record-keeping began in 1952. The previous high temperature for the city was 85 degrees set in 1969.

The 2019 Chugiak Fourth of July Parade will begin at 2 p.m., at the Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Latimer Station on the Old Glenn Highway in Chugiak. The parade will run to the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center.

The Old Glenn will be closed along the parade route from approximately 1 to 3 p.m.

EAGLE RIVER — It’s official: there will be no fireworks here on the Fourth.

As anticipated, the Municipality of Anchorage cancelled fireworks shows in Anchorage and Eagle River due to extreme fire danger brought on by persistent hot, dry weather in the area. Officials said last week the cancellations were likey after the Alaska State Fire Marshal issued a ban on fireworks statewide.

An increasingly popular way to access the backside of Mount Baldy is now closed to the public.

Recreational access passes at the private Wallace Brothers Mountain Subdivision expired July 1, and no further passes will be issued, according to the property owners. The decision means the area to the north of the main Mt. Baldy parking area is now technically off-limits to hikers. The closure does not impact the main Mt. Baldy trail, but anyone hoping to use the gently sloping gravel access road just to hiker’s left of the main trail is out of luck.

Jamie Marie (Tuk) Casey, 40, and unborn baby girl, passed away at their Chugiak home on Monday morning, June 24, 2019, as a result of a heart attack.

She was born on May 25, 1979, in Enumclaw, WA, to Bill and Care Tuk. She married her soulmate, Jeff Casey, on November 9, 2013. Jeff and Jamie have two children, Scott(4) and Samantha(2). Jamie’s favorite part of life was being a devoted loving wife and mother.

Eagle River trapshooter Madeline Taylor may be following in the gunsights of Eagle River Olympian Corey Cogdell in the not-too-distant future.

Taylor won a national championship in International Trap Shooting at the 2019 Shotgun National Junior Olympic Championships June 10-13 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Taylor claimed first place in the J2 girls division (ages 15-17) by earning 109 points to edge Texan Ryann Phillips by one point. Taylor had the third-highest overall women’s score behind women’s champion Carey Garrison and runner-up Heather Broski.

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 June 15 at around 12:50 p.m. police received a report that a home on Rebischke Lane in Eagle River had been burglarized. According to police, the homeowner said someone entered their home, greenhouse and a shed and took several items. Police said there was no sign of forced entry.

It’s cool-off season at Mirror Lake in Chugiak, where hundreds of people have been flocking to beat the heat alongside the area’s top choice for summer run in the sun.

“During the summer we try to come out here once a week,” said Chugiak’s Sarah Hansen as she watched her son, Elias, kayak on the lake, which is located at 23051 Old Glenn Highway, just off the Mirror Lake exit.

Many coaches develop a strong parental bond with their athletes, and Melissa Hall is no different.

“These two are like kids to me,” the Chugiak High track and field coach said during a National Letter of Intent signing for two of her athletes in the CHS library last month.

The audience giggled. That’s because one of the runners sitting in front of Hall was her daughter, Chugiak sprinter Reilly Hall.

“They’re laughing because one of them literally is my kid,” Hall said. “We fight and we bicker but I love her to death.”

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.

One of Alaska’s most vet-friendly towns now has a highly visible symbol of its support for the armed forces.

A joint effort of the local chamber of commerce, garden club and numerous service organizations raised more than $11,000 to bring a giant steel star and Blue Star Memorial sign to Chief Alex Park alongside the Old Glenn Highway. The 15-by-15-foot steel star was filled with red, white and blue flowers Tuesday.

A weeklong road trip to the Kenai Peninsula netted mixed results for the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks, who went 3-3 against the Peninsula Oilers during their only trip to Coral Seymour Memorial Park this summer.

The Chinooks opened the trip with three straight wins before dropping a doubleheader Saturday and falling in the finale Sunday. The road trip left Chugiak-Eagle River (4-7) one game behind the Oilers in the Alaska Baseball League standings.

Downtown Eagle River was the picture of patriotism Friday as local scouts helped members of Elks Lodge 2682 honor Flag Day with a colorful ceremony in observance of the national holiday.

“It’s about the flag, patriotism, what our lodge stands for — charity, justice, brotherly love,” said Elks Exalted Ruler Phil R. Petrie.

Since 1908, Flag Day celebrations have been mandatory for lodges within the fraternal organization, which has had a lodge in Eagle River since 1982. Petrie said the holiday is an ideal fit with the group’s mission.

Alaska State Troopers said they rescued a woman and her dog from the Crow Pass Trail via helicopter on Sunday, the second such rescue in the past two summers along the popular trail within Chugach State Park.

Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters said the helicopter rescue took place Sunday afternoon.

“The limited info I have is that we got the report at about [4:34 p.m.] regarding a hiker that was about nine miles away from the nature center,” Peters wrote in a Monday email.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Star/Eagle River Garden Club Garden of the Week for June 13 is at the home of Curt and Katherine Holloway at 12230 Winter Park Place. This week’s business Garden of the Week is located at the VCA Animal Hospital at 11710 Business Boulevard.

Local woman honored for weight loss

Chugiak’s Sarita Cox was recently named the TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) Alaska Queen for losing 117 pounds over the past decade.

“Over the years, I tried most all of the diets, pills, and injections,” Cox said in a press release about the recognition. “Most of them helped take the weight off, but as soon as Istopped, every ounce came back plus more.”

Cox joined the Chugiak TOPS chapter in 1982 and began to make steady progress in 2007, said Cox, who once weighed over 300 pounds.

Groundwork is being laid for a new gym in Eagle River.

“Sometime around September we began talking with the Planet Fitness folks,” said Andre Spinelli, whose family’s company, Spinell Homes, owns the land at the corner of S. Juanita Loop and the Old Glenn Highway.

Last summer, Spinell received the permits needed to re-route a small creek that runs through the property. That move allowed him to build on the property, which led to a deal with the nationwide fitness chain.

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