Businesses owners know starting a new venture is a sink-or-swim situation. Sondra Tompkins plans to float.

The owner of Float 49 visited the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce last week to talk about her planned float tub business, which she said was inspired by the way her son responded to floating in the large, saltwater filled tubs.

“He was the inspiration for this business,” Tompkins said during a speech at the chamber’s biweekly lunch forum at the Matanuska Alehouse in Eagle River.

Dozens of racers and their canine teammates turned out for the season-ending Alaska Dogworks Dryland Derby at the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association Beach Lake Trails in Chugiak.

The two-day event included racing in eight dryland divisions, including 1-dog, 2-dog, 4-dog and canicross.

Pam Schamber was the only double winner, claiming victory in both the 1-dog and 2-dog scooter events. Other winners included Jerry Cosgrave (1-dog bike), Cody Greenwell (2-dog bike), Scott Maruskie (4-dog rig), Kinsey Loan (women’s canicross) and Mira Franz (girls junior canicross).

Police say a woman is expected to survive after she was shot by her boyfriend, who then fatally turned the gun on himself during an Oct. 3 incident in Chugiak.

Police were called to Rosebud Row Avenue in Chugiak at around 10:38 p.m. for a report of a suicide, according to Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Renee Oistad.

“An adult male had gotten into an altercation with his girlfriend,” Oistad wrote in a synopsis of the incident. “The male shot his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene.”

Eagle River’s riflery team rolled to its second consecutive shutout win Friday with a 7-0 victory over West at Eagle River.

Cayden Shade led the Wolves’ A team with a 288, followed by Ava Perkins (286), Lindsey Foshee (283) and Rylee Price (283).

The Wolves will travel to East for a match Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Mustangs fall to Service

Service earned a 7-0 CIC riflery win over Chugiak Friday at Service.

Alev Kelter’s 30th tournament appearance at the Women’s Rugby Sevens Series was special in more ways than one.

The Alaskan became the most-capped player in the history of USA Women’s rugby sevens on Oct. 5 when she suited up for the the national team at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Glendale, Colorado. The next day, Kelter truly made it a weekend to remember by leading the team to victory in the championship match against Australia.

Led by a podium finish from Hyrum Nelson, the Chugiak boys raced to a second straight second-place finish Saturday at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Cross Country Championships at Bartlett High.

The long-striding Mustang senior took another big leap forward, improving 18 spots from last season to place third behind champion Santiago Prosser of Dimond and Alexander Maurer of Service.

Prosser finished the 5-kilometer course in 15 minutes, 44.4 seconds to best Maurer by 23 seconds and Nelson by nearly 40 seconds.

Five miles isn’t a long way apart — unless you’re talking trophy cases.

Chugiak made the quick drive south across the Eagle River bridge Saturday and returned to Birchwood Loop with a shiny metal box of redemption after reclaiming the Battle of the Bridge trophy from Eagle River with a 35-8 nonconference football win at the Wolves’ Den.

Chugiak’s Emilee Groth won a Region IV tennis championship Saturday at the Alaska Club East in Anchorage.

The top seed in the girls bracket, Groth cruised to victory in her title match against West’s Sophia Green, knocking off the No. 2 seed 6-1, 6-0 for her first region championship.

Throw the records off the bridge, it’s rivary time.

Chugiak and Eagle River will square off at 2 p.m. Saturday at the “Wolves’ Den” in Eagle River in the annual “Battle of the Bridge” football game between the two rival schools.

The Eagle River High JROTC program continues to collect awards at a prodigious rate.

Recently, ERHS senior Rylee Price earned the Air Force JROTC and Air Force Association Leadership Award for the 2018-19 academic year. Price is a cadet major in the school’s AFJROTC program and was named the top cadet at both ERHS and the region before competing at the Headquarters level, where she ranked in the top 8 cadets in the nation, according to the Anchorage School District.

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Thursday, Oct. 3

Toddler time. 10:30 a.m., Chugiak-Eagle River Library (12001 Business Boulevard). Twenty minutes of short stories, songs and repetition to build early literacy skills for children 3 and under and their caregivers. Free program. For more information, visit anchoragelibrary.org.

Autumn rushes past us like a breath of wind. As the sun reclines lower in the sky, the air chills, leaves change into yellows and deepening reds and new snow creeps slowly down the mountains, we pause and look across our changing landscape.

“So little time before winter is upon us,” we reflect. “Where did summer go?”

Coaches for Chugiak and Eagle River’s love their teams’ prospects at the upcoming Region IV Championships — but for very different reasons.

For Chugiak’s Paul McDonough, a senior-laden Mustangs squad featuring several of the region’s top players has the team galloping into the tournament.

“Nine of our 14 players are seniors,” said McDonough, whose team features an undefeated — and top-seeded — player in girls singles star Emilee Groth.

Army officials said Thursday that 23 paratroopers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division were hospitalized after 87 soldiers landed in trees Wednesday night during a training jump at Fort Shelby, Mississippi.

Many of the paratroopers landed high in trees and needed several hours to be recovered. The Army said all will recover, with the most serious injury being a broken back. Most of the soldiers taken to the hospital had been released by Thursday afternoon.

The “Spartan” brigade is based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

A widely circulated photo of Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy with his former and current chiefs of staff this summer was altered to remove evidence of the governor’s surgery the day before.

Dunleavy spokesman Matt Shuckerow confirmed last week that the photo of the governor, Tuckerman Babcock and Ben Stevens distributed by Dunleavy’s office on July 31 was digitally manipulated. Previously the governor had only acknowledged altering a photo of the governor with Sen. David Wilson.

Police have concluded an investigation into a boy who they said brought a backpack containing a loaded gun and a knife to Fire Lake Elementary. Anchorage Police Department spokesman MJ Thim said the case has been turned over to the municipal prosecutor’s office for review.

“They will determine if charges will be filed,” Thim wrote in a Wednesday email.

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 Sept. 23 at around noon police were called to Eagle River High School for a report of a student who allegedly had a vape pen containing THC oil. Police said charges were forwarded to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

A reliable source of water for hundreds of Chugiak-Eagle River residents may soon run dry, but city officials are committed to keeping the water flowing.

Soldotna ran wild against Eagle River on Saturday, racking up 10 first-half touchdowns en route to an 81-7 Northern Lights Conference win at Justin Maile Field in Soldotna.

The loss was the worst in Eagle River program history, eclipsing a 70-0 loss to South in 2006, the team’s first season of varsity play. However, the tough day came with a silver lining as the Wolves clinched a playoff berth with a Kodiak win over Kenai Central.

Eagle River’s Scott Minor was named Volunteer of the Year by Special Olympics Alaska during the group’s Breakfast With Champions event on Sept. 18 at the Jim Balamaci Training Center in Anchorage.

Minor and his wife, Alicia, own Fitzgerald Photography in Eagle River, and Minor frequently captures images for Special Olympics events. He first started working with the group in 2001 when the late Balamaci hired him to take photos during the Special Olympics World Games in Anchorage. In a speech shared by his wife on Facebook, Minor said he was humbled by the experience.

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