• Chugiak edged past Bartlett 36-35 at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium on Aug. 21 thanks in large part to a blocked extra point by Noah Harris and a gutsy two-point conversion call by Mustangs coach Roger Spackman. The Mustangs improved to 1-1 and 1-0 in the Cook Inlet Conference while the Bears fell to 1-1 and 0-1 in the league. “Bartlett, they’re a physically dominating team,” said Mustangs quarterback Ben Stewart. “They have a team of seniors who’ve...

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  • Bears, wolves and eagles romped and flew around the Eagle River Nature Center during the Jr. Naturalist “Animal Puppets Storytelling” event Jan. 4. Chief naturalist Ute Olsson read “Aesop’s Fables” to the group and then let them loose on the center’s puppet collection for a chance to enact their own tales. At first, the children simply imitated the stories she had read, Olsson said. But as their confidence grew, they began making up their own...

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  • Note to readers: Because of other commitments, I will be unable to continue this column for the Chugiak-Eagle River Star. Over the years, I have felt honored and privileged to relate some of my outdoor adventure, and comment on other subjects. I do hope that you have enjoyed those adventures as much as I have chronicling them. Maybe I’ll see you out on the trail. And remember: The best trails are those we make ourselves. At roughly 4,000...

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