Matt Tunseth

The defending champions of the Iron Dog have been kicked out of the “World’s Longest, Toughest Snowmobile Race” on its final day.

Race officials disqualified Eagle River’s Tyson Johnson and Palmer’s Tyler Aklestad early Saturday morning for violating a race rule against outside help.

Eagle River teens Grace Gilliland and Helen Wilson have taken their first shot at international biathlon competition in Slovakia.

Gilliland, 17, and Wilson, 15, are currently competing at the International Biathlon Union Youth/Junior World Championships in Osrblie, Slovakia.

Chugiak High School principal David Legg has banned the display of the Confederate flag at the school after a “tumultuous” two weeks following an incident in which students posed with a version of the flag for photos inside the school.

In an email sent to Chugiak parents, Legg said he told students of the flag ban during morning announcements Tuesday.

In addition to the Confederate flag ban, Legg also told parents he reminded students “that they must have approval from the administration to have any kind of display or presentation at school.”

On a night dedicated to honoring Chugiak, East stole the show.

First, the East girls snapped Chugiak’s six-game winning streak with a 55-44 Cook Inlet Conference win on the Mustangs’ home floor. Then in the nightcap, East senior star Moses Miller eclipsed 1,000 points for his career in the T-birds’ 75-45 CIC rout.

“We didn’t shoot well the last time we played them and we didn’t shoot well tonight,” said Chugiak girls coach Ryan Hales, whose team dropped to No. 2 in the statewide coaches’ poll earlier in the day.

A common desire to see local control over Chugiak-Eagle River affairs unites the four people vying to represent the area on the Anchorage Assembly:

“I’ll continue to defend the unique things about our community,” promised Fred Dyson.

In interviews this week with the Star, that theme was repeated over and over by Dyson’s fellow candidates:

“I want to uphold the values we have out here,” said candidate John Brassell.

“We don’t really have much of a voice out here,” said candidate Patrick Donnelly.

When The Dome fell, the impacts were felt far beyond South Anchorage.

The popular indoor sports venue caved in Jan. 21 due to heavy snow, and it won’t be fixed any time soon. That means spring sports in the Anchorage area will have to get creative with their early season schedules.

“Now’s the time when we just have to move forward,” said Melissa Hall, the head track and field coach at Chugiak High.

Emergency crews and bystanders escaped injury when a vehicle plowed into a Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department engine on the Glenn Highway Sunday morning.

Chief Clifton Dalton said the incident happened in the inbound lanes of the Glenn near the North Eagle River exit at around 10:25 a.m. The engine was on the scene of a separate vehicle accident and had parked in the righthand lane. Dalton said a man driving a red Suburban struck the engine from behind.

“He hit it pretty hard,” Dalton said.

Chugiak’s girls Nordic ski team showed it can go ski-to-ski with the state’s best during an entertaining, back-and-forth freestyle relay race at the Region IV meet at Kincaid Park on Saturday.

The Mustangs had the crowd abuzz by taking the lead on the second leg and only relinquishing it to a powerful charge by West anchor Maggie York.

“We wanted to race hard today,” said the Mustangs’ Heidi Booher after helping her team to a second-place finish in both the relay and overall girls team standings.

Heidi Booher led four Chugiak skiers in the top nine spots on Day 1 of the Region IV Nordic ski championship meet at Kincaid Park on Friday.

Booher completed the girls’ 7.5-kilometer classic technique course in 27 minutes, 59.9 seconds to finish 1:47.2 behind winner Molly Gellert of West and 1:32.8 behind Gellert’s teammate Magdalen York. Chugiak’s Emma Nelson finished sixth, followed closely by teammates Emma Sees in eighth and Adrianna Proffitt in ninth. Myah Smith finished 42nd overall for sixth-place Eagle River.

Sen. Anna MacKinnon (R-Eagle River) will host a community meeting on criminal justice reform on Saturday, Feb. 25 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center.

The meeting will immediately preced a town hall meeting featuring Sen. MacKinnon and the other four members of the Legislature who make up the Chugiak-Eagle River delegation. That meeting will begin at 2 p.m. and will also be in the senior center’s dining hall.

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