Matt Tunseth

Residents living north of Anchorage have long yearned for a permanent home in Chugiak-Eagle River. Now, plans for a local cemetery are being resurrected thanks to progress in Girdwood at the southern end of the Municipality of Anchorage.

According to several people familiar with the discussions, the hope is to combine the two communities’ work in an attempt to bring a pair of new cemeteries to a municipality rapidly running out of gravesites.

Chugiak schooled West Valley on the court Wednesday night, but it was the Mustangs’ teachers who were in the spotlight.

Before the match (a 3-0 Chugiak win), each of the team’s 11 players presented a candy lei to a teacher who had inspired them through the years. Head coach Bobbi Mason said the event was something she did in college and wanted to bring to Chugiak.

“We’re really trying to give something back,” Mason said.

U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan spent Wednesday making the rounds in Chugiak-Eagle River.

He also ate a few, too.

Sullivan sat down for pepperoni pizza at the Eagle River Ale House, where he also made off with a handful of homemade cookies during a casual pop-in at the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Sen. Sullivan also made stops at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center and the Alaska Laborers Training Center in Chugiak during an upbeat spin through the community.

Maddy Brandl’s nickname was “Strong,” so it’s fitting the race held in her honor will benefit a pair of kids who are as tough as they come.

Kiyah Tuttle is a 16-year-old who’s interested in wilderness survival and has a passion for karate. Phoenix Mendoza is a 3-year-old heck-raiser who loves cartoons and tussling with with his football player brothers. Aside from their energetic personalities, Kiyah and Phoenix have something else in common.

They’re fighting for their lives.

Kiyah’s story

A historic run came up one game short Saturday as Eagle River fell 46-14 to Soldotna in the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Division II Football Championship at a rainy Machetanz Field in Palmer.

Eagle River quarterback Ryan Adkins said he was proud of Eagle River’s historic run, which saw the Wolves post their best record in school history, defeat Chugiak for the first time and make their first playoff appearance. But the senior — one of 16 seniors of the team’s roster — admitted he wanted more in his final game in navy and silver.

Parks and recreation board members want to move forward on at least on area dog park by next spring.

At Monday’s meeting of the Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors, the board agreed to tentatively work toward putting a plan in place to create a dedicated off-leash dog park at Peters Creek Park.

Parks director John Rodda said he thinks that if the board decides to go ahead with the plan, work could begin next spring.

Ed Willis, a former Alaska legislator and Anchorage Assembly member who was an early advocate for special education and instrumental in bringing a high school to Chugiak in the 1960s, died Monday in Anchorage. He was 94.

Willis was a longtime Eagle River resident who spent the last decade living at the Veterans and Pioneers Home in Palmer, according to his family.

Two days of dryland racing concluded on a drizzly Sunday at the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association trails in Birchwood with the second day of the 2018 Alaska Dogworks Dryland Derby.

Human racers riding modified bikes and trikes — or on their own two feet — teamed up with their canine companions for the final dryland races of the season at the trails. Saturday’s conditions were dry, but Sunday’s rain meant most competitors finished their 1.8-mile laps around the course covered in a thick layer of mud.

“It is ‘dryland’ racing,” quipped racer Annie Grenier.

Trailing 24-22 with less than two minutes to play in their Division II football semifinal against Lathrop in Palmer Saturday night, Eagle River’s dream season was on the brink as the Wolves faced fourth-and-9 from their own 44-yard-line.

The Wolves needed a miracle at Machetanz Field. They got one.

Quarterback Ryan Adkins lofted a long pass in the direction of Quanard Cox, and the speedy wideout did the rest, catching the pass in stride and racing to the end zone for the biggest touchdown in school history.

Chugiak-Eagle River Foundation helps nonprofit

During the Oct. 3 Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce meeting, FOCUS Outreach community relations manager Jenna Morales thanked the Chugiak-Eagle River Foundation for its recent $2,000 grant. Morales said the grant will fund four scholarships for children in need.

“Big, big, big thank you to you guys,” Morales said.

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