Friends and family of a teen overdose victim gathered alongside members of a local church Tuesday evening to dedicate a small bench built to help people remember and recover from the heartbreak of drug addiction.
“The memorial is the combination of two things,” said Father Marc Dunaway of the St. John Orthodox Cathedral in Chugiak.
Employees at Eagle River Polaris Arctic Cat in Eagle River got an unpleasant surprise the morning of Friday, Sept. 7, when they arrived at the Eagle River shop to find three vehicles had disappeared overnight.
“They cut the fence from the highway and then they proceeded to cut the fence in the back of our yard,” said managing member Paul Hughes.
Missing were a green 2018 Polaris ATV, a 2006 Polaris Sportsman and a Polaris Ranger 1000. Two of the vehicles had been dropped off for service, while another was on the lot for sale.
Chugiak’s flag football team is getting healthy and starting to roll.
The Mustangs earned their second straight Cook Inlet Conference flag football win Wednesday by racing past rival Eagle River 47-0 at Eagle River High School.
“The more experienced players are stepping up and pulling the players who haven’t played as much up with them,” said Chugiak coach Marilyn Campnell, whose squad improved to 2-7 in the CIC after dropping seven games to start the year.
Cracks, pops and bangs pierced the warm fall air in Birchwood Wednesday beneath a brilliant sun. Ted Smith would have liked the sound. The sunshine? Not so much.
“The worse the weather was the more he liked it,” said Anchorage Police Department Chief Justin Doll during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Ted R. Smith Tactical Training Facility for Law Enforcement. “That was really interesting if you were a student.”
Smith — a former APD officer and instructor from Eagle River who died in a 2013 plane crash at the age of 59 — was passionate about training and safety.
Fans inside Bank of America Stadium rose to their feet as Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton prepared to take the snap. The 2015 NFL MVP shouted the cadence to his team, sending newly signed rookie Korben Senden in motion from his slot receiver position. As Senden neared, Newton took the snap, pivoted and handed the ball to the rookie. Senden did the rest, following his blockers around the end for a 5-yard Panthers touchdown.
Chugiak earned a Cook Inlet Conference swimming sweep over West on Friday, Sept. 7 at West.
Addison Morgan (100 IM, 100 butterfly) and Izzy Powers (50 free, 100 free) won two individual events for the Chugiak girls, who claimed a 100-78 victory. Morgan and Powers also swam legs on two winning relays for the Mustangs. Lydia Ekstrom (diving) and Autumn Moore (100 breaststroke) also claimed individual wins for the Mustangs.
Chugiak’s Justice Rushford bolted from the starting line at Saturday’s New Balance XC Classic like he was fired out of a cannon. Or about to fire a Canon, perhaps.
The Mustangs senior sprinted ahead of the field, whipped out his phone at snapped a triumphant selfie with the rest of the junior varsity boys field training behind, then tossed his phone triumphantly to a waiting teammate/co-conspirator.
After the race, Rushford explained the selfie schtick has become an unofficial (and unsanctioned) team tradition during the annual races at Russian Jack Springs Park.
On a spectacularly sunny day at the Wolves’ Den, Eagle River head football coach Bob Adkins preferred to look on the bright side after watching his previously undefeated team get outshined in a 55-19 Northern Lights Conference loss to the Soldotna Stars on Saturday.
“Now we have something to work for,” he said after his team fell to 1-1 in the NLC with a crucial conference clash against Kenai Central coming next week.
Ric Davidge brought his own cameraman to film his Thursday appearance at the South Fork Community Council meeting.
There weren’t a lot of highlights.
The chairman of the Alaska Veterans Foundation got more than an earful during his first appearance before the council in whose backyard he wants to build a facility to house up to 100 homeless veterans.
“This community is completely against your proposal,” council chair Karl von Luhrte told Davidge.
Chugiak football lost twice this week — once on the field, and once off.
On Wednesday, the Mustangs learned they’d have to forfeit what had been a 42-6 Chugach Conference win over Wasilla on Aug. 31 due to the use of an ineligible player. On Friday night, the Mustangs got more bad news when Bartlett steamrolled its way to a 73-13 Chugach win at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.
“It’s on me,” said first-year Chugiak head coach Ryan Landers of the Wasilla snafu, which resulted from the Mustangs using a kicker in too many quarters in one week.