Matt Tunseth

Nominations are open for positions on the Birchwood Community Council.

The council will hold its annual elections at its October meeting. Up for election are the group’s chair, vice chair and a representative at large. Nominations are open between now and the next meeting, which will take place at 7 p.m. at the Beach Lake Lodge. BCC meetings are normally held at the Beach Lake Chalet, but the October meeting has been moved due to a scheduling conflict.

A lone athlete walked the cross country running course at Russian Jack Springs Park in Anchorage, the remainder of the 3-kilometer course stretched out like an endless ordeal in front of her. It would have been easy for the girl to quit if it weren’t for the lone coach walking alongside her yelling encouragement.

“Ok, let’s get up this next hill,” shouted Eagle River head coach Jacob Bera to the girl, a member of a rival team.

Runners smiled and slogged through the sunshine Saturday at Kincaid Park, where the final regular-season cross country running race of the high school season gave athletes a chance to test themselves while in the midst of training.

“This race should have been their tiredest,” said Eagle River coach Jacob Bera, whose top athlete, Emily Walsh, finished second in the girls varsity race, two seconds behind South’s Ava Earl.

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.

Mustangs sweep Eagles

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.

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