Heavy smoke in the Anchorage area has local sports teams scrambling.

The smoke from the Swan Lake wildfire on the Kenai Peninsula forced the Anchorage School District to cancel all outdoorathletic practices and games Friday. Indoor events — including the Chugiak Invitational volleyball tournament — will go aheadas planned.

The Eagle River football game originally scheduled for 7 p.m. at Houston High has been rescheduled to 2 p.m. Saturday,smoke dependant. A final decision on the game will be made early Saturday morning, said Wolves coach Brad Myers.

This past week, I harvested my black and red currants and made them into juice and jelly and syrup to enjoy throughout the winter months. An excellent fruit to grow and relatively trouble free, the currant is a nutritional powerhouse. Currants have a wonderful tart flavor and according to the USDA have more vitamin C, phosphorus and potassium than any other fruit. These berries are only second to elderberries in iron and protein content and lower in fat than any other fruit except nectarines.

Eagle River’s Claire Schimmack, 18, was recently named a “youth hero” by the Alaska Communications Summer of Heroes program, which honors Alaskans for service in their communities.

Schimmack was one of six Alaskans awarded a $1,500 scholarship by ACS and the Boys & Girls Club Alaska, according to a press release about the honors.

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

It’s only the first day of school, but Alaska’s unpredictable weather has already caused its first cancellations of the year.

Due to heavy smoke from Southcentral wildfires, the Anchorage School District has cancelled all outdoor after-school activities for Tuesday, Sept. 20.

The cancellations impacted tennis matches that were scheduled to be held at West, South and Chugiak High as well as Begich Middle School. The district said activities could be moved indoors if possible and was leaving those decisions to individual schools and programs.

Chugiak High has house­guests — but they’re getting a new front door.

The school is about to settle in for two years as two-schools-in-one while Gruening Middle School co-opts its space while its building undergoes major earthquake repairs.

“It’s kind of like having houseguests that won’t leave,” joked Chugiak principal Megan Hatswell as she described how both school staffs are working to make the best with what they’ve got.

An employee at Moose Run Golf Course on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson was killed Sunday in an apparent accident at the course.

According to JBER officials, the man killed was identified as Dunstan Wagner, 39.

The base released few other details about the incident, which said Wagner died at the scene at around 11:59 a.m. Sunday after he was involved in a sport utility accident. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Wagner started at the course in 2016, according to a biography posted on the Moose Run website.

Michelle Murray is swimming in silver.

The Eagle River woman claimed the $10,000 first prize for winning the 64th Annual Seward Silver Slamon Derby, which ended Saturday. Murray caught her 15.99-pound salmon on Aug. 11 while fishing aboard the Joe Legacy. For winning the derby she also took home 15.99 pounds in Kaladi Brothers Coffee.

Eagle River’s Kamie Miller didn’t exactly have a lazy Sunday morning.

Miller won the women’s division in the United Physical Therapy 49-kilometer ultra marathon at the Anchorage Run Fest Sunday in Anchorage. The 40-year-old completed the 30.4-mile course in 4 hours, 4 minutes and 46 seconds to win the women’s race by more than 10 minutes over second-place Lee Beem of Sanford, Florida.

A speedy and fortuitous response by local volunteer firefighters helped keep a small brush fire from becoming a major blaze Sunday afternoon near Mirror Lake in Chugiak.

“We were fortunate to catch it,” said Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department assistant chief Clifton Dalton Sunday afternoon at Camp Gorsuch Boy Scout camp near Mirror Lake, where firefighters extinguished a 100-by-200-foot blaze before it burned any buildings.

On a warm, windy and cloudless day at the Wolves’ Den, Eagle River head coach Brad Myers was still able to find a silver lining to his team’s 42-14 non conference football loss to Lathrop Saturday afternoon.

“We didn’t quit,” Myers said after his ERHS head coaching debut.

The Wolves fell behind 21-0 after the first half but scored two late touchdowns to earn some much-needed confidence heading into next week.

“We were starting to click in the second half,” he said.

No one was injured after a condominum caught fire on Vista Ridge Loop Friday afternoon in downtown Eagle River.

Anchorage Fire Department Assistant Chief Erich Scheunemann told the Anchorage Daily News the fire was reported at 5:24 p.m. and under control by 5:56 p.m.

Chugiak’s Hyrum Nelson and Eagle River’s Emily Walsh opened the high school cross country running season with victories Friday at the “Battle of the Bridge” dual meet that saw the crosstown rivals split team titles.

Nelson outran teammate Max Beiergrohslein by 23 seconds, finishing the 3-kilometer layout at the Beach Lake Trails in 9 minutes, 56 seconds. Chugiak swept the top four individual spots to claim the team victory, with Jacob Lestina taking third and Will Gerlach fourth. Michael Olson was the top Eagle River finisher in fifth, followed by Alex Carl in sixth.

Police are looking for a 41-year-old woman who allegedly punched her roommate during an Aug. 4 altercation on Woodland Ave. in Chugiak.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, officers were called at around 2 a.m. for a report of an assault. Officers said they found an adult woman had confronted Jacqueline M. Nicholi about a possible theft, at which point Nicholi allegedly punched the woman causing “visible injuries.” Police said Nicholi left before officers arrived.

A pregame rainbow over Chugiak’s Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium prior to Friday night’s clash between Chugiak and Palmer Moose was the first sign the Mustangs’ luck was about to change. It didn’t take long for Chugiak to cash in with a 26-2 non conference victory on a golden opening night of prep football for the blue and black.

“We’re 100 percent transformed,” said Chugiak senior quarterback Quentin Wilson, who threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as Chugiak dominated from start to finish.

Last week’s Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce luncheon was all about fitness — even if not everyone opted for a salad.

As attendees dined on gyros and fries, guest speaker Ericka Mulder, a nurse practitioner with the Anchorage Women’s Clinic, discussed ways people can combat obesity and live healthier lifestyles. While eating right is important, she said getting active can provide a wealth of health benefits.

“We’re just not engaging in enough physical activity,” said Mulder, who pointed to statistics showing Americans have obesity rates approaching 40 percent.

Nothing went right last year for the Chugiak Mustangs. This year the team is hoping it can do no wrong.

“Our energy has been awesome,” said second-year head coach Ryan Landers after a practice last week at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium. “Kids are buying into it, kids are flying around the field, they’re having fun out there and competing every day.”

Last year’s version of the Eagle River football team wasn’t the same old Wolves. This year’s won’t be, either.

Long a doormat of Alaska football, Eagle River had its best season in program history in 2018, going 7-3 overall and reaching the Division II state championship game. The Wolves set numerous team records and defeated crosstown rival Chugiak for the first time.

But gone are many of last year’s stars, including the team’s all-state quarterback, Division II Coach of the Year Bob Adkins and — hopefully — any memories from the team’s forgettable past.

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Police arrested a 25-year-old Anchorage man on a third-degree assault charge on Saturday after he allegedly pointed a rifle at another motorist on the Glenn Highway.

State fire crews were able to contain a small wildland fire in the Meadow Creek Valley near Eagle River Monday afternoon, fire officials say.

The Steeple Fire was reported by residents who saw the fire from their houses “just after noon on Monday,” according to information from the Alaska Division of Forestry. The fire was burning in the Meadow Creek Valley area but did not threaten any structures.

“The fire does not pose a threat to any homes at this time” the Division of Forestry wrote.

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