While in Ketchikan last month, a gardener friend showed me how to grow nutrient dense microgreens from seeds planted inside and harvested every seven days. Needless to say, this got my attention because they were absolutely delicious!

Berries have been bringing bunches of pickers to Arctic Valley, where the fall hiking and gathering season is well underway.

On a recent weekday, more than a dozen people scoured the mountainsides in search of blueberries, which can be readily found in the area. The trails leading into the Chugach Mountains also hosted a few hikers and mountain runners, who flock to the wide-open ridgelines offered high above the valley.

Eagle River’s Kamryn Perry threw touchdown passes to Grace Harder and Nicole Bedwell Thursday, but it wasn’t quite enough as the Wolves fell 18-13 to Bartlett in a Cook Inlet Conference flag football game at Bartlett High.

Briana McChesney had one interception for the Wolves’ defense.

Eagle River fell to 0-4 in the CIC. The Wolves also dropped a 32-0 CIC game at South on Aug. 28.

The Wolves face East on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at East.

West 20, Chugiak 0

Chugiak fell to 0-4 with a 20-0 CIC flag football loss on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at West.

Chugiak bounced back from a tough loss to South earlier in the week with a dramatic 6-3 prep tennis win over Dimond on Thursday at Dimond High.

Five of the day’s nine matches went to third-set tiebreakers, and all five were won by the Mustangs. The mixed doubles team of Jared Elison and Claire Mahoney pulled out a come-from-behind win, falling 2-6 in the opening set to Roman Narroquin and Mauri Butzke before storming back for a 6-2 win in the second and holding on 10-8 in the tiebreaker.

Before he walked on the football team at the University of Idaho, Ed Hall got sage advice from his high school coach Jason Brewer.

“He told me, ‘You have to outwork everybody. You have to be first in everything. You have to showcase yourself,’” said Hall, a 2014 Eagle River High grad. “It’s tough coming out of Alaska because there’s not too many coaches coming up there to scout players.”

Jeremiah Wilson outran everyone on the field Friday night during Chugiak’s 17-14 Chugach Conference football win over Wasilla, but he couldn’t outrun his tears.

Wilson’s emotions weren’t overflowing because of the moving performance he’d just turned in on the turf, but because of a woman who meant so much to the Chugiak football family.

“Mama Park, man,” Wilson said.

‘Mama Park’ was Myong Thayer, grandmother of former Mustang Terry Park and a longtime team supporter who recently passed away.

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.

Speeding truck eludes police

Chugiak-Eagle River’s delegation in the Anchorage Assembly thinks government has better things to do than banning plastic bags.

“I’m kind of the persuasion the major function of government is to protect our rights, not to change our conduct,” said Fred Dyson, who joined assemblywoman Amy Demboski as the lone votes against a ban on retail plastic bags that passed by the assembly at its Aug. 28 meeting.

Now is a good time to divide your overgrown perennials to ensure healthy vigorous plants that will continue to bloom for you year after year. As a bonus of dividing perennials, more plants are made to keep and expand your garden or share with others.

As perennials mature and become larger, their roots become crowded and they will find it increasingly difficult to absorb nutrients from the soil. This decrease in nutrient uptake results in less growth of foliage on top and eventually less energy to produce blooms.

Gymnasts flew into action for first high school meet of the season Aug. 23 at Chugiak High.

Emily Rand led the way for a high-flying Chugiak team with wins in both the balance beam and floor exercise.

“I’m really excited for this season,” said Chugiak head coach Wendy Wiltfong.

Wiltfong said she’s got about 20 athletes in the program, with about 10 of those having previous gymnastics experience.

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.

On Aug. 19 at around midnight, police received a report of a skateboard robbery on the Old Glenn Highway.

FAIRBANKS — The players on the West Valley High School football team can stick another feather in their caps after another convincing victory.

The Wolfpack dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and used their strength up front throughout Friday night’s 22-7 victory over the Chugiak Mustangs at West Valley High School.

With the win, West Valley improves to 3-0. The team already has more wins than it did last season, when the Wolfpack finished the year 2-6.

Ryan Adkins threw for 259 yards and six touchdown passes and Eagle River raced to its best start in program history with a 65-15 Northern Lights Conference win over Kodiak Saturday in Eagle River.

“It means a lot,” said Eagle River’s Quanard Cox, who ran for a touchdown and caught another in front of a large Homecoming Day crowd at The Wolves Den. “Now we’ve got to just keep pushing and pushing.”

Eagle River is 3-0 for the first time in the school’s 13 seasons of varsity play. More importantly, the Wolves improved to 1-0 in the four-team Northern Lights Conference.

After placing third in a three-man sprint finish in his last race, Chugiak runner Daniel Bausch didn’t leave things till the last minute Saturday.

He made a move midway through Saturday’s 5-kilometer Bartlett Invitational state preview race to claim a decisive victory over Dimond’s Santiago Prosser and Anchorage Christian’s Tristian Merchant.

In the girls race, Emily Walsh of Eagle River surprised herself with a victory.

Walsh said she felt “super gross” before the race but a surge of adrenaline energized her once she got going.

It is surprising the number of people that do not know the importance of deadheading spent flowers to enjoy continued blooming of their flowering plants. Deadheading refers to the removal of faded dead flowers from your plant. As it turns out, there is a right and wrong way to deadhead flowers and so we will look this practice to better understand it.

Photos don’t do justice to the yard at 17216 Alice Loop in Eagle River, site of this week’s Greater Eagle River Garden Club Garden of the Week. The home Bill and Bobbie Gosseiler have lived in since 1981 is home to more than 100 varieties of trees and shrubs, including many that don’t normally grow in this part of Alaska. The lawn features a waterfall and numerous hidden treasures such as gnomes, gargoyles and a sea serpent. This week’s business Garden of the Week is O’Reilly Auto Parts. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)

Chugiak picked up a Cook Inlet Conference volleyball sweep over Eagle River at the Wolves’ Den on Thursday in the conference opener for both local squads.

The Mustangs won 25-20, 25-11, 25-19 behind 13 kills each from Claire Schimmack and Sophia Lestina and six aces by Kaitlyn Eastman.

“She brought us home with her aces,” said Chugiak coach Bobbi Mason.

Shelby Dunn had eight kills for Eagle River (0-1), which got 23 assists from Elizabeth Ruehle and a career-high 32 digs from Kaylee Barch.

With a massive hurdle to fish passage in the Eklutna River now gone, it’s up to local utilities to take the next step toward restoring the river to its natural state.

In the first week of August, a yearlong project to remove an abandoned diversion dam in the Eklutna River Valley was completed. Although the dam removal hasn’t restored water flow into the river, it’s a major step toward returning the 22-mile stretch of prime salmon habitat to its natural state.

Police say they’re unaware of an organized “smash-and-grab” ring targeting vehicles in Anchorage area parks, but at least one municipal department believes otherwise.

“It’s well known that from Girdwood to Mirror Lake there is a massive smash-and-grab group,” Anchorage Parks and Recreation director John Rodda told the Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors on Aug. 13.

Rodda said he believes the brazen group uses similar techniques and appears to include the same people time and time again.

FLAG FOOTBALL

Mustangs, Wolves drop CIC home games

Chugiak got an 80-yard touchdown run from Chasity Horn, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a 13-0 halftime deficit as East took a 20-7 Cook Inlet Conference flag football win over the Mustangs at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium on Wednesday.

Jessica Titzel had two touchdowns for the T-birds, who scored twice in the final two minutes of the first half. Chugiak’s next game is at South at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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