Election Day is here, and while many people have already voted in early voting, some folks like waiting until the last minute to make a decision.

Area voters will select three representatives and one state senator in Tuesday’s election.

Claire Schimmack and Sophia Lestina made the first-team All Cook Inlet Conference team announced following the CIC tournament.

The senior duo led Chugiak to a third-place finish during the CIC regular season. Lestina was limited in the CIC tournament due to a broken finger.

The awards rolled in for Chugiak Saturday at Service, where the team was also presented with the CIC’s Academic Award. The Mustangs posted a combined 3.7 GPA this season.

Mustangs win Peninsula tournament

Chugiak went 3-0 to win the Peninsula Ice Challenge Nov. 2-4 at the Kenai Peninsula Sports Complex in Soldotna. The Mustangs outscored their opponents 21-3 in three games and finished off a stellar weekend with a 9-0 thrashing of North Pole Saturday. Luke Momblow capped a monster tournament by scoring four goals against the Patriots. Jacob Kosinski and Grant Epple added two goals each for Chugiak, which also got a tally from Jarett Beckett.

Momblow finished with nine goals in three games.

The last person Sarah Rodden saw was the young man who tried to save her life.

“She looked at me right in the eyes,” said Matt Davis, 17, three days after his only meeting with the 42-year-old woman from Wasilla.

As calamity enveloped them, Davis and his best friend Jared Heaston, 18, calmly worked to help Rodden after she was struck by a vehicle during a Tuesday pile-up on the ice-covered Glenn Highway. Heaston held Rodden’s head and checked for a pulse while Davis performed CPR on Rodden as she lay in the snow-covered highway median.

Last year’s state high school swim meet proved to be a pool of despair for Eagle River’s John Heaphy and Chugiak’s Izzy Powers.

The duo entered the meet as two of the state’s most dominant swimmers, yet neither left with an individual title — Heaphy got nipped at the line in the 100-yard breaststroke by Thunder Mountain’s Bergen Davis, while an injured Powers failed to defend the 50- and 100-yard freestyle titles she won as a sophomore.

Chugiak saw its state tournament hopes come to the end Friday night as the Mustangs dropped a 3-0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-16) match to West at the Cook Inlet Conference Volleyball Tournament at Service High. The Mustangs finished the tournament 1-2.

No. 3 seed Chugiak opened the tournament with a 3-0 win over sixth-seeded Service, but dropped back-to-back matches to No. 2 South and the fourth-seeded Eagles to end the season.

Eagle River’s Bob Adkins was rewarded for leading the Wolves to their best season in program history by being named the Alaska Division II Coach of the Year following All-State voting by the state’s football coaches.

Adkins wasn’t the only member of his family honored — son Ryan was named a first-team All-State defensive back and second-team quarterback after leading the Wolves to a program-best 6-3 record and a loss in the state championship game. Adkins was joined on the first team by senior wideout Mason Piper, who also made the second-team as a defensive back.

Eagle River will have 17 athletes and Chugiak will have 12 at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Swimming and Diving Championships Nov. 2-3 at Bartlett.

Chugiak’s high school volleyball season is on the line Friday as the Mustangs face a loser-out match against West at the Cook Inlet Conference Volleyball Tournament at 5:30 p.m. at Service High.

No. 3 seed Chugiak opened the tournament with a 3-0 win over Service, but fell 3-0 to second-seeded South Thursday night to set up Friday night’s showdown against the No. 4 Eagles.

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Trouble at Walmart

On Oct. 26 at around 3:40 p.m., police received a call about a robbery at Walmart. Police said a store employee confronted a man who was allegedly shoplifting.

“A struggle ensued,” police said.

Police have identified the woman killed Tuesday in a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash on the Glenn Highway.

On Thursday, Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Renee Oistad identified the victim as 42-year-old Sarah Rodden of Wasilla. According to APD, Rodden died after she exited her vehicle following a collision on the Glenn near South Birchwood Loop at around 4 p.m. and was subsequently hit by another vehicle sliding into the center median.

Chugiak advanced to Thursday’s winner’s bracket semifinals, while Eagle River fell into the loser-out bracket Tuesday at the Cook Inlet Conference Volleyball Tournament at South and Dimond High.

The third-seeded Mustangs earned a day off with their 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-18) win over No. 6 Service. Chugiak will face No. 2 seed South on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Service High.

Teenagers Michael and Tristen Wheatley were home alone on the afternoon of Sept. 28 when they got into a quarrel that nearly destroyed both their lives.

Michael thinks they were discussing anthropology.

“It’s just bizarre, it’s not even for a reason we would fight over,” he said.

It began as regular rough-housing. Tristen charged at Michael. Michael raised his fist. A reflexive move. It landed in the middle of his brother’s chest.

Tristen went down.

UPDATE: The highway was reopned in both directions shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Original story:

The Glenn Highway was closed in both directions after a vehicle struck and killed a woman Tuesday afternoon.

Despite recent rains, the trail up to Mile High Saddle was in good condition on Friday, October 26. Taking advantage of the mid-afternoon sun that wasn’t forecast by weather experts, I made this short hike (one-way) above Eagle River Valley in less than an hour. (Round trip is about 3.4 miles).

Every year in October I like to squeeze the most out of autumn by hiking just under the snow line that inexorably creeps down the Chugach Mountains. In a strange way it feels as if I’m defiantly cheating winter’s relentless advance.

The Anchorage School District has canceled all sports and after-school activities for Monday, Oct. 29, 2018 due to icy roads.

According to the district, “deteriorating weeather and road conditions” forced the cancellation.

A winter storm hit Anchorage Monday bringing the first measurable snowfall to the area. A winter weather advisory issued Sunday night said as much as a foot of snow was expected to fall in the mountains, with 5-8 inches expected in the Chugiak-Eagle River area.

Winter’s on its way.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory Sunday evening calling for snow across Anchorage and the Mat-Su starting early Monday morning. According to the advisory, 5 to 8 inches of snow could fall northeast of Anchorage overnight, with as much as a foot at higher elevations.

Eagle River’s John Heaphy set a new Cook Inlet Conference record in the boys 100 yard breaststroke Saturday at the Cook Inlet Conference Swimming and Diving Championships at Bartlett High.

Heaphy also won the 200 yard individual medley, one of two local swimmers to win two events.

Eagle River finished third in both the boys and girls team standings.

Chugiak’s Emily Rand finished 10th in the all-around competition to lead the Mustangs to a fourth-place team finish at the Cook Inlet Conference Gymnastics Meet on Saturday at Dimond High.

Rand was third on both the vault and floor exercise, the top individual performances turned in by Chugiak or Eagle River athletes at the meet. Chugiak’s Courtney Tekas was eighth on the bars and 11th on the vault for Chugiak.

Eagle River finished sixth in the team competition.

Chugiak-Eagle River runners were frighteningly fast Saturday on the streets of downtown Anchorage.

Chugiak’s Daniel Bausch, 17, won the men’s Frightening 4K race by seven seconds over Palmer 23-year-old Chris Osiensky, crossing the finish line in 11 minutes, 30 seconds. A senior at Chugiak High School, Bausch also won the Division I cross country championship last month at Bartlett High.

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