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Getting up to catch a 7:30 a.m. bus on a Sunday morning might not seem like most kids’ idea of a good time. Unless it’s a snow day.

Nearly 90 students from Chugiak-Eagle River joined dozens of their peers from across Anchorage on Feb. 18 in a bus caravan south to Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, where they converged for a program that for two decades has been introducing generations of skiers and boarders to the mountain.

“This is pretty sweet,” said Jake Rogers, a sixth grader at Mirror Lake Middle School while taking a lunch break in the day lodge.

Eagle River’s Chris Olds, the two-time defending Iron Dog champion, started his quest for a third straight title Sunday, Feb. 19 at Big Lake.

“The expectation and the goal is to definitely win this year,” Olds said.

After winning the past two years with Fairbanks’ Tyler Huntington, Olds is riding with new teammate Mike Morgan of Nome. Olds said the duo (Bib 10) has a legitimate chance to take first.

“I think we’ve got a good shot,” he said. “We’re comfortable and confident with our machine.”

The pair is riding a 600cc Polaris Pro R Switchback.

Chugiak High is bringing the cartoon cast of “Peanuts” to life.

Starting tonight (Thursday, Feb. 23), students are putting on the musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” The show runs through Saturday, Feb. 25, starting each night at 7 p.m. at Chugiak’s Steve Primis Auditorium. Admission is $5 for students and children and $10 for adults.

“It’s really adorable,” director Lisa Reed said of the production. “I love Peanuts.”

Reed said the musical’s message is something audience members of all ages can relate to.

Moriah Martin is truly taekwondo elite.

Proving the name of her parents’ club — Taekwando Elite USA — the 15-year-old from Eagle River became the first female from Alaska to earn a spot on a national taekwondo team after qualifying for the Junior World Championships on Jan. 15, according to her coach Sherman Nelson Jr.

“There’s never been a girl from Alaska,” said Nelson, who’s been working with the national team for the past decade after retiring from competition in 2001.

Bird lovers wasted no time rescuing more than two dozen parakeets seized last month from an Eagle River home.

People adopted 27 birds on Feb. 12, the first day the Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center made them available, said center spokeswoman Brooke Taylor.

The birds are among more than 40 parakeets and 39 dogs — many of them small breeds — seized in mid-January after authorities discovered them living in filthy conditions in a rented house on Hanson Drive.

A group of three Alaskans and six Iowans have been working since Feb. 8 to bring more clean water to the remote village of Old Fangak, S. Sudan. The Alaskan Sudan Medical Project, a not-for profit organization based in Anchorage is coordinating the 10-day effort.

Team leader is Brett Burroughs of Anchorage, joined by Dr. Mike Remillard and son Daniel, of Eagle River.

After a bit of fun, it’s time to get down to business.

Prep Nordic skiers ended their regular season with a bit of Valentine’s whimsy on Saturday, Feb. 10 with the Thunderbird Classic, a co-ed classic relay race in which skiers showed up dressed in get-ups ranging from cute to downright bizarre.

“The kids all had a lot of fun, there’s a lot of team spirit,” said Eagle River coach Liz Turner.

Among the flashiest skiwear on display were superhero capes, a human banana costume and plenty of hot pink tights, underwear and tu-tus.

Eagle River’s Brandon Parrish just scored five points in the Wolves’ 66-62 Cook Inlet Conference overtime win over East on Tuesday, Feb. 14, but he made them count.

Parrish, a junior guard, took a feed from Chris Parker and made a lay-up with 30 seconds left to give his team a 63-61 lead at Eagle River High. Parrish also made the game-tying free throw to make it 61-61.

Parker scored six of his game-high 26 points in overtime to lead the Wolves, who also got 11 from Kelechi Madubuko and 10 from freshman Chaz Jenkins off the bench.

Every Dimond player scored at least six points as the first-place Lynx rolled to a 77-38 win over Chugiak on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at Dimond.

Alistie Aguilar led Chugiak with 13 points, including a 7-for-9 performance from the free throw line. Jessi McMullen added six points and 10 rebounds for Chugiak, which fell to 5-5 in the CIC. Chugiak will face Eagle River tonight at 6 p.m. at Chugiak.


East 64, Eagle River 30

Togafiti Manu scored a game-high 22 points to lead the T-Birds to a 64-30 win Tuesday, Feb. 14 at Eagle River.