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The Hoppers never miss the Anchorage Folk Festival.

It’s something the Chugiak family of four has been involved with since 23-year-old Caiti Hopper can remember.

“I’ve grown up with the festival,” she said. “It’s a huge highlight.”

Caiti, a music education major at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, flew back from the Golden Heart City two days after the start of a new semester so she wouldn’t miss playing the 23rd annual event with her family band.

“It’s something I look forward to all year,” she said.

Tex Daniels, 22, of Chugiak, was arrested Tuesday, Jan. 24 on two counts of first degree assault, DWI and failure to render aid for an incident that occurred early New Year’s Day in downtown Anchorage.

According to Anchorage Police, Daniels lost control of his pickup truck near the corner of West 15th Avenue and I Street after passing another vehicle. Police say he struck a rock pile and snow bank, along with pedestrians Ashley Brotherton and Clayton Wilbanks of Anchorage.

A home at 22222 Elkhorn Drive in Eagle River caught fire Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Resident Bob Dean said he was inside the home when he heard a strange noise coming from the roof.

"I heard a crackling up there," Dean said.

Dean said he quickly realized his home was on fire after checking on the source of the noise.

"I said, 'That ain't good. I can see fire,'" he recalled.

Anchorage Fire Department Capt. Ben Demboski said 21 units responded to the blaze, which was reported by a passing neighbor at around 4:30 p.m.

When Chugiak High teacher Angela Armstrong reflects on her time as a Chugiak student two decades ago, one event comes to mind — “Faculty Follies.”

The teacher talent show has been a long-lasting memory for the 1992 graduate.

“It is one of the few things I remember going to that was just a blast,” said Armstrong, now a student council advisor.

Chugiak resurrected the event Friday, Jan. 13 under a new name — “Teachers Got Talent” — to raise money for its student body and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

A nosy neighbor and a quick response by the Anchorage Fire Department helped keep a home at 20513 Eagle River Road from being completely destroyed by fire Thursday, Jan. 12.

Adam Blaum was working on a home improvement project when he noticed what appeared to be an unusually large amount of snow blowing past his upstairs window.

“I just happened to see some extra snow,” said Blaum, who lives next door to the burned home. “But it was smoke mixed with snow.”

What’s tough?

Melissa Apodaca is currently training six hours a day with the goal of representing the United States in one of the toughest sports around, freestyle wrestling. The muscular 22-year-old’s typical day includes running and lifting weights followed by a couple hours of technique work and sparring.

Think that’s tough?

The 2008 Chugiak High graduate does all that training while keeping up with her college courses at Northern Michigan University, where last semester she earned a 4.0 grade-point average.

The 2011 Chugiak High football team will go down in history.

The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame selected the Mustangs for the first-ever Trajan Langdon Award for “displaying sportsmanship and integrity” after their season was cut short due to use of an ineligible player that forced the team to forfeit three wins and miss the state playoffs.

Officials on Saturday canceled the Nordic ski classic style races scheduled to be held at Chugiak High School due to frigid temperatures.

Temperatures at CHS around race time hovered near minus-10 Fahrenheit. The cut-off temperature for races in the Anchorage School District is -4.

The races, which were to include 7.5-kilometer girls classic interval and 10-kilometer boys classic interval, will not be rescheduled.

High school racers are off next weekend, although some competitive skiers will travel to Homer for Besh Cup races on Saturday, Jan. 21.