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The Eagle River Boys and Girls Club has received a $12,360 grant from the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens.

In a press release announcing the “Graduate to Go” experience grant, Eagle River club manager Tracy Hupe said the money will go a long way toward supporting programs in Eagle River.

“It’s because of partnerships like this that we are able to offer exciting career and college programs that ultimately help inspire our members to stay committed to earn their high school diplomas, dream big and be great,” Hupe said.

Former Alaska Speaker of the House Pete Kott, of Eagle River, filed a motion in U.S. District Court last week to change his plea to guilty on one count of bribery in an ongoing corruption case now more than five years old.

Kott’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Friday.

“One. Two. Three. Right. One Two. Three. Left.”

When 10 high-schoolers are attempting to move as one unit on wooden “skis” — which consist of two chained-together two-by-fours’s with only straps to hang on to — the simple task of walking increases in difficulty tenfold. Even shouting out which foot to move and when provided little help to the nearly 175 Chugiak High students who attempted the exercise.

Chugiak High’s second “Think Pink” gymnastics meet Friday, Oct. 14 was a greater success than last year.

With a core group of returners and up-and-coming freshmen, Eagle River High riflery can contend with the Cook Inlet Conference’s best, said seventh-year head coach Jeff Parker.

The loss of Matt Martin hasn’t affected Chugiak High riflery.

Third time’s a charm.

Chugiak’s co-ed large varsity competitive cheer team won its third consecutive Region IV cheer grand championship on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Chugiak High with a stunning array of aerial stunts that left team members pumping their fists in celebration.

“We’ve never done that good before!” said junior captain Shawnee Wackerman after the team earned a standing ovation for its electric performance.

No other team in the competition came close to Chugiak’s powerful squad, which this year includes six male athletes.

John Rodda, who grew up in Eagle River and now runs the Anchorage Parks Department, said he’s never seen vandalism as bad as this summer’s spree.

“It’s excessive,” Rodda told a meeting of the Eagle River community council on Oct. 13 in Eagle River.

Rodda said area vandalism — which began in the spring and has continued at a record pace — has cost the municipality in excess of $20,000 in materials alone. He said that figure is much higher when personnel hours are taken into account.

With the major excavation work finished, “The Mac’s” new look will soon be taking shape.

Over the next couple of weeks, crews from Palmer-based F-E Contracting Inc. will be assembling the steel for upgrades to the Harry J. McDonald Center. The longtime Chugiak-Eagle River hockey venue is in the process of adding an indoor turf field with a track and maintenance shop.

“Right now, it’s just a construction site,” said John Rodda, director of the municipal parks and recreation department. “It doesn’t have an identity.”

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