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They line the runway, making for a sea of shifting bodies, anxious for the aircraft door to open. They are wives, husbands, children, girlfriends, boyfriends and family members who have been waiting these long months for their soldiers to come home.

There are signs and banners showing the excitement and eagerness for these loved ones to have them back, each one with a different thought of what will happen when that door opens and their soldier steps out.

Anchorage Police said a Ford F-150 pick-up truck caught fire just after noon on Monday, Aug. 20 on the northbound Glenn Highway near the North Birchwood exit, briefly causing traffic to back up in that direction.

Officers on the scene said the driver reported a burning smell coming from the truck’s dashboard as she was driving. She pulled over to the side of the road and exited the truck as it began to smoke. KTUU-TV reported the woman was also able to safely get four children out of the vehicle before it became engulfed in flames.

There were no injuries to either humans or animals after a house fire broke out on Upper Sunny Circle Friday, Aug. 17 in Eagle River.

Homeowner Janet Seitz — along with her two dogs and two cats — escaped the blaze unharmed. Two workers installing new tile in the two-story home’s downstairs were also unharmed. Seitz said she beleived the workers were already outside the home when the fire began.

West High defeated Eagle River 49-6 on Saturday, Aug. 18 in Cook Inlet Conference football action at Eagle River

With the loss, Eagle River fell to 0-2 in the CIC and overall. West improved to 1-0 in the conference and 1-1 overall. 

Despite the same outcome as Week 1, head coach Jason Brewer said he saw improvement from Eagle River. 

"We drove the ball up and down the field," he said. "Our offensive line did a great job." 

In front of a home crowd for just the third time, the Wolves played hard, Brewer said. 

Chugiak head football coach Duncan Shackelford put the blame for Friday night’s 14-7 Cook Inlet Conference loss to Dimond squarely on the shoulders of a lone Mustang. 

Himself.

“My fault. Absolutely my fault,” Shackelford said after watching his team melt down in the fourth quarter of their home opener at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.

There were no injuries to either humans or animals after a house fire broke out on Upper Sunny Circle Friday morning in Eagle River.

Homeowner Janet Seitz — along with her two dogs and two cats — escaped the blaze unharmed. Two workers installing new tile in the two-story home's downstairs were also unharmed. Seitz said she beleived the workers were already outside the home when the fire began.

The Albert Loop Trail near the Eagle River Nature Center has been closed because of increased bear traffic in the area.

The trail was closed at noon on Friday, Aug. 10.

According to a press release issued by Chugach State Parks, the trail will likely be shut down until the Eagle River begins to freeze.

Brown and black bears use the Albert Loop, its bridges and nearby beaver dams to fish for salmon, which are returning to the area in large numbers.

The closure has happened each year since 1997.

The three words that kept rattling around in my head July 25 as I left the shores of Symphony Lake and angled up-slope toward Triangle Peak were “how we forget.”

The last time I’d hiked up this 5,455-foot peak in the South Fork of Eagle River was in 2001, and back then it seemed a lot easier. In fact, my logbook noted that I made it to the top from the parking lot in 3-1/2 hours. On this day it would take me about twice as long.

Having earned a bronze medal in the 1,500-meter run at the 2012 Warrior Games — an athletic competition that pits U.S. service members against one another — Eagle River’s Mike Sanders is no slouch when it comes to running.

He’s one heck of a cyclist, too.

Sanders, an active duty member of the U.S. Air Force, recently rode 3,700 miles across the country with 13 other disabled veterans in the World T.E.A.M. Sports’ 2012 Sea to Shining Sea ride.

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