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The Crow Pass trail isn’t for the faint of heart.

At 24 miles, the trail — which runs from just north of Girdwood all the way to the Eagle River Nature center — is at the limits of what most folks can do in a single day. That’s “most folks” because there’s some intrepid souls who manage to run the length of the trail in 3-4 hours in the Crow Pass Crossing Marathon.

But for more pedestrian hikers, the trail offers either a very long day hike or an Alaskan outback camping trip complete with glaciers, wildlife and spectacular mountain views.

Lora Reinbold’s dramatic win in the Republican District 26 House primary election Tuesday night was a family affair.

“We went in as a team,” Reinbold said after garnering more than 45 percent of the vote in her three-person race. “We went in as a family.”

Accountant Kim Skipper and Attorney Larry Wood split the remaining 55 percent of the vote roughly down the middle, with Wood taking second by just 24 votes out of approximately 2,800 counted Tuesday. Absentee and questioned ballots have yet to be tallied.

Lora Reinbold’s big win in the Republican District 26 House primary election Tuesday night was a family affair.

“We went in as a team,” Reinbold said after garnering more than 45 percent of the vote in her three-person race. “We went in as a family.”

Accountant Kim Skipper and Attorney Larry Wood split the remaining 55 percent of the vote roughly down the middle, with Wood taking second by just 24 votes out of approximately 2,800 counted Tuesday. Absentee and questioned ballots have yet to be tallied.

This year’s Aug. 28 2012 Alaska Primary Elections will be used to determine which candidates represent their parties in the November General Elections. This year, the Chugiak-Eagle River area will select candidates in five races — two Senate seats and three House.

Matanuska Electric Association approved a nearly $4 million contract for engineering and design services for its planned natural gas power plant in Eklutna during a meeting Aug. 13.

The $3,814,130 contract was awarded to Kansas, City, Mo.-based Burns & McDonnell, the utility said in a press release. Burns & McDonnell is responsible for designing the plant’s power block — which house the generators and connect them to the power grid — and support buildings, including an administrative building and warehouse, MEA said.

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. 

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