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Police arrested Hans Ihde, 18, of Eagle River after he allegedly set fire to St. John Orthodox Cathedral on Thursday, Aug. 23. Ihde was charged with second-degree arson, second-degree burglary and third-degree theft.

Ihde was a 13-year congregation member of St. John Orthodox, according to Father Marc Dunaway. Father Dunaway said he’d seen a change for the worse in Ihde in recent months, and speculated that the 18-year-old had been taking drugs.

“It just made him into a different person,” Dunaway said.

The arson was captured on video, Dunaway said.

Eagle River football fell to 0-4 after defending Large Schools state champion Service blanked the Wolves 32-0 on Saturday, Sept. 1 at Chugiak's Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium. 

Eagle River made too many mistakes, head coach Jason Brewer said. But, he said, that's what happens when five starters are only sophomores. 

"We're young," Brewer said. "We've got some growing pains." 

The Wolves battled all four quarters, Brewer said. 

"We outhit them. We had more intensity than them," he said. 

South remained undefeated while Chugiak remained winless after the Wolverines rolled to a 41-3 Cook Inlet Conference football win over the Mustangs on Friday at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium. 

Throughout his tenure at Chugiak as well as his time running Dimond's program, Duncan Shackelford has never started a season 0-4. In fact, he's never started off 0-3. 

"It's a tough pill to swallow," Shackelford said. 

Chugiak's lack of depth made it difficult to compete with South, which had more than 40 suited up for the contest, Shackelford said. 

Cheyenne Young, who began sixth grade at Middle Lake Middle School this fall, worked to achieve her Girl Scout Bronze Award the weekend of Aug. 10-11 during the Eagle River chapter of the American Cancer Society’s ‘Relay for Life’ event by selling her hand-made duct tape hair ties, ribbons and hair accessories. During the two-day event, Cheyenne raised more than $200 for cancer research and awareness.

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.

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