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Chugiak's top track and field athlete showed he's the best in the state over the weekend.

Mustangs junior Tyler Rohde won both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles and ran a leg of Chugiak's winning 4X400 relay team to help the Mustangs to a third-place finish at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Class 4A Boys State Track and Field Championships at Lathrop High in Fairbanks on Saturday, May 19. He was also a member of Chugiak's second-place 4X200 relay team.

Corey Cogdell is shooting off to London.

Cogdell, of Eagle River, earned the lone U.S. women's berth in trapshooting at this summer's Olympic Games with a victory Sunday, May 20, at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Tucson, Ariz.

Cogdell, 25, hit 460 out of 500 targets during the three-day competition to claim victory. 

It will be Cogdell's second Olympics. She also qualified in 2008, winning a bronze medal in Beijing.

The newest commander of the U.S. Army in Alaska is no stranger to the 49th state.

Maj. Gen. Michael X. Garrett, who from 2006 to '08 served as first commander of the 4th Brigade Comant Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division at Fort Richardson, took command from Maj. Gen. Raymond Palumbo in a change of command ceremony held on Thursday, May 17 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

"It is absolutely fabulous to be back in Alaska," Garrett said before the ceremony.

Students at Gruening Middle School might not be able to wipe out homelessness, but they have found a way to help soften the blow of hunger in Anchorage.

Eighth-graders in Vicky Otte’s fifth-period social studies class at the school recently delivered 2,100 rolls of toilet paper to Bean’s Café, where executive director Jim Crockett said the soup kitchen can sorely use them.

“We go through 104 rolls a day,” Crockett said.

Actor Stephen Lochner believes the upcoming Alaska Fine Arts Academy production of “Anne of Green Gables” is a must-see.

“It’s a delightful experience for the audience,” said Lochner, 15, during a break from rehearsals at the Eagle River theater. “It’s a classic literature book come to life.”

Though he’s currently busy turning heads as a Hollywood actor, Chugiak’s Talon Wild has a much more Alaskan dream in mind.

“I really want to make a career out of playing hockey,” Wild said during a recent phone interview from Southern California.

The NHL might have to wait.

Wild, 9, recently learned that a short film he starred in, “Adam,” will be shown at the ultra-prestigious Cannes Film Festival later this month in France. Wild’s mom, Bettsie, said having a film screened at the festival’s “Short Film Corner” is an enormous honor.

Repair work on the Eklutna overpass scheduled for Monday, May 14 has been delayed until after Memorial Day (Monday, May 28).

Weight restrictions on state and city roads were not lifted as expected for contractor Sandstrom & Sons, Inc. to move their equipment from Anchorage, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities project engineer Ted Meyer said Friday, May 11.

“We’re basically stuck,” he said.

Meyer said the project is expected to start Tuesday, May 29 or Monday, June 4, but a specific date has not been set.

Construction at the McDonald Center is entering its final phase.

The $6 million project to add an indoor turf field, running track and maintenance shop to the longtime Eagle River recreational facility should be completed by July 17, said Mac manager Reid McDonald on May 12.

“It’s basically done,” he said. “They just need to do the final touches.”

Palmer-based F-E Contracting Inc. is currently installing drywall and painting, McDonald said. Once the toilets and netting are installed, the final step will be to put down the turf and track, he said.

Anchorage police say a 57-year-old Eagle River man was hospitalized with injuries to his back and scalp after a run-in with a brown bear on Saturday, May 12.

Lt. Dave Parker said Howard Meyer was hiking near his home in the Eagle River Valley when the attack occurred around 6 p.m.

Parker said Meyer came across the adult bear suddenly. When the animal began acting aggressively, Parker said Meyer first tried to hold his ground, before turning to run.

“The thing was on him like that,” Parker said.

The U.S. Army said today that two paratroopers based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson were killed when their Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle was attacked on May 13 near Bowri Tana, Afghanistan.

Sgt. Brian L. Walker, 25, of Lucerne Valley, Calif., and Pfc. Richard L. McNulty III, 22, of Rolla, Mo., were both military policemen assigned to the 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion (Airborne), 4th Bridgade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Divison.

Three other soldiers were wounded in the attack.

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