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Anchorage School District held a last-minute track and field meet Thursday, April 5 to give athletes as much competition as possible, said Chris Lisenby, Region IV season meet director.

“Anytime we can give them a full schedule, we try to do that,” he said. “Kids aren’t used to having that week off.”

With Easter falling on April 8, ASD athletes couldn’t compete the Friday and Saturday prior to the holiday.

“It’s kind of a rough holiday to have because it rotates every year,” Lisenby said.

Jackie Klecka erupted for four goals to lead Eagle River girls soccer 8-0 past Bartlett on April 5 at The Dome. With the win, the Wolves improved to 2-2-1 in Cook Inlet Conference play.

Klecka and Shayna Wolery netted two goals each and Nikki Boggs added one to give Eagle River a 5-0 lead at the half. Klecka added two more in the second half, and Clarie Bottini rounded out the scoring.

After less-than-satisfactory performances against West and Chugiak, the Wolves turned things around against the Golden Bears, head coach Lauren Mason said.

There’s good news for those with overdues.

The Anchroage Library announced last week that it will hold its first overdue materials amnesty day in more than 25 years on Wednesday, April 18.

According to a press release sent out by the library system, the event is a way of recognizing a significant gift from longtime library patron Alfred Hanisch, who died in 2010.

A murder will take place this Friday the 13th — and it’s up to you to solve the crime.

A Premier Production’s murder mystery dinner show “Murder on the Love Boat” opens Friday, April 13 at Bear Mountain Grill in Eagle River. Tickets for the show — which will be put on April 13, 14, 20 and 21 — cost $42.50 and can be purchased at love.tix.com.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7. A Premier Production asks that anyone attending the show bring donations for the Chugiak-Eagle River Food Pantry.

There aren’t many moose in wine country.

But there’s plenty in Eagle River, where 24 students and their four teachers arrived from Libourne, France last week for an immersion in all things Alaska.

“Everything is huge,” said Odile DaSilva, who teaches English in the wine-growing town near Bourdeaux in southwestern France.

DaSilva’s colleague, Isabelle Gobinaud, said she and her students have been blown away by Alaska’s vast expanses of wilderness and abundant wildlife, after spotting numerous moose and bald eagles within their first few days in the state.

Who needs a weekend off?

Though the Easter holiday gave all Anchorage School District athletes a rare three days without competition, that didn’t stop dozens of Eagle River High students, parents and coaches from getting plenty of exercise.

Armed with plastic shovels and tarps, boys and girls soccer, track, baseball and football players started chipping away at the snow and ice that has blanketed their track and turf for the past six months.

“It’s a good workout,” boys head soccer coach Max Solodkii quipped. “It’s good for the forearms.”

A 21-year-old paratrooper assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson was killed in an improvised explosive device attack on Tuesday, April 3 while on patrol in Afghanistan.

According to the Army, Spc. Jeffrey Lee White Jr., of Catawissa, Mo., died when his unit was attacked in Khowst Province. Five other members of the 4/25th — also known as the Spartan Brigade — were injured.

With all but questioned and absentee ballots counted, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan appeared to be headed to another term after defeating challenger Assemblyman Paul Honeman in what turned out to be a wild April 3 municipal election.

Sullivan got approximately 59 percent of the vote to Honeman’s 38 percent on election night.

Chugiak High’s concert choir won first place at the Heritage Festival at New York’s Riverside Cathedral on March 21-26.

The choir, made up of 40 male and female students, was the top group in the 2A division — schools with fewer than 1,400 students — out of 16 at the festival, said Chugiak choral director Ron Lange.

Chugiak’s men’s and women’s choir each won second place and all three choirs received a gold rating.

Lange said he was “really, really happy” with his students’ performance.

“It was cool,” he said. “We enjoyed it.”

Dozens of Mirror Lake Middle School, Chugiak High and Eagle River High School students experienced the sights, history and culture of foreign countries as they traveled abroad during spring break this year.

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