On Monday night, the world got to hear what folks in Chugiak have known for a long, long time.
Mike Christensen can really sing.
Christensen, a 2004 Chugiak High graduate, made his national television debut at 8 p.m. Monday night on NBC’s “The Sing Off,” an elimination-style reality show featuring some of the nation’s top vocal ensembles.
Eagle River fell 21-19 to East on Saturday at Eagle River High School.
Peter Kott threw touchdown passes to Kelechi Madubuko and Jeavonte Dunn, but the Wolves' final drive ended with an incompletion on fourth down with the Wolves driving in East territory with less than a minute to play.
Jordan Patin hit a 41-yard field goal for Eagle River, which fell to 0-6 overall and 0-5 in the Cook Inlet Conference. The Wolves also scored on a safety.
Brody Deloria had a pair of touchdown runs for East (4-2 overall, 3-2 CIC).
No, the Eagle River resident didn’t attend the best New Year’s party of her life or celebrate a special anniversary. That was the day Gray received perhaps the most frightening news an expectant mother can get: doctors had detected a defect — heart disease — in her unborn baby.
Gray said she and her husband, David, were stunned.
“We were in a shocked state of mind,” Gray said. “You’re numb.”
Doctors performed open-heart surgery just 10 days after her baby boy was born. Today, young Qunilan is a normal 2-year-old.
For the past 59 years, the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department has been serving the community. Today, the department has roughly 80 members — all state certified emergency medical technicians, paramedics and firefighters — and just two paid staff positions, according to spokesman Jeff Hartley, who’s been with CVFD since 1984.
Its fleet contains four tanker trucks, five pumpers, two heavy rescue trucks, three ambulances, four brush trucks and other miscellaneous vehicles such as snowmachines and command vehicles, Hartley said.