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A nosy neighbor and a quick response by the Anchorage Fire Department helped keep a home at 20513 Eagle River Road from being completely destroyed by fire Thursday, Jan. 12.

Adam Blaum was working on a home improvement project when he noticed what appeared to be an unusually large amount of snow blowing past his upstairs window.

“I just happened to see some extra snow,” said Blaum, who lives next door to the burned home. “But it was smoke mixed with snow.”

What’s tough?

Melissa Apodaca is currently training six hours a day with the goal of representing the United States in one of the toughest sports around, freestyle wrestling. The muscular 22-year-old’s typical day includes running and lifting weights followed by a couple hours of technique work and sparring.

Think that’s tough?

The 2008 Chugiak High graduate does all that training while keeping up with her college courses at Northern Michigan University, where last semester she earned a 4.0 grade-point average.

The 2011 Chugiak High football team will go down in history.

The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame selected the Mustangs for the first-ever Trajan Langdon Award for “displaying sportsmanship and integrity” after their season was cut short due to use of an ineligible player that forced the team to forfeit three wins and miss the state playoffs.

Officials on Saturday canceled the Nordic ski classic style races scheduled to be held at Chugiak High School due to frigid temperatures.

Temperatures at CHS around race time hovered near minus-10 Fahrenheit. The cut-off temperature for races in the Anchorage School District is -4.

The races, which were to include 7.5-kilometer girls classic interval and 10-kilometer boys classic interval, will not be rescheduled.

High school racers are off next weekend, although some competitive skiers will travel to Homer for Besh Cup races on Saturday, Jan. 21.

A nosy neighbor and a quick response by the Anchorage Fire Department helped keep a home at 20513 Eagle River Road from being completely destroyed by fire Thursday, Jan. 12.

Adam Blaum was working on a home improvement project when he noticed what appeared to be an unusually large amount of snow blowing past his upstairs window.

Five or six decades can disappear awful fast.

Just ask those in attendance at last week’s “Old Timers’ Dinner” held at the Eagle River Lions Club.

“Time flies,” said Tom Blavka, who first arrived in Chugiak more than 50 years ago.

Co-hosted by Rep. Bill Stoltze (R-Chugiak/Mat-Su) and Rep. Anna Fairclough (R-Eagle River), the free dinner was a chance for many of the area’s long-term residents to get together for a once-a-year gab session.

You’ll never see a new student eating lunch alone at Eagle River High School.

When a transfer enters the halls of ERHS for the first time, a current student eats lunch with the new student and gives them a tour of the school, walking them through their schedule.

It’s all thanks to the school’s Adventure Program.

Funded by a United States Department of Defense grant, the pilot program’s focus is to ease the transition into the building for new students — many who come from a military background. The program also promotes academic success.

Just five games into the 2011-12 basketball season, Eagle River’s boys already have more victories than last year.

The Wolves, who managed just two wins in the 2010-11 campaign, improved to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the Cook Inlet Conference with a convincing 72-53 victory over visiting South Anchorage on Jan. 6 and a thrilling win at East on Jan. 10.

The decisive win signaled more than Eagle River’s first conference victory of the season, junior Shaquan Rhoades said. It showed wins won’t come easily against the Wolves this year, he said.

A 20-point, fourth-quarter surge was enough for South Anchorage to prevent Eagle River’s girls from winning their first basketball game in more than two years.

The visiting Wolverines started the final quarter on a 14-0 run to defeat the Wolves 65-55 on Jan. 6. The loss dropped Eagle River to 0-3 overall and 0-2 in the conference.

Eagle River — which led the entire second and third quarters — couldn’t recover after losing standout Dana Panfil in the first minute of the second half, head coach Terra Bingham said.

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