Former Alaska Speaker of the House Pete Kott, of Eagle River, filed a motion in U.S. District Court last week to change his plea to guilty on one count of bribery in an ongoing corruption case now more than five years old.
Kott’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Friday.
When 10 high-schoolers are attempting to move as one unit on wooden “skis” — which consist of two chained-together two-by-fours’s with only straps to hang on to — the simple task of walking increases in difficulty tenfold. Even shouting out which foot to move and when provided little help to the nearly 175 Chugiak High students who attempted the exercise.
Chugiak’s co-ed large varsity competitive cheer team won its third consecutive Region IV cheer grand championship on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Chugiak High with a stunning array of aerial stunts that left team members pumping their fists in celebration.
“We’ve never done that good before!” said junior captain Shawnee Wackerman after the team earned a standing ovation for its electric performance.
No other team in the competition came close to Chugiak’s powerful squad, which this year includes six male athletes.
John Rodda, who grew up in Eagle River and now runs the Anchorage Parks Department, said he’s never seen vandalism as bad as this summer’s spree.
“It’s excessive,” Rodda told a meeting of the Eagle River community council on Oct. 13 in Eagle River.
Rodda said area vandalism — which began in the spring and has continued at a record pace — has cost the municipality in excess of $20,000 in materials alone. He said that figure is much higher when personnel hours are taken into account.
With the major excavation work finished, “The Mac’s” new look will soon be taking shape.
Over the next couple of weeks, crews from Palmer-based F-E Contracting Inc. will be assembling the steel for upgrades to the Harry J. McDonald Center. The longtime Chugiak-Eagle River hockey venue is in the process of adding an indoor turf field with a track and maintenance shop.
“Right now, it’s just a construction site,” said John Rodda, director of the municipal parks and recreation department. “It doesn’t have an identity.”
Nerissa Friars got arrested for driving under the influence in August even though no alcohol showed up in her system during a breath test at the Anchorage Jail. Outraged, the 32-year-old from Eagle River spent $2,000 on a lawyer, along with the fees associated with getting her 2008 Dodge Charger out of impound. Sure enough, city prosecutors declined to take the case to court: there wasn’t enough evidence.
The case isn’t as straightforward as it sounds. Or that unusual.