Heading into Friday's 10-kilometer mass start classic race on Day 2 of the ASAA Alaska State Nordic Skiing Championships at Kincaid Park, Chugiak senior Isaac Lammers found himself trailing East's Thomas O'Harra by just over six seconds after Thursday's freestyle race. So when he crossed the finish line in first place in the classic race, Lammers knew he still had a few seconds to worry that O'Harra might come charging up behind him.
But when he looked back down the trail, there was nobody there.
"My coach said 'I've got the timer going,'" Lammers recalled.
The driver of this pick-up truck had to be extricated from his vehicle after crashing in the center median of the Glenn Highway on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Anchorage Police said the 49-year-old driver was not seriously hurt in the accident, one of several dozen reported that day as light snowfall made roads treacherous across the Anchorage and Chugiak-Eagle River areas.
Getting up to catch a 7:30 a.m. bus on a Sunday morning might not seem like most kids’ idea of a good time. Unless it’s a snow day.
Nearly 90 students from Chugiak-Eagle River joined dozens of their peers from across Anchorage on Feb. 18 in a bus caravan south to Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, where they converged for a program that for two decades has been introducing generations of skiers and boarders to the mountain.
“This is pretty sweet,” said Jake Rogers, a sixth grader at Mirror Lake Middle School while taking a lunch break in the day lodge.
Chugiak High is bringing the cartoon cast of “Peanuts” to life.
Starting tonight (Thursday, Feb. 23), students are putting on the musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” The show runs through Saturday, Feb. 25, starting each night at 7 p.m. at Chugiak’s Steve Primis Auditorium. Admission is $5 for students and children and $10 for adults.
“It’s really adorable,” director Lisa Reed said of the production. “I love Peanuts.”
Reed said the musical’s message is something audience members of all ages can relate to.
Proving the name of her parents’ club — Taekwando Elite USA — the 15-year-old from Eagle River became the first female from Alaska to earn a spot on a national taekwondo team after qualifying for the Junior World Championships on Jan. 15, according to her coach Sherman Nelson Jr.
“There’s never been a girl from Alaska,” said Nelson, who’s been working with the national team for the past decade after retiring from competition in 2001.
Bird lovers wasted no time rescuing more than two dozen parakeets seized last month from an Eagle River home.
People adopted 27 birds on Feb. 12, the first day the Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center made them available, said center spokeswoman Brooke Taylor.
The birds are among more than 40 parakeets and 39 dogs — many of them small breeds — seized in mid-January after authorities discovered them living in filthy conditions in a rented house on Hanson Drive.
A group of three Alaskans and six Iowans have been working since Feb. 8 to bring more clean water to the remote village of Old Fangak, S. Sudan. The Alaskan Sudan Medical Project, a not-for profit organization based in Anchorage is coordinating the 10-day effort.
Team leader is Brett Burroughs of Anchorage, joined by Dr. Mike Remillard and son Daniel, of Eagle River.
After a bit of fun, it’s time to get down to business.
Prep Nordic skiers ended their regular season with a bit of Valentine’s whimsy on Saturday, Feb. 10 with the Thunderbird Classic, a co-ed classic relay race in which skiers showed up dressed in get-ups ranging from cute to downright bizarre.
“The kids all had a lot of fun, there’s a lot of team spirit,” said Eagle River coach Liz Turner.
Among the flashiest skiwear on display were superhero capes, a human banana costume and plenty of hot pink tights, underwear and tu-tus.