The Chugiak-Eagle River Star/Eagle River Garden Club Garden of the Week for June 13 is at the home of Curt and Katherine Holloway at 12230 Winter Park Place. This week’s business Garden of the Week is located at the VCA Animal Hospital at 11710 Business Boulevard.

Local woman honored for weight loss

Chugiak’s Sarita Cox was recently named the TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) Alaska Queen for losing 117 pounds over the past decade.

“Over the years, I tried most all of the diets, pills, and injections,” Cox said in a press release about the recognition. “Most of them helped take the weight off, but as soon as Istopped, every ounce came back plus more.”

Cox joined the Chugiak TOPS chapter in 1982 and began to make steady progress in 2007, said Cox, who once weighed over 300 pounds.

An Eagle River woman has been selected to lead the Alaska Chamber of Commerce.

Kati Capozzi was named the chamber’s president and CEO in a March 28 announcement. She previously worked as the campaign manager for the Stand for Alaska Vote No on 1 campaign and before that worked for five years as communications and project manager for the Resource Development Council for Alaska.

A month after earning her diploma, Eagle River High School graduate Elle Adkins packed her bags and headed south to represent her hometown on a national stage.

Mardis graduates basic with honors

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Branden Mardis recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. Mardis — who earned distinction as an honor graduate — completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force.

A Talkeetna nonprofit is warming up thanks to 15-year-old Eagle River Boy Scout Keith Sellers.

After hundreds of hours of fundraising and manual labor, Sellers recently put the finishing touches on a new shelter at the Sled Dog Sanctuary, which rescues former sled dogs and provides animal therapy to Alaskans with special needs. The shelter, handicap accessible and warmed with a wood stove, provides a cozy gathering space for sanctuary visitors.

Hundreds of children with visions of candy and prizes stormed the field at Eagle River Lions Park Sunday, snatching up more than 10,000 Easter eggs in a matter of minutes at the annual Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt.

“It goes fast,” said event organizer Sonia Vance of the Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions.

On Thursday evenings, hours after the last classes let out for the day, the band room at Mirror Lake Middle School again fills with music and voices.

This time, middle schoolers are just one part of the group. The other musicians are retirees and high-schoolers, college students, working adults and everyone in between. The Chugiak-Eagle River Community Band welcomes all comers.

Nine members of Community Covenant Church returned April 1 from a short-term mission trip to Tepic, Mexico, where they helped meet the needs of developing churches and a children’s home.

Located in west-central Mexico, Tepic is the capital of the state of Nayarit and the home of La Fuente Ministries, which includes more than 20 church plants and Nana’s House children’s home among its many ministries.

From her home on the hillside above Eagle River, Dr. Katie Ringsmuth looks out over Cook Inlet and thinks about Russian trading posts and Dena’ina bidarkas and the rich, abundant history of the land known as the Last Frontier.

While others see it as the end of the road, Ringsmuth sees Alaska as a leader at the crossroads – a cultural, economic and environmental bridge that has connected the globe for centuries. But so much of Alaska’s history remains unexplored. As an adjunct professor at the University of Alaska, Ringsmuth sees that firsthand.