Matt Tunseth

Mother Nature’s medicine cabinet is wide open — you just have to know where to look.

Ute Olsson knows. As a naturalist at the Eagle River Nature Center, Olsson might be the best person to describe the plants, trees, shrubs, ferns, berries and other flora growing in the Eagle River Valley.

“I just love plants and I love to find out how to use them,” Olsson said.

Dr. Larry Daugherty isn’t a just busy man — he might just be a madman.

“Yeah, it’s been a little bit of madness,” the Eagle River radiation oncologist said with a chuckle during a phone interview on his lunch break Monday, shortly after returning to Alaska after a mountain climbing expedition in Mexico.

Later that evening, the globe-trotting Daugherty planned to fly to Kenai and drive to Sterling, where he was planning a 40-mile nighttime dogsled run with a team he’s leasing from Kenai Peninsula musher Mitch Seavey.

As the losses piled up this season, Eagle River boys basketball coach Bob Adkins refused to let his often overmatched players hang their heads.

“We teach that we’re building a foundation, that there’s something bigger than wins and losses,” Adkins said Monday night after his team hosted South on Senior Night at the Wolves’ Den.

Chugiak’s fearsome foursome added to the school’s trophy case as the girls ski team held off West Valley to claim second place in Saturday’s team relay and the overall team standings at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Nordic Ski Championships at Kincaid Park.

“They skied really well today,” said Chugiak coach Cody Priest of his all-star relay team of juniors Heidi Booher and Emma Nelson, sophomore Emma Sees and freshman Adrianna Proffitt.

The defending champions of the Iron Dog have been kicked out of the “World’s Longest, Toughest Snowmobile Race” on its final day.

Race officials disqualified Eagle River’s Tyson Johnson and Palmer’s Tyler Aklestad early Saturday morning for violating a race rule against outside help.

According to the race marshals, it was determined the crew helping refule the team’s snowmachines made contact with the sleds in violation of rule 13.2.1, which states: “13.2.1 NO OTHER ASSISTANCE OF ANY KIND INCLUDING PHYSICAL CONTACT WITH THE PIT CREW WILL BE PERMITTED.”

Eagle River teens Grace Gilliland and Helen Wilson have taken their first shot at international biathlon competition in Slovakia.

Gilliland, 17, and Wilson, 15, are currently competing at the International Biathlon Union Youth/Junior World Championships in Osrblie, Slovakia.

Chugiak High School principal David Legg has banned the display of the Confederate flag at the school after a “tumultuous” two weeks following an incident in which students posed with a version of the flag for photos inside the school.

In an email sent to Chugiak parents, Legg said he told students of the flag ban during morning announcements Tuesday.

In addition to the Confederate flag ban, Legg also told parents he reminded students “that they must have approval from the administration to have any kind of display or presentation at school.”

On a night dedicated to honoring Chugiak, East stole the show.

First, the East girls snapped Chugiak’s six-game winning streak with a 55-44 Cook Inlet Conference win on the Mustangs’ home floor. Then in the nightcap, East senior star Moses Miller eclipsed 1,000 points for his career in the T-birds’ 75-45 CIC rout.

“We didn’t shoot well the last time we played them and we didn’t shoot well tonight,” said Chugiak girls coach Ryan Hales, whose team dropped to No. 2 in the statewide coaches’ poll earlier in the day.

A common desire to see local control over Chugiak-Eagle River affairs unites the four people vying to represent the area on the Anchorage Assembly:

“I’ll continue to defend the unique things about our community,” promised Fred Dyson.

In interviews this week with the Star, that theme was repeated over and over by Dyson’s fellow candidates:

“I want to uphold the values we have out here,” said candidate John Brassell.

“We don’t really have much of a voice out here,” said candidate Patrick Donnelly.

When The Dome fell, the impacts were felt far beyond South Anchorage.

The popular indoor sports venue caved in Jan. 21 due to heavy snow, and it won’t be fixed any time soon. That means spring sports in the Anchorage area will have to get creative with their early season schedules.

“Now’s the time when we just have to move forward,” said Melissa Hall, the head track and field coach at Chugiak High.