Matt Tunseth

Emergency crews and bystanders escaped injury when a vehicle plowed into a Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department engine on the Glenn Highway Sunday morning.

Chief Clifton Dalton said the incident happened in the inbound lanes of the Glenn near the North Eagle River exit at around 10:25 a.m. The engine was on the scene of a separate vehicle accident and had parked in the righthand lane. Dalton said a man driving a red Suburban struck the engine from behind.

“He hit it pretty hard,” Dalton said.

Chugiak’s girls Nordic ski team showed it can go ski-to-ski with the state’s best during an entertaining, back-and-forth freestyle relay race at the Region IV meet at Kincaid Park on Saturday.

The Mustangs had the crowd abuzz by taking the lead on the second leg and only relinquishing it to a powerful charge by West anchor Maggie York.

“We wanted to race hard today,” said the Mustangs’ Heidi Booher after helping her team to a second-place finish in both the relay and overall girls team standings.

Heidi Booher led four Chugiak skiers in the top nine spots on Day 1 of the Region IV Nordic ski championship meet at Kincaid Park on Friday.

Booher completed the girls’ 7.5-kilometer classic technique course in 27 minutes, 59.9 seconds to finish 1:47.2 behind winner Molly Gellert of West and 1:32.8 behind Gellert’s teammate Magdalen York. Chugiak’s Emma Nelson finished sixth, followed closely by teammates Emma Sees in eighth and Adrianna Proffitt in ninth. Myah Smith finished 42nd overall for sixth-place Eagle River.

Sen. Anna MacKinnon (R-Eagle River) will host a community meeting on criminal justice reform on Saturday, Feb. 25 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center.

The meeting will immediately preced a town hall meeting featuring Sen. MacKinnon and the other four members of the Legislature who make up the Chugiak-Eagle River delegation. That meeting will begin at 2 p.m. and will also be in the senior center’s dining hall.

Students at Eagle River High will be growing up fast this weekend. Maybe too fast.

The school will host a “Get REAL” Financial Reality Fair simulation designed to show them how finance works in the real world. Presented by the Financial Reality Foundation in conjunction with Denali Federal Credit Union, the fair puts students to the test by giving them a career, having them spend money and making their own personal budgets.

When students get into the “real” world of the seminar, it can be an eye-opener.

Plenty of local faces will be hidden beneath helmets and duct tape this weekend for the annual running of the Iron Dog snowmachine race, which begins Feb. 19 on Big Lake.

Six Chugiak-Eagle River riders are in this year’s event, including a pair of former champions.

The East T-Bird Classic Nordic ski race was actually held at East High for the first time in three years on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017.

The last two years it was scheduled, low snowfall totals kept skiers off the trails at nearby Russian Jack Park where the annual relay races are typically held. The race is notorious for its ski jump, which as usual sent dozens of teenagers tumbling Saturday. It’s also famous for the zany cosumes worn by participants, and Saturday’s event was no different, with athletes dressed as superheros, super villains and even an avacado.

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UPDATE (Thursday, Feb. 16): Stephany Jeffers removed her name from the candidates’ list before the Tuesday, Feb. 14 deadline. The final list of candidates for Chugiak-Eagle River includes Fred Dyson, Gretchen Wehmhoff, Patrick Donnelly and John Brassell.


Five people have thrown their hats into the ring for the Anchorage Assembly seat representing Chugiak-Eagle River, including three who did so on the last day open to filing and one well-known former state legislator.

It’s going to be hard for Chugiak to top its spectacular sports Saturday.

On the same day the school’s hockey team won the state title, the Chugiak girls basketball team capped a stellar Dimond Lady Lynx Prep Shootout by defeating the host squad in the tournament championship Saturday, Feb. 11 at Dimond High.

Just call them ch- ch- champions.

The Chugiak Mustangs won their fifth state hockey title Saturday, defeating South 3-0 in the championship game of the ASAA/First National Cup Alaska Class 4A state high school hockey tournament at the Menard Center in Wasilla.

“It’s almost like it’s a dream,” said Chugiak senior Zach Krajnik as he celebrated with his teammates on the ice after the game.