The Eagle River junior claimed her third straight runner-up finish at the Region IV Cross Country meet Saturday, clocking a time of 18 minutes, 31 seconds — one second faster than she ran in last year’s race and one second slower than her personal best on the 5-kilometer course at Bartlett High.
“I’m very happy with it,” Walsh said after finishing 10 seconds behind South freshman Robyn Miller and 12 seconds ahead of Miller’s teammate, two-time defending Region IV champion Ava Earl.
A student brought a backpack containing a loaded handgun and a knife to Fire Lake Elementary School in Eagle River on Thursday, according to the Anchorage School District. There were no injuries and the gun was not discharged, according to a statement emailed to media Thursday afternoon by ASD communications director Alan Brown.
Brown said the male student’s classmates told their teacher they saw the weapons while on the school bus.
“The student in question was separated from the backpack and escorted to the office,” Brown wrote.
For hours on end, Eagle River’s Alaina Vik, 13, has stood in grocery store entrances or parking lots and approached strangers asking if they’d like to buy Girl Scout cookies. Often with her mom and siblings along to help, Vik has been “everywhere” from Anchorage to the Mat-Su selling the distinctive boxes, and the effort has paid off — last year, she sold more than 5,000 boxes to become Alaska’s No. 1 seller.
“I went out every day and I just kept going and asking people if they wanted to buy cookies,” she said.
Chugiak-Eagle River has always seen itself as a separate community from Anchorage, and when it comes to academics area schools certainly stand out.
The area’s dozen public schools outperformed their counterparts in the Anchorage School District on the state’s 2018-19 school year standardized tests in math, English and science, according to results released by the district earlier this month.