The top lady dog musher in the whole world is still Chugiak’s own Shiley Gavin. She came in first place both days in the women’s World Championship Dog Sled Race. On Saturday she made the ten mile trail in 37:40. On Sunday her time was 37:53.
Shirley, who ran 10 dogs the first day and dropped to eight on the second day, said that the trail was in terrible condition from the lack of snow.
Yes, there is life on Mars in “John Carter,” and it’s deadly dull.
These are not words you would expect to use in describing a film from Andrew Stanton, director of the Oscar-winning Pixar favorites “Finding Nemo” and “WALL-E,” who’s making his live-action debut. And yet there they are, and they’re inescapable.
Noorvik defeated Birchwood Christian School 58-38 in the boys Class 2A state basketball semifinals Tuesday at Sullivan Arena. The Warriors will take on Yakutat at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday in the third-place game.
Mike Rud paced BCS with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Dylan Keiffer, who scored eight points, was named player of the game for the Warriors.
Isaac Foreman added seven points, Chase Patterson chipped in three and Caleb Duplessis scored two for Birchwood.
Danny Wells led the Bears with 26 points, including four 3-pointers.
Birchwood Christian School’s boys pulled ahead in the final 20 seconds to take a dramatic 34-33 win over Bristol Bay in the opening round of the Class 2A state basketball tournament Monday at Sullivan Arena. The Warriors will take on Noorvik on Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. with a championship berth on the line.
Dylan Keiffer gave Birchwood its first lead of the game when he hit the eventual game-winning jumper with 19.5 seconds left in regulation.
The Angels nearly won as Bristol Bay’s Brandon Rush had a shot rim out as the buzzer sounded.
Lanier, 71, was the first Iditarod musher to reach the Cripple checkpoint on Thursday, March 8, claiming $3,000 in gold nuggets courtesy of GCI.
He arrived in the checkpoint after making a 14 hour, 30 minute run from Ophir. Although Lanier was the first musher to reach the halfway mark, his lead didn't last for long. Lanier still had to declare his 24-hour layover, and he did so in Cripple. By Friday morning, 29 mushers had passed Lanier as he and his team of 13 dogs waited out their mandatory rest period.
Birchwood Christian School junior Mike Rud, 16, scored 32 points to lead the Warriors 57-56 past Effie Kokrine in the Central Interior Conference championship March 3. Birchwood’s boys are the first team in school history to earn a Class 2A state tournament berth. Rud was also named to the all-tournament team. He is the son of Brad and Laura Rud of Peters Creek.
Derek Cash, a 2008 graduate of Chugiak High, is among 28 Linfield College (McMinnville, Ore.) students participating this spring in a Linfield study abroad program.
Cash, a senior majoring in anthropology and history, is studying at the Hong Kong Baptist University in Hong Kong, China, and living in student residence halls. In Hong Kong, students can take advantage of the international trading, powerful manufacturing bases and one of the world’s largest financial centers while learning about Hong Kong and the Chinese culture.
Juvenile probation supervisor by day, cartoon artist by night, Lee Post has turned a doodling habit into a hobby/career of sorts over the last 13 years. In the latest evolution of his artistic life, he is teaching kids how to use their cartoons as a personal journal or as journalism. The class is a featured event in Anchorage Public Library’s Anchorage Reads 2012. Post uses this year’s book, “The Complete Persepolis” to illustrate the power of using cartoons, even crudely drawn ones, to tell a story.
Although the Eagle River Lions are famous for their summertime fireworks show, the club played host to pyrotechnics of a political sort when candidates for the upcoming municipal election showed up on March 2.
A forum featuring five school board candidates and four mayoral candidates featured some lively debate among the political hopefuls who turned out to try to sway Chugiak-Eagle River voters in advance of the April 3 election.
I’m writing this because in our literature class we are reading the travel diary, “A Walk Across America,” by Peter Jenkins. My classmates and I are contacting newspapers across the country in a state we want to learn more about. I want to learn more about Alaska because I wanted to know about things you do there, the cold weather, and how you cope with the snow, wind and blizzards. Your state interests me. After doing some research, I came across your newspaper, the Alaska Star, and your contact information.