For nearly two months, Alexa Heald has been practicing for the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest.
Even the night of Eagle River High’s competition Feb. 2, Heald repeatedly recited one of her poems during a seven-minute intermission. Tucked away in a corner of Eagle River’s library facing the wall, the sophomore rehearsed Dorothy Parker’s “Love Song.”
If a movie is cheesy and knows it’s cheesy — if it embraces the soft, gooey texture and pungent aroma of its own fromage — does that make it any more palatable as a meal?
That is the question to ponder while watching “Big Miracle,” a rousing, feel-good, family-friendly animal adventure which has the added benefit of being based on a true story. It’s a weird hodgepodge, mixing the large cast and the melodrama of a 1970s disaster movie with the small-town quirkiness of “Northern Exposure,” with just a touch of the big-haired ambition of “Broadcast News.”
Chugiak senior Garrett Morrison easily handled Kodiak's Charlie Johnson in the finals of the 182 pound weight class at the ASAA Alaska Class 4A State Wrestling Championships to earn his first state wrestling title on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Bartlett High.
"It feels great," Morrison said after defeating Johnson for the second time this season.
Chugiak sophomore wrestler Richard Burroughs, 16, won his first Cook Inlet Conference championship with a 7-6 win over Service’s Derek Zorea in the finals at 220 pounds on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Chugiak High. Burroughs is the son of Don and Lori Burroughs of Peters Creek.
Dimond's Marianne Kristiansen scored with 8:28 left in the third period to lift second-seeded Dimond-West to a 1-0 win over No. 3 Chugiak-Eagle River in the semifinals of the Cook Inlet Conference tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at Ben Boeke Arena.
Chugiak-Eagle River outshot Dimond-West 17-12 in the game, but couldn't break through against goalie Taylor Sebring.
Nicole Mrugala made 11 stops for Chugiak-Eagle River.
Chugiak outscored Lathrop 12-6 in overtime to earn a 60-54 victory over Lathrop in the opening round of the Dimond Lady Lynx Shootout on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at Dimond.
The Mustangs went 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the extra period.
Alistie Aguilar went 11-for-13 from the line to lead Chugiak. Aguilar finished with 17 points and seven assists for the Mustangs, who also got a game-high 20 points from Erinn Scotland, 12 points and eight boards from Jessica Tramp and a game-high 15 rebounds from Jessi McMullen.
Volunteers from Anchorage were helping expand recycling opportunities in Chugiak-Eagle River, according to a story in the Jan. 31, 2002 Alaska Star.
The one-stop drop-offs were set to begin in April and continue the second Saturday of each month. The groups planned to collect materials not currently able to be recycled in Eagle River, which only had facilities for aluminum and newspapers.
Under the expanded program, glass, tin and mixed paper would be collected.
For the past week, the four Chugiak High classes and faculty have been engaged in war.
This is the third year the school has held a “penny war” competition to raise money for charity.
Each class earns one point for each penny dropped into their jug in the library. Students can add silver coins and/or paper bills other jugs to make rival classes lose points. For example, a $1 bill is worth minus-100 points.
The competition ends Friday, Feb. 3. This year, all proceeds will be donated to Alaska’s chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Buying the standard bouquet or box of candy for the love of your life doesn’t show you’ve put much thought into the sentiment. In fact, if your valentine is like many others, they are just six weeks into the new year that likely began with all sorts of promises to get fit or lose a few pounds. Will chocolate really say “I love you?” Will flowers convey your devotion?
Instead, consider a gift that not only comes from the heart but benefits the heart. Here are better options for Valentine’s Day when you want to say:
Bartlett 68, Chugiak 53
Chugiak fell to 0-7 in the Cook Inlet Conference with a 68-53 loss to Bartlett on Jan. 31 at Chugiak.
Jal Rial had 11 points to lead Bartlett, which got scoring from 10 different players.
Marquis Spearman led all scorers with 12 points for Chugiak, which also got 11 from Skyler Fullmer, nine from Payton Fullmer and eight from Ryan Harris.
Dimond 69, Eagle River 44