Having to go dipnetting in a ponytail might have been the worst part of Scotty Sandback’s hair-raising adventure.

“I did not like that,” said Sandbeck, who said he normally wore his long, black hair parted to one side or — when it was windy — covered with a hat.

But during a dipnetting trip to the Kenai Peninsula, he had no choice but to pull the hair back in order to make sure it stayed out of his way as he scooped salmon.

Classy, solid and well-acted, “The Debt” is a rare bit of meaty, intelligent filmmaking during the ordinarily dreary final days of summer.

Jim Reeves thinks he’s got the perfect name for the newest team in the Alaska Baseball League.

“How about the ‘WolfStangs?’” Reeves quipped last week, suggesting a combination of the area’s two high school mascots, the Wolves and Mustangs. “I think I’ll put that one in there.”

Small swim meets aren’t all that much fun, which is why Wasilla was invited to join East and Chugiak on Sept. 2 for a meet at East High.

“With the smaller teams it makes it more fun for the kids,” said Chugiak coach Jessica Kopischke.

East swept the boys and girls team competitions, while Chugiak was second in both and Wasilla third.

Kopischke said coaches may try to invite outside teams to Cook Inlet Conference duals in the future.

“It might be a trend,” she said.

Chugiak 3, Dimond 2

Chugiak picked up a key Cook Inlet Conference win with a five-set (16-25, 27-25, 25-21, 11-25, 16-14) win over defending state champion Dimond on Sept. 2 at Chugiak. The Mustangs improved to 3-0 in the CIC with the win.

Anna Matthews led the charge for the Mustangs with 12 kills, 18 digs and two blocks, while Karlee Kavanaugh added seven kills, four blocks and 23 digs for the Mustangs.


Palmer 3, Eagle River 0

Palmer was a rude visitor to Eagle River High on Sept. 1, handing the host Wolves a 25-15, 25-21, 25-13 loss.

Thanks to six forfeits, Eagle River High’s tennis team defeated Bartlett 7-1 on Sept. 1.

The girls doubles team of Karolena Williams/Mary Stone blanked Jasmine Wright/Krista Davis 6-0, 6-0 for the Wolves’ lone victory in which a match was actually played.

Individual competition among local cross country runners seems to be working out well for their respective teams.

After watching members his team laugh after committing a backbreaking penalty late in their 20-7 loss to Dimond on Sept. 2 at Dimond Alumni Field, Eagle River flag football coach Matt Turner screamed at his players from the sidelines.

“That’s not funny!” Turner yelled.

Homecoming can’t come at a better time for the Chugiak Mustangs, who dropped their second straight game at Anchorage Football Stadium with a 35-13 Cook Inlet Conference loss to Bartlett on Saturday, Sept. 3.

Any team that kicks to Kelechi Madubuko clearly isn’t paying attention.

That towel rack in the bathroom finally gave way, and there are a dozen nail-holes in the wall from where the four-year-old got into the tool box.

Don’t worry — the U-Fix-It shops on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson are here to help.

“The intent is for residents to take pride in ownership,” said Wendy Mekinda, general manager at Aurora Military Housing. “It also provides continuity in the units - the same light bulbs, the same towel bars. It’s a convenience; they can pick things up for free, and they’re also learning a skill.”

As I get older, the list of what I know for sure continues to shrink — the corollary statement is that what I do know I know with more certainty. On that list is the truth that life is hard on people. The late M. Scott Peck begins his huge bestseller “The Road Less Travelled” with the statement “Life is difficult.” This was written in 1978, the year before I was married. Now, I have had a great marriage but 32 years later I can say that he was right (not a commentary on my wife). Life has not gotten easier. At the same time, there is always reason for joy.

Burglar makes off with purse

A resident of Kaskanak Drive in Eagle River told Anchorage police on Aug. 27 that someone broke into his home at about 6 a.m. that morning and stole his wife’s purse. The purse contained credit cards and gift cards, police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said. Someone used one of the credit cards later in the day, Parker said. An investigation continues.


Anchorage Police Department calls for Monday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 4


Monday, Aug. 29

1:20 p.m. - Found item - Business Boulevard

2:06 p.m. - Warrant arrest - Roseberry Park

3:55 p.m. - Driving while license suspended - Old Glenn Highway

6:05 p.m. - Accident - Old Glenn Highway

6:33 p.m. - Vehicle tampering - Stewart Drive

9:18 p.m. - Found item - Business Boulevard


Although I tout myself as a lifelong Alaskan, I spent five years in Texas from 2002-2007 so that I could take advantage of a career opportunity in the energy industry. During that time I journeyed back to Alaska frequently where my family remained.

Looking back on our college years many of us laugh about living on ramen noodles or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches; some of us as children can think of creative meals our mom made, which somehow stretched the little food we had in the house to feed the whole family. Whatever our situations were as children, young adults or college students, we found with perseverance, faith and the support of friends and family, we somehow we got through those times. It may have been many years since we’ve worried about where our next meal might come from.


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