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The loss of Matt Martin hasn’t affected Chugiak High riflery.

Third time’s a charm.

Chugiak’s co-ed large varsity competitive cheer team won its third consecutive Region IV cheer grand championship on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Chugiak High with a stunning array of aerial stunts that left team members pumping their fists in celebration.

“We’ve never done that good before!” said junior captain Shawnee Wackerman after the team earned a standing ovation for its electric performance.

No other team in the competition came close to Chugiak’s powerful squad, which this year includes six male athletes.

John Rodda, who grew up in Eagle River and now runs the Anchorage Parks Department, said he’s never seen vandalism as bad as this summer’s spree.

“It’s excessive,” Rodda told a meeting of the Eagle River community council on Oct. 13 in Eagle River.

Rodda said area vandalism — which began in the spring and has continued at a record pace — has cost the municipality in excess of $20,000 in materials alone. He said that figure is much higher when personnel hours are taken into account.

With the major excavation work finished, “The Mac’s” new look will soon be taking shape.

Over the next couple of weeks, crews from Palmer-based F-E Contracting Inc. will be assembling the steel for upgrades to the Harry J. McDonald Center. The longtime Chugiak-Eagle River hockey venue is in the process of adding an indoor turf field with a track and maintenance shop.

“Right now, it’s just a construction site,” said John Rodda, director of the municipal parks and recreation department. “It doesn’t have an identity.”

Nerissa Friars got arrested for driving under the influence in August even though no alcohol showed up in her system during a breath test at the Anchorage Jail. Outraged, the 32-year-old from Eagle River spent $2,000 on a lawyer, along with the fees associated with getting her 2008 Dodge Charger out of impound. Sure enough, city prosecutors declined to take the case to court: there wasn’t enough evidence.

The case isn’t as straightforward as it sounds. Or that unusual.

Eagle River's skyline could be getting a facelift.

Cook Inlet Housing Authority development finance manager Tyler Robinson told the Eagle River community council last week that the authority is seeking financing for what would be the area's tallest building, a four-story senior housing facility to be located on a vacant lot behind the Eagle River Shopping Center in downtown Eagle River.

“We know we're going to make an impression, but we want that to be a positive one,” Robinson told the council.

Former Alaska Speaker of the House Pete Kott, of Eagle River, filed a motion in U.S. District Court on Thursday to change his plea to guilty on one count of bribery in an ongoing corruption case now more than five years old.

When East Anchorage ended Eagle River’s flag football season with a 13-0 win Tuesday, Oct. 11 in the first round of the Cook Inlet Conference playoffs, Wolves head Coach Matt Turner had nothing but positive words for his girls.

“I told them to keep their heads up,” Turner said.

After finishing each of the past two seasons winless, the Wolves went 8-7 this year.

“To be here to this point is just a huge turnaround,” Turner said.

Eagle River, which swept East during the regular season, missed too many passes, Turner said.

Things just never got on track for the Chugiak flag football team, whose season ended in disappointment following a 28-14 loss to West in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference playoffs on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

“It’s a bit indicative of our year,” said Chugiak coach Jon Schroeder, whose team finished the season 7-8.

Chugiak had flashes of brilliance this season — the Mustangs thrashed West 33-0 in their previous meeting — but Schroeder said his squad never managed to reach its full potential on a regular basis.

Two local senior football players — one a shifty open-field specialist, the other a hulking lineman — came home with two of the Cook Inlet Conference's top four awards in voting by the league's coaches.

Eagle River's Kelechi Madubuko, a senior wide receiver/return specialist who scored 10 touchdowns this season — four on returns — was named the CIC's Utility Player of the Year and also to the first team All-CIC team as a wideout and return specialist.