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Soon after Kyle Frost was walking, he knew what his life’s passion was — aviation. On Saturday, Aug. 13, Frost took a major step toward turning that passion into a career by earning his private pilot’s license at age 17.

“I’ve known I’ve wanted to fly since before I was four years old,” said the Eagle River High junior. “Now that I’m old enough to do it, I just went out and did it.”

Few people Frost’s age get their pilot’s license, said Patrick O’Hare, who’s been an instructor since 1975.

“He should be proud of what he accomplished,” O’Hare said.

Palmer may be home to the Alaska State Fair, but the fun comes from Chugiak.

It’s been that way since 1967, when Paige Morton founded Golden Wheel Amusements after traveling to Anchorage from Washington state one winter to purchase a carnival ride. Morton’s daughter, Jacqueline Leavitt, said her mom bought the ride (“The Octopus”), but was persuaded by locals to stick around for the upcoming Fur Rendezvous.

“She thought they were crazy,” Leavitt said.

 

An early-morning car accident near North Birchwood Loop on Tuesday left an 18-year-old Chugiak man in critical condition at an Anchorage hospital.

Anchorage Police Department Lt. Dave Parker said Tyler Shaf, 18, was flown by Life Flight helicopter for emergency surgery after suffering head injuries in the accident, which occurred at around 6 a.m.

Matt Tomter is used to flying by the seat of his pants.

A former commercial pilot, Tomter got into the restaurant business six years ago after seeing an opportunity in Nome to fill a niche in the local eating scene.

"It's kind of a long story..." Tomter said of his first restaurant venture Airport Pizza in Nome.

Basically, Tomter found an old pizza oven and started flying pizzas out to nearby communities. The idea took off, and the restaurant – which became a Nome hot spot – gained statewide and national fame for its fly-out pizzas.

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