Matt Tunseth

A dozen people have thrown a diverse set of hats into the ring for a vacant seat on the Anchorage Assembly.

Among the applicants are a former fighter pilot, several previous political office seekers, a former assemblyman, a member of the Anchorage School Board and the owner of a marijuana retail business.

The deadline to fill the seat vacated when Amy Demboski left the assembly earlier this month to serve as deputy chief of staff for Gov. Mike Dunleavy closed at 5 p.m. Friday. Candidates submitted applications and in some cases resumes and cover letters.

Who are the hottest shots in town? Shoot, it’s Eagle River.

The Wolves outshot mighty Dimond to claim their first Region IV riflery championship on Thursday behind a first-place overall finish from Emma MacKenzie and a team effort that included five of the top 10 individual performances at the meet.

“They all performed well, and all on the same day,” said Wolves coach Mark Burch.

Alayna Breivogel was unshaekable in front of a rockin’ crowd Saturday night at the McDonald Center in Eagle River, stonewalling rival Eagle River with 28 saves to lead Chugiak to a 2-0 Cook Inlet Conference hockey win.

Chants of “Alayna! Alayna!” echoed throughout the barn as the junior saved her best for last, posting 11 saves during a frenetic and feisty final frame.

Breivogel has been one of the CIC’s stingiest netminders in the first half of the season, allowing just one goal in three starts while posting a 3-0 record with two shutouts and a .983 save percentage.

St. Nick showed up early at the Eagle River Walmart this year.

An anonymous donor paid off about $500 worth of toys bought on layaway recently, a company spokesperson confirmed on Friday.

Details were scarce about the incident, as the person wanted to remain nameless. But one of the recipients hopes the secret Santa knows their generosity is appreciated.

“That was so thoughtful,” said Eagle River’s August Whitekiller-Phillips, who said she heard her holiday debt had been erased via a voicemail from the store.

Jackson Wall led all scorers with 15 points as a young Chugiak squad ran away from Tikigaq Thursday night in the first round of the season-opening Cougar Tipoff Basketball Tournament at Service High.

“This will be a whole new team for me,” said Chugiak head coach Jocquis Sconiers, who noted many of the Mustangs were playing their first varsity game Thursday.

Sconiers said this year’s team features just four upperclassmen — two seniors and two juniors — along with eight sophomores.

“We’re very young,” he said.

Eagle River world traveler Helen Wilson is sticking close to home for college.

The globetrotting biathlon star has signed on to ski with the University of Alaska Anchorage Noric ski team starting in the 2019-20 season.

“Helen is one of the strongest in her Alaska class, and we are looking forward to working with her towards her athletic goals,” UAA coach Andrew Kastning said in a press release announcing Wilson’s signing.

District 13 Republicans selected three potential replacements for Rep.-elect Nancy Dahlstrom Tuesday night with a little help from their friends.

After a lengthy procedural debate in the packed banquet room at Piccolino’s Restaurant in downtown Eagle River, the assembled precinct chairs from both District 13 and District 14 voted to nominate (in order of preference) Craig Christenson, Clayton Trotter and Sharon Jackson for Gov. Dunleavy’s consideration. Candidates Bill Cook and Ken McCarty received the least amount of votes and were not forwarded to the governor.

By Matt Tunseth

Chugiak-Eagle River Star

Educators are leaning into a new normal at schools in Chugiak-Eagle River, where campuses have been combined due to the closure of Eagle River Elementary and Gruening Middle School in the wake of the Nov. 30 earthquake.

“I’m actually pretty excited about the opportunity,” said Gruening Middle School principal Bobby Jefts, whose 600 students will attend the rest of the school year at Chugiak High.

Community groups are rallying together to help Chugiak-Eagle River regroup and recover from last week’s magnitude 7.0 earthquake.

The local Lions Club has stepped up to help the Boys and Girls Club, sports teams have pitched in to help local schools and all around town countless volunteers have aided recovery efforts wherever they’re needed.

Eagle River is still struggling to get back on its feet a week after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake ripped through town and left much of the central business district in various states of disrepair.