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A howling wind, blowing snow and freezing temperatures couldn’t knock the grin off Isaac Lammers’ face on Sunday, Oct. 30.

“It’s just great being back on snow,” said Lammers, a Chugiak High School senior who was one of a couple dozen local skiers who took part in a Nordic ski camp over the weekend put on by Alaska Nordic Racing (ANR) at Hatcher Pass.

Lammers, who skis competitively for both the Chugiak-based club and his high school team, said he’s been skiing at the popular early-winter destination since the snow started to fly two weeks ago.

Marty Lang is a brave man.

Eagle River High’s principal gave students the opportunity to dunk him in a tank of water as many times as possible in 30 minutes at the school’s annual fall carnival Friday, Oct. 21. Lang estimated he was dropped 25 to 30 times, though no one was more eager to ensure the school’s top administrator was sopping wet than his son, Lang said.

The student-government facilitated event gave all Eagle River clubs an opportunity to raise funds.

Anchorage Assembly member and Title 21 committee chair Debbie Ossiander has a goal: Have the entire municipal land use code rewrite — including a Chugiak-Eagle River-specific chapter — in front of the Assembly for a vote within six months.

Before a vote, the Planning and Zoning Commission and Title 21 committee must review all chapters.

Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska) wouldn’t mind seeing American military bases around the world shut down — with a catch.

“I really want the troops to come to the state of Alaska,” Young said on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at a meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce at the Bear Mountain Grill.

Young was speaking in response to a question about America’s large number of bases abroad, and whether he thinks some of those bases can be shuttered.

“We don’t need troops in Germany,” Young said.

A banged-up Eagle River squad finished fourth in the 20-team Service-Dimond tournament over the weekend at Dimond and Service High Schools.

“I can’t be disappointed,” said coach Katie Hulse after her team fell 2-0 to East Anchorage in the third-place match Saturday, Oct. 22. Hulse’s team roared into the Gold division bracket with a solid 5-3 record during Friday’s pool play. The Wolves then picked up 2-0 wins over Valdez and Service on Saturday before falling in back-to-back matches against Dimond and East. Dimond went on to win the Gold division title.

Dimond High’s malfunction is Chugiak’s gain.

Thanks to faulty bleachers in the Lynx home gym, Chugiak will host this year’s Cook Inlet Conference gymnastics meet for the first time in school history Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29. Competition begins at 5 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Glenn Blake, Anchorage School District coordinating principal for gymnastics, confirmed Sept. 9 that Dimond’s bleachers could not open up fully, and that the venue was switched to Chugiak High.

With winter ready to break down autumn’s door and establish its dominance over Alaska, Eagle River Nature Center’s Michael “Gus” Gustafson is doing all he can to prepare The Last Frontier’s youth for disaster.

An explosion in the garage of a Chugiak single-family house caused a fire Friday, Oct. 21 at 19744 Sunset Boulevard that destroyed the family’s garage. The call came in at 9:30 p.m., said Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department spokesman Jeff Hartley, with a crew from CVFD Station 31 on on the scene six minutes later.

Three women who poured countless hours into creating and sustaining a library in Chugiak-Eagle River were recognized with a dedication ceremony Thursday, Oct. 20.

What’s known today as the Chugiak-Eagle River Branch Library named the children’s section for Billie Moore, the northern collection for Polly Kallenberg and the volunteer program for Kathryn Cotten.

A plaque for each woman was unveiled during the ceremony. Among the roughly 25 friends and family in attendance were Rep. Bill Stoltze, Rep. Anna Fairclough and Anchorage Assemblywoman Debbie Ossiander.

Fueled by Butterfinger, Skittles and Dr. Pepper, zombies, princesses and superheroes roamed the halls of Fire Lake Elementary to kick off the Halloween holiday Friday, Oct. 21. Sugar-high children bounced from one of the fall carnival’s 18 games to the next, wolfed down hot dogs and voted on the top jack-o’-lantern.

And all this fun was had in the name of science.

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