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Unlike other victorious politicians Tuesday night, Anna Fairclough didn’t enter Election Central at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage trailing a crowd of sign-waving supporters.

“Jumping up and down didn’t seem appropriate,” said Fairclough, who defeated incumbent Sen. Bettye Davis in the race for Senate Seat M.

Although the former Eagle River state representative said she was thrilled to be moving from the house to the senate, her celebration was tempered by her respect for the longest-serving female in the Alaska Legislature.

Chugiak senior Kaitlin Friedli scored 371.65 points to win her second straight state diving title Saturday during the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Swimming and Diving State Championships at Bartlett High. 

"I put so much work into this year. It's so nice to be rewarded for your work," Friedli said. 

"She dove very, very well," Mustangs' diving coach Megan Morton said. 

Eagle River freshman Jami Stone was third in diving. Though new to the sport, Stone's strong showing at state wasn't a surprise to Wolves' diving coach MaryAnn Curtis. 

The 2012 Alaska General Election is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 6. In addition to President of the United States, voters this year will choose a full compliment of representatives to the Alaska House and Senate.

Only three of the five local seats up for grabs will be contested on Tuesday. Incumbents Dan Saddler (House 12) and Bill Stoltze (House 11) are running unopposed after winning their primary elections.

In Senate District F, incumbent Fred Dyson, of Eagle River, will face Eagle River Democrat Martin Lindeke for the right to represent this area in the senate.

The musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” is outrageous, chaotic, but above all else — hilarious.

That’s why the show is just as entertaining for the actors as the audience, said Zach Foster, who plays a slave, Hysterium.

“The characters that we portray are the opposite of anything we’ve ever imagined,” he said. “The characters are far from normal.”

The play opens today (Thursday, Nov. 1) at Eagle River High at 7 p.m. and runs through Saturday, Nov. 3. General admission tickets cost $10 while students, seniors and military are $7.

That blanket of smoke hanging over the Eagle River Valley recently was actually part of an effort to keep homes in the valley from catching fire.

Crews from the Alaska Division of Forestry spent the week burning piles of trees and brush from a four-acre tract of land near the Driftwood Bay subdivision, a dense grouping of homes that clings to the side of the forested valley. The burns were the final step in a unique partnership between area homeowners and the government designed to reduce the risk of wildfires.

Three Alaska Air National Guardsmen received the Bronze Star Medal with Valor for their actions in Afghanistan in 2010 and 2011. Tech. Sgt. Shane J. Hargis, Staff Sgt. Theodore M. Sierocinski and Cpt. Koaalii C. “Koa” Bailey were honored during an award ceremony Oct. 13 on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Here’s a look at each man:


Cpt. Koaalii Bailey

Cpt. Bailey served as a combat rescue officer with the 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, 455th Expeditionary Operations Group, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing.

With Halloween nearing, now is the time when we intentionally frighten ourselves — whether it be entering into the pitch dark unknown of a haunted house or curling up on the couch for a horror movie marathon.

If the latter is to your liking, look close enough and you might recognize a Chugiak High senior.

Wolfgang Danger was one of the stunt performers in the recently released film “Killjoy Goes to Hell.”

Zombies, princesses, superheroes and professional athletes packed Eagle River High for the annual fall carnival Friday, Oct. 19.

A large crowd of toddlers to adults participated in games, chowed down on sweets and — only the bravest — entered the haunted house.

The throng of early Halloweeners was larger than last year’s turnout, said Haley Carr, who’s in student government.

“It’s pretty booming,” she said. “A lot of participation, which is always good.”

Chugiak-Eagle River is suffering from a lack of taxi service.

That’s what the Anchorage Transportation Commission determined after taking testimony from local residents and elected officials during a public hearing Monday, Oct. 15 in Eagle River.

“There’s no question in my mind that the area is woefully underserved,” Commission Chair Andrew Tierney said two hours into the meeting.

The Spartans of 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, based at JBER, officially relinquished responsibility and operations of Forward Operating Base Salerno, and the Khowst and Paktya provinces, to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air-Assault), Task Force Rakkasan, based at Fort Campbell, Ky., in a transfer of authority ceremony Oct. 6.