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Thanks to a costly mistake by sophomore quarterback Zyrelle Jones, Eagle River football held on to defeat Bartlett 31-25 in the regular season finale Saturday at the Wolves’ den.

Trailing by six with no timeouts and under 15 seconds left in regulation, Jones spiked the ball at Eagle River’s 1-yard line, however, it was fourth down and the Wolves took over on downs. Prior to Jones’ blunder, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound quarterback leaped for the end zone but Eagle River stopped him just inches shy of the goal line and prevented the game-tying score.

With less than 100 meters to go in Saturday’s Class 4A boys cross-country running state championship race, Chugiak’s David McPhetres was cruising to a top 10 finish.

Not so fast.

Heading into the finish chute, McPhetres’ feet got tangled with another runner’s and the Chugiak runner went skidding to his hands and knees. Watching from the sidelines, David’s mom (and Chugiak coach) Tina, said she nearly lost it.

“I said a bad word,” she confided after the race.

About 300 paratroopers from the Army's 4th Bridgade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division — the "Spartans" — arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson early Thursday morning after a 10-month mission to Afghanistan.

The plane load of soldiers was the first "main body" transport to arrive at JBER. Combined with several advance flights that arrived earlier this fall, the most recent redeployment brings the total number of troops back in Alaska to 800 of the 3,500-soldier brigade.

What looks like a war zone will soon become an AutoZone.

A spokesperson for the nationwide auto parts store confirmed Monday the chain will soon move to Eagle River.

The store will occupy space alongside the Old Glenn Highway where demolition crews recently tore down the building that formerly housed Aztec’s restaurant and Everything Under the Midnight Sun thrift store.

Look for the best in others.

Dream big.

Choose positive influences.

Speak with kindness.

Start your own chain reaction.

Jonathan Oliver asked Eagle River High students to undertake each of these five challenges during a presentation Monday, Sept. 24.

Oliver is part of Rachel’s Challenge, a program that teaches students and adults how to combat bullying and feelings of isolation. The program is based on the journal writings of Rachel Scott, the first student killed in the Columbine High School shootings in 1999.

I hesitate to employ the trite phrase, “when they made Dick Griffith, they threw away the mold.” But it’s true in every respect. In our lifetimes it’s doubtful we’ll ever run across anyone like him.

How do you tell the story of a legend? If you’re author Kaylene Johnson, you ask him.

Johnson, of Eagle River, recently collaborated with Alaska folk hero Dick Griffith on a new book called “Canyons and Ice,” which chronicles the modern-day adventurer’s many travels across some of the most forbidding terrain on the planet.

“It seemed like the story needed to be told,” said Johnson during an interview with she and Griffith at Johnson’s Birchwood home.


One of three defendants in the 2010 Eagle River murder of Harvey “Charlie” Albright is back in jail after violating the terms of his probation.

An Anchorage Superior Court judge sentenced 25-year-old Kennith “Kenny” Upton to serve 90 days during a hearing Sept. 21.

When Dena Sessler decided to write a book of spiritual poetry geared toward kids, she thought there was no better way to complement her words than with illustrations by children.

That’s exactly what she did.

Each of the 19 poems in Sessler’s “Talking With God” are accompanied by an illustration drawn by Eagle River Christian School students. Sessler’s publisher, Publication Consultants, told her there was nothing like it on the market.

Leader. Mentor. Hard worker. Supportive. A friend.

These were just a few of the words used to describe Jack Aiken at a celebration honoring his 25 years as senior pastor of King’s Way Ministry Center in Eagle River on Saturday, Sept. 15.

“He’s a man after God’s own heart,” said former church secretary Jeanne Leonard. “It really was an honor to work for him.”

The church also recognized Aiken’s wife, Ann, for her decades of service.

“They are such wonderful mentors and people of integrity,” said former church bookkeeper Carol Watkins.