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Kenny Ray is stepping down as head coach of Eagle River High’s football program after three seasons.

Ray, 61, said the decision to resign from his coaching post is something he’s mulled over while simultaneously considering retiring from his position as financial data control clerk at ERHS.

“I’m getting ready to retire,” Ray said. “I’ve got a life-changing decision to make.”

Ray said he hasn’t decided whether or not this will be his final year as an ERHS employee.

Ray said serving as football coach is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year job.

A total of 16 Chugiak High and two Eagle River High swimmers qualified for state. Chugiak’s Kaitlin Friedli was the lone local diver to qualify for state. With a score of 354.30 in the Cook Inlet Conference meet, Friedli enters state as the top diver.

Bartlett will host the state meet. Swimming preliminaries begin Friday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. Girls diving preliminaries start at 3:30 p.m. followed by boys diving.

Girls diving semifinals start at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 followed by the boys. Swimming and diving finals start at 1 p.m.

Talk about a three-fer.

When Chugiak’s Alex Collins landed awkwardly on a dismount from the uneven parallel bars in practice three days prior to the Cook Inlet Conference gymnastics meet, her coached fear the worst.

A heated winter sand storage building and drainage improvements for The Tablelands subdivision are priorities for Assembly chair Debbie Ossiander.

With recommendations from Ossiander and Assemblyman Bill Starr — each of whom represents Chugiak-Eagle River — Mayor Dan Sullivan wants to ask the state Legislature for $3 million for The Tablelands and $1.2 million for a sand storage facility in his fiscal year 2013 budget requests.

Having promoted more than 500 concerts involving more than 300 artists, Eagle River’s Mike McCormick is well known from Anchorage to Palmer.

Turns out the rest of the state knows him, too.

After receiving nominations from Fairbanks to Homer, McCormick was recently honored with a Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities.

McCormick, owner of Whistling Swan Productions, received the business leadership award Oct. 19. McCormick said he had no clue he had been nominated.

“It was a total surprise,” he said.

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.

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