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After a bit of fun, it’s time to get down to business.

Prep Nordic skiers ended their regular season with a bit of Valentine’s whimsy on Saturday, Feb. 10 with the Thunderbird Classic, a co-ed classic relay race in which skiers showed up dressed in get-ups ranging from cute to downright bizarre.

“The kids all had a lot of fun, there’s a lot of team spirit,” said Eagle River coach Liz Turner.

Among the flashiest skiwear on display were superhero capes, a human banana costume and plenty of hot pink tights, underwear and tu-tus.

Eagle River’s Brandon Parrish just scored five points in the Wolves’ 66-62 Cook Inlet Conference overtime win over East on Tuesday, Feb. 14, but he made them count.

Parrish, a junior guard, took a feed from Chris Parker and made a lay-up with 30 seconds left to give his team a 63-61 lead at Eagle River High. Parrish also made the game-tying free throw to make it 61-61.

Parker scored six of his game-high 26 points in overtime to lead the Wolves, who also got 11 from Kelechi Madubuko and 10 from freshman Chaz Jenkins off the bench.

Every Dimond player scored at least six points as the first-place Lynx rolled to a 77-38 win over Chugiak on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at Dimond.

Alistie Aguilar led Chugiak with 13 points, including a 7-for-9 performance from the free throw line. Jessi McMullen added six points and 10 rebounds for Chugiak, which fell to 5-5 in the CIC. Chugiak will face Eagle River tonight at 6 p.m. at Chugiak.


East 64, Eagle River 30

Togafiti Manu scored a game-high 22 points to lead the T-Birds to a 64-30 win Tuesday, Feb. 14 at Eagle River.

For two hours Friday, Feb. 10, the area’s two local high schools put education on hold and competed in a series of challenges that tested strength, speed…and the ability to unfold and put on a frozen T-shirt.

The annual Wild And Crazy Kid’s Olympics (WACKO), which pits each class and the faculty against one another, is held every February to help pass Alaska’s cold, dark months.

“It’s a great morale booster to get the kids through the winter doldrums,” said Eagle River student council advisor Tom Klaameyer. “It’s just big fun.”

When Lee Jordan looks at Chugiak’s Loretta French Field, he doesn’t see a diamond buried under two feet of snow, but a field of Alaska Baseball League dreams.

Jordan, a Chugiak-Eagle River icon who founded the Chugiak-Eagle River Star newspaper in 1971 and briefly served as the town’s mayor, now serves as president of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks Booster Club. The club, which was formed earlier this winter, is in the process of raising money for the team’s inaugural ABL campaign, which begins in June.

Wasilla got two goals from Colton Fletcher and 30 saves from Lauren Massie to hand Chugiak a 4-1 defeat Friday in the consolation round of the ASAA/Alaska First National Cup State Hockey Tournament  at the Menard Center in Wasilla.

The Warriors led 2-0 after one period before Chugiak cut the lead to 2-1 on a goal by Tyler Painter, who put back a Kris Tomazevic shot that bounced off the post with 10:27 left in the second.

Sergeant Gregory Hublitz, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 725th Brigade Support Battalion

“Hello, I’m Sergeant Gregory Hublitz. I’m with HHC, 725. I’m stationed here on FOB Salerno, Afghanistan. I’d like to send a shout-out to my wife, Amy. Happy Valentine’s, baby! I love you. I miss you.”


Just how many moose are finding their way onto car bumpers in the Eagle River Valley?

“There were four killed in one day up here,” said Candis Stanley, who lives near the end of Eagle River Road.

Stanley said the Feb. 1-2 storm that brought several more inches of snow to the area sent more moose down near the roadway.

“Moose are everywhere right now,” she said.

According to Anchorage Police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker, the animals are using roads and paths adjacent to roads because snow in the woods is so heavy.

Debbie Ossiander is sill waiting on the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Ossiander, who chairs the Anchorage Assembly and Title 21 committee, has yet to receive recommendations from Planning and Zoning (PNZ) on the municipal land use code rewrite.

The comission is currently reviewing Mayor Dan Sullivan’s proposed changes, which were released Oct. 19, 2011, long range planning supervisor Carol Wong said Friday, Feb. 3.