Matt Tunseth

Sometimes great isn’t quite enough.

Chugiak’s Michael Earnhart and Adrianna Proffitt each finished near the top of the individual Skimeister standings at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State High School Nordic Ski Championships — though both entered the weekend hoping to take a step higher on the podium.

Earnhart finished runner-up in the boys Skimeister standings following the two-day individual competition, while Proffitt was third in the girls Skimeister competition after Friday’s classic technique races.

A Fairbanks company is exploring the idea of bringing the first retail marijuana store to Eagle River, an area that has resisted commercial cannabis since Alaskans voted to legalized recreational use in 2014.

The owners of Good Cannabis have begun talks with local leaders about the possibility of opening a high-end retail marijuana business in downtown Eagle River.

Jim Lanier is no Iditarod rookie — even if he’s spent the winter proving himself like one.

The 79-year-old Chugiak musher was denied entry into the 2020 Iditarod in August, but he’ll be at the starting line nonetheless when the race begins in March after re-qualifying for the race by completing a pair of 300-mile races.

“They said per Iditarod rules if I want to run this year and do a late sign-up, I’d just have to follow the rules and run the qualifying races, so that’s what I did,” Lanier said Tuesday.

Local dipnetters will have an option that’s much closer to home this summer thanks to a regulation change by the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

On Thursday, Feb. 13, the board voted to create a personal use salmon dipnet fishery on a portion of the Susitna River from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., Wednesdays and Saturdays from July 10-31.

A municipal review has found the Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department has resolved all outstanding issues related to a 2018 audit that found deficiencies in the department’s cash-handling controls.

“Management action corrected and significantly improved all issues identified in Internal Audit Report 2018-16,” wrote Municipality of Anchorage Internal Audit Director Michael Chadwick in a memo to the Anchorage Assembly.

McDonald Center finances are doing “great” according to the center’s longtime manager.

“It’s going really well,” said Reid McDonald during last week’s meeting of the Eagle River-Chugiak Parks and Recreation Area Board of Supervisors in Eagle River.

McDonald told the board the center ended up $18,000 ahead in 2019, including a $5,000 surplus in December alone.

McDonald said the bulk of the facility’s revenue still comes from ice rentals, though efforts continue to diversify revenue on the turf side of the center.

Darth Vader and the Space Force shared sunshine with the Mario Brothers and Winnie the Pooh Saturday as Kincaid Park transformed from a world-class ski venue into an otherworldly winter wonderland filled with the motliest crew of cross country skiers you’ll see this side of Santa’s Workshop.

The costumes are a tradition at the East T-Bird Classic, an annual high school relay race that’s long on spirit but short on seriousness. Saturday’s mixed relay event featured a backwards handoff, an uphill slalom and a gnarly jump that sent more than its share of skiers cups over teakettle.

When electric bills came due this month, a lot of people were in for a shock.

“I’ve certainly noticed some chatter about it,” said Matanuska Electric Asssociation Public Relations Manager Jennifer Castro on Tuesday.

But MEA’s rates didn’t go up. In fact, Castro said there was a slight decrease in rates this quarter. Instead, Mother Nature turned the thermostat outside way down — which Castro said sparked an increase in people’s usage.

“The biggest consumers of energy are heat and light, whare the two things we’ve been using lots of this past month,” Castro said.

Rob Webb doesn’t think his backyard wood-splitter is anything special. Sure it’s a 170-pound scrap metal splitting maul mounted on a 7-foot swing arm attached to the side of his shed. But he does live in Peters Creek, Alaska.

“You see weird stuff like that up here,” he said.

Anchorage school and health officials are working to allay concerns from parents in Chugiak about the new coronavirus after a student at Mirror Lake Middle School returned to class following a visit to mainland China.

In a letter sent to parents Wednesday, Mirror Lake assistant principal Suzanne Brown said there is no cause for alarm.

“The collective medical and epidemiological assessment that there is no current concern for possible novel coronavirus at our school,” she wrote.

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