Matt Tunseth

There’s optimistic and then there’s downright absurd. This year’s track and field season has been a mixed bag.

“We’re fortunate to have one long hallway,” said Chugiak head coach Melissa Hall as her team struggled to find creative ways to stretch its legs in the long, cold spring as the snow slowly melted off the school’s track.

Running indoors and swimming laps can only do so much, so athletes and coaches were thrilled to finally get outside last weekend for the first meet of the season at West High.

Hundreds of children with visions of candy and prizes stormed the field at Eagle River Lions Park Sunday, snatching up more than 10,000 Easter eggs in a matter of minutes at the annual Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt.

“It goes fast,” said event organizer Sonia Vance of the Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions.

Emma Nelson helped Chugiak’s track and field team take a huge leap forward Saturday in Oregon.

The high-flying junior became the first Mustang to win an individual event at the prestigious Oregon Relays when she jumped a personal best 5 feet, 6.5 inches in the girls’ high jump.

In a text message sent from Eugene, Chugiak head coach Melissa Hall said Nelson was beaming after her big win.

“She’s over the moon happy,” Hall wrote of Nelson, whose winning jump was just a half inch off the Chugiak school record.

A lengthy wait ended with a seemingly never-ending day Saturday at West High.

Long delayed by a lingering winter and the collapse of the area’s only indoor venue, the Anchorage-area high school track and field season began in earnest with a marathon ASD 8X8 meet that took nine hours to complete.

There was a lot of love in the Chugiak High library Wednesday afternoon.

A standing-room-only crowd of friends, coaches, teammates, media and family members packed the library to watch CHS senior Emily Moorhead sign her National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at the University of Alaska Fairbanks this fall.

“You can tell she’s well loved,” said Chugiak coach Bobbi Mason after the event, which included a volleyball-shaped cake with blue and gold frosting.

By Matt Tunseth

Chugiak-Eagle River Star

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz unveiled a new public transportation plan Tuesday that cuts bus service to Chugiak-Eagle River in favor of a rush-hour shuttle between Eagle River and the Downtown Transit Center.

Eagle River’s Dr. Larry Daugherty has his head in the clouds, but it’s for a good cause.

Daugherty, a radiation oncologist, is currently in the Himalayas making his way toward Mt. Everest. If all goes according to plan, the 41-year-old adventurer will step atop the summit of the world’s tallest mountain sometime in the second week of May. If he’s able to complete his quest, Daugherty will become the first person to summit Everest and run the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race in the same year.

Six Chugiak-Eagle River teens will travel to Nevada later this month to represent Alaska at the Pacific Coast Regional Civil Air Patrol Color Guard Competition in Reno.

The members of the Birchwood Composite Squadron won the state competition on Saturday, April 8 on Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson. The daylong event included tests of the team’s skills as a color guard as well as physical fitness and public speaking.

“It was exhausting,” said cadet Bryan Lilly, the group’s commander.

As he spoke, Lilly’s fellow squad members nodded in agreement.

The sole occupant of a Chugiak mobile home escaped without injuries Friday, but the home was a total loss.

Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department personnel were called to the Forest Park trailer park alongside the Old Glenn Highway at around 4:45 p.m. By the time they arrived, the fire was out of control.

“It was pretty much fully engulfed,” said CVFRD assistant chief Chris Wilkins.

Wilkins said the homeowner was out of town at the time of the fire, but a housesitter was inside when the fire broke out. The man was able to get out unharmed, Wilkins said.

A school cafeteria might seem an odd place to celebrate the finer things in life, but for one night each year the large multipurpose room at Eagle River High School transforms into the Paris of the north.

From painters and sculptors to guitar players and singers, the annual Fine Arts Cabaret gives the school’s Fine Arts students a chance to shine. The event has become a staple of the school’s springtime calendar, and this year was no different, with hundreds of people packing the school’s cafeteria and common area on Friday, April 7.