Matt Tunseth

Eagle River’s football personality is beginning to emerge after a 26-13 win over North Pole at the Wolves’ Den.

“We finally started to click as a team,” said Wolves senior Andrew Hamilton, who ran for a 12-yard touchdown and had a key interception during a wild fourth quarter.

Hamilton’s wasn’t the only star performance on both sides of the ball for Eagle River, which got two touchdown runs and several bone-rattling hits from Tim Pennington and a key scramble-and-throw touchdown pass from quarterback LaDavien Simon to RJ Flagg.

A local Head Start program will be getting a late start this fall — but that’s better than the alternative, according to the group’s executive director.

“I feel a lot better than I did two weeks ago, that’s for sure,” CCS Early Learning’s Mark Lackey said Monday.

Chugiak’s fire department is an all-volunteer operation, so it’s no surprise the group jumped at the chance to help out with wildfires burning in Southcentral Alaska.

Members of the Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company have been providing support for the McKinley Fire burning in the Mat-Su, sending engines and firefighters to help protect homes and other structures from the wildfires that broke out earlier this month.

One group of Alaskans is having an exceptionally bad time during the Alaska State Fair: Impaired drivers.

An increased Anchorage Police Department presence on the Glenn Highway has resulted in a surge in drunk driving arrests, with more than a dozen people arrested between Eklutna and JBER since the fair opened Aug. 22. That compares to about two per week, according to the department’s online crime mapping system.

The uptick coincides with increased patrols by the department during the fair.

Chugiak High has house­guests — but they’re getting a new front door.

The school is about to settle in for two years as two-schools-in-one while Gruening Middle School co-opts its space while its building undergoes major earthquake repairs.

“It’s kind of like having houseguests that won’t leave,” joked Chugiak principal Megan Hatswell as she described how both school staffs are working to make the best with what they’ve got.

An employee at Moose Run Golf Course on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson was killed Sunday in an apparent accident at the course.

According to JBER officials, the man killed was identified as Dunstan Wagner, 39.

The base released few other details about the incident, which said Wagner died at the scene at around 11:59 a.m. Sunday after he was involved in a sport utility accident. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Wagner started at the course in 2016, according to a biography posted on the Moose Run website.

Eagle River’s Kamie Miller didn’t exactly have a lazy Sunday morning.

Miller won the women’s division in the United Physical Therapy 49-kilometer ultra marathon at the Anchorage Run Fest Sunday in Anchorage. The 40-year-old completed the 30.4-mile course in 4 hours, 4 minutes and 46 seconds to win the women’s race by more than 10 minutes over second-place Lee Beem of Sanford, Florida.

A speedy and fortuitous response by local volunteer firefighters helped keep a small brush fire from becoming a major blaze Sunday afternoon near Mirror Lake in Chugiak.

“We were fortunate to catch it,” said Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department assistant chief Clifton Dalton Sunday afternoon at Camp Gorsuch Boy Scout camp near Mirror Lake, where firefighters extinguished a 100-by-200-foot blaze before it burned any buildings.

On a warm, windy and cloudless day at the Wolves’ Den, Eagle River head coach Brad Myers was still able to find a silver lining to his team’s 42-14 non conference football loss to Lathrop Saturday afternoon.

“We didn’t quit,” Myers said after his ERHS head coaching debut.

The Wolves fell behind 21-0 after the first half but scored two late touchdowns to earn some much-needed confidence heading into next week.

“We were starting to click in the second half,” he said.

A pregame rainbow over Chugiak’s Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium prior to Friday night’s clash between Chugiak and Palmer Moose was the first sign the Mustangs’ luck was about to change. It didn’t take long for Chugiak to cash in with a 26-2 non conference victory on a golden opening night of prep football for the blue and black.

“We’re 100 percent transformed,” said Chugiak senior quarterback Quentin Wilson, who threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as Chugiak dominated from start to finish.