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.
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.
Last week’s Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce luncheon was all about fitness — even if not everyone opted for a salad.
As attendees dined on gyros and fries, guest speaker Ericka Mulder, a nurse practitioner with the Anchorage Women’s Clinic, discussed ways people can combat obesity and live healthier lifestyles. While eating right is important, she said getting active can provide a wealth of health benefits.
“We’re just not engaging in enough physical activity,” said Mulder, who pointed to statistics showing Americans have obesity rates approaching 40 percent.
Nothing went right last year for the Chugiak Mustangs. This year the team is hoping it can do no wrong.
“Our energy has been awesome,” said second-year head coach Ryan Landers after a practice last week at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium. “Kids are buying into it, kids are flying around the field, they’re having fun out there and competing every day.”
Last year’s version of the Eagle River football team wasn’t the same old Wolves. This year’s won’t be, either.
Long a doormat of Alaska football, Eagle River had its best season in program history in 2018, going 7-3 overall and reaching the Division II state championship game. The Wolves set numerous team records and defeated crosstown rival Chugiak for the first time.
But gone are many of last year’s stars, including the team’s all-state quarterback, Division II Coach of the Year Bob Adkins and — hopefully — any memories from the team’s forgettable past.