It’s springtime in the Chugach Mountains, where fuzzy white willow catkins are a sure sign of longer, warmer days ahead. There’s just one problem: It’s November.
“It’s pretty much unprecedented,” said Justin Fulkerson, a research botanist who said he first heard reports of catkins (also known as “pussy willows”) showing up in the Anchorage area from a fellow scientist in late October.
Chugiak advanced to the weekend Wednesday with a gritty win over the host Service Cougars Thursday at the Cook Inlet Conference Volleyball Tournament.
The Mustangs dropped two of the first three sets before winning the final two to claim the victory. The Mustangs will play at 3:30 p.m. Friday against the loser of Thursday’s South vs. Bartlett match. The tournament’s top three teams will advance to the state tournament Nov. 14-16 in Anchorage.
The CIC’s No. 6 seed, Chugiak opened the tournament with a 3-1 loss to No. 3 seed East on Wednesday.
Jen Hufford hadn’t slept for two days after an exhausting flight from Anchorage to London to Scandinavia, but as she settled into her hotel in Are, Sweden, earlier this week, her excitement still bubbled over. On Friday, the 35-year-old Eagle River sports trainer and athlete with an impressive competitive resume will toe the line with an elite group of competitors from around the world vying for the title of World Spartan Ultra champion.
A big lineman and a big leg have been tabbed for top postseason honors by the state’s football coaches.
Chugiak senior defensive end Austin Harr was named first-team All-State by the Alaska Football Coaches Association, which named the Mustangs’ Josh Rolston as the state’s top kicker and punter.
Harr was a first-team All-Railbelt Conference selection at defensive end and a second-team all-conference running back for the Mustangs, who went 6-3 and lost in the first round of the Division I state playoffs.
Two familiar names have signaled their intent to run for a Chugiak-Eagle River seat on the Anchorage Assembly in the April 7, 2020, municipal election.
As of Monday, Eagle River’s Jamie Allard and Chugiak’s Gretchen Wehmhoff were the only District 2 residents to file letters of intent with the Alaska Division of Elections. The filing period for municipal office is Jan. 1-Feb. 1, but the letters permit candidates to raise funds prior to officially filing for office.
Montana State University redshirt freshman tight end Derryk Snell had his best game as a college football player Saturday when he caught three passes for 42 yards and his first career touchdown in the Bobcats’ 42-7 win over Southern Utah in Bozeman, Montana.
The 2017 Alaska Gatorade Football Player of the Year has caught six passes this season and drew praise from Bobcats coach Jeff Choate in postgame interviews.
“He’s got really good ball skills,” Choate said of the 6-foot-2, 245-pounder, who graduated from Chugiak High in 2018. “He’s a talented young man.”
Participants at a French language camp near Beach Lake in Chugiak may soon be in danger of getting deja vu.
“We’ve got one student who has been at every camp so far,” said Nicole Ayers, a foreign language teacher at Chugiak High who started the third-annual camp in 2017 as a way to build a bit of esprit de corps among high school French programs within the Anchorage School District.
Ayers said she modeled the two-day camp at the Birchwood Camp after a successful program the district’s German teachers began three decades ago.
A Gruening Middle School student was arrested Wednesday morning after allegedly making threats against other students.
According to a Nixle alert issued by the Anchorage Police Department, a School Resource Officer at the school — which is currently located on the campus of Chugiak High School on South Birchwood Loop — received a report of the threat at around 9:15 a.m.
After being spared from state budget cuts that would have shuttered CCS Early Learning center in Chugiak, preschool is back in session for a 48th year in the little red schoolhouse on the Old Glenn Highway. But the 15 vacant seats remaining to be filled are a new issue in the center, which historically has reached maximum enrollment every year.
The 2019-20 high school wrestling season is now underway after the opening tournament of the season.
Eagle River took fourth place at the West Anchorage Classic Friday and Saturday at West High in Anchorage.
The Wolves fell to East 48-26 in the third-place match Saturday. Eagle River opened the tournament with a 63-6 win over Palmer before losing 63-15 in the semifinals to eventual tournament champion Colony.
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A 31-year-old Soldotna man who was reportedly chasing a woman with a knife was arrested Friday morning in Chugiak after being taken down by a police stun gun.
Eagle River claimed a fifth-place finish at the 20-team Dimond/Service Volleyball Tournament Friday and Saturday in Anchorage.
The Wolves went 5-3 in pool play to finish second in a pool that included Wasilla, North Pole, Homer and Juneau. The finish advanced the team into the “Gold” bracket for the top eight teams after the first day of play.