Rhonda S. Gallagher (Joyner), 50, died Monday, June 13, at Providence Hospital, following a long and courageous battle with breast cancer.

Wasilla resident Leo Edward Dresnek Sr., 88 died on June 8, 2011, surrounded by his family at home in Wasilla, due to complications from diabetes.

John H. Osgood died on June 7, 2011 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, after a very long illness. Mr. Osgood was a 38-year Anchorage resident. He was 71.

Marion M. McConville died peacefully at her Eagle River home on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was 76.

HMC Billy J. Partlow, USN (Ret.) died on July 21, 2011 at his home in Palmer. He was 81.

Eagle River resident Jack L. Kimmer, 66, died Sunday, July 17, 2011 at "The Cabin" on Funny River Road near Soldotna.

Army Pvt. Darrell M. Ceasar Jr. graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla. Ceasar is a 2010 graduate of Chugiak High School and the son of Wanda O'Neal of Eagle River.

During nine weeks of training, Ceasar studied the Army mission and received instruction and training in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.

 

Victoria Parsons, of Chugiak, recently participated in the Concordia Language Villages language immersion program by attending El Lago del Bosque, the Spanish language village located in Cass Lake, Minn. Parsons is the daughter of Kelly Parsons of Chugiak.

Aaron C. Deal, of Eagle River, graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, San Diego, Jacobs School of Engineering in June, 2010. He was subsequently accepted into the Master's Degree program and received his Master's Degree in Aerospace Engineering in June of 2011. He has accepted a position as a Verification Engineer with Hamilton Sundstrand, United Technologies Corporation, and will continue to live and work in San Diego.

Samantha Muldoon, daughter of Thomas Muldoon of Eagle River, was named to the Dean's List for the spring semester 2011 at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn. Muldoon is an English major. To be included on the list, students must have a semester grade-point average of at least 3.8 and have completed 12 credits for which honor points are awarded. Students also cannot have any "unsatisfactory" or "incomplete" grades during the semester.

Eagle River's Corina Sue Bridges and Steven Paul Tabor were married on May 7, 2011 at Muldoon Baptist Church in Anchorage. Family friend Lou Hayes officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Ray Michael and Sue Poole-Bridges of Dripping Springs, Texas, formerly of Eagle River. She is a 2008 graduate of Chugiak High School and employed at Carrs in Eagle River.

The groom is the son of Christina Tabor of Eagle River and the late Steven Mark Tabor. He is a 2007 Chugiak graduate and works for Trailer Craft of Alaska.

Alaskans tend to hit their summers running to take advantage of every minute of this short, light-filled season. No matter what your choice of adventure is, your library is a great resource for selecting and planning them.

Sam Carlson, of Chugiak, will wed Christina Cummings, of Fairbanks, on July 30, 2011 at Birch Hill Recreation Area in Fairbanks. The bride is the daughter of Linda and Wally Kreider of Ketchikan and Warren and Cathy Cummings of Fairbanks. She is a 2011 graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a B.A. in Elementary Education. The groom is the son of Todd and Jenny Carlson of Chugiak. He works for the City of Fairbanks and is set to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 2012. The couple will honeymoon in Colorado and live in Fairbanks upon their return.

Kristopher Wagoner, of Peters Creek, and Shelby Spicer, of Chugiak, were married on June 4, 2011 at Sheep Creek Lodge. The bride is the daughter of Sally Spicer and the late Larry Spicer. She is a Chugiak High graduate who is employed at Credit Union One. The groom is the son of David and Sonya Wagoner. He is a Chugiak High graduate and has a BAS from the Universtiy of Wyoming and a Master's from UAA.

Amanda Landon, of Chugiak, was named to the Dean's List at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln for the spring semester. Landon, who is enrolled in the College of Business Administration, is the daughter of Mark and Kyong Landon of Chugiak.

Trevor Stefan, of Chugiak, graduated from the U.S. Marine Corps basic training on July 1, 2011 at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, Calif.

 

Everyone has heard of "the shot heard 'round the world."

So where was it fired? And would you be able to fire one like it?

Maybe you knew that the phrase was originally penned in reference to the opening battle of the American Revolution, when on April 19, 1775, a small band of colonists fought off a larger force of British redcoats in present-day Massachusetts.

But maybe you didn't. If that's the case, Bob Zio wants to help you learn.

One of the more ambitious summer hikes a person can take begins in Girdwood and winds over roughly 24 miles of spectacular Chugach Mountains terrain to the Eagle River Nature Center. For many people, the trek is a wilderness adventure that can take two or three days to complete.

Or you can just run the thing in a few hours.

That's what 135 athletes plan to do this weekend in the Crow Pass Crossing, one of the more challenging marathons you'll find anywhere in the world.

"It's not a race for beginners," said race director Mike Friess.

Both Chugiak and Eagle River's football programs are planning to host camps next week.

The Wolves' camp will begin July 26 and run through July 29. The camp is open to any student entering grades nine through 12 and costs $40. Campers should bring football cleats and clothes to practice in. The camp runs between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. each day and will be held at the school, which is located on Yosemite Drive off of Hiland Road in Eagle River.

It all comes down to this.

A baseball season that began in dimly-lit gymnasiums in late winter has finally reached its grand finale, the Alaska State American Legion tournament, which begins tomorrow with first-round games between the four lowest-seeded teams in the field.

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