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To say Corey Cogdell has trained her entire life to become one of the world’s best shooters would be a lie. In fact, she had to wait all the way until her second birthday before she could even hold a gun.

“When she was a year and a half, Corey was going, ‘Daddy, I want to shoot,’” recalled her father, Dick, during an interview on Monday, May 21 — one day after his daughter, 25, qualified for her second Summer Olympics in trap shooting.


Conor Daugharty’s battle to overcome injuries suffered in a devastating car accident didn’t end when the Eagle River man crossed the stage at Sullivan Arena on May 12 to receive his business degree from UAA.

“I’ve come quite a ways,” Daugharty, 25, said during an interview at Jitters Coffee Shop on May 12. “But I still have a lot to do.”

Anchorage Police said a 16-year-old driver swerved to avoid a vehicle stopped on the Glenn Highway just south of the Eagle River bridge and left the roadway near the northbound Eagle River bridge shortly before 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22.

The green Subaru Outback came to rest about a quarter of the way down the hill toward the Eagle River below.

APD patrol officer Ronald Stevenson said the driver and two passengers — the boy's parents — did not need medical attention.

"Just minor bumps and bruises," Stevenson said.

Chugiak's top track and field athlete showed he's the best in the state over the weekend.

Mustangs junior Tyler Rohde won both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles and ran a leg of Chugiak's winning 4X400 relay team to help the Mustangs to a third-place finish at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Class 4A Boys State Track and Field Championships at Lathrop High in Fairbanks on Saturday, May 19. He was also a member of Chugiak's second-place 4X200 relay team.

Corey Cogdell is shooting off to London.

Cogdell, of Eagle River, earned the lone U.S. women's berth in trapshooting at this summer's Olympic Games with a victory Sunday, May 20, at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Tucson, Ariz.

Cogdell, 25, hit 460 out of 500 targets during the three-day competition to claim victory. 

It will be Cogdell's second Olympics. She also qualified in 2008, winning a bronze medal in Beijing.

The newest commander of the U.S. Army in Alaska is no stranger to the 49th state.

Maj. Gen. Michael X. Garrett, who from 2006 to '08 served as first commander of the 4th Brigade Comant Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division at Fort Richardson, took command from Maj. Gen. Raymond Palumbo in a change of command ceremony held on Thursday, May 17 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

"It is absolutely fabulous to be back in Alaska," Garrett said before the ceremony.

Students at Gruening Middle School might not be able to wipe out homelessness, but they have found a way to help soften the blow of hunger in Anchorage.

Eighth-graders in Vicky Otte’s fifth-period social studies class at the school recently delivered 2,100 rolls of toilet paper to Bean’s Café, where executive director Jim Crockett said the soup kitchen can sorely use them.

“We go through 104 rolls a day,” Crockett said.

Actor Stephen Lochner believes the upcoming Alaska Fine Arts Academy production of “Anne of Green Gables” is a must-see.

“It’s a delightful experience for the audience,” said Lochner, 15, during a break from rehearsals at the Eagle River theater. “It’s a classic literature book come to life.”

Though he’s currently busy turning heads as a Hollywood actor, Chugiak’s Talon Wild has a much more Alaskan dream in mind.

“I really want to make a career out of playing hockey,” Wild said during a recent phone interview from Southern California.

The NHL might have to wait.

Wild, 9, recently learned that a short film he starred in, “Adam,” will be shown at the ultra-prestigious Cannes Film Festival later this month in France. Wild’s mom, Bettsie, said having a film screened at the festival’s “Short Film Corner” is an enormous honor.