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Melissa Apodaca, a 2008 Chugiak High graduate who was seeking to become a member of the U.S. Olympic team, lost twice at the U.S. Olympic Trials tournament on Sunday, April 22 in Iowa City, Iowa. 

Apodaca lost to Ashley Hudson in the first round by consecutive 5-1 and 3-1 decisions in the best-of-three format match. In the consolation round, Apodaca lost to Othello Feroleto, 3-0 and 7-1.

A former Alaska Girls state champion, Apodaca trains at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

 A year's worth of artistic effort went on display April 13 at Eagle River High.

Area residents will get a chance to help one of their own when the Eagle River Elks Club hosts a special benefit for Ethan Fleetwood, a Chugiak Elementary kindergartner who suffers from a rare genetic disorder called neurofibromatosis (NF). 



When Chugach State Park crews finished a rehabilitation project on the popular South Fork Trail to Eagle and Symphony lakes last summer, the response from South Fork residents wasn’t exactly enthusiastic. 

Although the heavy winter snow may have them wanting to hit the snooze button, it won’t be long before local bears begin to rise and shine for the spring. 

The “Birchwood Bowl” games have been put on hold.

Chugiak was scheduled to host crosstown rival Eagle River on Saturday, April 21, but the varsity boys’ and girls’ soccer games have been postponed until Tuesday, May 1.

The boys’ game will be played at Chugiak at 5 p.m. and the girls will follow at 7 p.m.

Eagle River’s girls lost 2-0 to Dimond on Tuesday, April 17. The Wolves (2-3-1) will play East today (Wednesday, April 18) at The Dome at 6:30 p.m.

Hundreds of children showed up under bright sunny skies for the 2012 Community Easter Egg Hunt at Eagle River Lions Park.

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Fourteen members of the Afghan Border Police and Afghan Uniform Police received certificates of completion for a five-week maintenance and recovery course from vehicle mechanics assigned to Headquarters Company, 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, Task Force Warrior on Forward Operating Base Gardez, March 15.