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Palmer may be home to the Alaska State Fair, but the fun comes from Chugiak.

It’s been that way since 1967, when Paige Morton founded Golden Wheel Amusements after traveling to Anchorage from Washington state one winter to purchase a carnival ride. Morton’s daughter, Jacqueline Leavitt, said her mom bought the ride (“The Octopus”), but was persuaded by locals to stick around for the upcoming Fur Rendezvous.

“She thought they were crazy,” Leavitt said.

 

An early-morning car accident near North Birchwood Loop on Tuesday left an 18-year-old Chugiak man in critical condition at an Anchorage hospital.

Anchorage Police Department Lt. Dave Parker said Tyler Shaf, 18, was flown by Life Flight helicopter for emergency surgery after suffering head injuries in the accident, which occurred at around 6 a.m.

Matt Tomter is used to flying by the seat of his pants.

A former commercial pilot, Tomter got into the restaurant business six years ago after seeing an opportunity in Nome to fill a niche in the local eating scene.

"It's kind of a long story..." Tomter said of his first restaurant venture Airport Pizza in Nome.

Basically, Tomter found an old pizza oven and started flying pizzas out to nearby communities. The idea took off, and the restaurant – which became a Nome hot spot – gained statewide and national fame for its fly-out pizzas.

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