The best athletes to don the Columbia Blue and Black of the Chugiak Mustangs will be on hand this Friday for recognition of past accomplishments and to retire their high school jerseys, announced Chugiak Activities principal Jim Bell last week.
Local coaches are feeling a bit more complete, thanks to the showings make by incoming freshmen during the Mini (Me) Meet, held Friday and Saturday at the Anchorage Dome. And while the meet was unofficial, not requiring athletes to secure the requisite 10 practices usually mandated, Chugiak Coach Melissa Hall and Eagle River Coach Matt Turner were able to get baseline times for this season’s athletes.
It wasn’t there. I checked, Xavier checked, and then I double checked. It had been there every week for more than 52 weeks. As I looked one last time, I chided myself for not picking it up long ago; why had I waited until the last minute? I sighed, ready to give up and move on. Then Austin enthusiastically announced that he had found it.
The four major candidates for Anchorage mayor – Amy Demboski, Andrew Halcro, Dan Coffey and Ethan Berkowitz – identified many of the same problems facing the municipality in the coming term. A thinned police force attempts to deal with increasing problems of gun violence and public safety. A chronic inebriate population of homeless people impacts larger areas of the city. Public infrastructure needs to be maintained going forward, while some projects, such as the port expansion, have yet to be built out. And education outcomes for the next generation must improve, with a muni-wide goal of having a 90 percent graduation rate by the year 2020.