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Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 11:57 pm | Updated: 10:34 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

HEALY — The Brekke family of Healy continues to fight cancer, long after their young son James recovered from the dreaded disease.

For the second year in a row, they are spearheading a motorcycle run to raise money for Providence Alaska Foundation. This includes the Hickel House, where James stayed the many months he underwent treatment.

Riders will meet at the Denali Salmon Bake at 9 a.m. Saturday. The ride begins after breakfast and ends at The Children’s Hospital at Providence in Anchorage.

Here’s what the flyer says: If you or someone you know and love has a child living in Alaska and need serious medical attention, you will need the Children’s Hospital at Providence.

“My family did,” wrote Shawn Brekke, James’ dad. “The donations made helped us through the most difficult events that had ever occurred in our family. The Children’s Hospital at Providence was there for us and will be there for you.”

Donations that could be helpful include kid-friendly foods for the community pantry, books, family DVDs, small and easy-to-clean toys, board games and puzzles.

New items that could be helpful include travel-size toiletries, gift cards for gas and restaurants, socks, small blankets and toys.

It would be great if folks would donate on behalf of James Brekke.

On behalf of Providence, the Brekkes are accepting all volunteers, monetary donations and un-opened new toys, to bring to the Children’s Hospital.

More information is at 683-6836, or visit the Facebook Page for Annual TCHAP Motorcycle Run.

Trail project

Boy Scout Halbe Brown is looking for some volunteers to help with a trail restoration project near Tri-Valley School.

The incoming freshman is working on his Eagle Project and set Thursday as the day it will happen. Volunteers should meet at the school at 9:30 a.m.

The plan is to widen and improve the trails near the school and eventually create signs for the trails, designating each as multi-use or single-use.

Boy scouts who show up to help should wear their work uniforms.

Mudges at 49er

The Musical Mudges and Friends will play at 49th State Brewing Company on Saturday at a fundraiser for Healy Hockey.

The event begins with a car wash at Miner’s Market from noon to 4 p.m. and continues with dinner and music at the 49th State Brewing Company.

Tell your server you are there for the fundraiser and 10 percent of your bill will be donated to the popular organization.

Ben scoots

He’s only 9 years old, but Ben Brown ran fast enough at last weekend’s 5K Moose Scat Scoot to come in third in the Men’s divisions and ahead of every racer in the Women’s division.

One of those racing women congratulated the young man and told him she tried very hard to catch up to him, but finally gave up.

Ben took home a third-place bronze medal.

Begich staff visits

Members of Sen. Mark Begich’s staff will visit Cantwell, Healy and Anderson next week as part of the U.S. Senator’s “Growing Alaska” tour of the state.

“We know there are a number of incredible project and small business success stories all over Alaska,” Begich said in a press release. “I’m looking forward to getting out as much as I can this month, but also sending my staff to nearly 60 communities to get first-hand reports and gather information on how we can continue to serve this great state.”

Speak with Begich’s staff 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Broad Pass Café (at the corner of the Parks Highway and Denali Highway) in Cantwell on Tuesday.

Later that day, staff will be available from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Healy at Rose’s Café, 249.5 Mile Parks Highway.

Staff members also plan to be in Anderson on Wednesday, Aug. 22, but the location has not been announced. For more information, contact

Alaska convoy

Eighty historic military vehicles will convoy along the Alaska Highway this month to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Alaska Highway.

They will be in the Denali area Saturday night, take a rest day, and then head out the Denali Highway on Monday. The convoy will stay at Denali Grizzly Bear Cabins and Campground.

The convoy includes many trucks dating back to World War II.

Mystery theater

Tri-Valley Community Library is gearing up for another mystery theater and silent auction on Oct. 19 and 20.

This community theater fundraiser is always a big hit. Money raised helps keep the library operational.

Organizers are looking for items for the silent auction. If you have the gift of being a quilter, artist, painter, knitter or crafter, think about donating one of your pieces to the library. Jewelry is also popular.

Drop off items at the library with Amanda or call Barb Walters at 683-2351. If you live in the Denali or McKinley Village area, contact Martha Tomeo at 683-2788.

Local artists

Local artists are holding separate shows in Fairbanks this month.

Amy Reisland-Speer has artwork displayed at the Fairbanks Community Museum.

Ree Nancarrow has quilts displayed at the Bear Gallery at Pioneer Park as part of “The Art of Fire” show. She also has a quilt at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center as part of a new exhibit.

More congrats

To Jill Boelsma and Carl Malatin for tying the knot last weekend. Best wishes to these two longtime Denali friends.

First flight

Congratulations to Coleman Smith of Carlo Creek, who made his first solo flight this week. That was his excellent excuse for missing the Denali Backcountry Adventures program this year — he has been taking flying lessons.

New baby

Welcome McKinley Village’s newest resident, Samuel James LeBel, who was born Aug. 5. He joins big sister Kate, 5, and parents Jessica and Jim. 

Kris Capps is a freelance writer. Her column reporting Denali happenings appears weekly in the News-Miner. She can be reached at

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