Community editor and columnist Kris Capps is a longtime resident of Fairbanks and Denali Park. Contact her at, in the office at 459-7546 or by cell at 322-6334. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMKris.

If Ellie Leavy were still alive, she would have loved the Midnight Sun Shoot held by the Clear Sky Sportsmen’s Club this summer. This year, the event was held in her name.

A much loved resident of the Clear/Anderson area, Leavy died on June 21, 2008. Although many years have passed, she is still on the minds of everyone who knew her. It seemed fitting to dedicate the 2019 annual event to her.

“She has done a lot of things for everyone out there,” said longtime friend Jerry Bennett. “Ellie was a sweetheart. She helped everyone. It didn’t matter who they were.”

She also loved hot dogs and in her honor, the chefs grilled the longest hot dogs they could find.

“They were the biggest hot dogs I’ve ever seen in my life,” Bennett said. “Man, they were big. I had to be so careful picking them up because they would break in two.”

They were so big they didn’t fit on the foot-long buns.

“You might as well forget the bun,” Bennett said. “Just put it on the plate, put some mustard on it and eat it.”

This, of course, was a wonderful addition to the day’s shooting activities, which lasted well past midnight.

Leavy and her husband Dave lived on an 80-acre homestead. She helped clear land by hand and with heavy equipment and helped build a fence and barn to collect animals. She raised horses, sheep, chickens, rabbits, goats, turkeys and more. She also worked as a vet technician for traveling vets, including Dr. Dee Thornell of Fairbanks.

Her prize possession was a multi-talented horse named Shendo, which she raised. In 2008, I wrote about the final farewell to her favorite horse when Dr. Dee showed up in the lobby of Fairbanks Memorial Hospital with the horse in tow. Leavy had to settle for a view from the second-story window. Shendo got a final farewell at the funeral home.


Paws For a Cause

Bring your favorite four-legged friend for a run/walk along the Chena River on Saturday.

Run With a Friend is a fundraiser for Companions Inc, a nonprofit volunteer corporation that promotes human-animal companionship in the Fairbanks North Star Borough. Volunteers in this group bring their pets to visit residents of Denali Center, Pioneers’ Home and other agencies.

There will be prizes and animal-related booths at this event. Registration is $5 per animal and the course is about 2 miles long. Register at 10:30 a.m. at Griffin Park, by the World War II statue near the courthouse.

Dogs must be on a leash. No chains or ropes allowed.

Reach columnist/community editor Kris Capps at Call her at the office 459-7546. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMKris.