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Colony High gym closed indefinitely following earthquake | Local News Stories  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — Staff returned to Colony High School Thursday and students will fill the hallways Friday for the first time since the Nov. 30 earthquake that struck ...

4 Valley schools participate in Colony Marching Band Invitational  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — For more than 15 years Colony High School has been the only marching band in the Mat-Su Borough School District, and one of the few in Alaska.

Valley raised actor, model returns to Colony High School for his 20-year reunion  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — Two decades after graduating from Colony High School, Steven Bruns is back in the Mat-Su Valley for his 20-year reunion.

Colony High School presents 'A Christmas Story' | Arts & Entertainment  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — Colony High School is bringing the 1983 classic film, “A Christmas Story” to life with their own flair on their own stage Friday at 7 p.m..

Pair arrested, charged with theft at Palmer High, Colony High  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — Victims of theft at Palmer and Colony High Schools were returned their belongings the day that they were stolen thanks to work from the Palmer ...

District officials detail damage to schools following earthquake; update status of schools still in question  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — The Mat Su Borough School Board held a work session with staff on Wednesday to address concerns over the earthquake damaged facilities and ...

Colony High School's giant graduation | Local News Stories  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

WASILLA— The Curtis D. Menard Sports Center was jam-packed on Wednesday, May 9 as 270 Colony Knights walked across the stage to receive their ...

Colony High cancels pep rally after reported threat  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

A day after Alaska State Troopers responded to a reported threat of violence at Houston High School, another alleged threat caused officials to cancel a pep rally ...

See the effect a magnitude 7 earthquake had on an Alaska high school  Sacramento Bee

A magnitude 7 earthquake hit Anchorage Alaska on Nov. 30, 2018. This video was taken at Colony High School in Palmer, Alaska.

Colony High soccer coach earns spot on U.S. National Team in footgolf  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — A random YouTube video led to a new athletic career for longtime Colony High School soccer coach Jeremy Johnson. Now, Johnson has the ...

Marching bands are booming in Alaska. Now there are five – just in Mat-Su.  Anchorage Daily News

Almost all the state's school musical groups that play and walk -- at the same time! -- are located in the Valley. Three new bands started just this year.

New face on varsity gives Knights' football added push they need on defense

John Kelsey may be seeing the football field for the first time in high school but he's making a big difference for the Colony Knights on defense.

Colony High standout will swim at UAF | Local Sports News  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — Throughout her high school career, Alexis Mattson has watched friends and former teammates continue their own careers with the UAF swimming ...

Earthquake-damaged Mat-Su school to remain closed the rest of the school year  Anchorage Daily News

PALMER — One school in Mat-Su was so badly damaged by Friday's earthquake that it won't reopen this school year, and the status of five others remains up in ...

Houston Middle most likely to remain closed through school year; At least 10 schools to reopen Thursday  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

MAT-SU — Houston Middle School will most likely be closed for the remainder of the school year, Mat-Su Borough School District superintendent Dr. Monica ...

Threat averted — quietly — at Colony Middle School | Local News Stories  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — Thursday afternoon, more than 1,000 students packed the Colony Middle School Gym for a welcoming assembly while Troopers conducted an ...

Colony High's Brian Mead wins 2018 BP Teachers of Excellence Award  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

WASILLA — Colony High School English teacher, Brian Mead was recognized as the Mat-Su Valley winner of the 2018 BP Teachers of Excellence Awards on ...

Mat-Su showdown headlines KTUU game of the week

The Colony Knights will host the Wasilla Warriors for the KTUU Week 6 Tailgate Tour game of the week.

Colony boys dismantle 2017 state runner-up | Local Sports News  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — When the Colony Knights officially made the move to the Division I Railbelt Conference, part of ASAA's reclassification of Alaska prep soccer, ...

Raw Video: Alaskan Students Take to Social Media to Share Real-Time Footage of Friday's Terrifying 7.0 Earthquake  The 74

As a 7.0 earthquake rolled across Alaska on Friday, students cowered under desks and took to social media to share their experiences in real time. Alyson Petrie ...

Colony's first home game of the season canceled following suspension of Dimond football program  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — The Colony Knights were slated to host their first home game of the 2018 prep football season Friday night at Colony's Pride Field. But the contest ...

Back in the game: Longtime mentor returns to Valley volleyball  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — Longtime Valley volleyball coach Steve Reynolds took a step away from the game he loves. Reynolds moved away from the state he loves. But after ...

PACKAGE DEAL: Colorado swim and dive program adds a pair of Colony High region champs  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — Jake Simmons and Tanner Belliston have known each other for more than half their lives. They grew up on the same street and spent the last four ...

Veterans Day events scheduled across the Valley | Arts & Entertainment  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

WASILLA— Veterans Day falls on Sunday, Nov. 11 and will also be observed the following Monday. There are a series of annual events dedicated to the Mat-Su ...

Prep football kicks off this week: Here's what you need to know

The 2018 prep football season officially begins, and KTUU Sports has the top storylines heading into this season.

As teams across the Valley struggle with field conditions, Palmer girls' soccer team finally gets the chance to hit the turf  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — It was only a scrimmage. But the Palmer Moose could not have been more excited.

Semi-pro soccer league announces expansion to Palmer  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — During his time at Southwest Oregon Community College, Josh Banks saw the success of semi-professional soccer in the area. Following his time ...

Rodney Carl Price | Obituaries  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

31, of Palmer, Alaska, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, December 19th, 2018. Rodney was born in Mt. Holly, New Jersey on November 13th, 1987 to ...

Colony High senior snags chance to play at Division I level  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — Moments before Jarek Schultz signed his National Letter of Intent Wednesday afternoon, his parents presented him with a surprise.

Colony skier makes school history | Local Sports News  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — Annika Hanestad followed her second straight region title with a bit of school history.

Palmer native Baldwin wins Pulitzer Prize | Local News Stories  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — Clare Baldwin, a Colony High School graduate, is receiving a Pulitzer Prize award for her investigative journalism. Although her journey may have ...

Colony High School Band gears up to perform in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) Palmer's Colony High School will join 11 other bands marching in this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The band has been ...

Michael Jay Dermer | Obituaries  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

In loving memory of Michael Dermer, August 19, 1979 to July 4, 2018.

Colony football literally goes out of its way for Fairbanks' Interior Jamboree  Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

FAIRBANKS — The Colony High School football team won't play any of the five other teams at Friday night's Interior Jamboree during the regular season.

Valley Grown: Former Colony standout leads college team in home runs  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

WASILLA — A former Colony High School baseball standout has established himself among the top power options for Corban University.

Dimond football suspended by Superintendent as investigation into 'serious misconduct' continues

The Anchorage School District has canceled Dimond High football activities for the next week, as the district investigates allegations of sex assault and hazing.

2018 prep soccer: Colony girls, boys boast veteran depth  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — With only one senior on the girls' squad, the Colony Knights can't resist thinking about the future. But with a squad loaded with veterans, the Knights ...

Amy Frances (Stanford) Thomas | Obituaries  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

Amy Frances (Stanford) Thomas, 75, died October 2, 2018 Wasilla, Alaska, peacefully at home.

'I was in complete shock': Winders, Colony High School win prestigious band award

Naomi Winders, a 2016 graduate of Colony High School in Palmer, Alaska, has even more reason to celebrate this Thanksgiving: She won a prestigious $20000 ...

Colony High School Marching Band prepares for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade performance

Nearly 200 student musicians and their parents will head to the big apple next weekend to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

300 and counting: Longtime Colony soccer coach hits another milestone  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — Jeremy Johnson has hit a number of milestones during his 23 years as head coach of the Colony High School boys' soccer team.

Colony High School presents 'The Glass Menagerie' | Arts & Entertainment  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

Marching band's trip to New York informs choice for Tennessee Williams classic.

Ketchikan native, basketball celebrity Jesse LeBeau at Colony High for block party Saturday  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — Jesse LeBeau grew up an underdog. Now his successful career in acting and professional basketball has brought him to MSBSD to share his ...

Big stage, big show: Colony drama pulls out all the stops for 'Tarzan the Musical'  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — When the Glenn Massay Theater opened two years ago on the campus of Mat-Su College, the first troupe to grace its stage was the Colony High ...

19-year-old with deep Northwest Arctic roots drowns after canoe capsizes on lake near Wasilla  Anchorage Daily News

Bryce Adams was a former state champion wrestler at Colony High School and part of a storied Kotzebue family.

Valley runners posted top-5 finishes | Local Sports News  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

WASILLA — A pair of Valley runners posted top-5 finishes during the loaded Tsalteshi Invitational Saturday in Soldotna.

TAKING THE LEAD: Colony coaches looking to veterans to guide Knights into the 2017 season  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — As the Colony High staff worked with its players for the first two weeks of preseason practice, the coaches saw the talent and the potential. But they ...

Through open doors | Local News Stories  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — It isn't every day a student from the Mat-Su Valley is accepted into an Ivy League school, so amid the many stories of the class of 2018, 17-year-old,

New guitar shop to open in Palmer | Arts & Entertainment  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — Todd Farnsworth has journeyed far and wide with music, but on September 1, Wood and Wires guitar shop will hold it's grand opening at 101 West ...

SEMI-PRO: A new level of soccer has arrived in the Valley  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — Semi-professional soccer made its debut in the Mat-Su Valley.

Host Knights win Colony Invite | Local Sports News  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — The host Colony Knights kept most of the hardware at home.

Knights open prep soccer season with wins | Local Sports News  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — Snow bordered the field and flakes lightly fell, but after postponing six varsity matches last week, the Colony Knights finally had to chance to officially ...

Murder trial for first teen charged in Grunwald slaying begins in Palmer  Anchorage Daily News

Authorities say the crime started with a pistol-whipping behind Erick Almandinger's home in Palmer.

West and Bartlett kick off title rematch in Week 3's Tailgate Tour Game of the Week

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Heading into the third week of the Alaska Prep Football season and two of the state's top programs will meet Friday for the KTUU ...

Eagle River’s Gruening Middle School will be closed for rest of school year because of earthquake damage  Anchorage Daily News

It's is the third school in Southcentral Alaska to close for the rest of the year after being battered by Friday's 7.0 quake.

Palmer freshman wins Colony Invite | Local Sports News  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — Last year, the Palmer Moose featured three freshmen among the top 5 runners on a girls' squad that finished third in the region meet and advanced ...

Alaska earthquake: Frightened students take cover under desks after tremor hits | Watch News Videos Online

Watch Alaska earthquake: Frightened students take cover under desks after tremor hits Video Online, on

Palmer girls sweep the Valley Invite and break school record  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

The Valley Invitational concluded Saturday afternoon with the Palmer High School girls swim team taking home the gold with 91 points, 34 points ahead of the ...

Bryce Louis Sikkiaġruk Adams | Obituaries  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

Bryce Louis Sikkiaġruk Adams, 19, passed away on Friday, May 25, 2018, in Wasilla, Alaska. Bryce spent his childhood in the northwestern village of Kotzebue, ...

Second teen convicted on all counts in David Grunwald murder trial  Anchorage Daily News

PALMER -- Dominic Johnson didn't flinch as a Palmer Superior Court jury on Thursday convicted him of first-degree murder for brutally beating and then ...

Longtime Colony leader celebrates 40th birthday and 20th year of coaching in same season  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — Like most people his age, Jeremy Johnson has gone through his fair share of change during the last two decades.

Knights, Warriors open prep volleyball season with victories  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — The Colony Knights got a sneak peak at a Northern Lights Conference rival Thursday night at Colony High School.

A look back at Week 3: Eagle River win could make NLC more interesting  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

Let's face it folks. For the four teams in the Northern Lights Conference not named the Soldotna Stars, it's been a race for No. 2. The five-time defending ...

Lathrop wins division one state wrestling championship

ANCHORAGE, AK (KTUU) After a weekend that culiminated with an entire season's worth of work, Lathrop took the division one state wrestling crown. Coming in ...

Right-to-farm Supreme Court arguments heard at Colony High School  Alaska Public Radio Network

Palmer's Colony High School was the site chosen by the Alaska Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in a case that could test the state's right-to-farm law.

HOMECOMING: Former Colony standout returns to annual football camp to share his own experiences  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — As a high school player, Anthony Bricker participated in the All-Alaska Football Camp prior to each of his four years at Colony High. This weekend ...

Raising the bar high: Career Tech's Arthur MIT bound  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

WASILLA — Not your average high school senior by any means, Mat-Su Career Tech's Lucas Arthur is headed to the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of ...

Company at last: Colony no longer the only marching band in the state  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — Some 106 Colony Knights and 23 Houston Hawks performed at the Colony High School Marching Band Invitational at Colony's football field Friday.

DOUBLE DUTY: Longtime Colony boys' soccer coach also leading the girls  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — After leading the Colony boys soccer program to nearly 300 wins, 11 Northern Lights Conference titles and a pair of state championships since ...

Alaska Supreme Court goes to Valley school to hear case of smelly septage  Alaska Dispatch News

PALMER — The Alaska Supreme Court made its first foray to the Valley this week via an unusual program aimed at educating students about the state's judicial ...

INSTANT IMPACT: Newcomer emerges as another weapon for Knights  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — During the summer months leading into the school year, Colony head coach Tom Berg was feeling pretty good about what he was going to have to ...

Colony senior grabs chance to play at the next level  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — During the 2017 prep football season, Colony seniors Jarrett Villastrigo and Parker Kizer helped lead head coach Rhett Magner's Knights to the ...

Colony freshman a top fundraiser for 2017 Polar Plunge  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

WASILLA — By $100 Kayleen Plano-Murr has already exceeded her $1000 fundraising goal for this year's Polar Plunge, with more donations on the way, ...

LaJuana Kay “Kay” Pierce | Obituaries  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

LaJuana Kay “Kay” Pierce (née Jensen) died peacefully in her home surrounded by family on 25 January 2018 in Wasilla, Alaska. Kay was 68 years old and ...

Former Colony wrestler 2nd in NAIA tourney | Local Sports News  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — Most state champions grow up on the mat. Most wrestlers who compete for national titles are born wearing a singlet and set of headgear.

Wasilla girls score win over Knights | Local Sports News  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER— Wasilla senior Azlynn Brandenburg continued her tear and the Warriors received big minutes from their reserves during a 59-44 win over Colony ...

Stars edge Colony in race for girls swimming and diving title  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

VALDEZ — The Colony Knights girls swimming and diving team was on a mission to dethrone region power Kodiak, and break Kodiak's run of nine straight ...

Annual holiday parade features sneak peak of upcoming theatre production  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

WASILLA — The annual Wasilla Independence Day parade featured a sneak peak of an upcoming production at the Glenn Massay. Theater.

GLAD GRADS: Senior students say goodbye to high school  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

As another school year comes to a close and students around the state prepare for the summer months, seniors are looking forward to — or in apprehension of ...

An Alaskan abroad wins international reporting Pulitzer  Alaska Public Radio Network

A news reporter born and raised in Alaska took home one of journalism's top honors this week. Listen now. Clare Baldwin and two of her colleagues with the ...

Chasing gold: Colony senior wins 3 individual titles, leads girls to championship  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — Chase Stephens has spent her prep career chasing track and field gold. Her opponents have spent that same time chasing Stephens. Stephens has ...

Mat-Su Borough Class of 2016  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

Members of the graduating class of 2016 in the Mat-Su Borough School District.

West knocks Colony out of postseason for second straight year  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — Colony head coach Rhett Magner and his assistants addressed a somber group of Knights at midfield late Friday night. It was an all-too familiar ...

2016 PREP BOYS SOCCER PREVIEW | Local Sports News  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — As Jason Rice leads his team, the Palmer head coach is looking at the big picture.

Palmer girls win region crown; Valley runners sweep DI titles  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

SOLDOTNA — With a stiff breeze rushing from a royal blue sky to whisk, roil and twirl the autumn-colored leaves, change was in the air Saturday at the Region ...

Documents shed new light on slain Palmer teen's final moments  Alaska Dispatch News

PALMER — Court documents shed grim new light on the final moments of the life of David Grunwald, a 16-year-old from Palmer whose mysterious ...

Colony students to perform in Tournament of Roses Parade  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — Roughly one million people attend the Tournament of Roses Parade each year, held in celebration of the annual college football Rose Bowl.

Local wrestlers participate in state's largest tournament  Alaskastar

Dozens of local wrestlers were among hundreds of athletes who packed the Menard Center in Wasilla over the weekend for the Lancer Smith Memorial ...

Valley girls' soccer preview: Warriors eye repeat | Local Sports News  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

WASILLA — Last season, the Wasilla Warriors captured their first Northern Lights Conference title during Patrick O'Neill's run as head coach of the program.

Mat-Su students star at state Science Olympiad  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

Mat-Su middle and high school students dominated this year's annual Alaska State Science Olympiad competition. When the dust settled, Mat-Su Career Tech ...

Sophomore's hat trick leads Knights past Warriors | Local Sports News  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — For nearly four years, Wasilla's senior class had been just about perfect against its Northern Lights Conference North Division foes.

2017 POTATO BOWL: Palmer High to honor longtime head coach prior to game  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

Historically, the Potato Bowl is the biggest and the best.

'84 Potato Bowl: Agree to disagree | Local Sports News |  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

WASILLA — Arguably the state's most storied annual regular season high school sporting event, the Potato Bowl has its fare share of tales. This year, another ...

‘We’ll probably never know’: Murdered Palmer teen’s parents no closer to motive  Alaska Dispatch News

David Grunwald was killed nearly a year ago, and now his parents want harsh sentences for anyone convicted of his murder.

PROGRESS: Bogard Update at Least Three Years Away  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

An update to Bogard Road that would relieve congestion near a busy intersection and improve access for hundreds of area residents is at least three years away ...

Valley soccer players bring back the snow shovels after recent snowfall  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

PALMER — For local soccer programs, the April Fools joke came a few days early this year.

Governor requests disaster relief for earthquake damage | Local News Stories  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

Gov. Mike Dunleavy is asking the federal government for $58.7 million in emergency disaster aid linked to the earthquake that struck Southcentral Alaska Nov.

Offseason changes create new challenges in Valley football  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

WASILLA — With a full slate of games across the state, the new prep football season officially begins today. Considering the amount of change in Valley football ...

Crystal Star Randi Denardi | Obituaries  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

Crystal Star Randi Denardi, of Wasilla Alaska was born January14, 1986 in Anchorage Alaska. She joined God in heaven on June 5, 2016. She is survived by ...

POLICE BEAT: Nov. 11, 2016 | Police Beat  Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

Alaska State Troopers. Nov. 8, 8:46 p.m. Palmer-Wasilla Highway. Troopers arrested 43-year old David Oquendo of Palmer for felony DUI and refusal. Police ...

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