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The Anchorage School District superintendent and some board members said Thursday they are waiting on more information before making a decision on what to do with millions of budgeted dollars expected to go unspent this school year.

On Monday, district chief financial officer Mark Foster announced a projected $22 million budget surplus. The money comes primarily from the salaries and benefits budgeted for scores of staff and teaching positions that the district has so far failed to fill. However, if it does fill more positions, the pool of unspent funds could decrease.

The district also lost more experienced, higher-paid staff members than it anticipated and, to staff their positions, hired younger and lower-paid employees, Foster said.

News of the surplus came soon after the School District described a grim long-term financial outlook and a budget deficit of roughly $22.5 million for 2015-16 school year.

“We’re still facing a budget gap next year,” said Superintendent Ed Graff. “That has not changed.”...

Tegan Hanlon
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FRIDAY

PREP RIFLERY : South at West, Service at Dimond, Chugiak at Bartlett, East at Eagle River, all at 3:30 p.m. GIRLS PREP HOCKEY: Chugiak-Eagle River vs. South-Bartlett, Dempsey Anderson, 4:30 p.m MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL : Northwest Indian College at UAA, 5:15 p.m. BOYS PREP HOCKEY: Dimond vs. Eagle River, Ben Boeke, 6:30 p.m. MEN’S COLLEGE HOCKEY: Northern Michigan at UAA, Sullivan Arena, 7 p.m. WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Christian Brothers College at UAA, 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY

PREP RIFLERY: A-1 meet, Dimond, 9 a.m. MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL : Northwest Indian College at UAA, Alaska Airlines Center 2 p.m. BOYS PREP HOCKEY: West vs. Chugiak, Ben Boeke, 4 p.m. MEN’S COLLEGE HOCKEY: Northern Michigan at UAA, Sullivan Arena, 7 p.m.

The South boys put up a perfect 35-0 score against East on Thursday night in Anchorage high school bowling at Center Bowl.

Sammay Delacruz had the high individual game for the Wolverines with 195.

Bartlett’s Ryan Dudley rolled a 257 and a 214 for the Golden Bears, who also got a 226-215 performance from Logan Williams to down Dimond 27-8.

In other boys matches, Service beat West 27-8 and Eagle River beat Chugiak 33-2.

Taylor Schoeni had games of 238 and 200 for the East girls, who fell 21-14 to South. West’s Toni Hansen put up games of 216 and 180 to help the Eagles defeat Service 29-6 and Ashley Burnette had a 200 game for the Bartlett girls, who fell 24-11 to Dimond. Eagle River’s girls completed the sweep of their crosstown rivals with a 29-6 win over Chugiak.

Girls team scores

South 21, East 14

Dimond 24, Bartlett 11

West 29, Service 6

Eagle River 29, Chugiak 6

High games – Taylor Schoeni, East, 238, 200; Toni Hansen, West, 216, 180; Ashley Burnette, Bartlett, 200, 172; Erin Dutton, Eagle River, 196; Savannah Hudson, Chugiak, 180, Madeline Richardson, Chugiak, 187; Gillian Wurts, West, 170...

Alaska Dispatch News

Kiki Robertson tied a UAA record with 15 assists as the Seawolves blew past Christian Brothers 88-43 in a nonconference women’s volleyball game at the Alaska Airlines Center.

Robertson hit Jenna Buchanan with a kick-out pass with under a minute left to play, and Buchanan buried the shot to give Robertson a share of the record. Diane Dobrich also had 15 assists in a 1990 game against Denver University.

Read more: Robertson dishes rock to help UAA women roll

Here's an event for dog lovers to mark on their calendars: On Sunday, Nov. 23, from noon to 3 p.m., professional photographer David Jensen is having a launch event for his new book, "When Age Has No Leash -- lessons learned from senior dogs," the second in his " It's Important to Paws " series. The event will take place at Alyeska Canine Trainers , 549 W. International Airport Road.

Rumor has it that some of the dogs featured in the full-color, 160-plus-page hardcover book will be there for the premiere, so if you're looking for the kind of pet therapy that only a senior dog can provide, you might want to check it out and be among the first to see these incredible photos of senior dogs...

Mike Lewis

Kiki Robertson tied a UAA record with 15 assists as the Seawolves blew past Christian Brothers 88-43 in a nonconference women’s volleyball game at the Alaska Airlines Center.

Robertson hit Jenna Buchanan with a kick-out pass with under a minute left to play, and Buchanan buried the shot to give Robertson a share of the record. Diane Dobrich also had 15 assists in a 1990 game against Denver University.

Whether Robertson would tie the record was the only suspense in a game that saw the Seawolves take a 46-17 lead at the half and never look back. UAA shot 51.5 percent from the field and forced 31 Christian Brothers turnovers. The Seawolves racked up 21 steals -- Robertson and Adriana Dent each had five -- to raise their season total to 68 steals in three games.

Freshman Leah Bonner poured in 19 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for UAA, which also got 18 points from Jessica Madison and 11 points, seven rebounds and four blocks from KeKe Wright.

UAA improved to 3-0 with the victory and is averaging 91 points per game in three nonconference wins. The Seawolves also defeated Division I Utah 67-61 in an exhibition game...

Alaska Dispatch
Service 3, West Valley 2

Service got goals from Edgar Gonzalez, Brad Kuper and Tyler Millar to pick up a 3-2 nonconference boys hockey win over West Valley on Thursday at the Patty Center in Fairbanks.

Logan Arpino and Caleb Moretz scored for the Wolfpack.

South 3, West 0

Kris Heck, Bryson Schmitz and John Matson scored goals as South defeated West 3-0 in a Cook Inlet Conference boys hockey game on Thursday night at Ben Boeke. Jeremy Swayman made 38 saves to earn the shutout for the Wolverines.

Heck had a power play goal in the first period and Schmitz and Matson added theirs on shorthanded tallies in the third.

Jack Walters stopped 23 of 26 shots for West.

Homer 6, Bartlett 1

Homer defeated Bartlett 6-1 at the End of the Road Shootout hockey tournament on Thursday night in Homer.

GIRLS HOCKEY

Dimond-West 2, Service-East 0

Gabi Gibson stopped all 19 shots she faced to backstop Dimond-West’s 2-0 girls hockey win on Thursday at the Dempsey Anderson Ice Arena.

Kendra Robbins and Hannah Hartwell scored goals and Tami Suenram had an assist for the victors.

Vandalyn Hudson had 16 saves for Service-East.

Alaska Dispatch News

Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite food holiday, but having been struck with wanderlust for most of my twenties and thirties, I didn’t have the same gathering of friends and family; it was always an eclectic and well-traveled group that was reflected in the food.

Over the years and depending on which country I was in and who was present, my Thanksgiving table was a smorgasbord of offerings, including everything from warm spoonbread, sumac-roasted lamb and kimchi fried rice to French apple galettes and Swedish potato and salmon pudding: comfort foods that made everyone feel respectively at home...

Kim Sunée

Cheesecake has been battling its way up the Thanksgiving dessert food chain for many years and may have earned the second place spot behind the traditional pie. It’s a terrific option, especially if you have non-pie or anti-pumpkin people on the guest list.

Additionally, cheesecake can be made up to two days in advance, which is a huge bonus on turkey day where prep is concerned. And, of course, cheesecake is always mouth-watering and beautiful on the dessert table.

I wanted to do something other than pumpkin in the cheesecake because we almost always have a fresh pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, as it’s my husband’s favorite. So instead of going the pumpkin route, I opted for this glorious maple cheesecake with a spiced pecan graham cracker crust instead, which I adapted from the cookbook "Christmas" by Nigella Lawson.

Wow. This cheesecake is a show-stopper. Doesn’t it just have "Happy Thanksgiving" written all over it?

Maple cheesecake with spiced pecan graham cracker crust

For the crust:

1 1/3 cups graham cracker crumbs

3 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ginger...

Maya Evoy

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