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Quick reactions spare home

A timely response by a neighbor and the Anchorage Fire Department were credited with saving the home of a Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department member, according to a front-page story in the April 19, 2007 edition of the Alaska Star. 

According to the story, AFD received a call at 11:12 a.m. from a passerby who said the roof of CVFD member Mike Fassler’s home was on fire. 

In all, 14 trucks from Eagle River, Anchorage and the CVFD arrived, and the blaze was extinguished in minutes. Fassler, who arrived on scene as AFD personnel were working to get the fire under control, said he was shocked to see his house on fire.

“I saw 10 fire trucks here, so I said, “Oh crap,’” he told the Star. 

Fassler said he immediately went to work helping get the fire under control. 

“My firefighter mentality kicked in,” he said. 

 

CHS activities principal arrested

Chugiak High activities principal James McDowell, 32, was one of five people charged with promoting gambling after Alaska State Troopers raided a house near Wasilla. 

According to troopers, McDowell owned a home where an organized poker game was being held. When officers raided the house, they found cards, cash, gaming tables and ledgers. 

ASD superintendent Carol Comeau said McDowell was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. 

“I just feel very sad,” Comeau told the Star. I just feel very badly for Chugiak High School. “I feel badly for Mr. McDowell and his family. I just wish he’d made a different decision.”

 

Ossiander, Starr take their seats

Assembly members Debbie Ossiander and Bill Starr were sworn in during a ceremony held April 17. Ossiander was re-elected to a three-year term. Starr, who was appointed to replace Rep. Anna Fairclough in December 2006, narrowly defeated Janet Brand to serve out the remainder of Fairclough’s term. His seat would be up for election again in 2008.

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