Local ABL team has new name, logo

Chinooks will begin play in June of 2012 at Loretta French Park


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There's a new wind blowin' through the Alaska Baseball League.

The name and logo for the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks — formerly known as the AIA Fire — were unveiled at a meeting of the team's new booster club Thursday night at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center.

"I think we're going to go places," said Lee Jordan, who was elected booster club president at the meeting. "Go Chinooks!"

Formerly based in Fairbanks, the Athletes in Action team made the decision to move to Loretta French Park in Peters Creek last summer. At the time, team officials said having the team closer to the four other Southcentral-based ABL squads (two in Anchorage, one in Palmer and one in Kenai) made more sense from a travel cost perspective.

During Thursday's meeting, Jordan — with the help of Bear Paw princess Maggie Wallace — unveiled its new logo, a tough-looking king salmon getting ready to toss a baseball.

Jordan said the Chinook name was chosen for several reasons, including the notorious wintertime Chinook winds that blow through the area, the well-known Chinook helicopters used by the U.S. military and — of course — the state's largest and most sought-after salmon.

In addition to electing Jordan as club president, the enthusiastic group of boosters who turned out for Thursday's meeting also elected Rep. Bill Stoltze (R-Chugiak/Mat-Su) as vice president, Darrell Breese as secretary and Ted Carlson as treasurer. Although the Ohio-based Athletes in Action team will foot the bill for some costs (such as travel to Alaska and paying coaches) Jordan said the club will need to raise about $50,000 to take care of things like uniforms, travel and equipment. The booster club will also be responsible for securing host families for the players, promoting the team and selling any concessions.

"It's all volunteer," Jordan said.

For more on the team, read next Thursday's Chugiak-Eagle River Star.

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