Time Was 2/16/2012
Eklutna elects first female chief
Dorothy Cook was chosen as the Native Village of Eklutna’s first female chair, following a vote on Jan. 25, 1997.
Cook was the sister of outgoing chair George Ondola, and also the granddaughter of Eklutna Alex, after whom the village is named.
Cook said she didn’t feel her gender made much difference in the voting.
“I don’t think it matters,” she told the Star. “I never thought about it.”
Cook said her top priority would be to get a new community center built for the village.
Valentines go the distance
A pair of local couples celebrated milestone anniversaries on Valentine’s Day, 1997.
According to a story on Page 3 of the Feb. 13, 1997 edition, Wasilla’s Art and Ardena Mongeau were married 25 years earlier at Eagle River Baptist Church in 1972. The couple raised four children in Chugiak before moving to the Mat-Su.
That was nothing compared to Bill and Sunny Platzer, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1997. The couple first met at a California malt shop and were married on Feb. 14, 1947. They moved to Peters Creek in 1958, and had been in Chugiak-Eagle River ever since.
Star back heads to Montana
Yohance Humphrey, a three-time all-state performer who racked up back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons as a running back for the Chugiak football team, announced he had accepted a full-ride scholarship to play at the University of Montana.
“They gave me the best offer out of all the schools interested in me and the chance to play,” said Humphrey, who helped Chugiak to the ’97 state title.
Humphrey, who planned to study elementary education, said he liked the college environment offered in Missoula.
“It’s a great environment to play football,” he said. “The town’s a lot like Chugiak, there’s a lot of community support for its team.”