Tyler Huffer scored the game-winning goal and Alayna Breivogel made it stand up Wednesday at Chugiak improved to 2-0 in the Cook Inlet Conference with a 1-0 high school hockey win over West at Ben Boeke Ice Arena.

Huffer’s unassisted tally came with 6:36 left in the third period and Breivogel made 26 saves to earn the shutout for Chugiak, which is 5-0 overall this season.

Will Simpson made 21 saves for West, which outshot the Mustangs 26-22.

Chugiak’s next game is a CIC clash with South on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Ben Boeke.

Rep. Cathy Tilton will be named to a key leadership position in the newly formed Alaska State House majority caucus.

Pending certification of Tuesday’s election, Tilton (R-Chugiak/Wasilla) will serve as the Rules Committee chair for the 21-member, all-Republican caucus, which was announced at a Wednesday press conference.

On Tuesday, Tilton easily won re-election to her seat with nearly three-quarters of all votes cast in her district.

There’s no denying it any longer — it’s winter in the Eagle River Valley.

On Wednesday, the Albert Loop Trail at the Eagle River Nature Center was reopened following its annual fall closure. The trail has been closed by the Department of Natural Resources each fall since 1997 to reduce the chance of dangerous encounters between humans and bears, which use the platforms and beaver dams in the area to catch spawning salmon in the fall.

This year’s closure was announced Aug. 9.

Eagle River’s hockey season is off to a howling good start.

The Wolves improved to 3-0 in the Cook Inlet Conference with a 13-0 thrashing of the East Thunderbirds Tuesday at Ben Boeke.

Logan Dudinsky had a hat trick for Eagle River, which got two goals each from Marshall Yeargan, Talyn Meyer and Tay Kurpius and outshot East 78-5. Nick Silance, Ty McEnaney, Brayden Rachow and Tucker Lien also scored for the Wolves.

East goalie Jesse Oja made 65 saves, while Eagle River’s Brenden Whetsell all five shots he faced to earn the shutout.

Voters on the north end of the municipality were some of the most reliably red in the state in Tuesday’s election.

In addition to electing four Republicans to the Legislature, Chugiak-Eagle River went for Don Young and Mike Dunleavy by landslide majorities, according to preliminary figures released by the Division of Elections.

Chugiak-Eagle River sent four Republican women to the Alaska Legislature by big margins Tuesday night.

With most precincts reporting Tuesday night, Lora Reinbold, Cathy Tilton, Nancy Dahlstrom and Kelly Merrick appeared poised to ride to Juneau aboard a tough-on-crime, fiscally conservative platform built in the image of the state’s apparent governor-elect.

Poll workers reported steady turnout on Election Day in Chugiak and Eagle River.

“It’s been very steady,” said Jane Barnes, who was working the polls at Chugiak High School in District 13.

Barnes and her fellow workers — Nancy Daugherty, Esther Hulse, Dotty Eldred and Sharon Wild — had been at the school since 7 a.m., handing out ballots and answering voters’ questions. The women had a stash of cookies and snacks to keep them hydrated, as well as a package of Oreos brought by a grateful voter.

Election Day is here, and while many people have already voted in early voting, some folks like waiting until the last minute to make a decision.

Area voters will select three representatives and one state senator in Tuesday’s election.

Claire Schimmack and Sophia Lestina made the first-team All Cook Inlet Conference team announced following the CIC tournament.

The senior duo led Chugiak to a third-place finish during the CIC regular season. Lestina was limited in the CIC tournament due to a broken finger.

The awards rolled in for Chugiak Saturday at Service, where the team was also presented with the CIC’s Academic Award. The Mustangs posted a combined 3.7 GPA this season.

Mustangs win Peninsula tournament

Chugiak went 3-0 to win the Peninsula Ice Challenge Nov. 2-4 at the Kenai Peninsula Sports Complex in Soldotna. The Mustangs outscored their opponents 21-3 in three games and finished off a stellar weekend with a 9-0 thrashing of North Pole Saturday. Luke Momblow capped a monster tournament by scoring four goals against the Patriots. Jacob Kosinski and Grant Epple added two goals each for Chugiak, which also got a tally from Jarett Beckett.

Momblow finished with nine goals in three games.

The last person Sarah Rodden saw was the young man who tried to save her life.

“She looked at me right in the eyes,” said Matt Davis, 17, three days after his only meeting with the 42-year-old woman from Wasilla.

As calamity enveloped them, Davis and his best friend Jared Heaston, 18, calmly worked to help Rodden after she was struck by a vehicle during a Tuesday pile-up on the ice-covered Glenn Highway. Heaston held Rodden’s head and checked for a pulse while Davis performed CPR on Rodden as she lay in the snow-covered highway median.

Last year’s state high school swim meet proved to be a pool of despair for Eagle River’s John Heaphy and Chugiak’s Izzy Powers.

The duo entered the meet as two of the state’s most dominant swimmers, yet neither left with an individual title — Heaphy got nipped at the line in the 100-yard breaststroke by Thunder Mountain’s Bergen Davis, while an injured Powers failed to defend the 50- and 100-yard freestyle titles she won as a sophomore.

Chugiak saw its state tournament hopes come to the end Friday night as the Mustangs dropped a 3-0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-16) match to West at the Cook Inlet Conference Volleyball Tournament at Service High. The Mustangs finished the tournament 1-2.

No. 3 seed Chugiak opened the tournament with a 3-0 win over sixth-seeded Service, but dropped back-to-back matches to No. 2 South and the fourth-seeded Eagles to end the season.

Eagle River’s Bob Adkins was rewarded for leading the Wolves to their best season in program history by being named the Alaska Division II Coach of the Year following All-State voting by the state’s football coaches.

Adkins wasn’t the only member of his family honored — son Ryan was named a first-team All-State defensive back and second-team quarterback after leading the Wolves to a program-best 6-3 record and a loss in the state championship game. Adkins was joined on the first team by senior wideout Mason Piper, who also made the second-team as a defensive back.

Eagle River will have 17 athletes and Chugiak will have 12 at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Swimming and Diving Championships Nov. 2-3 at Bartlett.

Chugiak’s high school volleyball season is on the line Friday as the Mustangs face a loser-out match against West at the Cook Inlet Conference Volleyball Tournament at 5:30 p.m. at Service High.

No. 3 seed Chugiak opened the tournament with a 3-0 win over Service, but fell 3-0 to second-seeded South Thursday night to set up Friday night’s showdown against the No. 4 Eagles.

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Trouble at Walmart

On Oct. 26 at around 3:40 p.m., police received a call about a robbery at Walmart. Police said a store employee confronted a man who was allegedly shoplifting.

“A struggle ensued,” police said.

Police have identified the woman killed Tuesday in a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash on the Glenn Highway.

On Thursday, Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Renee Oistad identified the victim as 42-year-old Sarah Rodden of Wasilla. According to APD, Rodden died after she exited her vehicle following a collision on the Glenn near South Birchwood Loop at around 4 p.m. and was subsequently hit by another vehicle sliding into the center median.

Chugiak advanced to Thursday’s winner’s bracket semifinals, while Eagle River fell into the loser-out bracket Tuesday at the Cook Inlet Conference Volleyball Tournament at South and Dimond High.

The third-seeded Mustangs earned a day off with their 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-18) win over No. 6 Service. Chugiak will face No. 2 seed South on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Service High.

Teenagers Michael and Tristen Wheatley were home alone on the afternoon of Sept. 28 when they got into a quarrel that nearly destroyed both their lives.

Michael thinks they were discussing anthropology.

“It’s just bizarre, it’s not even for a reason we would fight over,” he said.

It began as regular rough-housing. Tristen charged at Michael. Michael raised his fist. A reflexive move. It landed in the middle of his brother’s chest.

Tristen went down.

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