Engineering success

A pair of college students who once walked the same halls at Gruening Middle and Eagle River High are currently among the nation’s top scholar athletes. Eagle River’s Andrew Shortridge and Chugiak’s Ed Hall are both mechanical engineering majors who are building impressive resumes in their respective fields, with both in the midst of award-winning seasons in athletics and academics.

If there’s one thing I’m sure we can all agree on, it’s that there have been enough special legislative sessions this year!

At least the session that wound up Tuesday resulted in some important revisions to Alaska’s criminal justice reform effort. We passed Senate Bill 54 to fix some of the worst elements of Senate Bill 91, the big 2016 crime reform bill.

A fresh shipment of holiday cheer is on its way to U.S. troops stationed overseas via the sentiments of Alaska’s schoolchildren and the work of some stateside supporters.

An all-volunteer effort organized by the Alaska Veterans Museum, this year’s project generated about 10,000 cards and letters from students at 34 schools in the Anchorage School District. The cards are written by kids just in advance of the holidays and distributed by the national Friends of Our Troops organization.

Winter is here.

Ice fishing huts and Nordic ski tracks have recently started to appear around Chugiak-Eagle River, heralding the onset of true winter.

Civilian crime fighting efforts continue to expand in Chugiak-Eagle River, where Anchorage Assembly member Amy Demboski is spearheading a new coordinated neighborhood watch program to supplement the work being done by the five-person Birchwood Community Patrol.

Santa’s helpers have been busily hanging Christmas decorations and stringing up lights at a Boy Scout camp in Chugiak, which for the second year is being transformed into a temporary holiday village.

“We’re putting on the final touches,” Christmas Towne owner Cortney Moore said Monday, four days before the annual venture opens on Black Friday.

Moore started Christmas Towne last year with her husband, Jason, as a way to spread Christmas cheer and create a place where children could experience “something magical,” she said.

Chugiak got scoring contributions from 10 different players in a 10-1 Cook Inlet Conference hockey win over Bartlett on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Danny Casey led the was with four goals for the Mustangs, who also got two goals and three asssists from Luke Momblow. Also getting their numbers in the scoring columns were Josh Boneta (two assists), Grant Epple (goal, three asissts), Jacob Kosinski (goal, assist), Peter Symmes (goal, assist), Noah Denny (assist), George Kerr (two assists), Riley Lindberg (goal) and goalie Tanner Holta (assist).

Douglas Frey would rather be safe than sorry.

“I shred everything,” Frey told the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce during its biweekly luncheon Nov. 15 at the Eagle River Ale House.

Frey is a vice president at Northrim Bank, where he’s in charge of security and business continuity. It’s a job that puts Frey in constant contact with some of the worst actors on the Internet — and there’s a lot of them out there.

“The threats that we face are constantly changing,” Frey told the chamber.

People in Chugiak really, really don’t like a proposal to allow for higher density housing on a parcel of land located near the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

At its Nov. 16 meeting, the Chugiak Community Council renewed its objection to the much-maligned proposal by the Heritage Land Bank board of directors, which will go before the municipal Planning and Zoning Commission Dec. 11.

“Heritage Land Bank is proceeding along just as they planned,” said Sandy Quimby, who has been an opponent of the proposal since she first learned of it more than a year ago.

An advisory board representing Chugiak-Eagle River area community councils renewed its objection to plans by the Heritage Land Bank to change the allowable housing density on 92 acres of municipal owned land in Eagle River.

At its Saturday, Oct. 28 meeting at the Eagle River Town Center, the Chugiak-Eagle River Advisory Board voted unanimously to oppose any changes to increase housing density in the Carol Creek Site Specific Land Use Plan.

Mirror Lake Middle School students know their stuff.

The Coyotes were a howling success at this year’s Big Wild Life Trivia Contest, with Caitlin McGinnis winning the overall title to lead four MLMS students in the top six spots at the citywide contest.

Shannon Brion placed third in the event, which is sponsored by Visit Anchorage and the Anchorage School District. Jolie Robison finished fifth and Josh Saylor was sixth.

When was the last time you checked your phone? If you’re reading this article, there’s a good chance you’re doing it right now — more than 60 percent of Star readers now get their news from a mobile device; if not, it’s likely you looked at the device in the last hour — studies show Americans check their devices dozens to hundreds of times per day.

The use of screened devices has become ingrained in modern society, and that’s especially true among teens, who according to the Pew Research Center send an average 30 text messages a day.

For the second straight Cook Inlet Conference hockey game, Eagle River pulled off a third-period comeback Monday night at the McDonald Center — only this time, the opposition had an answer.

The Wolves tied the game at 1-1 with 9:13 left in the third period on a power play goal by Ty McEnaney off an Ian Newman assist.

After a year and a half as executive director of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce, Dana Thorp-Patterson is going back to school.

Thorp-Patterson said Monday she’s accepted a job at Rogue Community College in Oregon, where she’ll be tasked with building the college’s workforce development program.

“It’s kind of an unexpected deal,” she said. “It just turned out to be too good to pass up.”

Dozens of local wrestlers were among hundreds of athletes who packed the Menard Center in Wasilla over the weekend for the Lancer Smith Memorial Wrestling Tournament, the state’s largest.

With wrestling on eight mats and tournaments for varsity, junior varsity, middle school and girls’ wrestlers, the tournament attracted teams from as far away as Kiana in Northwest Alaska and Ketchikan in Southeast.

UPDATE (9 p.m. Saturday): The Anchorage Police Department updated its public alert Saturday evening to say the puppy has been reunited with its owner.

The department said police dispatch were called at around 5:30 p.m. Saturday by Animal Control saying the dog may have been dropped off.

On his own time and his own dime, an Eagle River man has recently started driving around town as part of a one-man community patrol effort.

Cliff Cook began making the rounds as the new Eagle River Community Patrol Saturday, Nov. 4. Over the course of his first week, Cook said he covered more than 100 miles over 13 hours spread across five days of driving around Eagle River.

The Municipality of Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department is drowning in garbage.

The department is shouldering a heavy burden due to what director John Rodda thinks is a growing homelssness problem in the city.

“It’s very widespread,” Rodda told the Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors on Monday, Nov. 13.

Dimond scored five times in the first period en route to a Cook Inlet Conference rout over Chugiak Tuesday night at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Blake Hausinger opened the game with a natural hat trick for the Lynx, which went up 5-0 in the frame after Sean Carey and Max Hickel added strikes of their own.

The Mustangs — who became the first CIC team to score on the Lynx this season — briefly stopped the bleeding, getting a Danny Casey goal late in the first period and another by Luke Momblow early in the second to cut the lead to 5-2.

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events is provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

On Nov. 1, police received a call about a vehicle parked on the side of Steeple Drive with its hazard lights on. Officers arrived and contacted two occupants, including a female driver and male passenger.

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