Dignitaries, family members, active duty service members and veterans packed the Alaska National Guard armory Saturday, Nov. 11 for the annual Veterans Day ceremony on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Part celebration, part somber remembrance, the event commemorated the service of both those who served and those who continue to do so in the name of freedom.

“You are my heroes,” said National Guard chaplain Col. Richard Koch, who delivered the event’s keynote address.

Red-hot goaltending and a buzzer-beating finish highlighted a pivotal first period in Chugiak’s 7-3 win over Service on Friday, Nov. 10 at the McDonald Center.

Chugiak goalie Riley Fugere stopped all 22 shots he faced in the period, and Luke Momblow scored with 0.0 seconds on the clock as the Mustangs raced out to a 3-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

Chugiak was never threatened from that point on, going up 4-0 early in the second period on a goal by Danny Casey.

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

MISCONDUCT INVOLVING WEAPONS

Snowy, icy conditions were causing commuting carnage Thursday afternoon on the Glenn Highway.

The Anchorage Police Department said an accident in the northbound lanes near the Eagle River exit caused the far left lane to be closed, according to a special alert sent out by APD at around 4:15 p.m. Thursday. Roughly 15 minutes later, the department said the lane had been reopened.

One of the cold realities of high school hockey in Alaska is good things don’t often last long, and such is the case with both Chugiak and Eagle River this season as each team will strive to find new identities after historic success a season ago.

The clock is ticking.

That’s good news in Eagle River’s Chief Alex Park, where the town clock tower has been running smooth since repairs over the summer.

“It’s been functioning correctly now and we’re happy for that,” Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce executive director Dana Thorp-Patterson wrote in a Nov. 6 email.

A family of bears in the Eagle River Valley may have avoided a brush with death.

In early November, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said complaints about the bruins roaming the area were causing a major concern.

“We’ve been getting complaints the last week and a half to two weeks that a sow brown bear has been getting into trash,” Ken Marsh, a public information officer with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said on Wednesday, Nov. 8.

A flurry of public meetings will keep community rooms in the area busy in the coming weeks, with topics of discussion ranging from roads to parks to neighborhood densities.

The monthly community council meeting cycle is in full swing, with the South Fork council meeting Nov. 2. the Birchwood and Eagle River Valley councils are set to meet on Wednesday, Nov. 8, with Birchwood meeting at 7 p.m. at the Beach Lake Chalet and Eagle River Valley residents meeting at Gruening Middle School at 7 p.m.

Chugiak’s Alyssa Saylor was fourth in the all-around competition at the Cook Inlet Conference Championships gymnastics meet Saturday, Nov. 4 at Dimond High.

Saylor excelled on the beam, where she placed third behind South’s Molly Scoggin and Olivia Gorder. Saylor was seventh in the floor exercise, fifth on the bars and ninth on the vault.

Gorder won the all-around title and Scoggin was second for the Wolverines, who finished second to Dimond in the team standings. West was third, followed by Chugiak, Eagle River and Service.

Mike Wallace, the last of three well-known brothers who helped shape early Chugiak, died on Oct. 24, 2017 at his home. He was 82.

The Wallace brothers — Mike, Art and Til — arrived in 1950s Chugiak-Eagle River and quickly established themselves among the town’s foremost characters. Art and Til started a brick business that helped build several of the area’s early buildings. According to his obituary, Mike Wallace and his parents came to Alaska to join Art and Til after Mike got out of the Army.

It’s party time for one class of seventh-graders at Gruening Middle School.

Brad Kirr’s third-period class at the Eagle River middle school was the Mat-Su/Eagle River regional winner in Chugach Electric’s recent Power Pledge Challenge, an energy saving education program designed to educate kids about energy use. The class will receive a pizza party and a tour of the Matanuska Electric Eklutna Generation Station.

According to a Chugach press release, students completed an activity to learn how to calculate their own energy usage and learned ways to reduce usage.

Despite some late-season reports of activity — including a family of brown bears spotted getting into trash at Eagle River High earlier this week — bears in the Eagle River Valley have been deemed drowsy enough for the Albert Loop Trail to be reopened to hikers.

The trail’s annual fall closure ended Friday, Nov. 3 — though park rangers warned users should always remain alert in an area known for healthy populations of black and brown bears.

Subfreezing temperatures both day and night have caused local lakes to begin to ice up rapidly, but it’s still too soon to venture out onto frozen surfaces.

Municipality of Anchorage Parks and Recreation parks superintendent Josh Durand said the department will begin to issue online ice thickness reports once several inches have formed.

“It first happens when we’re identifying the ice is safe for us to maintain,” Durand said on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Last year, that date was Nov. 29, while in 2015 it was Nov. 17.

15 years ago this week in the Star…

59-room motel on way

A local group led by John Emmi planned to break ground in the coming week on a new 59-room Microtel Inn and Suites, according to a front-page story in the Nov. 7, 2002 edition of the Alaska Star.

According to the story, the new motel would be four times the size of the town’s only other motel, the Eagle River Motel.

“We conducted feasibility studies and we see a need for another motel here,” Emmi told the paper.

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

Despite not being quite 100 percent, the Chugiak girls swimming and diving team still managed to grab fourth place on Saturday at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Swimming and Diving Championships at Bartlett High.

“We did a good job of working together and helping each other out,” said CHS coach Anne Williams, whose girls team scored 37 points to finish tied with South.

Eagle River teen Nick Carl held off Anchorage marathoner Jerry Ross on Saturday, Nov. 4 in the third annual Maddy’s Run 5-kilometer cross-country running race at Eagle River High.

A junior at Eagle River High, Carl finished in 16 minutes, 46.9 seconds to hold off the 42-year-old Ross by less than two seconds. Hyrum Nelson, a sophomore at Chugiak High, was third in 16:55.2.

Ross is a well-known Alaska runner who was 154th men’s finisher at this year’s Boston Marathon.

Chugiak was knocked out of the Cook Inlet Conference volleyball tournament by the top-seeded Dimond Lynx on Friday, Nov. 3 at Service High.

The Lynx came out hot and stayed that way, winning 25-18, 25-21, 25-15 to secure a spot in the third-place match against South for a spot in the state tournament.

The sixth-seeded Mustangs reached the consolation round semifinals with a four-set win over Service on Thursday, pulling away from the host Cougars 25-18, 23-25, 25-22, 25-13.

Eagle River, Wasilla skate to tie

Wasilla played its second overtime draw in less than a week Friday night, skating to a 2-2 tie with Eagle River at the McDonald Center.

The Warriors also tied Chugiak last Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Mac.

Friday’s contest was a back-and-forth affair, with the Warriors taking the lead on an Alex Engan power play goal with six minutes to play in the period, and the Wolves tying things up on a shorthanded strike from Ty McEnaney on a Tucker Lien assist just before the first intermission.

Theater seats at the Alaska Fine Arts Academy will get a new home while the Eagle River nonprofit looks for one of its own.

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