As the military changes and adapts, so must military members. Deployments are the norm in today’s military, and with new physical fitness standards, every service member must remain “fit to fight.”

One Airman from the 673d Medical Group has embraced this new lifestyle, losing more than 55 pounds in the last two years, 20 pounds of that in the last three months.

It appears we have made it through another fall season. The kids have conquered the benchmark first quarter of school, and the parents have survived another round of parent teacher conferences; though some kids would argue they were the ones that survived those same conferences. Many Alaskans have their PFDs tucked safely away in their bank accounts, and even more have embraced their duty to stimulate the economy. Regardless of the benchmark one uses to leave one season behind and welcome another, there is no doubt the holiday season is quickly approaching.

Peters Creek park assault reported

A male victim told Anchorage police on Oct. 23 that he was assaulted by three white male adults near Peters Creek Community Park. The victim said he didn’t know his assailants. He told police the trio punched him on his face and upper chest, police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said. The victim, who declined medical attention, had visible injuries on his face, neck and upper chest, Parker said. No suspects could be located. No reason for the assault was reported, Parker said.


Anchorage Police Department calls for Monday, Oct. 24 through Monday, Oct. 31


Monday, Oct. 24

8:05 a.m. - Theft - Lacey Drive

8:32 a.m. - Accident - South Birchwood Loop Road

10:37 a.m. - DWI - Artillery Road


Tuesday, Oct. 25

12:52 a.m. - Driving while license suspended - North Eagle River Access

8:03 a.m. - Alarm - Snowmobile Lane

8:10 a.m. - Alarm - Prince Circle

9:58 a.m. - Burglary - Melody Lane

 Longtime Eagle River resident Vernon “Phil” D. Phillips died on Oct. 28, 2011. He was 79.

Memorial services will be held at 2:30 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church of Eagle River, pastor Todd Burgess officiating.

Eagle River’s Holly Darbous and Shane White were engaged on July 2, 2011 in Eklutna. Their wedding will be held July 7, 2012 in Moose Pass.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Lee and DJ Darbous of Eagle River. She is a 2006 graduate of Chugiak High School and works at Cook Inlet Housing Authority. She enjoys reading, hiking, going to the cabin and spending time with Shane and their two dogs, Bentley and Bruin.

This piece has appeared in the Star before, but I think it merits an encore in that it’s relevant to our physical and mental health. If you adopt a calendar that I’ve been using for years, you’ll learn that winter is really only three months long.

So at the risk of sounding delusional, which is not a rarity for Alaskans wearily resigned to winter’s dark cocoon, here is how I apportion the 12 months—a guaranteed sanity preserver— provided you are ready and able to do one thing: go outdoors.

A heated winter sand storage building and drainage improvements for The Tablelands subdivision are priorities for Assembly chair Debbie Ossiander.

With recommendations from Ossiander and Assemblyman Bill Starr — each of whom represents Chugiak-Eagle River — Mayor Dan Sullivan wants to ask the state Legislature for $3 million for The Tablelands and $1.2 million for a sand storage facility in his fiscal year 2013 budget requests.

Having promoted more than 500 concerts involving more than 300 artists, Eagle River’s Mike McCormick is well known from Anchorage to Palmer.

Turns out the rest of the state knows him, too.

After receiving nominations from Fairbanks to Homer, McCormick was recently honored with a Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities.

McCormick, owner of Whistling Swan Productions, received the business leadership award Oct. 19. McCormick said he had no clue he had been nominated.

“It was a total surprise,” he said.

A howling wind, blowing snow and freezing temperatures couldn’t knock the grin off Isaac Lammers’ face on Sunday, Oct. 30.

“It’s just great being back on snow,” said Lammers, a Chugiak High School senior who was one of a couple dozen local skiers who took part in a Nordic ski camp over the weekend put on by Alaska Nordic Racing (ANR) at Hatcher Pass.

Lammers, who skis competitively for both the Chugiak-based club and his high school team, said he’s been skiing at the popular early-winter destination since the snow started to fly two weeks ago.

November 3, 2011 Chugiak-Eagle River Star Issue 44 Volume Number XL


From The Knik Arm Courier, Aug 17, 1960:

Fire completely gutted a frame cabin belonging to J. Johnson at Mile 14 (behind the Town House Bar). A Mr. McGaven occupied the cabin that was used as a residence. The fire had apparently started in some clothing beside the bed and spread to the mattress.

The Chugiak Fire Company responded to the call but was unable to use the Jeep pumper, as that piece of equipment was not in working order. Hand extinguishers were not enough to bring the fire under control.

1 ½ cups flour
3 tbs cocoa
1 cup sugar
1 tsp soda
½ tsp salt

Mix these ingredients together and sift into an ungreased pan.
Make 3 holes in the sifted mixture
Pour into: 1st hole - 6 tsp melted shortening
                2nd hole - 1 tsp vanilla
                3rd hole     - 1 tsp vinegar
Pour over all:  1 cup cold water.
Mix well with fork.
Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

Marty Lang is a brave man.

Eagle River High’s principal gave students the opportunity to dunk him in a tank of water as many times as possible in 30 minutes at the school’s annual fall carnival Friday, Oct. 21. Lang estimated he was dropped 25 to 30 times, though no one was more eager to ensure the school’s top administrator was sopping wet than his son, Lang said.

The student-government facilitated event gave all Eagle River clubs an opportunity to raise funds.

Anchorage Assembly member and Title 21 committee chair Debbie Ossiander has a goal: Have the entire municipal land use code rewrite — including a Chugiak-Eagle River-specific chapter — in front of the Assembly for a vote within six months.

Before a vote, the Planning and Zoning Commission and Title 21 committee must review all chapters.

Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska) wouldn’t mind seeing American military bases around the world shut down — with a catch.

“I really want the troops to come to the state of Alaska,” Young said on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at a meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce at the Bear Mountain Grill.

Young was speaking in response to a question about America’s large number of bases abroad, and whether he thinks some of those bases can be shuttered.

“We don’t need troops in Germany,” Young said.

Chugiak’s Samantha Burke is the top local swimmer heading into this weekend’s Cook Inlet Conference Swim/Dive meet at Bartlett High, which begins today with diving preliminaries and continues Friday with swimming prelims. Finals for both swimming and diving will be held Saturday, Oct. 29.

Entering the meet, Burke is ranked among the top four swimmers in the CIC in six different events, including the 200 free, 50 free, 100 fly, 100 free, 500 free and 100 back. No other local swimmer has posted a top-4 CIC time this season in more than one event.


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