Tyler Kearney would love to become a professional bowler someday. So the Barlett High bowler can be excused for acting a bit excited when she was teamed up with two-time Senior Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year Ron Mohr during a unique bowling tournament at Eagle River Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 8.

“I was like, ‘I’m bowling with someone famous!’” said Kearney, a senior. “I felt kinda special.”

Eagle River battled back from a three-goal deficit and scored two third-period goals but came up just short, falling 4-3 to non conference foe Lathrop on Dec. 10 at the McDonald Center.

Trailing 4-1 after two periods, Eagle River came out more energized in the final period, Wolves head coach Kirby Senden said.

“We just had a little more jump in our step,” he said. “The bottom line is they came out with intensity.”

First-year Chugiak Nordic ski coach Mikey Evans is hoping a summer’s worth of workouts can help propel his Nordic ski team to the top of the state heap by winter’s end.

“You have to put in that work,” Evans said on Dec. 10 following the season-opening Lynx Loppet races at Kincaid Park.

Losing your head coach to a rival school might seem like a bad break. But for Eagle River’s Nordic ski team, the departure of Mikey Evans to Chugiak has made room for an up-and-coming young coach to take the helm of a rapidly developing prep program.

“I’m loving it,” said first-year head coach Liz Turner, a 2004 Chugiak graduate who skied collegiately at Division I University of Wyoming and served as an assistant to Evans last season.

Covered head to toe in blue and gold windbreaker pants and jacket, Pat McBride stuck out like … well, a Navy fan among a sea of Army faithful.

McBride and fellow United States Naval Academy graduate Dave Bergman might have been in the extreme minority watching the 112th Army-Navy Game on Saturday, Dec. 10 at Eagle River Ale House, but that didn’t dampen their spirits one bit.

“No matter where you are in the world, you always try to find another guy to watch the game with — even if they’re Army,” quipped Bergman, a 1989 graduate.

Isaiah 45: 4-6: “It is for the sake of my servant Jacob and of Israel … that I have called you by your name, have given you a title though you do not know me” (v. 4)

Matthew 22: 15-22: “‘Give us your opinion, then. Is it permissible to pay taxes to Caesar or not?’ [Jesus replied] ‘Show me the money you pay the tax with.’ They handed him a denarius, and he said, ‘Whose portrait is this? Whose title?’ They replied, ‘Caesar’s.’ Then he said to them, ‘Very well, pay Caesar what belongs to Caesar — and God what belongs to God.’” (vv. 17, 19-21)

Two suspicious fires reported

Anchorage Police Department calls for Monday, Dec. 5 through Monday, Dec. 12:


Monday, Dec. 5

9:15 a.m. - Alarm - Second Street

10:43 a.m. - Accident - Eleonora Street

1:13 p.m. - Alarm - Business Boulevard

1:49 p.m. - Accident - Eklutna Lake Road

4:30 p.m. - Accident - Old Glenn Highway

5:06 p.m. - Alarm - Aurora Borealis Road

9:33 p.m. - Registration - Bending Birch Drive


Tuesday, Dec. 6

Eagle River could benefit from the more than $500,000 the Anchorage Assembly added to Mayor Dan Sullivan’s proposed 2012 budget.

The Assembly, which passed a $452.3 million budget Dec. 6, added about $79,500 for a records clerk for the Anchorage Police Department. Assembly chair Debbie Ossiander and budget/finance chair Bill Starr are hoping the money will be used to staff the Eagle River substation.

Municipal Manager George Vakalis wants public input before deciding whether or not to close the Eklutna River Bridge.

The Chugiak/Birchwood/Eagle River Rural Road Service Area Board already expressed its opinion a month ago, when it unanimously passed a motion to recommend closing the bridge permanently.

But, Vakalis said, he wants to hold a town meeting on the subject.

“I just need to know what the impacts would be if we closed it,” Vakalis said Friday, Dec. 9.

To balance last week’s column on Black Friday “shopper-hunters,” we continue this week with a primer on how to strategize and implement tactical Christmas shopping operations. To provide the best very expertise on tactical shopping, I felt it necessary to enlist the aid of my son, David Baker, who I believe has elevated his shopping technique into something of an art form.

Air Force Lt. Col. Dan Knight has worked all around the world — from Colorado Springs to Afghanistan, Germany to Korea — but he told the Chugiak-Eagle River community that there’s something special about the bond between Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and the surrounding communities.

“I think the Anchorage Bowl is the gold standard,” Knight told the chamber during speech on Dec. 7 at the Bear Mountain Grill in Eagle River.

A few weeks ago, John Suter received a children’s book in the mail titled “Flying Poodles A Christmas Story.” Along with the book was a note from author Karen Morss explaining that the Chugiak musher was the inspiration behind the story.

Suter, who gained national attention for running the Iditarod with a team of standard poodles four times from 1988 to 1991, was stunned.

Suter said his first reaction was, “Oh wow.”

“It was quite a pleasant surprise. Shocking actually,” Suter said. “I had no knowledge it existed before then.”

You’ve got to be pretty interesting to keep a classroom full of middle schoolers quiet for 45 minutes. Willy Topkok leaves ‘em speechless.

Well, mostly.

“This guy’s cool!” whispered one of Lisa Andersen’s science students to a friend during a recent presentation by Topkok at Gruening Middle School.

CER Star December 15,2011 Issue 50, Volume XL

A log cabin on Eagle River Road caught fire Tuesday afternoon, but two people inside at the time were able to escape without injury.

The blaze was confined to an upstairs area and a section of the roof, according to AFD Station 11 Chief Steve Kostlin.

Neighbors in a passing car spotted the fire and called the fire department, which arrived within five minutes. Witness Jake Heitstuman said he and his mother were driving by when they noticed flames coming from the roof of the cabin, located at 22833 Eagle River Road.


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