Halloween is coming early to Chugiak-Eagle River.

Trick or Treat in the Heat, a fundraiser for the Hospice of Anchorage, Ronald McDonald House and Make-A-Wish Foundation, will be held in the Eaglewood subdivision of Eagle River on Sunday, Sept. 11. Blue wristbands, which serve as tickets for the event, can be purchased for $10 at House of Bounce, Picture This and The Crave.

All of the proceeds go to one of the three charities, said event creator Sean Robbins.

“We don’t take anything off the top,” he said.

Members of the winning football team walked off their home turf Friday night with sadness. Instead of the usual rush to meet adoring families and girlfriends and pals, the boys shuffled slow and quiet, some pausing in the shadows cast by empty bleachers to wipe their eyes and breathe.

There’s crying in football.

Thanks to an influx of first-year players, Chugiak High’s tennis team is growing by the day.

Thirty-eight were on the team as of last week, and third-year head coach Sally Jo Cook expected more to join.

“I imagine we my hit 50,” she said.

The Mustangs ended last season with 52 on the squad, Cook said.

Freshmen are joining the team in droves, she said.

“This is a stellar year for freshmen that has come out,” Cook said. “It’s kind of exciting.”

For children in military families, moving multiple times throughout their adolescence becomes commonplace. But that doesn’t make entering a school full of unfamiliar faces any easier.

However, athletics can help. Playing a sport is one way to form tight bonds quickly — a truth the Eagle River High tennis team knows well.

In a school full of military families like Eagle River, tennis is a great way to make friends, junior Jacob Klaameyer said at the Wolves’ Aug. 18 match against West High.

Sophomore Hannah Spainhour can attest to that.

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia — Approximately 15 Alaska National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, along with service members from Mongolia, the Republic of Korea, India, the United States and Canada were recognized during a dedication ceremony for their efforts during a medical civil assistance project as part of Khaan Quest 2011 held at school in the 9th Khoroo, Khaan-Uul District of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Aug. 11.

Distinguished leaders, observers and local community members gathered to celebrate the success of the medical civil assistance project.

I love our community! We have lived here since 1989, raising our three kids (Hillary, Ryan, and Abi) in Eagle River. They graduated from Chugiak High School. I teach Kindergarten at Homestead Elementary, and my husband John teaches band at Gruening Middle School. Our family is very invested in our amazing community.

It is my honor and privilege to have this opportunity to introduce Love INC of Eagle River to you with this Alaska Star article. I have so much to share that we are breaking it into two articles. This article will bethe first of a two-part series.

A standoff with an armed and suicidal man on Aug. 18 near the Ft. Richardson exit on the Glenn Highway ended peacefully with the man’s surrender.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, 23-year-old Joseph Hanifin was charged with reckless endangerment and lodged at the Anchorage Jail with a $5,000 cash-only bail and $1,500 assurity bond.

Imagine you bring your child to a routine eye appointment and the doctor turns to you and says there is a problem with your child’s eyesight. Not just any problem; they are going blind. Many of us can only imagine this scenario, but many more parents live it. We may not know these families, but they’re in our community. They are our neighbors, coworkers, teachers, and friends. Across Alaska, and the world, children, adults and seniors are battling preventable vision impairments and diseases.

The shale slide leading up to the mountain’s ridge was easy to climb, and grass for most of this stretch provided relatively good footing. After about 500 feet I finally reached the ridge, which I expected would be somewhat gradual. However, I was surprised to see that it became precipitously steep on both sides. I recalled my dad’s admonishment, when as a child I first showed an interest in climbing: “Stay off the cliffs.”

Elderly resident found with knife
Anchorage police said they were called to the Chugiak Senior Center around 2 p.m. on Aug. 11 in response to a combative resident. Officers were told by staffers that a resident pulled a 12-inch knife from her clothing and returned it to a kitchen drawer, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said.

No one was injured, Lammers said. The woman “indicated she was angry at another male resident for teasing her,” she said. Staff at the center requested a mental evaluation so the woman was transported to a local hospital.


Monday, Aug. 15
7:04 a.m. - Warrant arrest - Hilltop Drive
7:18 a.m. - Vandalism - Lee Street
9:42 a.m. - Vandalism - Eagle River Road
9:59 a.m. - Mental health check - Highland Ridge Drive
10:04 a.m. - Burglary - Birchwood Loop Road
10:30 a.m. - Registration - Voyles Boulevard
1:31 p.m. - Accident - Mercy Drive
2:45 p.m. - Theft - Old Glenn Highway
3:20 p.m. - Missing person - Birchwood Loop Road
4:14 p.m. - Vandalism - Genora Street
7:50 p.m. - Theft - Genora Street

THIS ISSUE marks the debut of the Chugiak-Eagle River Star.

Elsewhere in these columns are descriptions of the firm, people, and hardware involved in publication of this new effort. This space will be devoted to a few introductory remarks by the editor in hopes of making known some of our aims and policies.

Army National Guard Pvt. Jacob M. Bookbinder, of Chugiak, has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

During the nine weeks of training, Bookbinder received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

Air Force Reserve Airman Sarah A. Dirkes, of Eagle River, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Dirkes completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Carson Lerch, 19, of Eagle River, graduated from basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego, Calif. on Aug. 12, 2011. Lerch, a 2010 graduate of Eagle River High School, will initially be stationed at Camp Pendleton in San Diego. He is the son of John and Lennett Lerch of Eagle River.

Holly Thomas, of Chicago, Ill., will marry Matt Cerney of Chicago on Oct. 1, 2011 at Willow Harbor Vineyards in Three Oaks, Michigan.

The bride is the daughter of Sharon and Larry Thomas, past owners of the Eagle River Car Wash/Duck Pond. The family now lives in Wasilla.

Tabitha McCain, of Birchwood, will marryVyacheslav (Slava) Kalashnikov in September. The couple met on Slava’s birthday four years ago. They enjoy snowmachinging, four-wheeling, camping, fishing, dogs, travel and very big Dodge pick-ups.

The bride is the daughter of Randy and Gail McCain of Birchwood. The groom is the son of Alexandr Georgevich Kalashnikov and Tatyana Wert.

The couple lives in Anchorage.

Kairi K. Berg and Alexander V. Matson, of Eagle River, were each named to the Dean’s list at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus for the 2011 spring semester. In order to make the list, students must have completed at least 12 credits with a minumum 3.66 grade point average.

John E. Smelcer, of Chugiak, graduated from the Harpur College of Arts and Scicnes at Binghamton University in New York with a PHD in English. Binghamton is one of the four university centers of the State University of New York system.

Longtime Eagle River resident Patricia Opheen Redmond, 55, died unexpectedly Aug. 18, 2011, at Alaska Regional Hospital.

Known as “Trish” by her friends and co-workers and “Patti” by her family, she was born in 1955 in Sunnyvale, California and raised in Minnetonka, Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1978. Trish earned a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alaska in 1990, and was a registered professional civil engineer.


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