Biggest dividend yet!

The 1996 Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend amount was announced: $1,130.68 — a new record.

The reason for the large amount was heavy investment in a good stock market, according to Fund director of communications Jim Kelly.

“It’s a terrific stock market,” Kelly said in the Sept. 26, 1996 edition of the Star. “It’s a nice way to begin our 20th anniversary.”

Kelly said the Permanent Fund’s total value was about $17.6 billion.

Editor’s note: As of July 31, 2011, the Fund’s assets totaled $40.7 billion.


When vandals arrived on the grounds of Mirror Lake Middle School with a four-wheeler last fall, they did more than just tear up a little grass. They also destroyed nearly a decade’s worth of growth at a small apple orchard near the school.

“They just ran these things over repeatedly,” said Mirror Lake teacher Mike Hansen, pointing to a couple of the surviving trees.

Three of nine matches were decided in tiebreakers when Chugiak High tennis battled Eagle River on Friday, Sept. 16. The Mustangs won 6-3.

The Chugiak High gymnastics team is seeking anyone who has been affected by breast cancer for a group photo to be taken on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the school’s auxiliary gym. Coach Wendy Wiltfong is asking everyone to show up wearing pink for the photo, which will also include members of the Chugiak gymnastics team. Wiltfong is taking the picture to help promote this year’s annual “Think Pink” meet, which will be held Oct. 14 to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research.

Eagle River avenged an overtime loss to East earlier this season with an 18-6 victory over the Thunderbirds on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Wolves’ den.

The homecoming victory put Eagle River at 4-4 this season.

With several games being decided late in the fourth quarter or overtime this year, the two-touchdown victory was a welcomed change for head coach Matt Turner.

“It was nice getting a win like that,” he said.

Gabrielle Mordini sealed the victory for Eagle River with a 10-yard scamper on third-and-goal with under four minutes to play.

Eagle River coach Jacob Bera issued a warning to his rising girls varsity cross country team following the Wolves lone home meet of the season Sept. 16.

Chugiak High isn’t changing a thing in preparation for Saturday’s Cook Inlet Conference meet at Kincaid Park.

Eagle River’s first true home homecoming varsity football game Saturday, Sept. 17 did not disappoint.

Chugiak’s playoff hopes took a major hit Saturday, Sept. 17 after Dimond rallied from a 14-0 deficit to pull out a 21-14 Cook Inlet Conference win at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.

During the past week, kitchen fires have been on the rise here at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson at an alarming rate.

Minor injuries occurred because incorrect actions were taken and an attempt was made to move a fiery pan outside.

Grease fires are very dangerous and can be catastrophic if not handled correctly.

Fortunately, most cooking fires can be prevented by paying attention and adhering to some simple rules.

If you have a grease fire, do not attempt to move the pot or pan.

Do you think of places, far from home…

Places you’ve been, with others, alone?


Relax, and let your memories flow,

You can find this place if you want to go;


By the river’s bend, where the big trout lie,

Forget cares and woes, become one with sky;


Skiing by moonlight through a snowy field,

A sparkling blanket of jewels revealed;


Warmed by the wood stove, crackling into the night;

Aurora paints sky, a montage of light;


What is Grief? What is mourning?

Grief is an internal experience. For some, it is an inside emptiness-a fear-panic-loneliness-anger-guilt-longing-depression. Some say, “grief is love — with no place to go.”

Mourning is a bit different. Mourning is ‘grief’ which is expressed to the outside world. It is the process where each person ‘works through’ their grief by outwardly expressing their internal feelings.

When you think of volunteering what pops into your mind? Is it cleaning up trash on the side of the highway during the annual city wide clean up day? Or do you think of working the meal line at a homeless shelter? The images that come to mind are as varied as the opportunities to serve. Our community has a wide array of groups that embark upon projects from feeding the hungry to providing seeing-eye dogs to the blind.

APD: Homestead crowd turned on officers

Anchorage police say that a standard bar check at the Homestead Lounge the night of Sept. 11 turned into a threatening situation during which officers pepper-sprayed patrons they described as hostile and aggressive.

Three men were arrested.

A representative of the bar, which is located inside Eagle River Bowl, did not return a call for comment.

The incident started around 10 p.m., according to a synopsis of police reports provided by APD spokeswoman Marlene Lammers.

Anchorage Police Department calls for Monday, Sept. 12 through Friday, Sept. 16


Monday, Sept. 12

10:18 a.m. - Stolen vehicle - Echo Street

10:52 p.m. - Registration - Business Boulevard

10:59 p.m. - Driving while license suspended - Voyles Boulevard

12:54 p.m. - Civil matter - Coleman Circle

2:27 p.m. - Alarm - Chandelle Circle

8:03 p.m. - Assault - Birchwood Loop Road

9:15 p.m. - Accident - East Eagle River Loop Road

“What would Chugiak's pioneers think of the Palmer Highway if they were to drive through the community today?”

That thought came to mind the other day while waiting for the flag person to turn her sign from “Stop” to “Slow.”

Chugiak-Eagle River Star

Lizette Stiehr is celebrating her birthday by giving a gift to others.

On Friday, Sept. 23 — Stiehr’s birthday — Stiehr will be doing a reading from her first book, “2012 to oneness,” which contains 72 inspirational poems, at Jitters from 6 to 9 p.m.

Anyone who knows Stiehr is invited. Since she’s lived in the Chugiak-Eagle River area for more than three decades, Stiehr said she reserved the back room at the coffee shop.

Kevin Fullmer is returning to the sidelines at Chugiak High School.

Chugiak principal Sam Spinella confirmed on Tuesday that Fullmer, a social studies teacher at the school who coached the boys basketball team from 1996 to 2009, has been chosen to once again fill that position.

“He brings experience in coaching, he’s worked with the kids and he’s got a good reputation,” Spinella said on Tuesday.

Fullmer takes over for Orin Wear, a Mat-Su math teacher who coached the team for two years before stepping down after last season. Wear went 21-23 at Chugiak.

Eklutna, Inc. may soon have some new digs.

Anchorage’s largest private landowner unveiled its plans for a new commercial development in Eagle River that could eventually be home to the Native corporation’s new headquarters.

“We’d like to put our corporate office building there,” Eklutna land development manager Jim Arnesen told the Eagle River Community Council at the council’s monthly meeting Sept. 7.

Sure, teenagers like their sleep. But 20 years?

Chugiak High junior Slayton St. Pierre will pretend to wake from a two-decade snooze in the upcoming production or the Washington Irving classic “Rip Van Winkle,” which opens Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the Steve Primis Auditorium.


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