A former Chugiak High supply clerk accused of stealing more than $74,000 over a four-year period from the school was arraigned on charges of theft, scheme to defraud and falsifying business records in Palmer District Court on Friday, Nov. 18. All three charges are felonies.

According to charging documents in the case, Brenda Burge, 54, of Wasilla, pilfered $74,897 in cash while handling students’ activities and attendance fees.

Freshman Laila Hansen totaled a team-high seven kills in the University of New Orleans’ season-ending loss to West Georgia on Nov. 5 in New Orleans.

Hansen, a 2011 Chugiak grad, was one of the bright spots for the Privateers, who finished 2-22 overall and 0-14 in the Great South Conference. She was twice named the school’s Athlete of the Week and led the volleyball team in kills. She was also third on the team in digs and fourth in blocks.

Three candidates so far have filed their intent to run for the chance to represent Eagle River in the state House with the Alaska Public Office Committee. The deadline to file with the state Division of Elections for the Aug. 28, 2012 primary election is June 1, 2012.

Here’s a look at the candidates for who have filed so far with APOC their intent to run for the District 26 House seat:


Robyn Burton, a sophomore middle blocker on the UAA volleyball team and a 2010 Chugiak High graduate, was named first-team All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference on Monday. Burton was one of four unanimous selections to the first team.

Burton and Nikkie Viotto, an outside hitter and 2009 Eagle River High grad, will travel to San Bernardino, Calif. To play in the NCAA Division II West Regional Volleyball Championships against No. 1 seed Cal State San Bernardino on Thursday, Nov. 17.

 The Eagle River girls bowling team handed Chugiak a 30-0 loss on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Destinie Rainer bowled a 192 to lead the way for the Wolves, while Mariah Schiffer had a 187 to pace the Mustangs.

The Wolves’ boys weren’t quite as dominant, but still earned a decisive win with a 24-6 victory over the ‘Stangs. Danton Evilsizer had the top individual game for Eagle River, while Matthew Remer was Chugiak’s top individual bowler.

Both teams will be in action this afternoon for matches that begin at 3 p.m. at Eagle River Bowl.

Chugiak High hockey will look for revenge against rival Eagle River tonight as the two square off at the McDonald Center at 7:30.

Last season, the Wolves edged the Mustangs by one goal both times the two played. Eagle River notched its first win over Chugiak in school history with a 3-2 victory Dec. 4, 2010, and completed the season sweep with a 2-1 win Jan. 27.

The Mustangs (1-5 overall) are coming off their first win of the season after beating North Pole 5-2 on Nov. 12. Sophomore Kris Tomazevic led Chugiak with a pair of goals.

After losing 3-1 (24-26, 25-14, 25-23, 25-15) to Palmer, Chugiak dropped just one set in its final two matches to take fourth place at the ASAA Alaska Class 4A State Volleyball Tournament at the Menard Sports Center in Wasilla.

The win marks the second consecutive year Chugiak has ended the state tournament with a victory.

The Mustangs, who have made four straight state appearances, finished third last year, fifth in 2009 and second in 2008.

Chugiak downed Juneau-Douglas 3-1 (25-20, 25-17, 24-26, 25-20) in the fourth-place match Saturday, Nov. 12.

 The Univeristy of Wisconsin lost 2-0 in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament on Nov. 2. The Badgers feature a pair of players, sisters Alev and Derya Kelter, who are Chugiak High Graduates. The Kelters now plan to move onto the Badgers hockey team. As of Nov. 14, Wisconsin’s women’s hockey team was ranked No. 1 in the nation with an 11-1 record.

 Kelly Cobb was held scoreless in Duke’s 5-0 first-round rout of Radford in the opening round of the NCAA women’s Division I soccer tournament on Sunday, Nov. 13 — but not for a lack of trying.

Cobb, a freshman from Peters Creek, had a team-high six shots in the match, including three on goal. With her six shots, Cobb now has 79 shots on the season, a freshman single-season record. The tally also ranks fourth on Duke’s all-time list.

Duke’s victory was the team’s 18th, a team record.

Chugiak’s Jake Granado won the 182-pound weight class at the Bob Bailey Memorial Tournament at Chugiak High on Saturday, Nov. 12.

Granado pinned South's Robert Lopez in the second round of their bout. Lopez was the only one of three wrestlers to make it past the first round with Granado, who won his first two matches by fall in a combined 2 minutes, 11 seconds.

The Army in Alaska is supporting an upcoming television “docuseries” focused on highlighting the lives of Army spouses in Alaska. The production company is 44 Blue Productions from Los Angeles.

Lt. Col. David Piffarerio, 302nd Fighter Squadron commander, flew his 1,000 flight hour in the F-22 Raptor here Nov. 4, making him the first Air Force pilot to do so.

“This is a great milestone for the pilots, maintainers and contractors working on the jet and the F-22 program as a whole,” said Piffarerio. “The aircraft is maturing and getting better the more we fly and perform maintenance on it.”

Staff Sgt. Hank Robinson, 525th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, launched Piffarerio on his sortie today, but was focused on ensuring it was a safe flight.

Holidays can be difficult for many of us living in Alaska. Days are short, nights are long, and isolation can dampen our spirits. Often our families live far away, but traveling back to our hometowns can be challenging with the rising costs of travel. Let’s look at two ways of finding our holiday season’s blessings.

Man threatens dog with pistol

A man who later said he feared dog attacks pointed a revolver toward a woman and her pit bull near Eagle Glacier Loop and Harmony Ranch Road on the afternoon of Nov. 5, Anchorage police said. No charges were filed.

Anchorage Police Department calls for Monday, Nov. 7 through Monday, Nov. 14


Monday, Nov. 7

2:21 p.m. - Accident - Artillery Road

2:33 p.m. - Driving while license suspended - Birchwood Loop Road


Tuesday, Nov. 8

12:14 a.m. - Accident - North Eagle River Access

2:16 a.m. - Assault - Ashley Park

8:48 a.m. - Registration - Birchwood Loop Road

11:08 a.m. - Accident - Lake Hill Drive

One thing I like about human beings is that we’re mostly optimists who believe things will get better. But when it comes to air travel, I don’t think so.

In a never-ending quest to cut costs, commercial airlines will continue to do what they have to do to improve their bottom line. If that means stacking more passengers into the same amount of space, I believe they’ll do it.


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