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.


A banged-up Eagle River squad finished fourth in the 20-team Service-Dimond tournament over the weekend at Dimond and Service High Schools.

“I can’t be disappointed,” said coach Katie Hulse after her team fell 2-0 to East Anchorage in the third-place match Saturday, Oct. 22. Hulse’s team roared into the Gold division bracket with a solid 5-3 record during Friday’s pool play. The Wolves then picked up 2-0 wins over Valdez and Service on Saturday before falling in back-to-back matches against Dimond and East. Dimond went on to win the Gold division title.

Dimond High’s malfunction is Chugiak’s gain.

Thanks to faulty bleachers in the Lynx home gym, Chugiak will host this year’s Cook Inlet Conference gymnastics meet for the first time in school history Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29. Competition begins at 5 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Glenn Blake, Anchorage School District coordinating principal for gymnastics, confirmed Sept. 9 that Dimond’s bleachers could not open up fully, and that the venue was switched to Chugiak High.

It’s been a decade since we first sent the men and women of our armed forces into combat in the aftermath of 9/11. It’s been the longest continuous combat in our country’s history. And during this decade, there’s been a lot of good-intentioned talk about repaying these incomparable Americans for their service to our country.

I express my profound appreciation to Love in the Name of Christ of Eagle River for their work and outstanding service to the community. They have been a tremendous asset to the State of Alaska. Love INC has displayed love, kindness, and friendship in helping those that are in need. I am proud of the churches that have supported and committed themselves to the cause of Love INC I feel that the people of this community, the city of Anchorage, and the state of Alaska are very proud to know that Love INC continues to meet their needs according to our riches in glory, Jesus Christ.

In the movies when the bad-guy torturer gets out the dentist drill to extract information from his captive, I have to look away. It reminds me too much of my youth, when the only dentist in town probably attended the same school as Nazi Germany’s Josef Mengele. I won’t mention the dentist’s name, but both my older sister and I were so traumatized by his slow drill and ineffective Novocain that we became mortally afraid of dentists for life. For many years my sister needed a sedative just to get into a dentist’s chair.

With winter ready to break down autumn’s door and establish its dominance over Alaska, Eagle River Nature Center’s Michael “Gus” Gustafson is doing all he can to prepare The Last Frontier’s youth for disaster.

An explosion in the garage of a Chugiak single-family house caused a fire Friday, Oct. 21 at 19744 Sunset Boulevard that destroyed the family’s garage. The call came in at 9:30 p.m., said Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department spokesman Jeff Hartley, with a crew from CVFD Station 31 on on the scene six minutes later.

Friends of the Library listed its accomplishments for the past year at its annual meeting last week. They were quite impressive. This non-profit, volunteer-run organization raised nearly $80,000, most of which goes toward adding more items to the Anchorage Public Library’s collection, both online and in our neighborhood libraries.

Three women who poured countless hours into creating and sustaining a library in Chugiak-Eagle River were recognized with a dedication ceremony Thursday, Oct. 20.

What’s known today as the Chugiak-Eagle River Branch Library named the children’s section for Billie Moore, the northern collection for Polly Kallenberg and the volunteer program for Kathryn Cotten.

A plaque for each woman was unveiled during the ceremony. Among the roughly 25 friends and family in attendance were Rep. Bill Stoltze, Rep. Anna Fairclough and Anchorage Assemblywoman Debbie Ossiander.

Fueled by Butterfinger, Skittles and Dr. Pepper, zombies, princesses and superheroes roamed the halls of Fire Lake Elementary to kick off the Halloween holiday Friday, Oct. 21. Sugar-high children bounced from one of the fall carnival’s 18 games to the next, wolfed down hot dogs and voted on the top jack-o’-lantern.

And all this fun was had in the name of science.

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