Elevate you lowly hamburgers with this recipe Ursula Beam picked up in Europe over fifty years go.

1 medium onion (minced)
1 tbsp oleo
1 lb ground beef (moose or caribou)
2 tbsp flour
1 can condensed tomato soup
cup burgundy or claret wine
½ tsp Worcestershire (Worcester) sauce
1 tsp (or more) chili powder
salt & pepper to taste
6 hamburger buns

(Condensed from the Oct. 24, 1962 Knik Arm Courier)

Gene Benito, Civil Defense Director for the Chugiak District, announced that work is beginning today on a school fall-out shelter, which would accommodate 500 people.

Two acres of land adjacent to the (old) Chugiak School have been allocated by the State of Alaska to the Dept. of Civil Defense for the purpose of constructing fall-out shelters.

Icy roads wreak havoc

The first snowfall of the year sent drivers into ditches and one another, according to police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers. Lammers said officers responded to 18 calls for service between Oct. 27 and 30 after the first significant snow. However, only one accident required a trip to the hospital — and that for only minor injuries.

 

Anyone who doubts the benefit of eating fruit should talk to Kaitlin Friedli.

Fueled by a pregame apple, the Chugiak High junior scored a total 355.05 to win the girls state diving title Saturday, Nov. 5 by more than 10 points over runner-up Sophie Hogen of Kodiak.

With just 14 skaters and two goalies on the roster, Eagle River’s hockey team has no room for selfish play.

“With just two lines, we can’t have people running all over the ice doing their own thing,” said head coach Kirby Senden.

Despite its small roster size, Eagle River posted a respectable 2-2 record in the season’s first week after going 2-1 at the Peninsula Ice Challenge last weekend. The Wolves opened that tourney with a 3-0 loss to Soldotna before rallying to pick up a 2-1 win over Kenai Central and a 6-1 win over North Pole.

 Chugiak High School will be the scene of the first Class 4A wrestling tournament of the season this Friday and Saturday Nov. 11 and 12. Wrestling in the annual Bob Bailey tournament begins at 9 a.m. each day.

There will be a lot of well-dressed Chugiak High hockey fans this season.

Because the Mustangs aren’t fielding a junior varsity team for the first time in school history, several of the varsity squad’s 26 players will be donning suits and ties rather than pads during games. But at least they get to practice.

Not wanting to cut the nine would-be JV players, 12th year head coach Rod Wild decided to place them on the varsity roster and develop their skills during practice.

Things are looking up for Chugiak-Eagle River girls hockey, said first-year coach Randall Sperry.

With six returners from last year, a few players that took time off and have rejoined the team and a new addition between the pipes, Chugiak-Eagle River is looking to have its best season, Sperry said following a 2-0 season-opening loss to Dimond-West on Nov. 1. With a 4-2 win over Service-East on Nov. 4, the team improved to 1-1. Starting today, they travel north for a three-game series against Fairbanks.

Ollen Hunt, 88, is a World War II combat veteran, retired Soldier, successful businessman, author and longtime Alaskan.

Drafted in 1942, Hunt was trained in infantry skills and food service.

“I’m a Soldier, I always will be,” Hunt said. “I’ll tell any person ... how happy I am of the companies and what I did.”

Hunt served in Italy, fighting the Nazis with the 92nd Infantry Division.

For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings. — Proverbs 5:21 KJV

“If looks could kill...” This common phase is used often to convey our attitudes and perceptions about outward appearance. Perhaps you have used this statement or have even suffered its cruel criticism.

Looks! Appearances! We can feel warmly embraced by them or kept at a distance through their cold indifference or hateful glare.

‘I’m John Doe’

Anchorage police said they arrested a 22-year-old Anchorage man for two outstanding arrest warrants after he lied about his name during a traffic stop on the Glenn Highway around 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 26.

An officer northbound on the Glenn saw a Honda Accord quickly change lanes and speed up to 80 or 85 mph, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. The officer stopped the car between the Birchwood exits.

Anchorage Police Department calls for Monday, Oct. 31 through Monday, Nov. 7

 

Monday, Oct. 31

10:14 a.m. - Accident - Artillery Road

10:34 a.m. - Accident - Artillery Road

1:21 p.m. - Alarm - Katelyn Circle

3:13 p.m. - Theft - Eagle River Road

8:53 p.m. - Fraud - Business Boulevard

9:23 p.m. - Accident - South Birchwood Loop Road

10:37 p.m. - Accident - East Eagle River Loop Road

 

Tuesday, Nov. 1

I’m probably preaching to the choir, because when I recently asked several people where they would like to live if they could live anywhere in the world, most of them quickly responded: “Alaska.”

But still, it’s sometimes easy to forget just what we have here.

The cynical might say, “Yeah…about six months of cold and dark.”

If that’s the way people felt about it, I wonder why nearly half of those who live here once and relocate, return at some point. Again, that’s my own informal survey after living in Alaska more than six decades.

If you think giving up meat to become either vegan or vegetarian will destroy your chances of eating out — think again. This monthly column explores the vegetarian and vegan opportunities in Eagle River and Anchorage area restaurants. It will also look at other healthy options available in area restaurants like whole grains and low fat.

Lunch at Eagle River Piccolino’s/Greek/Italian Cuisine on the Old Glenn; next to NAPA.

Mary L. Willis, a former resident of Montesano, Washington who had resided in Eagle River, Alaska with her family for the last two years, passed away peacefully at the Elmendorf Hospital Monday, Oct. 31, 2011.

Mrs. Willis was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Raymond A. Willis, a retired Navy veteran who died in 2002. Mrs. Willis was 92 years old at the time of her death. She was born in North Chicago, Illinois on September 7, 1919. She was a longtime member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Montesano.

Longtime Eagle River resident Vernon “Phil” D. Phillips died Oct. 28, 2011 after a battle with Leukemia and complications of COPD. He was 79.

He was born in Camdenton, Mo. in 1932 and served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1961. He ran Phil’s Texaco Service Station in Eagle River for 10 years. He became a truck driver in 1975 and retired from the Teamsters Union in 1998.

Alaska’s representatives in Washington, D.C., aren’t too happy with the recent announcement that 53 civilian workers at Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson will be losing their jobs. And they made their concerns known to the United States Air Force.

“We are extremely concerned about workers impacted by this decision,” said a letter sent to the secretary of the Air Force, Michael Donley, and the Air Force chief of staff, Norton Schwartz, by Rep. Don Young and Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski on Nov. 4.

The Eklutna Bridge is in immediate need of repair, according to an inspection conducted by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities in August.

The bridge, located just past the Thunderbird Falls parking lot, will be a topic of discussion during the Chugiak/Birchwood/Eagle River Rural Road Service Area Board’s meeting Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Eagle River Town Center at 7 p.m.

A little less than a year from now, Rep. Anna Fairclough could be a state senator.

Fairclough, who’s served as Eagle River’s District 17 representative in the state House since 2006, has filed to run for Senate District M. Fairclough, a Republican, is pitted against Sen. Bettye Davis, a Democrat, who’s represented District K for more than a decade.

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