Air Force Airman Gavin A. Schwartz graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Schwartz 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.

 Navy Seaman Nicole M. Allum, of Eagle River, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Allum completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

Allum is the daughter of Christina M. and Mark E. Allum of Eagle River, and a 2006 graduate of Eagle River High School.

 Sebastien Troy Izatt was born on Nov. 29, 2011 at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. He weighed five pounds, one ounce and is the son of Melissa and Troy Izatt of Chugiak.
 

Norma B. Markley

Peters Creek resident Norma B. Markley died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, at Providence Hospital following complications from a head injury due to a sudden fall. She was 81.

A visitation was held on Dec. 9 in Eagle River, with funeral services on Dec. 10.

Mrs. Markley was born Sept. 2, 1930 in Oakland, Md. and was the youngest daughter of Simon Opel and Elsie Bietzel. In 1948, she married Clayton “Bud” Markley, and together they raised three children, Jack, Dan and Rachel.

Soldiers and Airmen kicked off the holidays at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson with a concert and tree lighting in front of the U.S. Army Alaska headquarters building Dec. 1.

JBER Outdoor Recreation coordinated the event with help from members of military commands on the installation and volunteers.

“We’re happy to assist and show our support for the troops in any way that we can,” said volunteer Cheri Terhorst.

Having been revered as a master for decades and functioning at the top of his game as he approaches 70, Martin Scorsese would seem to have nothing else to prove. So it’s thrilling to see him make a bold, creative leap with “Hugo,” which is not only an unusual family film from him but also his first movie in 3-D.

Hard work pays off.

Tha’s something Carrie Wehmeyer, Christian Alvarez and Gavin Willman can attest to.

Those three were the top team out of nearly 100 Gruening Middle School eighth-graders who competed in a submersible remote operated vehicle (ROV) challenge at Buckner Physical Fitness Center’s pool on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Friday, Dec. 9.

Thirty teams made up of three to four students navigated their ROVs — constructed out of PVC pipe — through an underwater course.

Too bad it’s not fishing season.

For the second week in a row, a huge Chinook arrived in the area, bringing high winds, heavy snow, power outages and icy roads to the area.

The storm’s full force hit on Sunday, Dec. 11, with temperatures soaring into the 40s as the wind began to pick up over the course of the afternoon. First rain, then wet, heavy snow blanketed Chugiak-Eagle River as winds began gusting to as much as 70 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.

Tyler Kearney would love to become a professional bowler someday. So the Barlett High bowler can be excused for acting a bit excited when she was teamed up with two-time Senior Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year Ron Mohr during a unique bowling tournament at Eagle River Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 8.

“I was like, ‘I’m bowling with someone famous!’” said Kearney, a senior. “I felt kinda special.”

Eagle River battled back from a three-goal deficit and scored two third-period goals but came up just short, falling 4-3 to non conference foe Lathrop on Dec. 10 at the McDonald Center.

Trailing 4-1 after two periods, Eagle River came out more energized in the final period, Wolves head coach Kirby Senden said.

“We just had a little more jump in our step,” he said. “The bottom line is they came out with intensity.”

First-year Chugiak Nordic ski coach Mikey Evans is hoping a summer’s worth of workouts can help propel his Nordic ski team to the top of the state heap by winter’s end.

“You have to put in that work,” Evans said on Dec. 10 following the season-opening Lynx Loppet races at Kincaid Park.

Losing your head coach to a rival school might seem like a bad break. But for Eagle River’s Nordic ski team, the departure of Mikey Evans to Chugiak has made room for an up-and-coming young coach to take the helm of a rapidly developing prep program.

“I’m loving it,” said first-year head coach Liz Turner, a 2004 Chugiak graduate who skied collegiately at Division I University of Wyoming and served as an assistant to Evans last season.

Covered head to toe in blue and gold windbreaker pants and jacket, Pat McBride stuck out like … well, a Navy fan among a sea of Army faithful.

McBride and fellow United States Naval Academy graduate Dave Bergman might have been in the extreme minority watching the 112th Army-Navy Game on Saturday, Dec. 10 at Eagle River Ale House, but that didn’t dampen their spirits one bit.

“No matter where you are in the world, you always try to find another guy to watch the game with — even if they’re Army,” quipped Bergman, a 1989 graduate.

Isaiah 45: 4-6: “It is for the sake of my servant Jacob and of Israel … that I have called you by your name, have given you a title though you do not know me” (v. 4)

Matthew 22: 15-22: “‘Give us your opinion, then. Is it permissible to pay taxes to Caesar or not?’ [Jesus replied] ‘Show me the money you pay the tax with.’ They handed him a denarius, and he said, ‘Whose portrait is this? Whose title?’ They replied, ‘Caesar’s.’ Then he said to them, ‘Very well, pay Caesar what belongs to Caesar — and God what belongs to God.’” (vv. 17, 19-21)

Two suspicious fires reported

Anchorage Police Department calls for Monday, Dec. 5 through Monday, Dec. 12:

 

Monday, Dec. 5

9:15 a.m. - Alarm - Second Street

10:43 a.m. - Accident - Eleonora Street

1:13 p.m. - Alarm - Business Boulevard

1:49 p.m. - Accident - Eklutna Lake Road

4:30 p.m. - Accident - Old Glenn Highway

5:06 p.m. - Alarm - Aurora Borealis Road

9:33 p.m. - Registration - Bending Birch Drive

 

Tuesday, Dec. 6

Eagle River could benefit from the more than $500,000 the Anchorage Assembly added to Mayor Dan Sullivan’s proposed 2012 budget.

The Assembly, which passed a $452.3 million budget Dec. 6, added about $79,500 for a records clerk for the Anchorage Police Department. Assembly chair Debbie Ossiander and budget/finance chair Bill Starr are hoping the money will be used to staff the Eagle River substation.

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