Eagle Academy Charter School third-grader Addison Strzempka looks skyward during a balloon release at the school timed to coincide with Red Ribbon Week, which was Oct. 22-30. Students at the school wrote pledges to stay free of drugs, then released the pledges inside red balloons.

With “In Time,” writer-director Andrew Niccol takes a clever, compelling idea — that time is currency and you can buy your way to immortality or die broke — and beats it into the ground.

1 cup cranberries (wild ones work well)

¼ cup walnuts, chopped

1 egg

2 tbs shorting

¼ cup sugar (first)

½ cup sugar (second)

¼ cup melted oleo


Grease well an 8 inch pie plate. Spread berries over bottom. Sprinkle with ¼ cup sugar and the nuts.

Beat egg well. Add ½ cup sugar gradually and beat well. Add flour, melted oleo and shorting. Beat well.


From the Nov. 9, 1960 Knik Arm Courier

Jinny Kirk

Dennis Bel Isle


A telephone receiver left off the hook resulted in the total destruction by fire of the home of the Thomas DiNatale family of Birchwood.

Teachers mount picket line protest

A front-page story in the Oct. 31, 1991 Chugiak-Eagle River Star showed about a dozen teachers picketing on the Old Glenn Highway to protest an ongoing contract dispute.

“All we want is a fair contract,” read one sign, carried by teacher Geno Cherry.

Teachers had been working without a contract since the end of the last school year, and teachers said they were on the verge of a strike if a new contract settlement could not be reached.

Kenny Ray is stepping down as head coach of Eagle River High’s football program after three seasons.

Ray, 61, said the decision to resign from his coaching post is something he’s mulled over while simultaneously considering retiring from his position as financial data control clerk at ERHS.

“I’m getting ready to retire,” Ray said. “I’ve got a life-changing decision to make.”

Ray said he hasn’t decided whether or not this will be his final year as an ERHS employee.

Ray said serving as football coach is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year job.

Both Chugiak and Eagle River will enter today’s first-round Cook Inlet Conference Tournament matches at Service High coming off convincing victories in their season finales. Chugiak defeated West 3-1 on Oct. 29, while the Wolves took out Bartlett 3-0 that same night.

Eagle River finished 7-7 in the CIC this season, while Chugiak posted a 10-4 conference mark.

Fourth-seeded Eagle River’s tourney begins at 4 p.m. today with a battle against No. 5 East (6-8), a team that swept the Wolves during he regular season.

A total of 16 Chugiak High and two Eagle River High swimmers qualified for state. Chugiak’s Kaitlin Friedli was the lone local diver to qualify for state. With a score of 354.30 in the Cook Inlet Conference meet, Friedli enters state as the top diver.

Bartlett will host the state meet. Swimming preliminaries begin Friday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. Girls diving preliminaries start at 3:30 p.m. followed by boys diving.

Girls diving semifinals start at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 followed by the boys. Swimming and diving finals start at 1 p.m.

Talk about a three-fer.

When Chugiak’s Alex Collins landed awkwardly on a dismount from the uneven parallel bars in practice three days prior to the Cook Inlet Conference gymnastics meet, her coached fear the worst.

As the military changes and adapts, so must military members. Deployments are the norm in today’s military, and with new physical fitness standards, every service member must remain “fit to fight.”

One Airman from the 673d Medical Group has embraced this new lifestyle, losing more than 55 pounds in the last two years, 20 pounds of that in the last three months.

It appears we have made it through another fall season. The kids have conquered the benchmark first quarter of school, and the parents have survived another round of parent teacher conferences; though some kids would argue they were the ones that survived those same conferences. Many Alaskans have their PFDs tucked safely away in their bank accounts, and even more have embraced their duty to stimulate the economy. Regardless of the benchmark one uses to leave one season behind and welcome another, there is no doubt the holiday season is quickly approaching.

Peters Creek park assault reported

A male victim told Anchorage police on Oct. 23 that he was assaulted by three white male adults near Peters Creek Community Park. The victim said he didn’t know his assailants. He told police the trio punched him on his face and upper chest, police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said. The victim, who declined medical attention, had visible injuries on his face, neck and upper chest, Parker said. No suspects could be located. No reason for the assault was reported, Parker said.


Anchorage Police Department calls for Monday, Oct. 24 through Monday, Oct. 31


Monday, Oct. 24

8:05 a.m. - Theft - Lacey Drive

8:32 a.m. - Accident - South Birchwood Loop Road

10:37 a.m. - DWI - Artillery Road


Tuesday, Oct. 25

12:52 a.m. - Driving while license suspended - North Eagle River Access

8:03 a.m. - Alarm - Snowmobile Lane

8:10 a.m. - Alarm - Prince Circle

9:58 a.m. - Burglary - Melody Lane

 Longtime Eagle River resident Vernon “Phil” D. Phillips died on Oct. 28, 2011. He was 79.

Memorial services will be held at 2:30 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church of Eagle River, pastor Todd Burgess officiating.

Eagle River’s Holly Darbous and Shane White were engaged on July 2, 2011 in Eklutna. Their wedding will be held July 7, 2012 in Moose Pass.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Lee and DJ Darbous of Eagle River. She is a 2006 graduate of Chugiak High School and works at Cook Inlet Housing Authority. She enjoys reading, hiking, going to the cabin and spending time with Shane and their two dogs, Bentley and Bruin.

This piece has appeared in the Star before, but I think it merits an encore in that it’s relevant to our physical and mental health. If you adopt a calendar that I’ve been using for years, you’ll learn that winter is really only three months long.

So at the risk of sounding delusional, which is not a rarity for Alaskans wearily resigned to winter’s dark cocoon, here is how I apportion the 12 months—a guaranteed sanity preserver— provided you are ready and able to do one thing: go outdoors.


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