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.

Municipal Manager George Vakalis wants public input before deciding whether or not to close the Eklutna River Bridge.

The Chugiak/Birchwood/Eagle River Rural Road Service Area Board already expressed its opinion a month ago, when it unanimously passed a motion to recommend closing the bridge permanently.

But, Vakalis said, he wants to hold a town meeting on the subject.

“I just need to know what the impacts would be if we closed it,” Vakalis said Friday, Dec. 9.

To balance last week’s column on Black Friday “shopper-hunters,” we continue this week with a primer on how to strategize and implement tactical Christmas shopping operations. To provide the best very expertise on tactical shopping, I felt it necessary to enlist the aid of my son, David Baker, who I believe has elevated his shopping technique into something of an art form.

Air Force Lt. Col. Dan Knight has worked all around the world — from Colorado Springs to Afghanistan, Germany to Korea — but he told the Chugiak-Eagle River community that there’s something special about the bond between Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and the surrounding communities.

“I think the Anchorage Bowl is the gold standard,” Knight told the chamber during speech on Dec. 7 at the Bear Mountain Grill in Eagle River.

A few weeks ago, John Suter received a children’s book in the mail titled “Flying Poodles A Christmas Story.” Along with the book was a note from author Karen Morss explaining that the Chugiak musher was the inspiration behind the story.

Suter, who gained national attention for running the Iditarod with a team of standard poodles four times from 1988 to 1991, was stunned.

Suter said his first reaction was, “Oh wow.”

“It was quite a pleasant surprise. Shocking actually,” Suter said. “I had no knowledge it existed before then.”

You’ve got to be pretty interesting to keep a classroom full of middle schoolers quiet for 45 minutes. Willy Topkok leaves ‘em speechless.

Well, mostly.

“This guy’s cool!” whispered one of Lisa Andersen’s science students to a friend during a recent presentation by Topkok at Gruening Middle School.

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A log cabin on Eagle River Road caught fire Tuesday afternoon, but two people inside at the time were able to escape without injury.

The blaze was confined to an upstairs area and a section of the roof, according to AFD Station 11 Chief Steve Kostlin.

Neighbors in a passing car spotted the fire and called the fire department, which arrived within five minutes. Witness Jake Heitstuman said he and his mother were driving by when they noticed flames coming from the roof of the cabin, located at 22833 Eagle River Road.

Chugiak senior Isaac Lammers had only his own shadow to fear on Saturday, Dec. 10 on Day 2 of the season-opening Lynx Loppet Nordic ski races at Kincaid Park in Anchorage.

Starting first after winning the Day 1 classic race, Lammers said he didn't know where any of his pursuers were behind him. But at one point midway through the race, he said he thought he must have dislodged a tree branch with a ski pole near the course — causing him to hear a noise directly behind him.

"It spooked me so bad," Lammers said.

For the fourth straight year, Chugiak High sent more band students to the All State Music Festival than any other high school in Alaska.

This year, Chugiak sent 11 band members, four orchestra members and one choir member to the gala concert at West Anchorage High on Nov. 19. Eagle River had four students go to the festival.  

Four Chugiak students earned first-chair honors. Here’s a look at each student:


Mark Landon


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