“Blue!” he exclaimed, as he made the fifth attempt to force the crayon between my lips. This is where my master’s degree has taken me. The 13-hour days, crippling student loans and late nights spent writing 50-page essays on primitive post-modernism in 16th century conquistador narratives have all lead to this: my hand covered in drool as I attempt to illustrate proper crayon techniques to a 9-month-old child. If he stops attempting to choke me with paraffin, I’ll talk to his mother about the early childhood literacy program planned for next month. This might sound stressful.

Pianist Kevin Barnett played his first paying gig in fifth grade: a performance of “Taps” at the local American Legion hall.

Barnett never looked back.

Today the 52-year-old Eagle River resident has played piano from New York City to Hawaii, Korea to the Czech Republic. Barnett played for 21 years in Air Force bands. He’s performed with rock and roller Del Shannon and pop group Joey Dee and the Starlighters. He released his first album last year.

Sara Eliassen was very active in tour local Girl Sout program in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
This recipe is one she gave the leaders who would be taking their troops to summer camp.
Sara was from Alabama, and so the name

• 1 32 oz. can applesauce
• 1 package gingerbread mix
• 4 tablespoons Oleo
• cinnamon

From the Knik Arm Courier, June 22, 1960:
Bear, trespassers beset homeowner

When a bear tore up his camp at his remote mountain homestead, Til Wallace of Chugiak figured that was one of the hazards of the game and figured to make Mr. bear pay for his damage with hide and meat.

However, by the time he was able to borrow a suitable gun and return, he found a very frustrating situation. It seems that the story of the wayward bear had reached the ears of a couple of soldiers who had been hunting unsuccessfully and they decided to go after him.

Man slain by mail bomb

A package bomb exploded at a home in Eklutna Heights, killing David Kerr and critically injuring his wife, Michelle.

Kerr was the father of George Kerr, a primary witness in the murder trials of Douglas Gustafson and Raymond D. Cheely Jr. for the slaying of Jeffrey Cain on the Glenn Highway.

A 5-year-old neighbor boy witnessed the explosion.

 

There are subtle but obvious differences between locally-grown produce and that which is trucked thousands of miles before reaching Alaska.

“It just has more of that crunch,” said Mikayla Sanchez, a student in Kathy Vik’s family and consumer science class at Chugiak High.

As she spoke, Sanchez and her classmates munched on leafy green lettuce and bright orange carrots grown just up the road in Palmer. The fresh veggies were left over from a lunchtime salad giveaway the class held for their fellow Chugiak students.

Happy birthday, Kelechi Madubuko and Danton Evilsizer.

With Evilsizer’s birthday coming up Sept. 17 — the day of Eagle River’s homecoming game against East — and Madubuko’s the day before, activities clerk Colleen Deese joked she would get the game moved from Chugiak’s Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium to the Wolves’ home field as a present for the seniors.

The boys better send a thank-you note.

Through the first seven games of the flag football season, Chugiak and Eagle River had identical 3-4 records in the Cook Inlet Conference, which has a 14-game regular season. Chugiak’s second half begins with a home game against Dimond Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. That same Saturday, Eagle River plays East at noon at Eagle River. Both teams are also in action Sept. 20, with Chugiak hosting East at 5 p.m. and the Wolves playing South at Chugiak at 8 p.m.

Eagle River has also been hot lately, picking up back-to-back victories against Service and West. The team will celebrate by dishing out hot cakes at its annual pancake feed on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 8 a.m. until noon at the Eagle River Elks Club. Coach Katie Hulse said the event is the team’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

“It’s always fun,” Hulse said.

Cost is $5 per person or $20 per family.

 

Eagle River 3, West 1

Eagle River pushed its record to 4-4 with a up-and-down four-set win (25-22, 25-20, 17-25, 25-20) over West on Sept. 13.

 

Chugiak’s volleyball team has opened the season on a roll. Now the Mustangs will find out how they stack up against the nation’s best in Sin City.

The Mustangs left in the early-morning hours of Sept. 14 for Las Vegas, where they’ll be participating in the 48-team Durango Fall Classic Sept. 16-17. Chugiak coach Kelly Kavanaugh said the tournament brings together some of the top volleyball teams in the country.

“It’s one of the premier early season high school tournaments in the country,” Kavanaugh said via e-mail on Sept. 12.

Kelly Cobb continues to amaze those who are getting their first look at the precocious 19-year-old Duke University freshman soccer player. 

Cobb, a 2011 Chugiak High graduate from Peters Creek, earned national Player of the Week honors from both TopDrawerSoccer.com and Soccer America magazine after posting two more eye-popping games in a pair of victories for the No. 4-ranked Blue Devils (7-1-0).

Tennis season is moving indoors — sort of.

Chugiak’s gymnastics team limped to a second-place finish in a tri-meet with South and East on Sept. 9 at Dimond.

Once the dust literally settled following the Palmer Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 10, David McPhetres was all smiles. The Chugiak High sophomore finished 10th overall in a time of 16 minutes, 39 seconds, reaching one of his goals of cracking the top 10 this season.

Chugiak snapped a two-game losing streak with a 35-7 Homecoming win over Colony Saturday, Sept. 10 in a non-conference football game at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.

“This is really a confidence booster for us,” said Chugiak lineman Kody Trombley.

Eagle River didn’t have an answer for West Anchorage’s Lamarr Brown.

The senior wide receiver caught six passes for 198 yards and four touchdowns in the Eagles’ 39-13 Cook Inlet Conference win over the Wolves on Sept. 9 at Anchorage Football Stadium.

“To everything there is a season and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven.” (Eccl. 3:1 AMP)

We’ve all faced times in our life when everything we attempt to do will seem to go wrong. We may be very confident that our faith is very strong and our commitment is deep, yet adversity comes knocking on our door. In such times, the power of prayer will always strengthen and stabilize us. Tears are cried and distress calls are aimed at Heaven’s throne for God to intervene. But we can’t pray away life’s seasons!

Bowling ball bag toss lands man in jail

A 25-year-old Eagle River man told Anchorage police he drank 24 beers before reportedly tossing his bowling bag through the commercial-grade double pane window at Eagle River Bingo and Casino, located in Eagle River Bowl. Witnesses told police that Joshua Clark threw the bag through the window during a disturbance around 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 1, police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said.

Anchorage Police Department calls for Tuesday. Sept. 6 through Monday, Sept. 12

 

Tuesday, Sept. 6

8:04 am. - Burglary - Kullberg Drive

8:51 a.m. - Registration - North Eagle River Access

10:37 a.m. - DOA - White Birch Road

5:35 p.m. - Theft - Old Glenn Highway

7:12 p.m. - Warrant arrest - North Eagle River Access

10:57 p.m. - Vandalism - Riddell Circle

 

Wednesday, Sept. 7

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