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.

A heated winter sand storage building and drainage improvements for The Tablelands subdivision are priorities for Assembly chair Debbie Ossiander.

With recommendations from Ossiander and Assemblyman Bill Starr — each of whom represents Chugiak-Eagle River — Mayor Dan Sullivan wants to ask the state Legislature for $3 million for The Tablelands and $1.2 million for a sand storage facility in his fiscal year 2013 budget requests.

Having promoted more than 500 concerts involving more than 300 artists, Eagle River’s Mike McCormick is well known from Anchorage to Palmer.

Turns out the rest of the state knows him, too.

After receiving nominations from Fairbanks to Homer, McCormick was recently honored with a Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities.

McCormick, owner of Whistling Swan Productions, received the business leadership award Oct. 19. McCormick said he had no clue he had been nominated.

“It was a total surprise,” he said.

A howling wind, blowing snow and freezing temperatures couldn’t knock the grin off Isaac Lammers’ face on Sunday, Oct. 30.

“It’s just great being back on snow,” said Lammers, a Chugiak High School senior who was one of a couple dozen local skiers who took part in a Nordic ski camp over the weekend put on by Alaska Nordic Racing (ANR) at Hatcher Pass.

Lammers, who skis competitively for both the Chugiak-based club and his high school team, said he’s been skiing at the popular early-winter destination since the snow started to fly two weeks ago.

November 3, 2011 Chugiak-Eagle River Star Issue 44 Volume Number XL


From The Knik Arm Courier, Aug 17, 1960:

Fire completely gutted a frame cabin belonging to J. Johnson at Mile 14 (behind the Town House Bar). A Mr. McGaven occupied the cabin that was used as a residence. The fire had apparently started in some clothing beside the bed and spread to the mattress.

The Chugiak Fire Company responded to the call but was unable to use the Jeep pumper, as that piece of equipment was not in working order. Hand extinguishers were not enough to bring the fire under control.

1 ½ cups flour
3 tbs cocoa
1 cup sugar
1 tsp soda
½ tsp salt

Mix these ingredients together and sift into an ungreased pan.
Make 3 holes in the sifted mixture
Pour into: 1st hole - 6 tsp melted shortening
                2nd hole - 1 tsp vanilla
                3rd hole     - 1 tsp vinegar
Pour over all:  1 cup cold water.
Mix well with fork.
Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

Marty Lang is a brave man.

Eagle River High’s principal gave students the opportunity to dunk him in a tank of water as many times as possible in 30 minutes at the school’s annual fall carnival Friday, Oct. 21. Lang estimated he was dropped 25 to 30 times, though no one was more eager to ensure the school’s top administrator was sopping wet than his son, Lang said.

The student-government facilitated event gave all Eagle River clubs an opportunity to raise funds.

Anchorage Assembly member and Title 21 committee chair Debbie Ossiander has a goal: Have the entire municipal land use code rewrite — including a Chugiak-Eagle River-specific chapter — in front of the Assembly for a vote within six months.

Before a vote, the Planning and Zoning Commission and Title 21 committee must review all chapters.

Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska) wouldn’t mind seeing American military bases around the world shut down — with a catch.

“I really want the troops to come to the state of Alaska,” Young said on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at a meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce at the Bear Mountain Grill.

Young was speaking in response to a question about America’s large number of bases abroad, and whether he thinks some of those bases can be shuttered.

“We don’t need troops in Germany,” Young said.

Chugiak’s Samantha Burke is the top local swimmer heading into this weekend’s Cook Inlet Conference Swim/Dive meet at Bartlett High, which begins today with diving preliminaries and continues Friday with swimming prelims. Finals for both swimming and diving will be held Saturday, Oct. 29.

Entering the meet, Burke is ranked among the top four swimmers in the CIC in six different events, including the 200 free, 50 free, 100 fly, 100 free, 500 free and 100 back. No other local swimmer has posted a top-4 CIC time this season in more than one event.


A banged-up Eagle River squad finished fourth in the 20-team Service-Dimond tournament over the weekend at Dimond and Service High Schools.

“I can’t be disappointed,” said coach Katie Hulse after her team fell 2-0 to East Anchorage in the third-place match Saturday, Oct. 22. Hulse’s team roared into the Gold division bracket with a solid 5-3 record during Friday’s pool play. The Wolves then picked up 2-0 wins over Valdez and Service on Saturday before falling in back-to-back matches against Dimond and East. Dimond went on to win the Gold division title.

Dimond High’s malfunction is Chugiak’s gain.

Thanks to faulty bleachers in the Lynx home gym, Chugiak will host this year’s Cook Inlet Conference gymnastics meet for the first time in school history Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29. Competition begins at 5 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Glenn Blake, Anchorage School District coordinating principal for gymnastics, confirmed Sept. 9 that Dimond’s bleachers could not open up fully, and that the venue was switched to Chugiak High.

It’s been a decade since we first sent the men and women of our armed forces into combat in the aftermath of 9/11. It’s been the longest continuous combat in our country’s history. And during this decade, there’s been a lot of good-intentioned talk about repaying these incomparable Americans for their service to our country.

I express my profound appreciation to Love in the Name of Christ of Eagle River for their work and outstanding service to the community. They have been a tremendous asset to the State of Alaska. Love INC has displayed love, kindness, and friendship in helping those that are in need. I am proud of the churches that have supported and committed themselves to the cause of Love INC I feel that the people of this community, the city of Anchorage, and the state of Alaska are very proud to know that Love INC continues to meet their needs according to our riches in glory, Jesus Christ.

In the movies when the bad-guy torturer gets out the dentist drill to extract information from his captive, I have to look away. It reminds me too much of my youth, when the only dentist in town probably attended the same school as Nazi Germany’s Josef Mengele. I won’t mention the dentist’s name, but both my older sister and I were so traumatized by his slow drill and ineffective Novocain that we became mortally afraid of dentists for life. For many years my sister needed a sedative just to get into a dentist’s chair.


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