The lifelong Alaskan was going to work at an Anchorage post office for a year before attending college. On Friday, Dec. 2, Hightower’s nearly four-decade career as a U.S. Postal Service employee will come to an end.
Hightower — who was born and raised in Eagle River — has spent 34 of her nearly 37 years at her hometown post office. Hightower said she was the sixth clerk hired at the first Eagle River post office.
Hightower is just one of two current employees who worked at the original Eagle River location.
Josiah Steff, Kris Tomazevic, Hunter Hanson, Josh Smith and Connor Hetzel each notched goals in Chugiak’s 5-2 CIC win over Bartlett on Nov. 29 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. Matt Bennett made 14 saves to earn the win.
Chugiak 2, West 0
Joey Lindquist posted a 23-save shutout while Ted Walters and Kris Tomazevic scored goals to give Chugiak a 2-0 win over West on Nov. 22 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.
More than 120 Alaska Army National Guardsmen said goodbye to family and friends at a departure ceremony held Saturday, Nov. 26 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
The soldiers of B Company, 1st Battalion, 143rd Infantry (Airborne) Regiment are headed to Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center in Indiana before deploying to Afghanistan for a year. At Camp Atterbury, the soldiers will receive their final pre-mobilization and validation training, according to a press release.
Well, it was another successful Thanksgiving Day at the Eagle River Lion’s Clubhouse. The turkey was plentiful, the ham was hot, the stuffing was fluffy, and deserts were everywhere. This year, like so many, the banquet room was packed and the community showed up in force. People from all different walks of life came together to share a meal, visit with neighbors, and take part in a community event that reminds us all what the Chugiak-Eagle River community is all about.
Anchorage police said they responded to a report of a burglary at an efficiency apartment above a garage on Jamie Drive in Eagle River on Nov. 20. The tenant, it was later determined, was in jail, police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said. His landlady called police because she noticed someone had apparently broken into the front door of the apartment and also ripped some trim off the inside of the doorway, Parker said.
Eagle River resident Margaret Barenz died on November 14, 2011. She was 81.
A celebration of life was held Nov. 27 at the Kings Way Assembly of God in Eagle River.
Mrs. Barenz was born April, 3, 1930, in Marshall County, Indiana, to Harry and Lily Haines. She moved to Alaska in 1960 and lived in Fairbanks, Nome, Valdez, Tok, Anchorage and Eagle River. She enjoyed raising money for her church and helping the less fortunate.
Friday, Dec. 2
11:30 a.m. — First National Bank gingerbread house contest judging, First National Bank (11412 Business Boulevard)
2 to 6 p.m. — Merry Merchant Munch (see map)
5:30 to 8 p.m. — Winter Wonderland caroling, free sleigh rides and free refreshments, Town Square Park
7 p.m. — Santa arrives/tree lighting ceremony, Town Square Park
In Afghanistan, the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division will be conducting operations in order to support and increase the security of Afghan national forces, said First Sgt. Aaron Spahl.
The approximately 3,500 troops, whose nickname is the “Spartans,” will focus on training and mentoring Afghan national forces, Spahl said.
Heading into hostile territory is nothing new for Brian Flanagan, a member of the Army's 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, who is about to ship out on his fourth tour of duty overseas. But this time around, leaving home will be especially tough.
"Every one has its own challenges," Flanagan said shortly before a deployment ceremony for the 3,500-member brigade at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage on Tuesday, Nov. 29.
This time around, Flanagan will be leaving not just the safety of home, but a newborn son, 3-month-old Colin.