Donna Hightower’s plan didn’t quite work out.

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.

Chugiak-Eagle River’s love of hockey has created a problem — the community doesn’t have enough ice support any additional teams.

“We are pretty much at the saturation level,” Mustangs Hockey Association office manager Molly Gray said.

If MHA’s numbers remain constant — as they have the past five years — another rink will be needed to alleviate the demand on the McDonald Center, Gray said.

“If we’re going to continue to develop our players, we’re going to need more ice,” she said.

It’s time to see who’s the hottest shot in the CIC.

The battle for the Cook Inlet Conference riflery championship gets underway at West High on Friday, Dec. 2 and concludes Saturday, Dec. 3.

On Friday, “B” and “C” teams will shoot at 2:30 p.m. The next day, “A” teams begin their region championship shoot at 9 a.m.

Spectators are welcome to attend, although they must remain in the upstairs viewing area.

Dimond High won the regular season championship by going undefeated in the conference.

Dominic Taus and Logan Sheets each won individual titles at the Robin Hervey tournament in Kodiak on Nov. 18-19.

Taus, a senior ranked sixth in Class 4A at 145 pounds by, wrestled up and won the 152-pound championship.

Sheets, Class 4A’s fourth-ranked 170-pounder, won at 170 pounds, while teammte Nate Gorski placed fourth in the division.

The Wolves were particularly deep at 220-pound class, where Kevin Gilliland was second, Nick Greener third and John Brassell finished fourth.

Chugiak 5, Bartlett 2

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.

The 2011-12 high school Nordic ski season gets underway on Saturday, Dec. 3 with the annual Service Snowball races, the traditional annual kick-off to the season.

According to the Anchorage Nordic Ski Association, trails around the Anchroage bowl are in great shape thanks to persistent early-season snowfall.

This year’s Snowball races will be freestyle sprints. Racing action begins at 11 a.m., with each skier making a 1.8-kilometer qualifying run to determine who moves on to the quarterfinals.

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.

Man in jail suffers break-in

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.

Anchorage Police Department calls for Monday, Nov. 21 through Monday, Nov. 28


Monday, Nov. 21

9:42 a.m. - Accident - Artillery Road

12:25 p.m. - Suspicious circumstances - Tofson Street

1:32 p.m. - Vehicle in distress - Artillery Road

2:12 p.m. - Accident - East Eagle River Loop Road

3:31 p.m. - Warrant arrest - Eagle River Road

3:41 p.m. - Alarm - Kantishna Drive

4:10 p.m. - Drugs - Eagle River Road

4:27 p.m. - Accident - Eagle River Road

(Note: The following story is mostly true. Only a few of its facts have been changed to protect the entertainment value.)


I guess we have to face it. Phone mail is here to stay, and it appears that our incarceration in the world of electronic answering systems has been lengthened to a life sentence.

Harold Eddins

Former Eagle River resident Harold Eddins, of Joshua, Texas, died on November 23, 2011 in Burleson, Texas. He was 83. Services will be held at a later date.

He was born to Eugene Robert and Melinda Catherine Allen Eddins on April 1, 1928, in Lula, Mississippi. He married Delyne Walker on September 1, 1951, in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

“Harold loved her from the minute he saw her until the minute he passed away,” his family said.

Margaret Barenz

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.

Chugiak-Eagle River Star, Issue 48, Volume 45, December 1,2011, Alaska

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.


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