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.

With winter ready to break down autumn’s door and establish its dominance over Alaska, Eagle River Nature Center’s Michael “Gus” Gustafson is doing all he can to prepare The Last Frontier’s youth for disaster.

An explosion in the garage of a Chugiak single-family house caused a fire Friday, Oct. 21 at 19744 Sunset Boulevard that destroyed the family’s garage. The call came in at 9:30 p.m., said Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department spokesman Jeff Hartley, with a crew from CVFD Station 31 on on the scene six minutes later.

Friends of the Library listed its accomplishments for the past year at its annual meeting last week. They were quite impressive. This non-profit, volunteer-run organization raised nearly $80,000, most of which goes toward adding more items to the Anchorage Public Library’s collection, both online and in our neighborhood libraries.

Three women who poured countless hours into creating and sustaining a library in Chugiak-Eagle River were recognized with a dedication ceremony Thursday, Oct. 20.

What’s known today as the Chugiak-Eagle River Branch Library named the children’s section for Billie Moore, the northern collection for Polly Kallenberg and the volunteer program for Kathryn Cotten.

A plaque for each woman was unveiled during the ceremony. Among the roughly 25 friends and family in attendance were Rep. Bill Stoltze, Rep. Anna Fairclough and Anchorage Assemblywoman Debbie Ossiander.

Fueled by Butterfinger, Skittles and Dr. Pepper, zombies, princesses and superheroes roamed the halls of Fire Lake Elementary to kick off the Halloween holiday Friday, Oct. 21. Sugar-high children bounced from one of the fall carnival’s 18 games to the next, wolfed down hot dogs and voted on the top jack-o’-lantern.

And all this fun was had in the name of science.

Trombley, Madubuko are tops in the state

Disgraced former House speaker Pete Kott of Eagle River pled guilty to one count of bribery in federal court today and was sentenced to time already served — about 17 months — and a $10,000 fine.


Durand II, a six-week-old German Shepherd puppy last week made aviation history by being the first dog to fly over the North Pole.

Durand was purchased in Germany by Mrs. Richard Burg of Burg’s Birchwood Kennels in Chugiak and was shipped over SAS Airlines, which flies the North Pole route.

This canine pioneer was named for Durand I, favorite of the Birchwood Kennels who passed away last year.


Whoa, snow!

The Chugiak-Eagle River area was blanketed with more than a foot of new snow, leaving area residents and road crews scrambling to keep up.

A photo on Page 2 of the Oct. 25, 2001 edition of the Star showed Teklanika Drive residents Ron Waisanen and Art Foust working to clear their driveways — Waisanen with a shovel, Foust with a snow blower.

Assistant road foreman Tom Hylton said the area road district had enough money to keep up with what was expected to be an unusually snowy winter.

1 egg
2 tbs milk
1 cup flour (approx)
½ tsp salt
Pinch of pepper

Beat milk and egg together in a bowl
Add salt & pepper
Mix well
Add flour gradually to make very stiff dough
Roll thin as chamois cloth
Let set to dry (1 to 2 hr)
Slice about ½ in wide
Boil with any type meat until tender

Sharon Womac first came to Alaska in 1953.  She and her husband Jay and their two children later rented the Paul Curtis home at mile 22 ½ in Chugiak.

The Eagle River Boys and Girls Club has received a $12,360 grant from the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens.

In a press release announcing the “Graduate to Go” experience grant, Eagle River club manager Tracy Hupe said the money will go a long way toward supporting programs in Eagle River.

“It’s because of partnerships like this that we are able to offer exciting career and college programs that ultimately help inspire our members to stay committed to earn their high school diplomas, dream big and be great,” Hupe said.


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