Third time’s a charm.

Chugiak’s co-ed large varsity competitive cheer team won its third consecutive Region IV cheer grand championship on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Chugiak High with a stunning array of aerial stunts that left team members pumping their fists in celebration.

“We’ve never done that good before!” said junior captain Shawnee Wackerman after the team earned a standing ovation for its electric performance.

No other team in the competition came close to Chugiak’s powerful squad, which this year includes six male athletes.

The Alaska Quake basketball season will open Dec. 3 and two members of the Air Force Reserve and Army National Guard can be seen on the roster of Alaska's newest semi-professional basketball team.

Master Sgt. Jonathon Orzechowski, an Air Force Reservist with the 477th Civil Engineer Squadron and SGT Joey Lewis with the Army National Guard' s E Company, 1-207th Aviation, were added to the roster when the team held its try-outs in late August and were on hand at the team's meet and greet Oct. 8 at Begich Middle School in Anchorage.

Recently scientists in Europe claimed they had discovered a sub-atomic particle that travelled faster than the speed of light. This news was met with much skepticism and resistance, since it would undermine the foundational beliefs of modern physics, contradicting the famous formula Einstein set forth a century ago: E=mc2. One scientist commented that you might as well have said you had found a flying carpet.

Lt. Gen. Dana T. Atkins has been named president of The Augusta Chronicle, the paper’s publisher announced Friday.

Atkins will assume his new duties Jan. 3, after his retirement as commander of Alaskan Command, Alaska NORAD Region, Joint Task Force Alaska, and 11th Air Force at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

In today’s busy world, it seems all too often parents are going one direction and kids are going another. As parents, many of us try to keep our kids busy. We want them to excel in school, be active in sports, and develop a sense of pride and ownership of who they are and where they came from. The difficulty for many of us, is finding the time and the opportunity to expose our kids to experiences outside of our everyday routine. We want to reinforce the lessons we’ve taught them, and to introduce them to new experiences that challenge them to learn and grow.

The air was crisp and cold as I biked along the Eklutna Lakeside trail, savoring the very last moments of autumn. The sun was already shining on Bold Peak and the other big mountains to the south, and I knew that as I drew closer to those mountains and into the Eklutna canyon, I would be in shadow for most of the day.

Bruin draws fire in Chugiak

A 25-year-old Chugiak man shot a brown bear as it headed for his house on Oct. 11, Anchorage police said.

Weeping Birch Avenue resident Isaac Krainis told police around 7 p.m. that he heard his dogs barking in the direction of a storage container in the yard, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. So Krainis went out to investigate — “and came face to face with a brown bear,” Shell said. He ran inside to get his gun, then stepped back out to call the dogs.

Anchorage Police Department calls for Tuesday, Oct. 11 through Monday, Oct. 17

Tuesday, Oct. 11

7:22 a.m. - Assault - Glenn Hill Circle

7:40 a.m. - Burglary - East Eagle River Loop Road

8:07 a.m. - Theft - Goliath Drive

9:35 a.m. - Accident - South Birchwood Loop Road

10:23 a.m. - Graffiti - Old Glenn Highway

10:31 a.m. - Threat - Birchwood Loop Road

11:01 a.m. - Hit and run - Business Boulevard

11:10 a.m. - Found item - Spring Brook Drive

American Federation of Government Employees’ Federal Law Enforcement has named Lead Police Officer Douglas Deese as its 2011 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

Deese is a member of AFGE Local 1101.

Officer Deese served on Fort Richardson as a Conservation Officer with the Department of the Army for three years prior to being appointed to his current position as a Lead Police Officer with Department of the Air Force on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

“Residents line up to buy new 4S iPhone.“ That headline, or something to that effect, appeared recently above a story telling about folks getting up very early to be among the first to own the latest electronic marvel. My favorite cable news reporter the same day talked about the phenomenon with the editor of a trade magazine. Why, the interrogator asked the guru guest, should he buy the 4S when he was perfectly satisfied with his 4, knowing all the while that Model 5 would be coming out next month?

John Rodda, who grew up in Eagle River and now runs the Anchorage Parks Department, said he’s never seen vandalism as bad as this summer’s spree.

“It’s excessive,” Rodda told a meeting of the Eagle River community council on Oct. 13 in Eagle River.

Rodda said area vandalism — which began in the spring and has continued at a record pace — has cost the municipality in excess of $20,000 in materials alone. He said that figure is much higher when personnel hours are taken into account.

With the major excavation work finished, “The Mac’s” new look will soon be taking shape.

Over the next couple of weeks, crews from Palmer-based F-E Contracting Inc. will be assembling the steel for upgrades to the Harry J. McDonald Center. The longtime Chugiak-Eagle River hockey venue is in the process of adding an indoor turf field with a track and maintenance shop.

“Right now, it’s just a construction site,” said John Rodda, director of the municipal parks and recreation department. “It doesn’t have an identity.”

Nerissa Friars got arrested for driving under the influence in August even though no alcohol showed up in her system during a breath test at the Anchorage Jail. Outraged, the 32-year-old from Eagle River spent $2,000 on a lawyer, along with the fees associated with getting her 2008 Dodge Charger out of impound. Sure enough, city prosecutors declined to take the case to court: there wasn’t enough evidence.

The case isn’t as straightforward as it sounds. Or that unusual.

Eagle River's skyline could be getting a facelift.

Cook Inlet Housing Authority development finance manager Tyler Robinson told the Eagle River community council last week that the authority is seeking financing for what would be the area's tallest building, a four-story senior housing facility to be located on a vacant lot behind the Eagle River Shopping Center in downtown Eagle River.

“We know we're going to make an impression, but we want that to be a positive one,” Robinson told the council.

Nikiski will face Barrow at Noon today in the ASAA/First National Bank Small-Schools First National Bowll, the first of three state football playoff games at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium in Chugiak.

Also today is a large-schools semifinal match-up between Service and Juneau at 4 p.m. and the Medium-Schools title game between Kenai Central and Homer at 7:30 p.m.

The action isn't all that's going on at Chugiak. Also today, the Region IV cheer competition will take place beginning at 1 p.m. in the Chugiak gym.

Check back for updates.

Former Alaska Speaker of the House Pete Kott, of Eagle River, filed a motion in U.S. District Court on Thursday to change his plea to guilty on one count of bribery in an ongoing corruption case now more than five years old.

When East Anchorage ended Eagle River’s flag football season with a 13-0 win Tuesday, Oct. 11 in the first round of the Cook Inlet Conference playoffs, Wolves head Coach Matt Turner had nothing but positive words for his girls.

“I told them to keep their heads up,” Turner said.

After finishing each of the past two seasons winless, the Wolves went 8-7 this year.

“To be here to this point is just a huge turnaround,” Turner said.

Eagle River, which swept East during the regular season, missed too many passes, Turner said.

Things just never got on track for the Chugiak flag football team, whose season ended in disappointment following a 28-14 loss to West in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference playoffs on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

“It’s a bit indicative of our year,” said Chugiak coach Jon Schroeder, whose team finished the season 7-8.

Chugiak had flashes of brilliance this season — the Mustangs thrashed West 33-0 in their previous meeting — but Schroeder said his squad never managed to reach its full potential on a regular basis.


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