Wolves attack Wooly

Homesteader Til Wallace — and his mule — were mourning the loss of a “feisty” sheep named Wooly, according to a story in the Dec. 30, 2010 edition of the Alaska Star.

Wooly had a special bond with a mule named Molly, which wasn’t bothered by the sheep despite her normally ornery temperament. But that bond was broken when a pack of wolves apparently attacked the sheep in mid-December.

Wallace found Wooly badly injured on Dec. 17, and brought it to veterinarian John Tuomi in Palmer. But the sheep could not be saved.

 Robert Meyer, 18, became an Eagle Scout on Oct. 4, 2011. Meyer, a member of Troop 27, repaired the fence at Turner Park for his Eagle project. He is the son of Tanya and Scott Meyer of Eagle River.

 Eagle River’s Steven Puterbaugh, 17, received his Eagle Scout award on Dec. 20, 2011. Puterbaugh is the son of Steve and Katie Puterbugh and is a member of Troop 219. For his Eagle project, Puterbaugh installed a new foundation to a swing set at Mirror Lake Park.

Everyone has an obsession of sorts, like watching old episodes of Seinfeld on television, eating chocolate, or playing with the iPhone.

My obsession is my driveway, as in keeping it clear of snow and down to asphalt. Impossible with the kind of weather we’ve been having? Certainly. But that doesn’t stop me from trying.

“Why?” You might ask.

I don’t know. Does anyone really have a good answer for why they are enslaved by their particular obsession? My wife and I both have four-wheel drive vehicles and can get up our driveway through snow drifts.

Gotta get me some sleep

A man who said he hadn’t slept in more than 50 hours was reported as “suspicious” by an employee of O’Reilly Auto Parts store on the Old Glenn Highway on Dec. 16, Anchorage police said.

The man appeared intoxicated, the employee told police. But when officers showed up, the man told them he was an insomniac, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. He passed all field sobriety tests, though he did become “increasingly more nervous,” Lammers said. The officers brought the man back home and told an adult son about the situation.

 

Anchorage Police Department calls for Monday, Dec. 19 through Monday, Dec. 26

 

Monday, Dec. 19

2:43 p.m. - Driving while license suspended - Old Glenn Highway

3:24 p.m. - Vehicle tampering - Regency Drive

3:49 p.m. - Traffic violation - Old Glenn Highway

11:41 p.m. - Registration - Eagle River Road

 

Tuesday, Dec. 20

3:25 a.m. - Alarm - Buttermilk Way

From the championships to the controversies, local athletes made plenty of headlines in 2011. Here’s how it all went down:

January

Eagle River’s Kinsey Loan earned a trip to the Ski and Snowboard World Championships in Estonia after the Chugiak High senior won a silver medal at the U.S. National Championships in Maine.

Chugiak’s Jake Berkowitz won the Copper Basin 300 sled dog race, arriving at the Paxson finish line six minutes ahead of Lance Mackey.

New Eagle River football field general Jason Brewer plans to bring a no-nonsense coaching style, enthusiasm and plenty of experience to the job when he takes over in the fall.

“The kids know me, the kids know what I’m about,” said Brewer, who previously served for two years as an assistant under Kenny Ray. “I’m about discipline and having fun.”

Brewer isn’t technically a general, but he did recently wrap up his Army career as a 1st lieutenant who returned from a tour in Pakistan and Afghanistan last fall. He recently took a new job with the National Guard.

Bridges new and old, legislators coming and going and a major plane crash were among the headlines this year in Chugiak-Eagle River. In case you missed them, here’s a month-by-month account of the biggest stories to appear this year in the Star:

 

January

A new law allowing fireworks in the Municipality of Anchorage on New Years Eve led to dozens of complaints following a loud holiday celebration. The only major injury reported, however, was when an Eagle River airman lost his hand in a fireworks-related mishap.

 

Susie Gorski can finally put away her paint cans.

The Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce executive director had made sprucing up the old plywood “Welcome to Eagle River” sign an annual rite of spring.

“It was just tired,” Gorski said of the old sign.

Thanks to the work of several community members — and a $19,000 grant from British Petroleum — the iconic wooden sign in Chief Alex Park was recently replaced with a brand-spanking-new welcome sign that’s sure to become the area’s newest big attraction.

CER Star December 29, 2011 Issue 52, Volume XL

New Eagle River football field general Jason Brewer plans to bring a no-nonsense coaching style, enthusiasm and plenty of experience to the job when he takes over in the fall.

“The kids know me, the kids know what I’m about,” said Brewer, who previously served for two years as an assistant under Kenny Ray. “I’m about discipline and having fun.”

Brewer isn’t really a general, but he did recently wrap up his Army career as a 1st lieutenant who returned from a tour in Pakistan and Afghanistan last fall. He recently took a new job with the National Guard.

 Major Matt Leveque, deputy director of the Alaska State Troopers, completed a Master of Arts degree in Security Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security on Dec. 16.

 Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Kimberly M. Hatzis graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Hatziz completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

“We’re losing too many of our old timers and their personal histories!”

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