Things are looking up for Chugiak-Eagle River girls hockey, said first-year coach Randall Sperry.

With six returners from last year, a few players that took time off and have rejoined the team and a new addition between the pipes, Chugiak-Eagle River is looking to have its best season, Sperry said following a 2-0 season-opening loss to Dimond-West on Nov. 1. With a 4-2 win over Service-East on Nov. 4, the team improved to 1-1. Starting today, they travel north for a three-game series against Fairbanks.

Ollen Hunt, 88, is a World War II combat veteran, retired Soldier, successful businessman, author and longtime Alaskan.

Drafted in 1942, Hunt was trained in infantry skills and food service.

“I’m a Soldier, I always will be,” Hunt said. “I’ll tell any person ... how happy I am of the companies and what I did.”

Hunt served in Italy, fighting the Nazis with the 92nd Infantry Division.

For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings. — Proverbs 5:21 KJV

“If looks could kill...” This common phase is used often to convey our attitudes and perceptions about outward appearance. Perhaps you have used this statement or have even suffered its cruel criticism.

Looks! Appearances! We can feel warmly embraced by them or kept at a distance through their cold indifference or hateful glare.

‘I’m John Doe’

Anchorage police said they arrested a 22-year-old Anchorage man for two outstanding arrest warrants after he lied about his name during a traffic stop on the Glenn Highway around 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 26.

An officer northbound on the Glenn saw a Honda Accord quickly change lanes and speed up to 80 or 85 mph, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. The officer stopped the car between the Birchwood exits.

Anchorage Police Department calls for Monday, Oct. 31 through Monday, Nov. 7


Monday, Oct. 31

10:14 a.m. - Accident - Artillery Road

10:34 a.m. - Accident - Artillery Road

1:21 p.m. - Alarm - Katelyn Circle

3:13 p.m. - Theft - Eagle River Road

8:53 p.m. - Fraud - Business Boulevard

9:23 p.m. - Accident - South Birchwood Loop Road

10:37 p.m. - Accident - East Eagle River Loop Road


Tuesday, Nov. 1

I’m probably preaching to the choir, because when I recently asked several people where they would like to live if they could live anywhere in the world, most of them quickly responded: “Alaska.”

But still, it’s sometimes easy to forget just what we have here.

The cynical might say, “Yeah…about six months of cold and dark.”

If that’s the way people felt about it, I wonder why nearly half of those who live here once and relocate, return at some point. Again, that’s my own informal survey after living in Alaska more than six decades.

If you think giving up meat to become either vegan or vegetarian will destroy your chances of eating out — think again. This monthly column explores the vegetarian and vegan opportunities in Eagle River and Anchorage area restaurants. It will also look at other healthy options available in area restaurants like whole grains and low fat.

Lunch at Eagle River Piccolino’s/Greek/Italian Cuisine on the Old Glenn; next to NAPA.

Mary L. Willis, a former resident of Montesano, Washington who had resided in Eagle River, Alaska with her family for the last two years, passed away peacefully at the Elmendorf Hospital Monday, Oct. 31, 2011.

Mrs. Willis was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Raymond A. Willis, a retired Navy veteran who died in 2002. Mrs. Willis was 92 years old at the time of her death. She was born in North Chicago, Illinois on September 7, 1919. She was a longtime member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Montesano.

Longtime Eagle River resident Vernon “Phil” D. Phillips died Oct. 28, 2011 after a battle with Leukemia and complications of COPD. He was 79.

He was born in Camdenton, Mo. in 1932 and served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1961. He ran Phil’s Texaco Service Station in Eagle River for 10 years. He became a truck driver in 1975 and retired from the Teamsters Union in 1998.

Alaska’s representatives in Washington, D.C., aren’t too happy with the recent announcement that 53 civilian workers at Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson will be losing their jobs. And they made their concerns known to the United States Air Force.

“We are extremely concerned about workers impacted by this decision,” said a letter sent to the secretary of the Air Force, Michael Donley, and the Air Force chief of staff, Norton Schwartz, by Rep. Don Young and Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski on Nov. 4.

The Eklutna Bridge is in immediate need of repair, according to an inspection conducted by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities in August.

The bridge, located just past the Thunderbird Falls parking lot, will be a topic of discussion during the Chugiak/Birchwood/Eagle River Rural Road Service Area Board’s meeting Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Eagle River Town Center at 7 p.m.

A little less than a year from now, Rep. Anna Fairclough could be a state senator.

Fairclough, who’s served as Eagle River’s District 17 representative in the state House since 2006, has filed to run for Senate District M. Fairclough, a Republican, is pitted against Sen. Bettye Davis, a Democrat, who’s represented District K for more than a decade.

A massive swath of land at the confluence of the Knik and Matanuska Rivers has been set aside for conservation thanks to a $1.95 million land deal signed Friday, Nov. 4 by Eklutna, Inc. Board President Michael Curry.

The deal, which was announced earlier in the week, will set aside approximately 4,800 acres of land as a conservation easement.

“It’s a glorious day for us to set that aside,” said Eklutna CEO Curtis McQueen.

The Alaska Baseball League team formerly known as the AIA Fire will be christned anew Thursday, Nov. 10 at an organizational meeting for the team at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and include discussions on committees and the team's structure. Athletes In Action, a faith-based athletic organization based in Ohio, announced last fall that it would move its ABL team to Loretta French Park for the 2012 season.

Kelly Cobb, whose prowess on the soccer field at Chugiak High made her one of the most feared strikers in Alaska history, now has proof she's also one of the Atlantic Coast Conference's best players.

Cobb, a 5-foot-9 forward from Peters Creek, was named second-team All-ACC last week after a vote of the league's coaches. She was also named to the league's all-freshman team after leading the Blue Devils with 10 goals and 27 total points during the regular season.

Chugiak's Katilyn Friedli won her first state diving title at the ASAA Alaska State Swimming and Diving Championships at Bartlett High on Saturday, Nov. 5. 

Friedli scored 355.05 points to beat Kodiak's Sophie Hogen by more than 10 points. Chugiak's Sammy Burke finished third in the girls' 100 freestyle race for the top Chugiak swimming performance.

Chugiak's boys 200 medley relay team of Andrew Espe, Ethan Espe, Derek Cluff and Grant Ensign placed sixth in a time of 1:44.27 to break their own school record in the event.


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