David McPhetres finished third to lead Chugiak's boys cross country team to a second place overall finish at the Cook Inlet Conference Championships on Saturday at Kincaid Park.

Isaac Lammers was sixth for Chugiak and Brady Sanders was 10th.Tim Sorensen (16th) and Alex Loan (25th) rounded out Chugiak's top five finishers.

Eagle River's Brandon King was 11th to earn his second consecutive state berth as an individual. Freshman Ben Hall finished 18th for the Wolves, while Alex Smith was 24th, Ben Smith finished 40th and Bryce Wolery was 45th.

Eagle River's girls cross country team has made history.

Led by a seventh-place finish by senior Evy Hail, the Wolves finished third as a team at Saturday's Cook Inlet Conference Championships at Kincaid Park to earn the school's first team berth at the state meet.

The top four teams (and any other individuals in the top 15 spots) earn automatic berths to state, which will be held next Saturday at Bartlett.

Chugiak's Samantha Hartke will join the Wolves' girls at state after finishing 12th to earn an automatic state berth.

Eagle River hung with the conference’s best team for much of the first half of a wild 66-36 Service win at Chugiak’s Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium Friday night.
The Wolves (1-6 overall, 1-5 Cook Inlet Conference) trailed the undefeated Cougars just 21-12 after the first quarter thanks to a 50-yard Josh Vanderlooven kickoff return and 55-yard run by Ed Hall.

Chugiak is back in the win column.

Just two days after getting word that their three previous victories would be wiped away due to the use of an ineligible player, the Chugiak Mustangs played their best game of the season in a 34-32 victory over West at Anchorage Football Stadium.

"I've never been prouder of a group of kids," Chugiak coach Duncan Shackelford said after his team improved to 1-6 overall and 1-5 in the Cook Inlet Conference.

 Chugiak football coach Duncan Shackelford said Thursday that the Mustangs varsity team must forfeit all three wins from earlier this season due to the use of an ineligible player.

Shackelford said he told the team about the situation after Wednesday’s practice.

“Toughest 10 minutes of my life,” Shackelford said.

Up until Wednesday, Chugiak was 3-3 overall and 2-3 in the Cook Inlet Conference. The Mustangs are now officially 0-6 overall and 0-5 in the CIC and are no longer in contention for a playoff berth.

Eagle River’s Daniel J. Remillard has been named a semifinalist for the 57th National Merit Scholarship Program. Remillard is one of about 16,000 semifinalists nationwide in the running for 8,300 2012 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million.

Callison Lucille Oistad was born August 26, 2011 at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. She weighed seven pounds, three ounces. She is the daughter of Cynthia Gitling Oistad and Wesley Keith Oistad of Eagle River.

On Monday night, the world got to hear what folks in Chugiak have known for a long, long time.

Mike Christensen can really sing.

Christensen, a 2004 Chugiak High graduate, made his national television debut at 8 p.m. Monday night on NBC’s “The Sing Off,” an elimination-style reality show featuring some of the nation’s top vocal ensembles.

His mom couldn’t be more proud.

“We are really excited about it,” said Shauna Christensen, who said she’s hoping all of Eagle River will tune in. “I’ve been spreading the word.”

You didn’t know WHEN she’d come knockin’ if you didn’t have a phone, but when you answered the unexpected summons, Eulie Davis would be standing on your doorstep.

“Come quickly! I’ll drive you,” she’d address either the neighbor or spouse.

There’d been an accident, and no matter if it was on the Glenn Highway or off in the tule-puckers of a local homestead, an injured neighbor needed blood and YOU had the right type!

10 cups sugar

1 teaspoon powdered alum

2 ½ cups boling water

Boil 10 minutes.

30 white clover blossoms

18 red clover blossoms

18 fireweed flowerettes

Remove from heat. Cover and steep 10 minutes. Strain into clean, warm jars. No need to seal. Makes 3 ½ pints.

Biggest dividend yet!

The 1996 Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend amount was announced: $1,130.68 — a new record.

The reason for the large amount was heavy investment in a good stock market, according to Fund director of communications Jim Kelly.

“It’s a terrific stock market,” Kelly said in the Sept. 26, 1996 edition of the Star. “It’s a nice way to begin our 20th anniversary.”

Kelly said the Permanent Fund’s total value was about $17.6 billion.

Editor’s note: As of July 31, 2011, the Fund’s assets totaled $40.7 billion.


When vandals arrived on the grounds of Mirror Lake Middle School with a four-wheeler last fall, they did more than just tear up a little grass. They also destroyed nearly a decade’s worth of growth at a small apple orchard near the school.

“They just ran these things over repeatedly,” said Mirror Lake teacher Mike Hansen, pointing to a couple of the surviving trees.

Three of nine matches were decided in tiebreakers when Chugiak High tennis battled Eagle River on Friday, Sept. 16. The Mustangs won 6-3.

The Chugiak High gymnastics team is seeking anyone who has been affected by breast cancer for a group photo to be taken on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the school’s auxiliary gym. Coach Wendy Wiltfong is asking everyone to show up wearing pink for the photo, which will also include members of the Chugiak gymnastics team. Wiltfong is taking the picture to help promote this year’s annual “Think Pink” meet, which will be held Oct. 14 to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research.

Eagle River avenged an overtime loss to East earlier this season with an 18-6 victory over the Thunderbirds on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Wolves’ den.

The homecoming victory put Eagle River at 4-4 this season.

With several games being decided late in the fourth quarter or overtime this year, the two-touchdown victory was a welcomed change for head coach Matt Turner.

“It was nice getting a win like that,” he said.

Gabrielle Mordini sealed the victory for Eagle River with a 10-yard scamper on third-and-goal with under four minutes to play.

Eagle River coach Jacob Bera issued a warning to his rising girls varsity cross country team following the Wolves lone home meet of the season Sept. 16.

Chugiak High isn’t changing a thing in preparation for Saturday’s Cook Inlet Conference meet at Kincaid Park.

Eagle River’s first true home homecoming varsity football game Saturday, Sept. 17 did not disappoint.

Chugiak’s playoff hopes took a major hit Saturday, Sept. 17 after Dimond rallied from a 14-0 deficit to pull out a 21-14 Cook Inlet Conference win at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.

During the past week, kitchen fires have been on the rise here at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson at an alarming rate.

Minor injuries occurred because incorrect actions were taken and an attempt was made to move a fiery pan outside.

Grease fires are very dangerous and can be catastrophic if not handled correctly.

Fortunately, most cooking fires can be prevented by paying attention and adhering to some simple rules.

If you have a grease fire, do not attempt to move the pot or pan.


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