Chugiak’s Jake Granado won the 182-pound weight class at the Bob Bailey Memorial Tournament at Chugiak High on Saturday, Nov. 12.

Granado pinned South's Robert Lopez in the second round of their bout. Lopez was the only one of three wrestlers to make it past the first round with Granado, who won his first two matches by fall in a combined 2 minutes, 11 seconds.

The Army in Alaska is supporting an upcoming television “docuseries” focused on highlighting the lives of Army spouses in Alaska. The production company is 44 Blue Productions from Los Angeles.

Lt. Col. David Piffarerio, 302nd Fighter Squadron commander, flew his 1,000 flight hour in the F-22 Raptor here Nov. 4, making him the first Air Force pilot to do so.

“This is a great milestone for the pilots, maintainers and contractors working on the jet and the F-22 program as a whole,” said Piffarerio. “The aircraft is maturing and getting better the more we fly and perform maintenance on it.”

Staff Sgt. Hank Robinson, 525th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, launched Piffarerio on his sortie today, but was focused on ensuring it was a safe flight.

Holidays can be difficult for many of us living in Alaska. Days are short, nights are long, and isolation can dampen our spirits. Often our families live far away, but traveling back to our hometowns can be challenging with the rising costs of travel. Let’s look at two ways of finding our holiday season’s blessings.

Man threatens dog with pistol

A man who later said he feared dog attacks pointed a revolver toward a woman and her pit bull near Eagle Glacier Loop and Harmony Ranch Road on the afternoon of Nov. 5, Anchorage police said. No charges were filed.

Anchorage Police Department calls for Monday, Nov. 7 through Monday, Nov. 14

 

Monday, Nov. 7

2:21 p.m. - Accident - Artillery Road

2:33 p.m. - Driving while license suspended - Birchwood Loop Road

 

Tuesday, Nov. 8

12:14 a.m. - Accident - North Eagle River Access

2:16 a.m. - Assault - Ashley Park

8:48 a.m. - Registration - Birchwood Loop Road

11:08 a.m. - Accident - Lake Hill Drive

One thing I like about human beings is that we’re mostly optimists who believe things will get better. But when it comes to air travel, I don’t think so.

In a never-ending quest to cut costs, commercial airlines will continue to do what they have to do to improve their bottom line. If that means stacking more passengers into the same amount of space, I believe they’ll do it.

Due to legislative redistricting that occurs every 10 years, Chugiak-Eagle River will be part of different districts in the 2012 state elections. The new districts are intended to reflect the population changes cited in the 2010 U.S. Census.

Here’s a look at the 2012 districts, according to the Alaska Redistricting Board website:

 

There’s a new wind blowin’ through the Alaska Baseball League.

The name and logo for the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks — formerly known as the AIA Fire — were unveiled at a meeting of the team’s new booster club Thursday, Nov. 10 at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center.

“I think we’re going to go places,” said Lee Jordan, who was elected booster club president at the meeting. “Go Chinooks!”

Before troops from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson are deployed for dangerous duty in Afghanistan for a year, Deborah Bonito wants them to have a day of fun.

On Saturday, Nov. 19, Bonito — Sen. Mark Begich’s wife — and the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska are hosting a sendoff event at JBER for the troops of the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division and their families.

Chugiak High senior Isaac Lammers has signed a National Letter of Intent to ski and run cross country at the University of Alaska Fairbanks next season.

Lammers, who plans to study mechanical engineering, signed with the Nanooks Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 in the Chugiak ski room surrounded by his family and coaches.

"It's gonna be a blast," said Lammers, who will join fellow Chugiak graduates Krysti and Alyson McPhetres on the UAF squad.

Burton, Viotto earn GNAC honors

Robyn Burton, a sophomore middle blocker on the UAA volleyball team and a 2010 Chugiak High graduate, was named first-team All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference on Monday. Burton was one of four unanimous selections to the first team.

Burton and Nikkie Viotto, an outside hitter and 2009 Eagle River High grad, will travel to San Bernardino, Calif. To play in the NCAA Division II West Regional Volleyball Championships against No. 1 seed Cal State San Bernardino on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Chugiak junior Jake Granado won the 182-pound weight class at the Bob Bailey Memorial Tournament at Chugiak High on Saturday, Nov. 12.

Granado pinned South's Robert Lopez in the second round of their bout. Lopez was the only one of three wrestlers to make it past the first round with Granado, who won his first two matches by fall in a combined 2 minutes, 11 seconds.

Chugiak downed Juneau-Douglas 3-1 (25-20, 25-17, 24-26, 25-20) on Saturday to claim fourth place at the ASAA Alaska Class 4A State Volleyball Tournament at the Menard Sports Center in Wasilla. The win marks the second consecutive year Chugiak has ended the state tournament with a victory.

The Mustangs, who have made four straight state appearances, finished third last year, fifth in 2009 and second in 2008.

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