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Chugiak’s Izzy Powers and Eagle River’s John Heaphy each won two individual events Saturday to lead their teams to third-place finishes at the Cook Inlet Conference Swimming and Diving Championships at Bartlett High.

Powers won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle for the Chugiak girls, and also teamed with Cheyenne Burke, Addison Morgan and Leslie Cockreham to win the girls’ 200 medley relay. Burke and Morgan also earned automatic state meet berths with individual victories — Burke in the 100 backstroke and Morgan in the 100 breaststroke.

The following stories appeared 25 years ago this week in the Chugiak-Eagle River Star:

Let it snow…

Large areas of Chugiak-Eagle River were without power after a heavy snowfall hit the area Oct. 26-27, according to a story in the Oct. 29, 1992 edition of the Star.

Chugiak fought and scrapped its way to a 3-3 season-opening nonconference hockey tie with Wasilla Saturday at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

The defending Alaska state champions fell behind 2-0 less than four minutes into the game after Wasilla picked up quick goals from Alex Engan and Dillon Matson.

Chugiak cut the lead to 2-1 after two period on a Danny Casey goal, then tied things up with 3:33 to play on a goal by Jacob Kosinski, who deftly poked the puck past Wasilla goalie Sean Carney.

A hunting trip in Arctic Valley that turned into a rescue situation had a happy ending Monday night when an Anchorage man was located by the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group.

According to Alaska State Troopers, Edward Nelson, 29, of Wasilla, called at around 6:32 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25 to report he was hunting in Arctic Valley when his wife, Autum Nelson, 25, became injured and couldn’t make it out. While attempting to locate the couple, Nelson called back to say he and his wife made it out of the valley, but that a hunting partner, 38-year-old Avii Mafao, of Anchorage, was missing.

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.


On Oct. 14 at around 7:49 p.m., an APD officer was called to the Fred Meyer parking lot for a report that two people were passed out inside a vehicle. A passenger in the vehicle, Michelle J. Wittie, 22, of Anchorage, was arrested for an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court.

Tim Benningfield has never quite been able to get Alaska out of his blood.

First exposed to the state in 1989 while working as an Army medic at Fort Richardson, Benningfield returned to Alaska in 2012 after a 20-year career as a firefighter in his native Kentucky. After spending five years as a fire and emergency professor at UAA, Benningfield and his wife, Debby, returned to the Lower-48 in 2016.

But something didn’t feel right.

Crime is on the minds of local residents, who continue to voice their concerns about everything from an increase in vehicle thefts to drug needles found on residential streets in community forums throughout Chugiak-Eagle River.

A meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Advisory Board has been called to look into proposed changes to the Municipality of Anchorage’s water and sewer code.

The meeting will be held at noon Saturday, Oct. 28 in the community room at the Eagle River Town Center building (12001 Business Boulevard).

Birchwood Community Council member Debbie Ossiander said the meeting will primarily deal with what the re-write could mean for Chugiak-Eagle River residents.

“There’s an ordinance coming that tightens up and increases the standards for septic systems,” she said.

Chugiak finished its Cook Inlet Conference volleyball season with a home sweep over Eagle River on Tuesday, Oct. 24 as the Mustangs honored seniors Allison Chase, Samantha Harris, Malia Mortensen, Rebekah Smith, Emily Walden and Leah Atalig.

Sophia Lestina had 12 kills and 19 digs in the 25-16, 25-18, 25-20 win, which lifted Chugiak to 4-10 at the conclusion of the regular season. Mortensen added four aces and 25 digs for Chugiak, which also got 20 assists from Chase.

We’re optimistic that our Alaska Legislature will be able to not only strengthen the course of criminal justice reform by passing SB 54, but also address our state’s fiscal crisis in the upcoming special session in Juneau. Here’s why:

Legislators and all Alaskans should be careful not to get so wrapped up in the ongoing debates over taxes, state spending and crime sprees, that we all miss the very real connection between our economy and the overall health of our state.

BOSTON, Mass. — Laura Joy Erb was the second woman to ever compete in the Short Take Off and Landing (STOL) Competition featured at the annual Valdez Airshow.

Her bravery has inspired other females across the country to compete.

Erb said STOL is the height of the Valdez airshow because flying into Alaska requires precision due to shorter runways.

Plans are well underway for the third annual “Maddy’s Run,” a fundraising race held in honor of Maddy “Strong” Brandl, an 11-year-old Eagle River girl who died of cancer in 2016.

The event — which includes a 0.7-kilometer race for small kids, a 2.5-kilometer untimed fun run and a timed 5-kilometer race — will be held Saturday, November 4 on the Eagle River High School trails. Funds raised will go to benefit two Alaska children currently undergoing treatment for childhood cancers.

Students at Homestead Elementary unleashed a hurricane of helpfulness on Thursday, Oct. 19, raising more than $3,000 for flood victims impacted by Hurricane Harvey in a walk-a-thon held at the school.

The fundraising event was organized by the school’s Student Leadership Council, which is made up of 38 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders. According to teacher Kaitlin Lenoir, the students planned the entire event themselves. She said teams of “Homestead Huskies” and their families raised pledges for the event, with one team bringing in more than $1,250.

The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement warning of dangerous driving conditions for the Monday evening commute due to an expected snowstorm moving in from the Kenai Peninsula.

According to the statement issued at 2:30 p.m. Monday, light snow developing in the afternoon is expected to make for slick roads in Anchorage, Eagle River and the Mat-Su — particularly during the evening commute. The National Weather Service said snow showers are expected to last into Wednesday.

Among Chugiak-Eagle River’s claims to fame are high densities of bears and large numbers of hockey players, so it’s probably fitting the Kenai River Brown Bears Tier II junior hockey team has tapped the area for a chunk of its roster this season.

Four local residents are on the North American Hockey League team’s roster this season, including former Chugiak High standouts William Casey and Zach Krajnik, along with former Eagle River Wolves Sutton and Cam McDonald.

For the second year in a row, Chugiak’s Derryk Snell has been named Alaska’s top offensive football player.

The senior running back was named the Alaska Football Coaches Association Alaska Division I Offensive Player of the Year over the weekend after leading the Mustangs to a 9-1 season and a second straight Railbelt Conference title.

Chugiak head coach Roger Spackman was also recognized by the state’s coaches with Coach of the Year honors. West’s Javin Iloilo was the Division I Defensive Player of the Year, while Bartlett’s Thomas Sio won Lineman of the Year.

Chugiak earned four spots on the first-team All Cook Inlet Conference team, which was released following the conclusion of the regular season.

The third-place Mustangs — who lost in the CIC semifinals to eventual champion Dimond — landed quarterback Eva Palmer, wide receiver Chasity Horn, cornerback Briana Panter and cornerback Carson Head on the first team. Running back Corey Frazier and linebacker Sierra Love made the first team for Eagle River, which finished eighth and lost in the first round of the playoffs to CIC runner-up West.

Chugiak rolled undefeated through the Railbelt Conference, so it’s no surprise the Mustangs came out with plenty of postseason football honors.

Leading the way for the Mustangs — who went 9-1 and lost in the state Division I semifinals earlier this month — was senior Derryk Snell, who earned his second consecutive RBC Offensive Player of the Year award. Snell was named a first-team running back and linebacker for the Mustangs, who earned eight spots on the first team.

How does someone reach the peak of their sport? A million push-ups doesn’t hurt.

Former Eagle River resident Ron Mohr credited his fitness regimen with helping him go from talented amateur to a recent inductee into the Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame.

“I found out probably in my 30s, not many bowlers were doing that sort of thing,” Mohr said in an Oct. 18 press release announcing his induction.


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