Last month’s earthquake may be a distant memory for some, but in Chugiak-Eagle River the after-effects from the magnitude 7.0 quake continue to reverberate.

About 200 people attended a public meeting on quake relief efforts with municipal, state and federal officials Wednesday night at Alpenglow Elementary. Many in the crowd asked when and if more resources will be available to help repair homes and businesses in the hard-hit Eagle River Valley, where some of the most significant damage took place.

The head boys basketball coach at Chugiak High School appears to have broken Alaska School Activities Association recruiting rules and then lied to school administrators and state activities officials in an attempt to cover up the violation.

A former coach and colleague said Wednesday that Chugiak High coach Jocquis Sconiers admitted to the recruiting violation and asked him to lie if asked about the situation.

“He suckered me into this story,” said Jules Ferguson, who formerly worked as a coach in the AAU summer league basketball program run by Sconiers.

As the New Year approaches, it’s becoming clear to Chugiak-Eagle River residents the ramifications from the Nov. 30 earthquake will be felt for months and years to come.

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 Dec. 17 at around 1:18 a.m., police responded to a residence on the Old Glenn Highway in Chugiak for a report of a disturbance between two roommates. Police said one of the roommates, Carrie L. Pearson, 50, was arrested and charged with assault for allegedly pulling her roommate’s hair.

A spellbinding cascade of fluffy snowflakes fell as if on cue for the annual Winter Wonderland tree-lighting ceremony Friday at Eagle River Town Square Park. Hot cocoa and candy canes, carriage rides and sledding, and the twinkling town Christmas tree lent to the wonderland ambiance, and of course Santa Claus made his highly anticipated appearance to pose for photos and hear wish lists.

But notably missing from the traditional scene were Santa’s reindeer.

“Where are your reindeer?” asked a flabbergasted 4-year-old Asher Lane of Eagle River.

Municipal, state and school officials including Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz will attend a community meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 in the multipurpose room at Alpenglow Elementary to discuss impacts from the Nov. 30 earthquake.

A dozen people have thrown a diverse set of hats into the ring for a vacant seat on the Anchorage Assembly.

Among the applicants are a former fighter pilot, several previous political office seekers, a former assemblyman, a member of the Anchorage School Board and the owner of a marijuana retail business.

The deadline to fill the seat vacated when Amy Demboski left the assembly earlier this month to serve as deputy chief of staff for Gov. Mike Dunleavy closed at 5 p.m. Friday. Candidates submitted applications and in some cases resumes and cover letters.

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.

Don’t put those shovels away just yet.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory calling for four to eight inches of snow between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning. The advisory was issued just before 2 p.m. Sunday.

The adivsory said snowfall could make road travel hazardous, especially during the Monday morning commute.

The advisory comes on the heels of snowfall that began Wednesday and brought more than a foot of snow to the area.

Who are the hottest shots in town? Shoot, it’s Eagle River.

The Wolves outshot mighty Dimond to claim their first Region IV riflery championship on Thursday behind a first-place overall finish from Emma MacKenzie and a team effort that included five of the top 10 individual performances at the meet.

“They all performed well, and all on the same day,” said Wolves coach Mark Burch.

Eagle River’s Alyssa Andrews was the top placewinner at the ASAA/First National Bank State Wrestling Tournament Saturday at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.

Andrews pinned Wasilla’s Heidi Warner for the second time in the tournament to claim third at 119 pounds. Her sister, Ashley, also won her final match of the tournament by fall, pinning Dimond’s Eva Sherman-Dawe to claim fifth place at 112 pounds. The sisters’ performance helped the Eagle River girls finish 11th out of more than 50 girls teams in the tournament.

Chugiak’s boys basketball team fell back to earth after a soaring start at the Cougar Tipoff basketball tournament, falling to 70-36 to East in Friday’s semifinal and losing 56-53 to host Service Saturday in the third-place game.

On Friday, Jared Parks led Chugiak with seven points and Marques Andrews had a team-best six rebounds.

Chugiak advanced to the semifinals with a lopsided win over Tikigaq Thursday.

Friends will meet at the Mac Saturday night for the first edition of this winter’s annual crosstown high school hockey series between two of the friendliest heated rivals in Alaska sports.

Newly crowned Cook Inlet Conference top dogs Eagle River will face off against crosstown rival Chugiak in a 7:15 p.m. match-up of two of the CIC’s hottest teams.

Alayna Breivogel was unshaekable in front of a rockin’ crowd Saturday night at the McDonald Center in Eagle River, stonewalling rival Eagle River with 28 saves to lead Chugiak to a 2-0 Cook Inlet Conference hockey win.

Chants of “Alayna! Alayna!” echoed throughout the barn as the junior saved her best for last, posting 11 saves during a frenetic and feisty final frame.

Breivogel has been one of the CIC’s stingiest netminders in the first half of the season, allowing just one goal in three starts while posting a 3-0 record with two shutouts and a .983 save percentage.

St. Nick showed up early at the Eagle River Walmart this year.

An anonymous donor paid off about $500 worth of toys bought on layaway recently, a company spokesperson confirmed on Friday.

Details were scarce about the incident, as the person wanted to remain nameless. But one of the recipients hopes the secret Santa knows their generosity is appreciated.

“That was so thoughtful,” said Eagle River’s August Whitekiller-Phillips, who said she heard her holiday debt had been erased via a voicemail from the store.

Jackson Wall led all scorers with 15 points as a young Chugiak squad ran away from Tikigaq Thursday night in the first round of the season-opening Cougar Tipoff Basketball Tournament at Service High.

“This will be a whole new team for me,” said Chugiak head coach Jocquis Sconiers, who noted many of the Mustangs were playing their first varsity game Thursday.

Sconiers said this year’s team features just four upperclassmen — two seniors and two juniors — along with eight sophomores.

“We’re very young,” he said.

After a chaotic couple weeks, a bit of normalcy is set to return to Chugiak-Eagle River Friday night with the return of the annual Winter Wonderland celebration in Town Square Park.

The annual Christmastime event presented by the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce was scheduled to be held Nov. 30, but was postponed after a devastating magnitude 7.0 earthquake that morning caused widespread damage in the area, including the closure of two local schools, serious damage to numerous businesses and the loss of several homes.

Eagle River world traveler Helen Wilson is sticking close to home for college.

The globetrotting biathlon star has signed on to ski with the University of Alaska Anchorage Noric ski team starting in the 2019-20 season.

“Helen is one of the strongest in her Alaska class, and we are looking forward to working with her towards her athletic goals,” UAA coach Andrew Kastning said in a press release announcing Wilson’s signing.

Former Eagle River resident Corey Cogdell-Unrein has been selected to join the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.

Cogdell-Unrein is a two-time Olympic bronze medalist in trap shooting. The 32-year-old grew up in Eagle River and participated in the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.

“She is the definition of clutch,” wrote the Hall in an email announcing the selection, which noted she won bronze twice at the Olympics on her final target.

After an earthquake break, Chugiak and Eagle River are back on solid ice.

The Wolves came out snarling Tuesday against Service, with Skylar Johnson and Logan Dudinsky racking two goals each in an 8-1 Cook Inlet Conference win at Ben Boeke.

Nick Silance, Brooks Christian, Ty McEnaney, and Tay Kurpius also scored for the high-scoring Wolves, who improved to 4-2 in the CIC. Eagle River is averaging seven goals in six CIC games this season, with McEnaney tied the league lead with 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) and Dudinsky third with 15.


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