Chugiak’s Amy Demboski will be stepping away from her position on the Anchorage Assembly to take a job as deputy chief of staff for Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy.

“I am going to be working in the governor’s office,” Demboski said on her afternoon radio show Monday. “And I’ve said this for a long time, if I chose to leave the Anchorage Assembly I would only do so if I truly believed it could help more Alaskans than just the people in my district. It has been an incredible privilege to serve the people of Chugiak-Eagle River. I’m just truly humbled by the opportunity.”

What do Alaskans do when it’s blowing outside with freezing rain? If you’re Eagle River author Marc Cameron, you work on your next Tom Clancy/Jack Ryan novel.

Municipal officials are in talks with an Oklahoma nonprofit that could result in a big windfall for Chugiak-Eagle River taxpayers and a permanent buffer zone for Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

According to Eagle River-Chugiak Parks and Recreation Department director John Rodda, the department was recently contacted by the Tulsa-based Compatible Lands Foundation (CLF), which according to its website purchases conservation easements “from willing landowners, prohibiting incompatible land uses but allowing open space activities such as farming, ranching, and hunting.”

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 convicted.

It was a crystal clear morning and the first sunlight was illuminating the big peaks (Calliope, Cantata) above Eagle and Symphony Lakes. Turning right (west) off the South Fork trail at about the two-mile mark, just before descending to the bridge, we hiked toward the pass that leads to Ship Creek Valley. Old ski trails had hardened and hiking was easy atop them as we moved up toward the pass.

On this hike I was joined by Dr. Scott Sims, a neighbor, and his son’s dog “Bailey,” a “Golden-Doodle.”

Joe Joe Tapley netted two goals and Christopher Kennedy scored a goal and three assists as Chugiak earned a 7-1 Cook Inlet Conference hockey win Tuesday at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

The Mustangs improved to 3-1 in the CIC, while Bartlett fell to 0-6. Luke Momblow, Jarrett Beckett, and Noah Denny also scored goals for Chugiak, which got two assists each from Jacob Kosinski, Tyler Huffer and Riley Lindberg. Alayna Breivogel made three saves as Chugiak outshot Bartlett 39-4.

Chad Beals made 32 saves for Bartlett, which got an unassisted goal from Andrew Vandenbos.

Most people have to fly from Alaska to Hawaii; Izzy Powers is going to swim.

On Tuesday, the Chugiak High senior signed a National Letter of Intent to swim at Division I University of Hawaii during a ceremony in the CHS library.

“It’s been my dream since I was little to swim for a Division I college,” Powers said following the ceremony, which was attended by dozens of family, friends, coaches and teachers.

Powers thanked the large crowd for supporting her through the ebbs and flows of her high school swimming career.

Eagle River shutout Chugiak 35-0 in girls bowling and earned a 31-4 win in boys in the season-opening Alaska Scholastic Bowling League matches Nov. 15 at the Jewel Lake Bowl in Anchorage.

Allison Szewczyk led all locals with a 212 for the Eagle River girls, while Brenden Iaulaulo had a 195 to lead the boys. Chugiak’s top bowler were Kolton Reeves with a 183 on the boys side and Jadyn Moore with a 170 on the girls.

Teams are off for Thanksgiving and will return to ASBL play Nov. 29 at Center Bowl in Anchorage.

Eagle River rolled to a 7-0 high school riflery sweep over Chugiak on Friday, Nov. 16 at Chugiak in the final regular-season match for both schools.

Ava Perkins led all shooters with a 285 for Eagle River, which also got a 284 from Maddie Bidinger, a 282 from Jonah Wegener and a 280 from Lindsey Foshee. Perkins shot a 100 in prone and also led all shooters with a 97 in kneeling. Foshee tied Chugiak’s Michael Sorensen with a 94 in standing to lead all shooters.

Sorensen was Chugiak’s top shooter with a 277, including a 98 prone and 94 standing.

Eagle River rebounded from back-to-back losses with a 2-1 comeback win over West in a nonconference prep hockey game Saturday, Nov. 17 at Ben Boeke Ice Arena in Anchorage.

The Wolves trailed 1-0 heading into the third period, but got a pair of power play goals in the final minutes to grab the win in a game that marred by a postgame fight.

CIC leading scorer Ty McEnaney scored the game-tying goal with 4:35 to play off assists from Tay Kurpius and Aidan Burton. The Wolves went in front for good on a Brayden Rachow goal off an assist from Logan Dudinsky.

Chugiak finished 19th and Eagle River was 29th at the 43-team Lancer Smith Memorial Wrestling Tournament Friday and Saturday at the Menard Center in Wasilla.

Daniel Niebels led the Mustangs with a third-place finish at 189 pounds. Niebles beat Eagle River’s Andrew Hamilton in the quarterfinals before getting pinned by Glennallen’s Caden Gerlach in the semis. Niebles rallied for back-to-back pins over Eielson’s Nephi Tidwell and Kotzebue’s Ethan Roetman to earn third place.

The pickings are slim, but there are options for Nordic skiers in the Anchorage area this weekend.

According to the Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage, trails at Beach Lake Park in Chugiak were groomed Wednesday — though skiers should proceed with care.

“More rocks are surfacing so ski with caution,” reads the NSAA grooming report for the trails.

Beach Lake got about five inches of snow Oct. 30, which allowed groomers to begin building a base.

Cam McDonald is going places.

In the past two years, the former Eagle River Wolves defenseman has gone from Yosemite Drive to the Kenai Peninsula to Muskegon, Michigan. Now, he’s heading to Rhode Island, where he’ll play Division I college hockey at the University of Providence.

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving Day is almost here. We have so much to be grateful for here in Alaska. We live in paradise with our majestic snow-covered mountains and abundance of wildlife.

However, there are still those who experience hunger, struggle to meet their monthly expenses, struggle with mental illness … too many to list. Lions are here to help.

In 2012, Birchwood residents were shocked to learn about the massive scope of of a planned Matanuska Electric Association substation expansion in their neighborhood. Public opposition forced MEA to temporarily pull the plug on the plan, and the cooperative has since taken “a big giant step back” in an effort to jump-start the undertaking.

Police had to call in the troops after a “practice bomb” was found early Sunday morning in the back of a truck parked on an Eagle River street.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, police were called at around 4:27 a.m. on Nov. 11 for a report of a suspicious unoccupied vehicle. When officers arrived, they found what APD described as “a small torpedo” in the bed of a pickup truck.

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 Nov. 8 at around 10 a.m., police were called to Gruening Middle School after a student allegedly punched a teacher multiple times. According to APD, the student was released to a parent and charges were forwarded to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

The Eagle River Air Force JROTC program received a score of “Exceeds Standards” following a unit inspection held Oct. 18 at the school.

“The Eagle River High School cadets performed exceptionally well and took great pride in leading and accomplishing their unit goals,” inspectors wrote. “The Eagle River High School Air Force JROTC citizenship program is making a positive impact on the cadets, the school and the community.”

A number of locals are in contention for the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame, which is currently soliciting votes for this year’s class.

Among the nominees this year are Eagle River’s Bobby Hill, a Special Olympics powerlifter; Corey Cogdell, a two-time Olympic bronze medalist in trapshooting; Pam Dreyer, who won a bronze medal in women’s hockey as a goalie for Team USA at the 2006 Winter Olympics; and the late Stan Brown, who helped start the state’s Pop Warner Association (and for whom the Stan Brown Memorial Field at Lions Park is named after).

A proposal to build an off-leash dog park on Fire House Lane appears to have gone up in flames.

The Eagle River Community Council voted Thursday, Nov. 8 to oppose the location, which has been under consideration by the Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors for use as a small, fenced-in dog park.

“You can describe us as ecstatic,” said Barbara Hendricksen, one of several neighborhood residents who opposed the location.


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