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Chugiak center Daniel Casey won the opening faceoff and without taking a stride fired the puck at the Service net for the first shot game Monday night.

The puck bounced off Cougar goalie Kevin Taunton and skittered harmlessly away. That was as about good as it got for the Mustangs in the opening period of their first round of the Cook Inlet Conference playoffs.

Aaron Davis and Jacob Thompson led the Eagle River Wolves to a third-place finish at the Dean Cummings Tournament in Delta Junction last week.

Before losing to eventual tournament champion Valdez 55-48 in the semifinals on Friday, the Wolves blew out Galena 66-48 and then handled Nome 67-52 after a huge third quarter in the consolation game.

Thompson averaged 16.6 points per game over the three-day tourney, with 21 against Galena and 17 in the third-place game versus Nome.

The Chugiak Community Council met on Jan. 18 to discuss numerous issues impacting Chugiak and to hold elections for council seats and officers. Tiffany Briggs from the Municipality of Anchorage’s Real Estate Department and Officer Robin Nave of the Anchorage Police Department informed attendees about pressing local issues.

Rezoning for Chugiak Senior Center

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The Chugiak Mustangs toppled conference rival and powerhouse Anchorage East High 58-46 on Monday night in front of an electrified home crowd.

It was the first time in four years for the Mustangs to defeat East, which has a student population double the size of Chugiak’s. The Mustangs now sit at 9-3 overall and 2-1 for the Cook Inlet Conference.

Despite playing 10 games in the last 12 days, the Mustangs drove the pace throughout the night and challenged East’s defense with stellar passing and teamwork.

Lundgren makes Eagle Scout

Eagle River’s Perry Lundgren celebrated making Eagle Scout with members of his Boy Scout Troop 219 Dec. 21, 2017, at Joy Lutheran Church in Eagle River.

Lundgren’s Eagle Project was to refurbish the back deck at the Eagle River Nature Center.

Lundgren is the son of Carl and Chris Lundgren and a junior at Eagle River High.


Pandres makes the grade

Covered in bandages like a mummy, Kolton Hala just couldn’t help himself when a server at Garcia’s Mexican restaurant in Eagle River delivered the customary hot-plate warning before serving him and his friends last year.

“I said, ‘It’s okay, I’ve been burned before,’” recalled the Chugiak teen, who suffered third-degree burns to his upper body and face in the fall of 2016.

Hala lost a lot that October night — he spent a month in ICU, left school and missed out on starting a new job — but his sense of humor has remained fully intact.

Chugach State Park Ranger Tom Crockett had a blunt warning to his audience at the Eagle River Nature Center:

“If your pet is caught in a trap or snare, the only person who is going to save it is you. You have seconds to minutes to make it happen,” he said at a program led by Sandy Halstaed and John Ferguson held this past Sunday, Jan 21 teaching how to remove pets from traps.

Halstaed taught numerous strategies to prevent dogs from being caught. Ferguson, a lifelong trapper, demonstrated methods for releasing pets from traps and snares.

Situational awareness

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.

The Birchwood Community Council (BCC) met on Wednesday, Jan. 10, to discuss a broad range of issues impacting the community and to hear presentations from subject experts. Mark Schimscheimer of Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility (AWWU), detective Jack Carson of the Anchorage Police Department and Clifton Dalton of the Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department offered insight into pressing local matters.

Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility

There’s been a bit of a changing of the guard on the Eagle River Community Council, which has seen the departure of two long-time members in recent months and the election of a new president in January.

At its Jan. 10 meeting, the council held elections for one two expiring and one vacant seat on the seven-member board of directors. Michael Foster decided to run for re-election, but Michael Melielo decided he would step aside after two members of the audience expressed interest in running.