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Eagle River’s first true home homecoming varsity football game Saturday, Sept. 17 did not disappoint.

Chugiak’s playoff hopes took a major hit Saturday, Sept. 17 after Dimond rallied from a 14-0 deficit to pull out a 21-14 Cook Inlet Conference win at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.

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Lizette Stiehr is celebrating her birthday by giving a gift to others.

On Friday, Sept. 23 — Stiehr’s birthday — Stiehr will be doing a reading from her first book, “2012 to oneness,” which contains 72 inspirational poems, at Jitters from 6 to 9 p.m.

Anyone who knows Stiehr is invited. Since she’s lived in the Chugiak-Eagle River area for more than three decades, Stiehr said she reserved the back room at the coffee shop.

Kevin Fullmer is returning to the sidelines at Chugiak High School.

Chugiak principal Sam Spinella confirmed on Tuesday that Fullmer, a social studies teacher at the school who coached the boys basketball team from 1996 to 2009, has been chosen to once again fill that position.

“He brings experience in coaching, he’s worked with the kids and he’s got a good reputation,” Spinella said on Tuesday.

Fullmer takes over for Orin Wear, a Mat-Su math teacher who coached the team for two years before stepping down after last season. Wear went 21-23 at Chugiak.

Eklutna, Inc. may soon have some new digs.

Anchorage’s largest private landowner unveiled its plans for a new commercial development in Eagle River that could eventually be home to the Native corporation’s new headquarters.

“We’d like to put our corporate office building there,” Eklutna land development manager Jim Arnesen told the Eagle River Community Council at the council’s monthly meeting Sept. 7.

Sure, teenagers like their sleep. But 20 years?

Chugiak High junior Slayton St. Pierre will pretend to wake from a two-decade snooze in the upcoming production or the Washington Irving classic “Rip Van Winkle,” which opens Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the Steve Primis Auditorium.

BY MATT TUNSETH
Chugiak-Eagle River Star

On Monday night, the world got to hear what folks in Chugiak have known for a long, long time.

Mike Christensen can really sing.

Christensen, a 2004 Chugiak High graduate, made his national television debut at 8 p.m. Monday night on NBC’s “The Sing Off,” an elimination-style reality show featuring some of the nation’s top vocal ensembles.

His mom couldn’t be more proud.

Chugiak's playoff hopes took a major hit Saturday night, after Dimond rallied from a 14-0 deficit to pull out a 21-14 Cook Inlet Conference win at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.

"This one hurts," said Chugiak coach Duncan Shackelford, whose team fell to 2-3 in the CIC and 3-3 overall.

Eagle River fell 21-19 to East on Saturday at Eagle River High School.
Peter Kott threw touchdown passes to Kelechi Madubuko and Jeavonte Dunn, but the Wolves' final drive ended with an incompletion on fourth down with the Wolves driving in East territory with less than a minute to play.
Jordan Patin hit a 41-yard field goal for Eagle River, which fell to 0-6 overall and 0-5 in the Cook Inlet Conference. The Wolves also scored on a safety.
Brody Deloria had a pair of touchdown runs for East (4-2 overall, 3-2 CIC).

Lydia Gray will never forget Dec. 31, 2008.

No, the Eagle River resident didn’t attend the best New Year’s party of her life or celebrate a special anniversary. That was the day Gray received perhaps the most frightening news an expectant mother can get: doctors had detected a defect ­— heart disease ­— in her unborn baby.

Gray said she and her husband, David, were stunned.

“We were in a shocked state of mind,” Gray said. “You’re numb.”

Doctors performed open-heart surgery just 10 days after her baby boy was born. Today, young Qunilan is a normal 2-year-old.

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