One of the longest days of Ian Murphy’s life began ordinarily enough, with a routine trip to Chugiak High to drop off the family’s foreign exchange student.
17 hours later, Murphy was helping his fellow Chugiak Volunteer firefighters finish dousing the smoldering ashes of his own home.
“It’s always hard to watch something like that happen, but it really hits you in the gut when you’re looking at it and it’s yours,” said Murphy, whose family’s home in Peters Creek was destroyed by the Jan. 5 blaze.
An early-morning house fire in Peters Creek left seven people — including a volunteer firefighter — without a home Thursday, Jan. 5.
According to Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department assistant chief Clifton Dalton, a call came in at around 7:45 a.m. that a house on Deer Park Drive was ablaze. When crews arrived several minutes later, they found heavy smoke coming from the roof of the single-story house.
“It was burning undetected a long time before the residents were aware of it,” Dalton said.
Missing the state tournament last year has Chugiak High’s girls basketball team more motivated for this season. But it won’t be easy getting there this year.
Only the top two Cook Inlet Conference teams will earn automatic state berths. Other automatic Class 4A berths include two from the Northern Lights Conference and one from the Southeast and Mid Alaska conferences.
The final two spots will be determined by Winning Percentage Index standings. This is the first time WPI will be used to determine who goes to state.
The Eagle River KeyBank branch will host a grand opening to celebrate completion of its remodeled Eagle River branch and its new Saturday operating hours on Jan. 21 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The branch, located at 10928 Eagle River Road, recently underwent a remodeling effort, and has also added Saturday hours from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., starting Jan. 21.
Anchorage Police have identified the driver in a New Year’s Day collision between a pickup truck and two pedestrians in downtown Anchorage as 21-year-old Tex Daniels II of Chugiak.
According to police, Ashley Marie Brotherton and Clayton Tyler Wilbanks, both 24, were walking northbound alongside I Street shortly after 1 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1 when they were struck from behind by a red 1994 Dodge Ram 1500. Both were taken to local hospitals. On Monday, Jan. 2, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said Wilbanks’ condition was fair.
Ever wondered who picks books for Anchorage Public Library? With more than a half million books on the APL shelves, keeping up with what’s there, what’s new, what should be added or discarded is a complicated process, to say the least!
Tuesday, June 12
BUCS, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, June 14
At Bucs, 7 p.m.
Thursday, June 15
MINERS, 7 p.m.
Sunday, June 17
At Bucs, 7 p.m.
Monday, June 18
PILOTS, 7 p.m.
Friday, June 22
OILERS, 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 23
At Pilots, 10 p.m.
Monday, June 25
At Panners, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, June 26
Even the start of a new sports season can’t erase the way Chugiak High’s 2011 football campaign ended.
Chugiak was forced to forfeit three of its wins due to use of an ineligible player and missed the playoffs. But some of those football players are hoping to use what happened this fall as fuel for the 2011-12 basketball season.
“It’s motivation for us football players to exceed in another sport,” senior Steven Puterbaugh said.