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The Alaska filming of the upcoming Hollywood film “Big Miracle” included $7.7 million in spending on goods and services with 80 different businesses throughout the state, according to Bob Crockett and Deborah Schildt, who want to see Alaska continue to benefit from film industry revenue.

Crockett, the general manager of Anchorage-based production company Piksik LLC, and Schildt, Piksik’s production manager, addressed the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 18 to promote the extension of film production incentives in Alaska.

Chugiak captain Josh Smith scored on a breakaway 39 seconds into the second overtime period to lead the Mustangs to a dramatic 3-2 win over East in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference hockey tournament at the McDonald Center in Eagle River Tuesday night.

Mustangs senior goalie Joey Lindquist made 38 saves in the game, including a penalty shot midway through the second period with the T-Birds already up 2-0.

A 62-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon in connection with a robbery attempt at the Eagle River Wells Fargo branch.

According to FBI special agent Eric Gonzalez, Theresa Ann Blackmore, of Wasilla, walked into the branch shortly after 1 p.m. on Jan. 31 and handed a teller a note demanding money. When the teller did not comply, Gonzalez said Blackmore became frustrated and exited the bank. No one was harmed in the incident, and Gonzalez said he wasn't aware of any threats made by Ms. Blackmore.

As president of her school’s National Honor Society chapter, Mirror Lake Middle School eighth grader Catherine Goolsby is as sharp as they come.

“That’s the top end,” Mirror Lake career guide Colleen Hildebrandt said of the honor student.

But even one of the school’s brightest minds said middle school classrooms can be a tough place for girls to get ahead.

“Sometimes you can feel so intimidated,” Goolsby said.

Six Chugiak-Eagle River students were among 37 Alaska high school seniors nominated to U.S. service academies on Monday, Jan. 23 by Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

“This year’s nominees are stellar candidates who embody the leadership capabilities and strong characters we expect from our men and women in uniform,” Murkowski said in a press release. “It is a privilege to nominate such accomplished Alaskans for admission to our service academies.”

Those craving meat have to look no further than Peters Creek.

That’s the focus of new restaurant Gatling’s Steakhouse, located in the same building as American Legion Post 33 on the Old Glenn Highway. Owner Rod Van Buren said he wants the eatery, which opened Dec. 8, 2011, to be famous for its steaks and hamburgers.

The restaurant is the brainchild of Van Buren’s business partner and executive chef Shilo Thorp.

“He’s the one that’s created this,” Van Buren said. “I think Shilo and I are a really good match.”

(UPDATE: Chugiak clinched the No. 5 seed in the CIC tournament with a 6-1 win over West on Jan. 25)

The two-and-a-half month wait is over.

After skating to a 1-1 tie Nov. 17, 2011, Chugiak and Eagle River finally have a chance to show which program owns the ice when they face off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at the McDonald Center.

Both sides were disappointed with the previous game’s outcome.

A hundred bucks will buy a lot of ice cream.

Eagle River High senior Evy Hail, 17, learned that lesson the sweet way when she took home first place at a school talent show held Jan. 20 at Gruening Middle School.

“I guess so. Darn, so many people came!” Hail said as a crowd of her friends prepared to head to a local ice cream shop to spend some of the senior’s hard-earned winnings. “Just kidding.”