Eagle River’s Michaela Marie Hall Richard died Feb. 9, 2012. She was 47.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, Feb. 19 at the Lion's Club in Eagle River at 2 p.m.

She was born in Alaska on Dec. 22, 1964 and graduated from Lebanon Union High School in Lebanon, Ore., in 1983. She returned to Alaska in the mid-1980s, where her daughters Jessica and Kaela were born.

“Michaela made many friends everywhere she went throughout her life, including her long career as a business development representative for a local title company,” her family said.

Eagle River’s Lois Rockcastle recently received the Alaska Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award for 2011.

Each year the Alaska Nurse Practitioner Association selects a nurse practitioner in Alaska to be honored for their contribution to the profession, leadership in the organization and to contribution to health care in Alaska.

 Aaron Mortier, a math major at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Mich., has been named to the school’s Dean’s List. Mortier is the son of Mark and Ramona Mortier, formerly of Eagle River and now residing in Williamsburg, Va.

Longtime Eagle River resident Joyce Little died Jan. 29, 2012 after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 68.

Ms. Little was born in 1943 in Fort Pierce, Fla. to Lewis and Betty Jacobs.

A memorial wake and potluck were held at her daughter's home on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

A funeral mass will be held today at 4:30 p.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Eagle River.

She was a longtime employee of the Alaska Star newspaper who loved gardening in her spare time.

Anchorage resident George Wesley West, 73, died at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage on Jan. 19, 2012 from complications of a heart condition.

A viewing will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, preceding a funeral service to be held at noon at the Anchorage Baptist Temple, 6401 E. Northern Lights Blvd. in Anchorage. After the service, George will be buried at the Ft. Richardson Cemetery with military honors scheduled for 2 p.m.

For further information about services, call Charlene at (907) 441-0632.

On Jan. 4, Gov. Sean Parnell reappointed Eagle River’s Suellyn Wright Novak to the Alaska Veterans Advisory Council. Parnell also appointed James Hastings and Hank Bartos to the council, and reappointed Terrance Pardee. The council advises the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and through the governor, other departments and agencies of the state on matters concerning state veterans, their dependents, and their survivors.

Kastle’s Kreations, an Eagle River cupcake bakery owned by Kastle Sorensen, was honored on Dec. 9, 2011 with a Best of Eagle River award in the Bakeries category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA). Each year, the USCA identifies companies it believes have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. Sorensen, a Chugiak High grad, started her business in March, 2011. She recently was invited to send an audition tape to the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” television program.

Chugiak’s Tommy Frazier, 17, earned his Eagle Scout award on Oct. 13, 2011. Frazier, a senior at Chugiak High, has been in scouting since the first grade, and is a member if Boy Scout Troop 28. He is the son of Thomas and Carmen Frazier of Chugiak.

Frazier’s Eagle Project consisted of painting a building at his church.

He has spent many days and nights in the outdoors while scouting, but his favorite was when he spent seven days on a deserted island if the Florida Keys.

For the last three years, Frazier has worked as a counselor at Boy Scout Camp Gorsuch.

Finnegan Booth Weight was born Nov. 25, 2011 at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage. He weighed seven pounds, nine ounces and is the son of Bryce and Rachel Weight of Eagle River.

Chugiak’s Luke Plumb, 17, received his Eagle Scout award on Dec. 21, 2011. Plumb, a senior at Chugiak High School, is the son of Wayne and Cindy Plumb and a member of Boy Scout Troop 230. Luke’s Eagle Scout project consisted of fundraising to purchase and assemble a play structure, and landscaping the surrounding area for the River of Life Lutheran Church.

Luke has been in scouting since he was 7-years-old. He went on many scouting adventure trips, including hiking Philmont in New Mexico, hiking the Chilkoot trail and canoeing 300 miles down the Yukon River.