For the Chugiak-Eagle River Star

A long-time volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America was honored last week with the 2015-2016 Vocational Service Award by the Eagle River Rotary.

“Steve has a long and remarkable career developing the youth of Eagle River,” wrote a trio of BSA Troop 219 committee members in nominating Puterbaugh. “His strong leadership, dedication and devoted service to youth for more than 15 years with both Cub and Boy Scout units is distinguished and worthy of the very highest recognition.”

Local youth were honored by the Eagle River Boys & Girls Club Alaska on Feb. 16 at Pizza Man Restaurant for being Youth of the Year in various categories.

Heaven Kerschner, 14, received the Senior Youth of the Year award. According to Tracey Hupe, the branch manager for the ERB&G club, Kerschner attends school every day and feels guilty if she misses a commitment at the club.

“Heaven is a future leader who does not command excellence but tries to build it each day,” Hupe wrote in an email announcing the B&G club winners.

Alaska Republicans vote this coming Tuesday from 3 to 8 p.m. in the party’s Presidential Preference Poll as part of the Super Tuesday vote in 12 states and one territory participate.

Alaska is the only state in which only Republicans vote on Super Tuesday.

Alaska Democrats hold district caucus on March 26 with winning delegates attending the state convention on May 14 in Anchorage to determine the state’s representation to the Democratic national convention.

Students at King Career Center experienced a localized version of the television show, “Shark Tank,” as Anchorage business leaders evaluated the student-run, KCC-based ventures hawking everything from t-shirts and hoodies, to snacks to smoothies, to bath products and waffle kits. Students present their ideas and judges determine which ones are worthy receive their “economic” support.

Final voting on next year’s school budget was delayed by a unanimous vote of the Anchorage School Board at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Board members indicated they wanted more time to study additional options for bridging the projected $11 million fiscal gap. The board meets again tonight at 5 p.m. with its agenda focused on the budget.

However, more details of the 2017-17 budget were approved Tuesday night through a flurry of amendments.

Awareness is the best weapon to engage when thrust in to an active shooter scenario. It’s also a weapon available to anyone.

That is part of the message Ron Swartz, University of Alaska Anchorage emergency manager, brought to the Chugiak-Eagle River campus Feb. 12 as he addressed a classroom full of area business leaders, concerned citizens and educators all seeking professional advice on what to do should the unthinkable — an active shooter — show up at their business, a school or the workplace.

I stood on the edge of Matanuska River for a long time deciding whether to cross. It was March 9, 2014, and the weather had been relatively cold during recent weeks, with very little snow. I could see the remnants of snow machine tracks on the frozen river, so I decided to go.

Tryouts for a new semi-professional football team named the Eagle River Broncos are scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 21 at the Harry J. McDonald Memorial Center in Eagle River.

“Folks should probably show up early for paperwork,” said head coach Kendall Beckwith.

Information such as health history and previous injuries is required.

The no-cost tryout is for the new team slated to play in the Alaska Football League against teams such as the Anchorage Cowboys, Arctic Seahawks, Frontier 49ers, Greatland Packers and Valley Steelers.

Late-game theatrics played a major role for the Chugiak Mustangs in their state playoff run last weekend, first derailing the Eagle River Wolves’ first-ever trip to the tournament, and then falling on third-period goals by the West Eagles in the championship match at Wasilla’s Menard Center.

The championship match was tied at 1-1 until late in the third period when West’s Alex Bardsley ended the Mustangs’ title hopes with a rink-long rush and goal. A pair of empty netters sealed the deal for West and the final was 4-1.

Friendship and fun were the jamming hits on last Friday’s play list at the Gruening Middle School Valentine’s Day dance.

Forget slow dancing songs or any of that other mushy stuff: awkward kissing, hand-holding or other “couple like” indicators.

The students at Friday’s after-school event seemed more interested in munching down on nachos and popcorn and slurping smoothies in the commons foyer before hitting the multi-purpose room’s dance floor.

Indeed, Bobby Jefts, GMS principal, said he notices the students spend more time chowing first.