For the Chugiak-Eagle River Star

Beginning with Rhys Cottle’s go-ahead shot late in the second period of the Cook Inlet Conference Championship game Saturday night, the Chugiak Mustangs tallied five unanswered goals over Dimond High en route to a 6-2 win at Ben Boeke Arena.

Five Mustangs scored in the game, including Zachary Plucinski’s pair to end the second and open the third period. After an evenly-played first period, the Mustangs carried play for the second half of the evening, finding open passing lanes and frustrating the Dimond defense despite being outshot 26-22.

If state hockey tournament newbies Eagle River and the Chugiak Mustangs share anything in common this year, it’s good goaltending. Both Mustang Jack Walters and Eagle River’s Trent Burnham are All-Cook Inlet Conference selections.

Joining Burnham on the All-CIC team for the Wolves are Sutton McDonald, Josh Linn, Ben Rinckey and Connor Canterbury.

Eagle River will play Fairbanks powerhouse West Valley Thursday at 2.30 pm at the Menard Center in Wasilla, while Chugiak plays Soldotna at 7 p.m.

Concerns previously raised by Chugiak-Eagle River residents regarding the how, where and what of marijuana grow and retail operations within the Municipality of Anchorage — specifically within the large industrial tracts surrounding the Birchwood Airport and the B-3 zoning of downtown Eagle River — were ultimately reflected in decisions made Tuesday night by the Anchorage Assembly.

Unhidden disapproval is the local reaction to the state’s plan to scuttle a new student proficiency testing method just before the second round of testing is set to be administered.

The disapproval doesn’t stem from an appreciation for the Alaska Measures of Progress, or AMP. Instead, it is a combination of criticism of what locals are calling “wasteful spending” by the state on the controversial student testing methodology and their concern regarding what will replace it.

Clip and snip, snip and clip…there’s something deeply rewarding about making modest improvements to a trail that one frequents, a trail that doesn’t seem to receive attention from park authorities or anyone else.

Budgets are strained these days, and it seems that if we wait for agency to work on trails, it just doesn’t happen. Organized volunteer groups such as the Boy Scouts are

excellent resources for proposed trail projects, but then the question of liability arises and the best of intentions often falls by the wayside.

Monday night’s Anchorage School Board meeting featured a lengthy discussion of whether $1 million ought to be moved from the general fund to the transportation fund as part of the district’s financial plan for the next school year.

Despite the fact that a major portion of Monday night’s public testimony at the Anchorage School Board urged board members to reconsider replacing the district’s current superintendent, board members unanimously voted to transfer $39,800 from the current general fund to pay for a contract with an Outside executive search firm.

The decision was part of the board’s consent agenda that was voted on and approved after members of the community commented during the portion of the board meeting reserved for public testimony.

Impatience works peculiar quirks

In the minds of restless men;

they’ll venture forth in the frigid north

Again and again and again.

— Anonymous

While the verse above might sound like Robert W. Service, they were actually written by me, but since I don’t credit myself with being much of a poet, I’ve tagged it “anonymous.” The lines popped into my head as I recollected a ski trip into South Fork’s Eagle Lake on Jan. 14 of this year after a light snowfall that might have been too light.

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz made good on his promise to meet with Chugiak-Eagle River locals on a regular basis last Thursday night holding the second round of open hours at the Chugiak-Eagle River library.

Despite less than favorable driving conditions and an icy parking lot in which Berkowitz himself slipped, several local residents turned out for the face-time opportunity with the municipality’s leader.

The dominant topic for discussion: the state’s pending fiscal crisis.

The Eagle River High School hockey team has waited 11 long years to wear their sweaters on state tournament ice, so the fact that it took three overtime sessions to defeat perennial attendee South High for the honor is understandable.

Forward Sutton McDonald scored both goals as the third-seeded Wolves eliminated the sixth-seeded Wolverines 2-1 in the Cook Inlet Conference playoffs and guaranteed the team a slot in the state tournament.

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