For the Chugiak-Eagle River Star

Chugiak High boys’ basketball took the big round trophy bowl home Tuesday night from the Eagle River High School gymnasium earning its fifth victory in the eight-year long Birchwood Bowl cross-town rivalry game.

While previous games featured close scores, the 2016 game ended as a bit of blowout with Chugiak’s more experienced boys’ varsity basketball team dominating the ERHS team comprised mostly of eager freshman by a score of 65-34.

She isn’t one for the spotlight.

But that is exactly where Eagle River’s Elizabeth McAllister ended up as the Anchorage School District Teacher of the Week on KTVA television’s news vignette highlighting the work of an educator nominated by parents or peers.

If you happen to be in front of a television at 8 p.m. on Sun., Jan. 24, you might want to tune in to the National Geographic Channel where Eagle River’s Dan Kendall is featured in a segment on Alaska earthquake experiences. If not, you might want to set your DVR to record.

Members of the Alaska State Legislature do have other issues other than the state’s pending fiscal crisis to address in the session beginning Jan. 19, but you wouldn’t know it based on the questioning and discussion that occurred at Tuesday night’s town hall meeting in Eagle River.

The bulk of the dialogue focused squarely on what local constituents believe their respective legislators ought to do to fix the problem.

It is pretty challenging to keep up in elementary school when one is learning to read but the letters are backwards or transposed or appear to be out of the sequence the teacher and one’s classmates are seeing, learning and enunciating.

Enter special needs tutor Julee Faso-Formoso, whose own child was diagnosed with dyslexia. She specializes in working with special needs students who have the disorder that causes otherwise bright and intelligent elementary students to struggle when attempting to read and at times also write.

The entire Eagle River Valley was blanketed by a thick layer of clouds on Dec. 22 of this past year as Pete Panarese and I crossed the ridge east of Mile High saddle and headed toward the slopes of 4,285-foot Mt. Magnificent, which was now bathed in mid-day sunlight. With very little snow, mild temperatures and nearly calm winds, the going was easy as we pushed upward.

Eagle River High School shut out Homer High School 10-0 on Jan. 9th at the Harry J McDonald Center.

Wolves goalie Jerimiah Clark had the shutout stopping all 11 shots on goal that came at him. Clark has been used as the backup goalie for their starter Trent Burnham who is a junior. Clark, who was also the quarterback for the Wolves earlier in the season, is hoping to play for UAF when he graduates later this year. Clark is 4-1 in net this season and has allowed just five goals with 52 saves.

The Chugiak Mustangs were able to shut out the Homer Mariners 3-0 Jan. 8 at the Harry J. McDonald Center in a game full of Mustang penalties.

Zachary Plucinski was part of the assist that gave Mustang forward Grant Epple the final goal, and drew first blood for the Mustangs when he scored the first goal of the game in the first period 7:46 into the game.

Epple scored the final goal with16 seconds left in the game.

If more laps in the pool are on your New Year’s resolution list, you are in luck.

The Alaska Club in Eagle River opened its new pool and splash park facility during the holidays adding a welcome addition to indoor aquatic opportunities in the Chugiak-Eagle River area.

The pool is 25 yards in length with four lanes across. A saltwater filtration system is used for the pool. The water, however, is not saltwater thus there is not full buoyancy in the pool.

But there are plenty of hours in the day that the pool is open for use.

Word seems to be getting around the Anchorage School District that Eagle River High School has a rather proficient special education department.

The number of IEPs, or Individual Education Plans, in place at the school rose sharply this fall from an average of 85 in years past to 130 for the fall semester. That was nearly a 53 percent increase that represents 15 percent of the school’s total student population of nearly 900.

It was unusual.