For the Chugiak-Eagle River Star

Recent Facebook postings regarding field employees of General Communications Inc. allegedly attempting to gain access to residences in Eagle River without scheduled appointments has prompted leadership from the communications utility to make a public clarification of its standard operating protocol.

The Harry J. McDonald Center was full of fans from both Eagle River and Chugiak on Dec. 5 when over 330 tickets were sold that night before the Wolves were able to scratch and claw out a victory against their rivals 3-2 to have a record of 10-2-1.

The entire night was loud, and full of energy by all the fans. Many of the people who arrived after the puck was dropped were forced to stand and watch.

Coming off a victory against Bartlett High, Chugiak High defeated Eagle River High 46-38 Dec. 4 in the highly anticipated meeting between the neighbor schools. Mustang Dawson Budke was not wrestling in the match, due to a nasty sprain he suffered from the previous match against Bartlett.

The match started out with Eagle River taking the lead with Grant Burningham pinning Mustang Lane Varnadoe in 3:18 at 132 pounds. The Wolves continued this lead with Thomas LePlante pinning Jared Reed of CHS in 1:57 at 138 pounds.

Investigators from Anchorage Animal Care and Control have yet to locate the owner of two larger-sized dogs that attacked a smaller 15-pound dog on Nov. 15 near the Coronado Park Senior Village in Eagle River. The canine was later euthanized due to the severity of its sustained injuries.

A group of local elementary students did something most adults never have or will.

They intentionally moved out of their comfort zone and fed the homeless hanging out on the downtown Anchorage streets outside of the Brother Francis Shelter.

The temperature was about 15 to 20 degrees on Nov. 22 and I was getting a pretty good glide on my touring skis as I shuffled along the Eklutna Lakeside trail. Unlike the gray, overcast skies around Eagle River, the clouds were breaking over Eklutna Lake’s south end and the sun was trying to peek through, casting a soft, peach-colored light on 7,522-foot Bold Peak and surrounding mountains.

The first views of Alaska that I can remember were in Seward in the late 1940s, when I was about three years old. It was instant love. From our front yard on 4th Avenue one could look out on Resurrection Bay.

On winter afternoons its waters became restless with whitecaps and darker blue than the sky as seen in photos from the top of Mt. Everest. Beyond the bay the eastern skyline was dominated by the rugged Kenai Mountains and 5,265-foot Mt. Alice, a mountain that became woven into my dreams.

Chugiak High School Principal David Legg dislocated his hip last Friday during a fire alarm evacuation of the school during second period.

The Star talked with him Monday morning as he prepped for an afternoon appointment with an Anchorage orthopedic specialist. Legg sounded upbeat and said he planned to return to work on Tuesday unless the doctor tells him otherwise.

As Legg describes it, he “just took a spill,” on the stairs. He said the surface was not slippery and he was not pushed by others while evacuating the building. “It really was nothing spectacular.”

Chugiak High School has some smart athletes.

Eight of the school’s fall sports teams won grade point average awards at their respective regional competitions. The gymnastics team earned the top 2015 regional academic award for the third straight year.

Anchorage’s First Lady Mara Kimmel wants the Chugiak-Eagle River to be an active participant in the municipality’s first-ever immigrant/refugee census planned for next spring.

She addressed members of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 18 less than a week after the terrorists’ attacks in France that are alleged to be planned — at least in part — by Syrian terrorists.

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