Matt Tunseth

Chugiak will play in the final game of the high school hockey season for the second year in a row while Eagle River will have to wait another year for a shot at the title.

The Mustangs defeated Colony 5-1 on Friday in the semifinals of the ASAA/First National Cup Alaska Class 4A state hockey tournament behind a hat trick from Andrew Beckett to advance to Saturday’s 5 p.m. championship game against South. The Wolverines ralled from an early deficit to defeat Eagle River 3-1 in the night’s other semifinal at the Menard Center in Wasilla.

Eagle River and Chugiak stormed into the semifinals of the ASAA/First National Cup Alaska Class 4A state hockey tournament with big wins on Thursday at the Menard Center in Wasilla.

The Wolves defeated Wasilla 6-2, and Chugiak defeated Juneau-Douglas 7-2. 

Eagle River got goals from Josh Linn, Sutton McDonald, Ty McEnaney, Aiden Burton, Ben Rinckey and Logan Dudinsky to advance to the state semifinals for the second straight year.

Wolves head coach Bill Comer said his team came out with plenty of energy against the runners-up from the North Star Conference.

The Eagle River girls basketball team continued to surprise in the Cook Inlet Conference with a 49-44 win at South on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

The Wolves improved to 2-6 in the CIC. The second win in three games equaled the entire CIC win total over the past two seasons for the Wolves, a stretch that saw the team go 2-28 against conference foes.

Eagle River doesn’t play again until a CIC contest at Bartlett at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16.

South boys 58, Wolves 24

Star staff report

On Feb. 4 at around 9:15 p.m., APD said a citizen called to report a vehicle driving erratically on the Glenn Highway. Police responded and found the vehicle parked near a bus stop, with Ricky R. Powers, 52, of Anchorage, standing outside.

A police spokeswoman said Powers got back into his vehicle after he spotted police and began speeding down the Old Glenn Highway through Eagle River. He lost control of his vehicle, jumped a median and came to rest in a snow bank in Chief Alex Park.

A 28-year-old Eagle River man has been sentenced to more than 25 years in prison for sex crimes involving children.

Timothy Lineer pleaded guilty to attempted sexual abuse of a minor and posession of child pornography in September, 2016.

The sentence was handed down in Anchorage Superior Court on Friday, Feb. 3.

A sports dynasty was crowned recently, and it had nothing to do with how much air was in the balls.

Eagle River’s girls bowling team won its third Anchorage Scholastic Bowling League title with ease on Thursday, Feb. 4, rolling away with a 33-2 win over second-place Dimond in the season-ending placing matches at Eagle River Bowl.

“It’s very exciting and I’m proud of my team,” said captain Tessa Anderson after the season-ending matches.

On a bluebird Saturday afternoon, two young Army officers sat sharing cold drinks in a parking lot bathed in Alpine sun. Around them, the Chugach Mountains shot into the sky, framing the scene in snowcapped peaks.

“Everybody always told me, ‘You’ve got to go to Arctic Valley,’” said Wes Reuter, a captain in the U.S. Army from Denver, Colorado.

Reuter lives just over the mountains in Eagle River, and said he always wanted to make the 7.5-mile drive up Arctic Valley Road to find out if the rumors of a hidden gem of a ski area were true.

A Peters Creek couple lost their home and two pet dogs in a Sunday fire.

Jason and Christina Loan were not home when the fire was reported at around 1:14 p.m. Sunday, according to Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department assistant chief Chris Wilkins.

Wilkins said a driver on the Glenn Highway saw a column of smoke and turned into the neighborhood off the North Peters Creek exit to investigate. By the time firefighters were notified, the singlewide trailer with some additions was completely engulfed in flames.

By Matt Tunseth

Chugiak-Eagle River Star

The Chugiak-Eagle River girls hockey team didn’t win any games this season — but they didn’t lose them all, either.

The squad of mostly first-year players salvaged a hard-earned tie in their final game of the season, a 2-2 draw with Service-East.

“I’ve never seen a group of girls work that hard,” said head coach Sara Buda, who took over the team of 11 Chugiak High students and five from Eagle River midway through the season.

UPDATE: At the Wednesday, Feb. 8 meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber, Chugiak-Eagle River Foundation representative Jim Palmer said the group has decided to donate $1,000 to help pay to fix the clock tower.

“Hopefully the clock will be working soon,” Palmer told the chamber.


On their 1969 album “Chicago Transit Authority,” the group Chicago posed the philosophical query, “Does anybody really know what time it is?”

That’s a hard question; in Eagle River’s Chief Alex Park, it’s especially baffling.