Eagle River residents Brittney Seavey and David Cannamore were engaged to be married on Jan. 11, 2012 in Juneau. The couple will wed on Aug. 18, 2012 in Eagle River.

The bride is the daughter of Jim and Nathalie Steffens. She is a 2009 graduate of Chugiak High School and is currently attending the University of Alaska Southeast studying geography and environmental science. She enjoys kayaking, knitting, good coffee (Kaladi) and hiking.

Steak out

Anchorage Police Department calls for Monday, March 5 through Monday, March 12


Monday, March 5

7:15 a.m. - Disturbance involving weapon - Park Circle

7:20 a.m. - Elude - Glenn Highway

9:33 a.m. - Disturbance - Acadia Drive

12:36 p.m. - Accident - Birchwood Loop Road


Tuesday, March 6

9:47 a.m. - Accident - Laoana Court

10:44 a.m. - Parking violation - Chugach Park Drive

Dear Editor,

Hello, my name is Natalie Ritter. I am a fifth grader at Napa Valley Language Academy in Napa, Calif.

The reason I am writing to you is because my class is doing a state report and I have chosen your amazing state, Alaska. I would really appreciate it if you posted my letter in your newspaper so that I can get all the help I need from you and your readers, including pamphlets, postcards, souvenirs, a letter or anything else that would be useful!

As a retired Anchorage School District teacher, I know how important it is for students to get off to a good start with a healthy, balanced breakfast each day. Children have a better chance of staying healthy with nutritionally sound meals. Children pay attention better and learn best when they are not hungry.

Now my work at the Chugiak-Eagle River Food Pantry has opened my eyes to the continuing rise in the numbers of local needy families we serve. More and more families need food assistance each month.

Now is our chance to get involved with the presidential nomination process at the local level.

This Saturday, March 17, Republicans from Eagle River will meet at Kings Way Ministry Center, located at 10336 E. Eagle River Loop Road and Baronoff Ave.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. and there is a $25 district delegate fee.

This is the best way to learn and understand how Alaska selects our presidential nominee.

We had our presidential preference poll last Tuesday and this is the next step.

Well, if you hadn’t noticed all this new daylight, it’s a sure bet the recent Daylight Savings Time clock switch jolted you into a new world of evening sunshine. While the issue of whether we should hold onto this outdated practice is certainly worthy of an editorial, we’d prefer to focus on the amazing new perspective all this sunshine brings this time of year.

Five Eagle River Boys & Girls Club members were honored with Youth of the Year awards Friday, March 9 at the Eagle River Ale House. This year, the kids voted for each winner, said branch manager Tracey Hupe.

Most of the winners emerged with the slimmest of margins, Hupe said.

“It was real close with all of the votes,” she said.

Here’s a look at the 2012 Youth of the Year award winners:


Ryan Smith: Boys junior youth of the year

Smith, 11, mentors the younger club members, Hupe said.

How many people does it take to make 150 sandwiches in 45 minutes?

Nine kids and two adults.

Chugiak Elementary Camp Fire USA second-through-fifth-graders feverishly made bologna and cheese sandwiches March 7 to donate to Bean’s Café, which provides food and shelter to Anchorage’s homeless population.

Each student had a job on the assembly line that started with placing two pieces of bread on a plate and ended with sealing and stacking the finished product in a box.

Anyone driving past Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department Station 35 recently may have noticed the red steel building no longer looks much like a working firehouse.

It’s not.

Formerly known as the Bill Lowe station, the facility was officially shuttered by the Municipality on Feb. 8 after an engineering firm’s structural evaluation in late January found the building to be in “poor condition.”

“It was evident the building was no longer safe to occupy due to some damage to the roof and the heavy snow load,” said CVFD Chief Tom Reinbolt.

The evening of March 8, a Thursday, was nothing short of a celestial extravaganza. A full moon vied with the aurora borealis to create a spectacular light show across the skies, while Venus and Jupiter played tag as they crouched above the western horizon.

The planets appeared very close together, but in reality, the more distant Jupiter was millions of miles away from our solar system neighbor, Venus.

“For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

— John, 3:16

Twelve years ago, Pat Mahoney and the Eagle River Lions sponsored a free fishing derby for kids in the local area. It started out at Mirror Lake and then moved to Beach Lake. Due to municipality restrictions, the derby has finally found a home at Finger Lake in Palmer. This event gives kids and parents a break from the “winter blah's.” It gives them a chance to spend time with their folks, plus gets everyone outside into the great outdoors.

KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan — A joint airdrop operation between Task Force Spartan, the U.S. Air Force, the Afghan Border Patrol and local militia Arbici was conducted to resupply paratroopers of Task Force Blue Geronimo at Combat Outpost Chergotah, a first for the area, Feb. 28.

Paratroopers from Task Force Blue Geronimo conducted a drop zone survey two weeks prior in an effort to find a safer alternative method to re-supply Combat Outpost Chergotah.

After stellar regular season and postseason play, the Mustang Hockey Association’s Blue Devils PeeWee AA hockey team is heading to the national tournament.

The Blue Devils’ quest for a national title begins Wednesday, March 28 in Reston, Va. But they need a little help getting there.

Chugiak's Mike Suprenant has scratched from the 2012 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, according to a press release issued by race officials Wednesday, March 14.

According to the relase, Suprenanant made the decision in Unalakleet based on the well-being of his dog team.

Suprenant had nine dogs in his team when he made the decision. He was in 51st place out of 54 remaining mushers. The 47-year-old  finished the 2009 Iditarod in 49th place, also scratched in 2008 and 2010.

For complete race updates, visit www.iditarod.com

Chugiak’s Jim Lanier has cashed in.

Lanier, 71, was the first Iditarod musher to reach the Cripple checkpoint on Thursday, March 8, claiming the GCI Dorothy Page Award and $3,000 in gold nuggets courtesy of the telecommunications company.

He arrived in the checkpoint with 13 dogs after making a 14 hour, 30 minute run from Ophir.


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