Twelve local educators received “Excellence in Education” awards at the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce luncheon March 7 at Bear Mountain Grill.

Staff and Parent Teacher Associations at each of the Chugiak-Eagle River public schools selected an individual to receive the 2012 award.

At the luncheon, Anchorage School District Superintendent Carol Comeau handed out the awards and school board member Crystal Kennedy read comments from each school’s principal about each recipient.

Here’s a look at this year’s winners:

SIFT TOGETHER: 2 cups flour, 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder and ½ teaspoon salt

CREAM: ½ cup shortening, ¾ cups sugar and 2 tablespoons grated orange rind

ADD: 1 egg to creamed mixture and beat hard

STIR IN: ½ of the flour mixture, plus 3 tablespoons evaporated milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla

STIR IN: Rest of mixture

SHAPE INTO: Roll or rectangle 12-by-2-inches

CHILL: For one hour until firm.

CUT: Into slices ¼ inch thick

BAKE: At 375 degrees for about 12 minutes.

The top lady dog musher in the whole world is still Chugiak’s own Shiley Gavin. She came in first place both days in the women’s World Championship Dog Sled Race. On Saturday she made the ten mile trail in 37:40. On Sunday her time was 37:53.

Shirley, who ran 10 dogs the first day and dropped to eight on the second day, said that the trail was in terrible condition from the lack of snow.

“It’s the worst I have ever seen it,” she said.

Fire takes community leader

A wood stove was suspected in a fire that took the life of well-known businesswoman and community leader Marianna Koehler on March 9, 1991, according to several pages of coverage in the Star.

Yes, there is life on Mars in “John Carter,” and it’s deadly dull.

These are not words you would expect to use in describing a film from Andrew Stanton, director of the Oscar-winning Pixar favorites “Finding Nemo” and “WALL-E,” who’s making his live-action debut. And yet there they are, and they’re inescapable.

The Chugiak-Eagle River community knows about the great work done by Seth Kelley and Mark Lackey.

Now the rest of Alaska does, too.

Kelley and Lackey were recently named to the 2012 Alaska Journal of Commerce “Top 40 Under 40” list. They were joined by the 38 other honorees at a luncheon March 8 in Anchorage.

Here’s a look at each man:


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Noorvik defeated Birchwood Christian School 58-38 in the boys Class 2A state basketball semifinals Tuesday at Sullivan Arena. The Warriors will take on Yakutat at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday in the third-place game.

Mike Rud paced BCS with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Dylan Keiffer, who scored eight points, was named player of the game for the Warriors.

Isaac Foreman added seven points, Chase Patterson chipped in three and Caleb Duplessis scored two for Birchwood.

Danny Wells led the Bears with 26 points, including four 3-pointers.

Birchwood Christian School’s boys pulled ahead in the final 20 seconds to take a dramatic 34-33 win over Bristol Bay in the opening round of the Class 2A state basketball tournament Monday at Sullivan Arena. The Warriors will take on Noorvik on Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. with a championship berth on the line.

Dylan Keiffer gave Birchwood its first lead of the game when he hit the eventual game-winning jumper with 19.5 seconds left in regulation.

The Angels nearly won as Bristol Bay’s Brandon Rush had a shot rim out as the buzzer sounded.

Chugiak's Jim Lanier has cashed in.

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

He arrived in the checkpoint after making a 14 hour, 30 minute run from Ophir. Although Lanier was the first musher to reach the halfway mark, his lead didn't last for long. Lanier still had to declare his 24-hour layover, and he did so in Cripple. By Friday morning, 29 mushers had passed Lanier as he and his team of 13 dogs waited out their mandatory rest period.

 Birchwood Christian School junior Mike Rud, 16, scored 32 points to lead the Warriors 57-56 past Effie Kokrine in the Central Interior Conference championship March 3. Birchwood’s boys are the first team in school history to earn a Class 2A state tournament berth. Rud was also named to the all-tournament team. He is the son of Brad and Laura Rud of Peters Creek.

Derek Cash, a 2008 graduate of Chugiak High, is among 28 Linfield College (McMinnville, Ore.) students participating this spring in a Linfield study abroad program.

Cash, a senior majoring in anthropology and history, is studying at the Hong Kong Baptist University in Hong Kong, China, and living in student residence halls. In Hong Kong, students can take advantage of the international trading, powerful manufacturing bases and one of the world’s largest financial centers while learning about Hong Kong and the Chinese culture.

James Stanley Rosin, of Chugiak, died on Feb. 22, 2012 at Alaska Regional in Anchorage. He was 58.

A graveside service was held at Fort Richardson National Cemetery on Friday March 2, with a celebration of life and potluck held afterward at American Legion Post 33 in Peters Creek.

Juvenile probation supervisor by day, cartoon artist by night, Lee Post has turned a doodling habit into a hobby/career of sorts over the last 13 years. In the latest evolution of his artistic life, he is teaching kids how to use their cartoons as a personal journal or as journalism. The class is a featured event in Anchorage Public Library’s Anchorage Reads 2012. Post uses this year’s book, “The Complete Persepolis” to illustrate the power of using cartoons, even crudely drawn ones, to tell a story.

Webelos Scouts from Cub Scout Pack 293 recently received their Arrow of Light awards.

The Arrow of Light is the highest award in Cub Scouting. To earn this award the Scouts worked on outdoor skills, physical fitness and learned about citizenship and working with others.

Pictured (from left to right) are Grant Epple, Trent Mittal, Perry Lundgren, Austin Pritchett, and Michael Farthing. At back is Webelos Den Leader John Farthing.

The Scouts received their awards at the Pack 293 annual Blue and Gold Banquet on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Gruening Middle School.

For Mike Suprenant and Jim Lanier, the 2011 Iditarod was a race to forget.

Although the Chugiak residents hoped to run the race, both saw their plans derailed by medical issues as Lanier had his hip replaced and Suprenant injured himself in a four-wheeler accident.

On March 4, Suprenant and Lanier were among 66 mushers to hit the trail to Nome. And they couldn’t be happier — or healthier.

“I feel terrific,” Lanier, 71, said on Willow Lake shortly before pulling his snow hook as the second musher to leave the starting chute. “A new man.”

Although the Eagle River Lions are famous for their summertime fireworks show, the club played host to pyrotechnics of a political sort when candidates for the upcoming municipal election showed up on March 2.

A forum featuring five school board candidates and four mayoral candidates featured some lively debate among the political hopefuls who turned out to try to sway Chugiak-Eagle River voters in advance of the April 3 election.

I’m writing this because in our literature class we are reading the travel diary, “A Walk Across America,” by Peter Jenkins. My classmates and I are contacting newspapers across the country in a state we want to learn more about. I want to learn more about Alaska because I wanted to know about things you do there, the cold weather, and how you cope with the snow, wind and blizzards. Your state interests me. After doing some research, I came across your newspaper, the Alaska Star, and your contact information.


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