I am writing today to congratulate the 2011 Chugiak High School Varsity Football Team upon being presented with the First Annual Trajan Langdon Award by the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Tuesday, Feb. 28 during a ceremony held at the Anchorage Museum.

The award, presented by the Hall of Fame Board of Directors, is presented to a person or group of people who have demonstrated leadership and sportsmanship during the past year in such a way as to positively influence and inspire others to be better sportsmen or sportswomen.

Anyone who’s lived in Chugiak-Eagle River for a while likely felt a twinge of sadness when watching last weekend’s Iditarod ceremonial start festivities in Anchorage.

Up until the early part of this century, the state’s most famous sporting event and this community were intertwined, with mushers running from Anchorage to the Eagle River VFW post — where a sign still proudly marks the spot alongside the Glenn Highway where mushers arrived at Checkpoint No. 1.

Anchorage Police Department calls for Monday, Feb. 27 through Monday, March 5


Monday, Feb. 27

8:17 a.m. - Accident - South Birchwood Loop Road

9:54 a.m. - Misconduct involving weapons - Coronado Road

10:27 a.m. - Robbery - Fairmount Circle

12:48 p.m. - Fraud - Shasta Circle

3:27 p.m. - Regulation violation - Lacey Drive

5:19 p.m. - Accident - Eagle River Road

5:28 p.m. - Disturbance - Green Garden Drive

Windows shot out at ACS

Anchorage police say that they received a report just before 10 a.m. on Feb. 27 that it appeared someone shot out two windows at the Alaska Communications building on Coronado Road in Eagle River. There were no witnesses, police said. A case is pending.


Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

— Hebrews, 12:1-2


“I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” — Albert Schweitzer

To volunteer means simply to be motivated and give one’s time, or energies, to work toward a project or cause that you are interested in. I have always had the dream of working overseas and experiencing different cultures. Along with 44 other volunteers, in March 2009, my husband and I traveled 30 hours to take on two years of volunteer service to Peace Corps-Ukraine.

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Signs of progress for the Afghan National Security Forces was made in the icy city of Gardez on Feb. 18 when an improvised explosive device was discovered by Afghan Uniformed Police and destroyed by an Afghan National Army explosive ordnance disposal unit on a muddy street near the wood market.

Improvised explosive devices being found and disposed of by EOD units is not a rare occurrence in this volatile region of the country. What was special about this particular operation was that no coalition forces played a hand in it.

The Eagle River boys’ basketball season ended with a heartbreaking 61-60 loss to Cook Inlet Conference tournament host West High in the opening round March 1.

Fourth-ranked West went on to lose to No. 2 Service 71-50 in the third-place game March 3.

The fifth-ranked Wolves had a chance to beat the Eagles after West’s Christian Nidoy missed both double bonus free throws in the waning seconds of the game. After Nidoy’s second miss with 6.6 seconds, Eagle River’s Chris Parker took an outlet pass and rushed toward the basket.

Chugiak’s boys hung with top-seeded Dimond for three quarters, but the Lynx pulled away in the fourth to win 51-34 in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference basketball tournament Feb. 29 at West High, ending the Mustangs’ season.

Dimond won the CIC championship 64-51 over No. 3 Bartlett on March 3.

Cayle Byers, a 2007 Chugiak High graduate who now wrestles for Oklahoma State University, won a Big 12 Conference wrestling championship at 197 pounds on Saturday, March 3, in Columbia, Mo.

Byers, a senior, defeated Missouri's Brent Haynes 5-0 in the title match.

He'll now move onto the NCAA Division I National Tournament, which will be held March 15-17 in St. Louis.

OSU, which entered the tournament ranked No. 3 in the nation, finished second to host Missouri in the team standings.

Mirror Lake eighth-grader Roan Hall turned in the top individual performance at the Anchorage School District’s Middle School Nordic Skiing Championships on Feb. 22 and 24 at Kincaid Park.

The Eagle River girls’ basketball season ended with an 89-15 loss to top-seeded Dimond in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference tournament Feb. 29 at West High.

Lauren Frost paced the Wolves with eight points.

Dimond went on to win the conference title 64-51 over tournament host West on March 3.

A 45-30 nonconference win over Skyview on Jan. 21 was Eagle River’s lone victory of the season and first in nearly three years. It was also the first win for third-year head coach Terra Bingham and the team’s lone senior Meaghan Byman.

Alaska is such a unique place that it isn’t difficult to compile a list of firsts — one-of-a-kind achievements — especially with our comparatively young, vibrant and restless population. Rummaging through some back issues of Alaska magazine, we came up with some rather compelling firsts.

39 years ago...

“Dog Races To Nome Will Be ‘Tough’ Says Local Man Who Covered Trail” was the headline in an item on page 15 of the March 1, 1973 Star. According to the story, George Smock, 83, of Lower Peters Creek made several trips up the old Iditarod mining trail in the early 1900s. According to the story, Smock said the mushers heading out for the first Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from Anchorage to Nome would be in for a “tough one,” out on the trail.


Saute until tender: ¼ cup chopped onion, 2 tablespoons green pepper and 1 tablespoon parsley in 2 tablespoons butter.

Add and brown lightly: 1 pound ground meat, seasoned with salt and pepper

Sprinkle over meat mixture: 2 tablespoons flour

Add and cook until thickened: 2 bouillon cubes dissolved in ½ cup hot water

Cool and spread on biscuit or yeast dough rolled about ¼ inch thickness.

Roll up like a jelly roll and slice 1 inch thick.

Bake on cookie sheet at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Joe Redington, Alaskan dog musher and winner of the Fur Rendezvous race this year, was the mystery guest on the nationwide television show, “To Tell the Truth,” recently.

The show was seen in the Anchorage area last Tuesday during the daytime showing at 10:15 a.m. Joee appeared dressed in civilian clothes wearing a ski sweater, while the two imposters who also claimed to be Joee were dressed respectively in an Army uniform and a parka.

After trailing by as many as 13 points in the first half, Chugiak’s girls rallied to take the lead but ultimately fell to West High 44-40 in the semifinals of the Cook Inlet Conference basketball tournament March 2.

The Mustangs reached the semifinals with a 40-21 win over bartlett on March 1.

Any slight chance of making state disappeared when the third-ranked Mustangs lost 52-30 to No. 5 Service in the third-place game the following day.

Tournament host West lost to Dimond 64-51 in the conference championship March 3.


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