Marquis Spearman doesn’t crack under pressure.

The Chugiak High senior made game-winning free throws two nights apart to help the Mustangs to two consecutive, one-point Cook Inlet Conference wins.

Spearman first lifted his team past rival Eagle River 50-49 with less than 8 seconds left in regulation Feb. 16 at Chugiak. He followed by sinking a free throw with 1 second left in overtime to edge visiting South 46-45 on Feb. 18.

With 4 seconds left in the extra period, Spearman got a steal, rushed the length of the floor and drew a shooting foul.

A public meeting will be held today (Thursday, Feb. 23) at Mirror Lake Middle School to discuss the potential closure of the deteriorating Eklutna River Bridge.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

Most of the Public Works Department, including director Ron Thompson, Traffic and Street Maintenance departments, along with municipal manager George Vakalis and the Chugiak/Birchwood/Eagle River Rural Road Service Area Board (CBERRRSA) will all be present.

Chugiak High is bringing the cartoon cast of “Peanuts” to life.

Starting tonight (Thursday, Feb. 23), students are putting on the musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” The show runs through Saturday, Feb. 25, starting each night at 7 p.m. at Chugiak’s Steve Primis Auditorium. Admission is $5 for students and children and $10 for adults.

“It’s really adorable,” director Lisa Reed said of the production. “I love Peanuts.”

Reed said the musical’s message is something audience members of all ages can relate to.

Eagle River prepares to welcome mushers

There was plenty of hype surrounding the 1992 Iditarod, which was set to begin on Feb. 29, 1992 with a sprint from downtown Anchorage to the Eagle River VFW Post 9785, site of Checkpoint 1 in the annual race from Anchorage to Nome.

A total of 76 mushers, including local rookies Susan Cantor, Debbie Corral, Bob Ernisse and John Peterson, were signed up for the annual race according to a front-page story in the Feb. 27 edition of that year’s Star.

BOIL 5 cups rice

FRY 5 strips bacon cut into small pieces (not crisp)

DRAIN off grease

ADD ½ cup Kikkoman soy sauce, ¼ cup water, 4 teaspoons sugar

COOK slightly

REMOVE from heat and add bacon grease to pan

FRY 3 carrots, 1 chopped onion, ½ chopped green pepper, ¾ cup frozen peas


MIX with rice and vegetables. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Hogs — and the bacon, ham and sausage they produced — were the first commercial venture to be undertaken in Eagle River. Though lodges and roadside coffee shops were developing farther north, when Glenn Briggs brought the first pigs to his Eagle River homestead in 1943, there were no other businesses.

It seems impossibly feel-good, this tale of sacrifice and redemption, tragedy and triumph. It may also sound like the kind of uplifting football drama you’ve seen countless times before — and comparisons to both “Friday Night Lights” and “The Blind Side” will be inevitable.

CER Star February 23, 2012 Issue XLI Volume 8


Marquis Spearman drained a game-winning free throw with 7.7 seconds left in regulation to lift Chugiak’s boys past rival Eagle River 50-49 and claim the “Birchwood Bowl” traveling trophy Thursday, Feb. 16.  

A missed first attempt and deafening noise from Eagle River’s fans weren’t enough to break Spearman’s concentration. Spearman said he didn’t let the pressure get to him after missing his first free throw with the game on the line.

 Eagle River junior basketball player Brandon Parrish hit the go-ahead lay-up with 30 seconds left to lift the Wolves to a  66-62 win over East on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Parrish, 17, is the son of Jermaine and Felicia Parrish of Eagle River.

 Eagle River’s Michael McCurtain has been named to the fall semester Dean’s List at Marian University in Fond Du Lac, Wisc., by earning a minimum 3.5 grade point average.

 Eagle River’s Alexander Mattson, a student at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus College of Liberal Arts, has been named to the Dean’s List for the 2011 Fall Semester. Students on the list achieved a grade point average of 3.66 or higher while taking 12 or more credits.

 Eagle River’s Breeanna Bateman, a sophomore at Minnesota State University, Mankato, has been named to the school’s Honor List. In order to qualify, a student must have received at least a 3.5 GPA and be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours in a semester.

 Eagle River’s Jordan Alyse Smith has been named to the Chancellor’s Honor Roll at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. For the honor, a grade-point average of from 3.75 through 4.0 is required of full-time students carrying at least 12 semester hours.

 Chugiak’s Alexis Sayer, a 2010 Chugiak High graduate, has been named to the fall semester Dean’s List at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. In order to be named to the Dean's List, students must complete 12 graded credits and be in the top 10 percent of their class.

Army Pvt. Alexander M. Smith has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla.

During the nine weeks of training, Smith studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.

He is the son of Eric M. Smith of Richardson Drive, Fort Richardson.

Air Force Airman John L. Abbott graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Abbott completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

 Kayla Eden Gray was born Jan. 26, 2012 at Alaska Regional Hosptial in Anchorage. She weighed seven pounds, seven ounces and is the daughter of Kristina and Grant Gray of Eagle River.

The Alaska Center for the Blind is proud to announce a three-year grant to identify Mat-Su residents with uncorrectable vision loss and improve their overall health and well being through vision rehabilitation.

Older Alaskans are the fastest growing segment of our population and Mat-Su is the fastest growing area. Estimates are that 700 Mat-Su seniors will benefit from this project and 1,100 people ages 18 to 64.


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