Chugiak’s Rod Perry wrote the book on the history of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race.

Perry, who ran the original race in 1973, recently published his first-hand account of the trials and tribulations faced by the race’s early founders. Entitled “TrailBreakers Volume II: Pioneering Alaska’s Iditarod — The Most Daring Iditarod of All All Time Founding the Last Great Race,” Perry’s follow-up to his historical account of the original gold-rush Iditarod Trail is likely to raise a few eyebrows with its blow-by-blow history of a race most never expected to happen.

CER Star March 8,2012 Issue 10, Volume XLI

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.


Birchwood Christian’s boys became the first in school history to earn a Class 2A state basketball tournament berth with a thrilling 57-56 win over Effie Kokrine in the Central Interior Conference championship Saturday at Anderson School.

The Warriors held a 57-55 lead but committed a shooting foul as time expired, giving Effie Kokrine a chance to force overtime, assistant coach Brad Rud said. Effie Kokrine made the first free throw but missed the second, Rud said, giving Birchwood the win and the only Central Interior state berth.

West ended Chugiak's hopes of reaching the Cook Inlet Conference girls basketball tournament title game, handing the Mustangs a 44-40 defeat in the tournament semifinals Friday night at West High.

After trailing by as many as 13 points in the first half, Chugiak rallied to take a 30-29 lead into the fourth quarter. But the host Eagles outscored Chugiak 15-10 down the stretch to earn one of the conference's two automatic state tournament bids.

A candidate forum featuring mayoral candidates Paul Honeman and Mayor Dan Sullivan, along with candidates for the Anchorage School Board, will be held Friday, March 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Eagle River Lions Club. The club is located at Mile 1.5 Eagle River Road in Eagle River.

Municipal elections are scheduled for April 3.

This year’s forum is sponsored by the Sleeping Lady Lions and the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce and will be moderated by KFQD radio personality Casey Reynolds.


After the second day of the Cook Inlet Conference basketball tournament, Chugiak’s girls are the lone local team whose season will continue.

The Mustangs defeated Bartlett 40-21 while Eagle River’s boys lost a heartbreaker 61-60 to tournament host West on Thursday, March 1.

Shaquan Rhoades and Chris Parker led the Wolves with 14 points each. Kevin Waterman (11 points) also reached double digits for Eagle River.

Chugiak held the Golden Bears to just six first-half points and did not let Bartlett score double digits in any quarter.


Dimond ended both the Eagle River girls and Chugiak boys basketball seasons in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference tournament Wednesday, Feb. 29 at West.

The Lynx cruised to an 89-15 victory in the girls’ game and beat Chugiak’s boys 51-34.

Lauren Frost paced Eagle River with eight points.

In the boys’ game, a 3-pointer at the buzzer gave Dimond a six-point lead heading into the final quarter.

 Chugiak High junior Alistie Aguilar leads the third-seeded Mustangs in scoring with 9.3 points per game and assists with 2.2 per game heading into the Cook Inlet Conference tournament, which started Feb. 29 and continues through the weekend at West High. Aguilar, 16, is the daughter of Misty and Alfonso Aguilar of Eagle River.

Nicole O’Hara, of Chugiak, has been named to the Fort Lewis College (Durango, Colo.) Dean’s List for the Fall 2011 semester. O’Hara’s major is Cellular and Molecular Biology.

To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must carry a semester GPA of 3.6 or better in no fewer than 15 credit hours of graded college level work and have completed all work for which they are registered by the end of the semester.

 Kasey Tikalsky, of Eagle River, was named to the fall semester 2011 Dean’s List at the University of Montana in Missoula, Mont. To be named to the list, students must be undergraduates, earn a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher and receive grades of A or B in at least nine credit hours. She is a 2011 graduate of Chugiak High School and the daughter of Al and Krystal Tikalsky of Eagle River.

Eagle River’s Robert Martin won “Best of Show” in both the adult color and adult black and white (creative) categories in the 77th Annual Fur Rendezvous Juried Amateur Photography Contest, held in the Mall at Sears in Anchorage.

Entries were accepted in two divisions: junior and adult, in both black and white and color with 9 different categories: Portrait, Scenic, Wildlife, Pets, Sports, Flowers, Creative, Fur Rondy and Unclassified.

Michael “Max” Brandon Pickens, 26, died unexpectedly on Friday, February 17, 2012.

He was born Dec. 9, 1985 in Anchorage and attended Peters Creek Christian School, Anchorage Christian School and Chugiak High School. He graduated from high school in Anchorage. He also was trained as a welder.

At the time of his death, he was employed by Orso Restaurant as a cook. He had also worked at the Sullivan Arena, and spent one season as the Anchorage Aces’ mascot, “Boomer.”

Longtime Eagle River resident Deanna Nicolard died at her home on Feb. 24, 2012 after a lengthy battle with ovarian cancer. She was 73.

Services will be held Sunday, March 4 at 4 p.m. at Kings Way Ministry Center in Eagle River.

Mrs. Nicolard was born on April 9, 1938 in Tacoma, Wash. She first came to Alaska in 1962 to visit her sister and brother-in-law, who were stationed at Fort Richardson. There she met her future husband, Pete Nicolard.

A fire safe couldn’t save the most valuable thing Jayme Bates owned from a fire that destroyed her Chugiak home on Saturday, Feb. 25.

“I lost my most cherished possession, which was something my dad gave me when I was born. He died when I was 3 and now it’s gone,” Bates, 20, said near the smoldering remains of the house she rented from her mother on Klondike Street off South Birchwood Loop.

A couple dozen FOCUS Inc. employees and After School Program students circled Eagle River Town Square for a half hour the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 23 to advocate for fair treatment of Alaskans with developmental disabilities.

Similar rallies took place the same day all over the state as part of the Key Coalition — one of Alaska’s largest supporters of people with disabilities — annual event.

One intent of the rally was to show that people with special needs are just as much a part of Chugiak-Eagle River as anyone else, said FOCUS care coordinator Snejana Ivanoska.

No, it’s not quite time to make up your mind when it comes to the upcoming 2012 presidential election. You’ve still got nine months of conventions, political ads and debates before that day arrives.

But just like spring seems to be sneaking up on us with each passing day, this year’s municipal elections are closer than you might think.

One of the most poignant Twilight Zone episodes I ever saw on television was the one set at a home for senior citizens. While most of the residents sat idly in the recreation room, staring vacantly at the television screen, watching the hours and days go by, one of the more enterprising folks wanted to go outside and play kid games, such as kick the can.

Anchorage Police Department calls for Monday, Feb. 20 through Monday, Feb. 27


Monday, Feb. 20

8:09 a.m. - Warrant arrest - Newton Court

11:15 p.m. - Alarm - Old Glenn Highway


Tuesday, Feb. 21

1:06 a.m. - Assault - Old Glenn Highway

2:23 a.m. - Alarm - Old Glenn Highway

7:23 a.m. - Accident - Old Glenn Highway

7:45 a.m. - Accident - Eagle River Road


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