Did you know that one in three people will need a blood transfusion in their lifetime?
The Blood Bank of Alaska is a non-profit organization founded in 1962. It is Alaska’s only blood collection, processing and distribution operation. It is a critical component of the entire state’s medical infrastructure. It provides blood products and blood services to 22 Alaskan medical centers or hospitals (public, private, military and Native).
And when they came to Jericho and as He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus the son of Timaeus sat by the wayside begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David; have mercy on me. Even a blind man can tell when he is walking in the Son.
PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Afghan Border Police and Afghan Uniformed Police from all areas of Regional Command-East have been coming to Forward Operating Base Gardez to learn how to work on vehicles and, more importantly, with each other, at a class taught by the U.S. soldiers of the Maintenance Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Spartan.
The course is just one more example of how U.S. forces are helping the different Afghan National Security Forces to work with each other.
Chugiak’s girls will look to avenge their regular season finale loss to Bartlett today (Thursday, March 1) when the two square off in the Cook Inlet Conference tournament opener at 4 p.m. at West High.
The Mustangs’ lackluster performance led to a 37-34 loss to the Golden Bears on Feb. 24, Chugiak head coach Ryan Hales said.
“We just weren’t in the game,” he said. “We kind of went into the game a little overconfident.”
Chugiak-Eagle River wrestlers have established themselves as kings of the middle school mat.
At the Anchroage School District City Championships held Feb. 22-23 at Goldenview Middle School in South Anchorage, Mirror Lake’s Coyotes won the overall team championship, while the Gruening Colts won more individual titles than any other school.
The 700-mile trip from Eagle River to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, site of the 2012 Arctic Winter Games, won’t be foreign to Team Alaska’s speedskaters.
Whitehorse is the closest town with a short track to Eagle River’s McDonald Center, which houses the only short track in the state, according to Team Alaska speedskating head coach Peter Haeussler, of Chugiak. The seven-member team is familiar with Whitehorse’s rink and its competitors, he said.
“A lot of kids are looking forward to going to Whitehorse,” Haeussler said.
A decision whether or not to close the deteriorating Eklutna River Bridge will be made in the next month, Anchorage Municipal Manager George Vakalis said during a public meeting Feb. 23 at Mirror Lake Middle School.
Vakalis said a decision needs to come before the bridge sees increased traffic from summer tourists.
Chugiak High’s ProStart teams competed at the annual Alaska ProStart competitions in Management and Culinary Arts on Feb. 18-19 at the UAA Cuddy Center in Anchorage, where contestants from around Alaska gathered to compete and earn the privilege of representing Alaska at the National ProStart Competition.
From left to right, Mirror Lake Middle School students Tanner Pillars, Madeline Kunkel, David Stockhouse and Adam Prewitt pose in costume from their production of the “Wizard of Oz,” which was performed for the school’s the student body on Feb. 24-25 and for the community on Feb. 25. Margaret Barber and Tom Soper were the co-directors of the play, which included a cast of 40 students. The students practiced for more than two months for the production.
A report by the U.S. Forest Service detailing spruce bark beetle damage in the Eagle River and Eklutna areas showed the areas were among the hardest-hit in the state, according to a story on the front page of the March 6, 1997 Alaska Star.
According to the story, the Forest Service said the Eagle River Valley had seen the area of trees infested by the pesky insects grow from 2,300 acres in 1996 to about 5,800 acres in ’97 — a 250 percent increase.
2 cups leftover cooked salmon
½ cup chopped mushrooms (fresh or canned)
6 tablespoons shortening
1 ½ tablespoons flour
1 ½ cups milk
2 egg yolks
½ teaspoon Worchestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
(Note to our readers: Many of our articles for this column come directly from the old Knik Arm Courier, which was this area’s weekly newspaper in the 1960s. Occasionally, an article of historical interest is too long for our space, or needs some clarification for today’s residents. Then the historical society relies on a small group of locals who meet weekly with author Darlene Halverson to improve their writing skills. Calling themselves the “Memory Retrievers,” they will be acknowledged whenever they have lent a hand in preparing our articles.)
Not a lot of celebrities pass through Eagle River, so when Erik Estrada visited a couple local businesses recently, folks lined up to have their picture taken with the former star of the hit television show CHiPs.
“I grew up watching him,” said Eagle River’s Ken Dunlop, who had his picture taken with the TV icon during Estrada’s appearance at the Eagle River Elks Lodge on Feb. 24.