CER Star March 1,2012 Issue 9, Volume XLI

Investigators don't know the cause of a fire that desroyed a home on Klondike Street off of South Birchwood Loop in Chugiak on Saturday, Feb. 25.

According to the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department, the blaze was reported at approximately 9:40 a.m. When crews arrived four minutes later, they found the house completely engulfed in flames, according to CVFD assistant chief Virginia McMichael.

"On our arrival it was pretty much fully involved," she said.

Heading into Friday's 10-kilometer mass start classic race on Day 2 of the ASAA Alaska State Nordic Skiing Championships at Kincaid Park, Chugiak senior Isaac Lammers found himself trailing East's Thomas O'Harra by just over six seconds after Thursday's freestyle race. So when he crossed the finish line in first place in the classic race, Lammers knew he still had a few seconds to worry that O'Harra might come charging up behind him.

But when he looked back down the trail, there was nobody there.

"My coach said 'I've got the timer going,'" Lammers recalled.


Chugiak’s girls basketball moved into third place in the Cook Inlet Conference with a 53-46 win over East on Wednesday, Feb. 22. With the victory, the Mustangs improved to 8-5 in the conference heading into their final regular season game Friday, Feb. 24 at Bartlett at 6 p.m.

Erinn Scotland paced the Mustangs with 16 points and nine steals. Jessi McMullen (13 points) and Jessica Tramp (11 points) also reached double digits for Chugiak.

 Chugiak High senior Marquis Spearman, 18, scored game-winning free throws two nights apart to lift the Mustangs’ basketball team to consecutive, one-point Cook Inlet Conference wins. Spearman scored with 7.7 seconds left in regulation Feb. 16 to help Chugiak defeat rival Eagle River 50-49. On Feb. 18, Spearman drained a free throw with one second left in overtime to give the Mustangs a 46-45 win over South. He is the son of Donna Dutch and Ralph Spearman of Peters Creek.

 The driver of this pick-up truck had to be extricated from his vehicle after crashing in the center median of the Glenn Highway on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Anchorage Police said the 49-year-old driver was not seriously hurt in the accident, one of several dozen reported that day as light snowfall made roads treacherous across the Anchorage and Chugiak-Eagle River areas.

Getting up to catch a 7:30 a.m. bus on a Sunday morning might not seem like most kids’ idea of a good time. Unless it’s a snow day.

Nearly 90 students from Chugiak-Eagle River joined dozens of their peers from across Anchorage on Feb. 18 in a bus caravan south to Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, where they converged for a program that for two decades has been introducing generations of skiers and boarders to the mountain.

“This is pretty sweet,” said Jake Rogers, a sixth grader at Mirror Lake Middle School while taking a lunch break in the day lodge.

Eagle River’s Chris Olds, the two-time defending Iron Dog champion, started his quest for a third straight title Sunday, Feb. 19 at Big Lake.

“The expectation and the goal is to definitely win this year,” Olds said.

After winning the past two years with Fairbanks’ Tyler Huntington, Olds is riding with new teammate Mike Morgan of Nome. Olds said the duo (Bib 10) has a legitimate chance to take first.

“I think we’ve got a good shot,” he said. “We’re comfortable and confident with our machine.”

The pair is riding a 600cc Polaris Pro R Switchback.

Bryan Michael Watkins, of Eagle River, died on Dec. 31, 2011 in Oklahoma from a massive brain hemorrhage. He was 32.

Watkins was born Jan. 8, 1979 in Anchorage, the youngest son of Jerry and Carole Watkins of Eagle River.

He attended Chugiak High and later earned his GED.

His hobbies included snow boarding, riding four-wheelers and snowmobiles, camping and hunting.

Marine Corps Pfc. Devon M. Howell, son of Terri L. Mayo of Mount Enterprise, Texas and William H. Howell, of Eagle River, recently completed the Basic Electrician's Course.

During the course at Marine Corps Engineer School, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, N. C., Howell received instruction on the repair and maintenance of generators, transformers and power lines. In addition to the mechanical skills involved, studies also include circuitry, electrical theory and related safety procedures.

 Eagle River’s Jacqueline Zaragoza has been named to the Fall Semester Dean’s List at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. Zaragoza, a 2010 Chugiak High graduate, is currently a sophomore studying practical nursing. She is the daughter of Paul and Betty Zaragoza of Eagle River.

Eagle River’s Ashley Allen has earned placement on the Gonzaga University President’s List for fall semester 2011. Students must earn a 3.7 to 4.0 grade-point average to be listed.

Eagle River’s Angela Weiss has earned placement on the Gonzaga University Dean’s List for fall semester 2011. Students must earn a 3.5 to 3.69 grade-point average to be listed.

If you’re lucky enough to live in Chugiak-Eagle River, you shouldn’t have much trouble. A quick glance at the calendar of upcoming events in this area offers everything from live theater to sporting events to cocktail parties. Who needs the big city?

It might surprise you to learn that high school teachers in the Anchorage School District are using comics in a variety of ways to connect with and inspire their students. In fact, the first volume of Persepolis is on the ninth grade reading list — which admittedly was one of the reasons Anchorage Public Library chose the graphic novel The Complete Persepolis for this year’s Anchorage Reads.

Google “comics as teaching tools” and you get nearly 35 million hits.

Anchorage Police Department calls for Monday, Feb. 13 through Monday, Feb. 20

Monday, Feb. 13

9:33 a.m. - Vandalism - Old Glenn Highway

12:49 p.m. - Assault - Settlers Drive

2:59 p.m. - Accident - Old Glenn Highway

4:16 p.m. - Accident - Hiland Road

8:02 p.m. - Accident - Artillery Road


Tuesday, Feb. 14

12:46 a.m. - Assault - Pilots Road

11:46 a.m. - Alarm - Laoana Drive

Fights reported at Homestead

Anchorage police said they visited the Homestead Lounge twice in the early-morning hours of Feb. 12.

I want to be in movies. I was thinking about a sequel to the recent motion picture, “Moneyball.” I would call it “Moneycall.”

It is that season again, no not break-up quite yet; rather, it is municipal election season. Among the seats that are up for grabs are positions on the Anchorage School Board (which are all elected “At Large”) and the opportunity to choose who will be the Mayor for the next three years.


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