As it turns out, the rugged terrain surrounding Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson is actually a pretty good double for Afghanistan.

“We were out in the winter months repeatedly doing driver training to get ready for this,” said Lt. Col Brad Hinson of the 725th Brigade Support Battalion (Centurions) during a recent conference call from Afghanistan.

UPDATE: Chugiak lost 4-3 to Lathrop in the opening round of the state hockey tournament on Thursday's, Feb. 8, and fell 4-1 to Wasilla in the semifinals on Friday, Feb. 9.

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Chugiak High’s quest for a Class 4A state hockey title begins today at 2:30 p.m. against Lathrop in the opening round of the ASAA Alaska Class 4A State Hockey Championships at the Menard Center in Wasilla.

Chugiak senior Garrett Morrison easily handled Kodiak’s Charlie Johnson in the finals of the 182 pound weight class at the ASAA Alaska Class 4A State Wrestling Championships to earn his first state wrestling title on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Bartlett High.

“It feels great,” Morrison said after defeating Johnson for the second time this season.

Chugiak’s girls basketball team finished with a 2-2 record at the Dimond Lady Lynx Prep Shootout Feb. 1-4 at Dimond High, good enough for seventh place in the 16-team tournament.

The Mustangs opened the tourney with a 60-54 overtime win over Lathrop on Feb. 1. Erinn Scotland scored 20 points to lead Chugiak, which also got 17 points from Alistie Aguilar and 12 from Jessica Tramp. Jessi McMullen hauled in a game-high 15 boards for Chugiak, which went 23-of-33 from the free throw line.

After watching his team fall 1-0 to Dimond-West (DW) in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference girls hockey tournament on Feb. 1 at ben Boeke Arena, Chugiak-Eagle River (CER) co-head coach Randall Sperry was far from disappointed in his squad.

“I think our goal was just to be competitive, and we were definitely competitive,” Sperry said.


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From an article by Les Fetrow printed in the Knik Arm Courier in 1962

Just a little more than two years after Chugiak was founded in 1947, the residents realized that school would very soon become a major problem.

For nearly two months, Alexa Heald has been practicing for the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest.

Even the night of Eagle River High’s competition Feb. 2, Heald repeatedly recited one of her poems during a seven-minute intermission. Tucked away in a corner of Eagle River’s library facing the wall, the sophomore rehearsed Dorothy Parker’s “Love Song.”

Her hard work paid off.

If a movie is cheesy and knows it’s cheesy — if it embraces the soft, gooey texture and pungent aroma of its own fromage — does that make it any more palatable as a meal?

That is the question to ponder while watching “Big Miracle,” a rousing, feel-good, family-friendly animal adventure which has the added benefit of being based on a true story. It’s a weird hodgepodge, mixing the large cast and the melodrama of a 1970s disaster movie with the small-town quirkiness of “Northern Exposure,” with just a touch of the big-haired ambition of “Broadcast News.”

CER Star February 9, 2012 Issue XLI Volume 6

Four students from Chugiak High and one from Eagle River were named to the All-Cook Inlet Conference hockey teams, as voted on by the CIC’s coaches.

Named All-CIC on the girls side were Chugiak-Eagle River forward Rachel Russell, a senior at Chugiak, and defender Morgan Elledge, a CHS junior.

The Chugiak-Eagle River girls team also earned the CIC’s academic award with a combined 3.41 grade point average.

Chugiak senior Garrett Morrison easily handled Kodiak's Charlie Johnson in the finals of the 182 pound weight class at the ASAA Alaska Class 4A State Wrestling Championships to earn his first state wrestling title on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Bartlett High.

"It feels great," Morrison said after defeating Johnson for the second time this season.

Longtime Eagle River resident Joyce Little died Jan. 29, 2012 after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 68.

She was born in 1943 in Fort Pierce, Fla. to Lewis and Betty Jacobs.

A wake and potluck will be held at her daughter's home on Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. Please contact Denise at 564-7933 for information.

A funeral mass will be held Thursday, Feb. 9 at 4:30 p.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Eagle River.

Chugiak sophomore wrestler Richard Burroughs, 16, won his first Cook Inlet Conference championship with a 7-6 win over Service’s Derek Zorea in the finals at 220 pounds on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Chugiak High. Burroughs is the son of Don and Lori Burroughs of Peters Creek.

Dimond's Marianne Kristiansen scored with 8:28 left in the third period to lift second-seeded Dimond-West to a 1-0 win over No. 3 Chugiak-Eagle River in the semifinals of the Cook Inlet Conference tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at Ben Boeke Arena.

Chugiak-Eagle River outshot Dimond-West 17-12 in the game, but couldn't break through against goalie Taylor Sebring.

Nicole Mrugala made 11 stops for Chugiak-Eagle River.

Chugiak outscored Lathrop 12-6 in overtime to earn a 60-54 victory over Lathrop in the opening round of the Dimond Lady Lynx Shootout on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at Dimond. 

The Mustangs went 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the extra period.

Alistie Aguilar went 11-for-13 from the line to lead Chugiak. Aguilar finished with 17 points and seven assists for the Mustangs, who also got a game-high 20 points from Erinn Scotland, 12 points and eight boards from Jessica Tramp and a game-high 15 rebounds from Jessi McMullen.

Bandit assaults fire chief


A masked bandit, caught attempting to hold up a liquor store, made his escape after an attempt upon Chugiak Fire Chief Fred Hahn last Friday.

Hahn and his wife were at Bradley’s Shopping Center* in Eagle River purchasing supplies for the Fireman’s dance, when Bradley suddenly decided to check the adjoining liquor store.

He (Bradley) discovered a man wearing a silk stocking over his head in the act of entering the back door of the store. The prowler carried a nickel plated revolver.


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