Justine and Cloyce Parks staked out the first five-acre, small-tract homesite in the Chugiak-Eagle River area just south of Peters Creek in 1945. They had come from their home in Nebraska before World War II, when Cloyce was offered a one-year assignment with the Corps of Engineers. At that time the couple had two teenage children, daughter Virginia and a son, Jim.

Fred Meyer gets commission’s blessing

The Anchorage Planning and Zoning commission approved site plans for an Eagle River Fred Meyer store at the north end of Eagle River’s downtown.

Although the commission gave the new store its blessing, it said the Portland-based retailer must reduce the height of its main sign and makes sign changes to the “monstrous façade” on the north face of the building.

Chair Daphne Brown objected to a proposed 40-foot-high sign, saying it was excessive.

When Chugiak High teacher Angela Armstrong reflects on her time as a Chugiak student two decades ago, one event comes to mind — “Faculty Follies.”

The teacher talent show has been a long-lasting memory for the 1992 graduate.

“It is one of the few things I remember going to that was just a blast,” said Armstrong, now a student council advisor.

Chugiak resurrected the event Friday, Jan. 13 under a new name — “Teachers Got Talent” — to raise money for its student body and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Chugiak-Eagle River girls hockey held the Mat-Su Ravens to just 12 total shots en route to a 3-0 win Jan. 14 at the McDonald Center. Arika Mercer earned the shutout in net.

Defenseman Morgan Elledge said skating to a 2-2 tie with the Ravens eight days earlier gave CER extra motivation.

“We really wanted to beat them today,” she said.

With Hannah Blizzard screening Ravens’ goaltender Lydia Phillips, Kiera Byman slipped a wrister in from the point in the second period after a scoreless first.

KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan, — Having three deployed members in one family at the same time would seem unlikely; however, for the Hale family, it’s a reality.

With a little help, they were able to reconnect after a four-year separation, at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Jan. 6.

Is it from Hades, or from Heaven sent?
This is the winter of our discontent.

A winter to challenge Alaskans bold,
Relentless snows and bitter cold;

Storms from the Gulf unleashing wind
From north and south and back again.

Our streets are narrowing, banked with snow;
There is no place for it to go.

My name is Jacqueline Ray of GGHT (God’s Greater Holy Temple) in South Anchorage. I have co-pastored with my husband Bishop Robert Ray for the past 21 years. This year Bishop Ray accepted the call to evangelize our sister churches in West Texas. Therefore, the baton to become the Senior Pastor in Anchorage has been passed on to me. This is a great honor for me.

Our Mission Statement

Spiritual Reformation: Bringing about a spiritual change in every believer (Acts 2).

Man arrested for sexual assault

Anchorage police said they arrested Douglas Caudy, 21, of Eagle River on charges of second-degree attempted sexual assault and third-degree sexual assault earlier this month after he made contact with a sleeping woman. The victim told police Caudy sexually touched her while she slept at the home of a relative on the Old Glenn Highway, police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said. Caudy is a friend of the relative, Parker said. Caudy was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail and a third-party custodian.


Anchorage Police Department calls for Tuesday, Jan. 10 through Monday, Jan. 16


Tuesday, Jan. 10

7:23 a.m. - Accident - East Eagle River Road

8:06 a.m. - Hit and run - West Lake Ridge Drive

9:49 a.m. - Parking violation - Monte Road

9:49 a.m. - Parking violation - End Street

11:50 a.m. - Parking violation - Fireball Street

12:26 p.m. - Parking violation - Celestial Street

3:41 p.m. - Accident - Eklutna Lake Road

Community service isn’t for everyone, or so some may think. After all, not everyone has the ability to stand in a meal line and serve food, help clean a park, or has the creative ability to paint faces at the Fourth of July celebration. But, I would argue that community service comes in many different packages. Sometimes it is through physical or artistic means, but many individuals have found their service through sitting, listening, and talking.

Our local legislators returned to work in Juneau on Jan. 17. Here’s hoping this session goes a little more smoothly than the last, which was marred by constant bickering between rival factions in the House and Senate.

Legislators will give a lot of reasons for why things broke down in the previous session, and we’ve heard plenty of blame thrown around in recent weeks as our local delegation has prepared to head south.

 Air Force Airman Ryan M. Massingham graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Massingham 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.

Massingham earned distinction as an honor graduate.

Navy Seaman Joshua A. Wood, a 2010 graduate of Eagle River High School, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Wood completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

Finnegan Booth Weight was born Nov. 25, 2011 at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage. He weighed seven pounds, nine ounces and is the son of Bryce and Rachel Weight of Eagle River.

 Jaimie Barkley received her Masters of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Washington in December 2011 and became a PhD candidate in Environmental Engineering in January 2012. Jaimie is the daughter of John and Val Barkley of Eagle River.

Chugiak’s Luke Plumb, 17, received his Eagle Scout award on Dec. 21, 2011. Plumb, a senior at Chugiak High School, is the son of Wayne and Cindy Plumb and a member of Boy Scout Troop 230. Luke’s Eagle Scout project consisted of fundraising to purchase and assemble a play structure, and landscaping the surrounding area for the River of Life Lutheran Church.

Luke has been in scouting since he was 7-years-old. He went on many scouting adventure trips, including hiking Philmont in New Mexico, hiking the Chilkoot trail and canoeing 300 miles down the Yukon River.

A nosy neighbor and a quick response by the Anchorage Fire Department helped keep a home at 20513 Eagle River Road from being completely destroyed by fire Thursday, Jan. 12.

Adam Blaum was working on a home improvement project when he noticed what appeared to be an unusually large amount of snow blowing past his upstairs window.

“I just happened to see some extra snow,” said Blaum, who lives next door to the burned home. “But it was smoke mixed with snow.”

What’s tough?

Melissa Apodaca is currently training six hours a day with the goal of representing the United States in one of the toughest sports around, freestyle wrestling. The muscular 22-year-old’s typical day includes running and lifting weights followed by a couple hours of technique work and sparring.

Think that’s tough?

The 2008 Chugiak High graduate does all that training while keeping up with her college courses at Northern Michigan University, where last semester she earned a 4.0 grade-point average.


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