Just how many moose are finding their way onto car bumpers in the Eagle River Valley?

“There were four killed in one day up here,” said Candis Stanley, who lives near the end of Eagle River Road.

Stanley said the Feb. 1-2 storm that brought several more inches of snow to the area sent more moose down near the roadway.

“Moose are everywhere right now,” she said.

According to Anchorage Police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker, the animals are using roads and paths adjacent to roads because snow in the woods is so heavy.

Debbie Ossiander is sill waiting on the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Ossiander, who chairs the Anchorage Assembly and Title 21 committee, has yet to receive recommendations from Planning and Zoning (PNZ) on the municipal land use code rewrite.

The comission is currently reviewing Mayor Dan Sullivan’s proposed changes, which were released Oct. 19, 2011, long range planning supervisor Carol Wong said Friday, Feb. 3.

A public meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 23 at Mirror Lake Middle School to discuss the potential closure of the deteriorating Eklutna River Bridge.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 6 p.m., according to Public Works Director Ron Thompson.

Thompson said he and most of the Public Works, Traffic and Street Maintenance departments, along with Municipal Manager George Vakalis and the Chugiak/Birchwood/Eagle River Rural Road Service Area Board (CBERRRSA) will all be present.

Eagle River’s Lois Rockcastle recently received the Alaska Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award for 2011.

Each year the Alaska Nurse Practitioner Association selects a nurse practitioner in Alaska to be honored for their contribution to the profession, leadership in the organization and to contribution to health care in Alaska.

 Aaron Mortier, a math major at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Mich., has been named to the school’s Dean’s List. Mortier is the son of Mark and Ramona Mortier, formerly of Eagle River and now residing in Williamsburg, Va.

 Logan Marshall Frost, a 2010 Chugiak High graduate, was recently promoted to Private First Class. He is currently deployed to Afghanistan with 141st infantry, 3rd brigade, 1st armored division. Frost completed his basic training at Ft. Benning and is posted to Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Texas. He is the son of Jack and Marian Frost of Peters Creek.

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

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

A memorial wake and potluck were held at her daughter's home on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

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

She was a longtime employee of the Alaska Star newspaper who loved gardening in her spare time.

Joyce Little has been the face of advertising in Eagle River and in this newspaper for decades.

Even though she retired from the Star in 2007, it was a shock this week to see her familiar face, with the brief story that her long battle with cancer was over.

But it not the illness, but the way she lived and worked with energy and dignity that will always define Joyce.

She left a successful career in nursing to come to work for former Star owner Lee Jordan in the late 1980s.

Anchorage Police Department calls for Monday, Jan. 30 through Monday, Feb. 6


Monday, Jan. 30

7:22 a.m. - Accident - North Eagle River Access

12:56 p.m. - Drugs - South Birchwood Loop Road

2:15 p.m. - Accident - Bill Stephens Drive


Tuesday, Jan. 31

3:11 a.m. - Alarm - South Birchwood Loop Road

7:29 a.m. - Drugs - Glenn Highway

9:47 a.m. - Lost item - Brooks Loop

Shoplifted: Eats valued at $75. Bail: pricey

Anchorage police said they arrested Christopher Allie Gabor Bussell, 25, of Palmer just after 1 p.m. on Jan. 27 after he stole $75 worth of food from Carr’s. Security chased him down on Heritage Court, police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said. Bussell was arrested on charges of second-degree theft and lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $6,000 bail.


On Saturday Jan. 28, a new Lions Club was born. It was sponsored by the Benton Bay Athletic Lions Club in Anchorage. It is called the Alaska State Sno-x Lions Club, or “ASSLC.” It has members who are striving to bring freestyle snowmobile riding to the area. These young men and women (average age is 25) are enthusiastic and wanting to help.

In our weekly forays we’ve covered embarrassing moments in the Great Outdoors, bungles and blunders, low-pitched humming sounds and even unusual objects that have fallen from the sky.

But given the fact I have spent decades tromping around Alaska, there is definitely room for some more strange experiences.

The first one isn’t mine, however, but a story related to me by my father. Way back in the 1950s (yes, the glaciers were closer to us then) during a September moose hunt on the Kenai Peninsula, he had a very close encounter of the prickly kind.

“For there is no respect of persons with God.” — Romans 2:11

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.

Original story:

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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