Chugiak High hockey goalie Joey Lindquist smiles as he gets his hair cut into a Mohawk by stylist Kelly Prince at the Bella Luca Salon in Eagle River. Lindquist, a senior, suggested every player on the team get the special hairdos in honor of the Mustangs’ appearance in the state hockey tournament, and Bella Luca’s stylists offered to provide the cuts free of charge.
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.
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.
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.
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.