For the fourth straight year, Chugiak High sent more band students to the All State Music Festival than any other high school in Alaska.

This year, Chugiak sent 11 band members, four orchestra members and one choir member to the gala concert at West Anchorage High on Nov. 19. Eagle River had four students go to the festival.  

Four Chugiak students earned first-chair honors. Here’s a look at each student:


Mark Landon

Last year, a number of Eagle River area residents reported run-ins with strangely aggressive wolves.

But wolves acting bold around humans — especially humans with dogs — is not as shocking as it may seem.

If humans are with a dog or dogs, it’s not unusual for wolves to approach when they are in a pack's territory, according to wolf expert L. David Mech, who answered a few questions about what constitutes “normal” wolf behavior via e-mail.

Robyn Burton has made University of Alaska Anchorage history.

Burton, a 2010 Chugiak High graduate, was the first Seawolves volleyball player named to the Daktronics NCAA Division II Volleyball All-American Third Team by sports information directors on Dec. 1.

Three days prior to her Daktronics selection, Burton earned second-team All-American honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Eagle River’s Destinie Rainer rolled a 222 regular game on Dec. 1 at Jewel Lake Bowl to post the top girls’ individual score of the week and helping the Wolves to a 26-4 win over Service.

Eagle River’s boys team also posted a big win with a 20-10 victory over South.

Through Week 4 of the season, both the Eagle River boys and girls teams remained in second place in the Anchorage Scholastic Bowling League behind Dimond.

Kelly Cobb still has something to shoot for.

After putting together a record-breaking season as a freshman for the Duke University women’s soccer team, Cobb came up one win short of her ultimate goal when the Blue Devils fell 1-0 to Stanford in the NCAA Division I national title game on Sunday, Dec. 4 in Kennesaw, Ga.

Cathryn “Cat” Papasodora tagged along with her dad to the shooting range twice in sixth grade. She didn’t pick up a gun again until the start of the 2011 riflery season.

Less than three months later, the Eagle River freshman ended the season as the fifth best shooter in the Cook Inlet Conference after firing an aggregate score of 383 at the CIC riflery championships at West Anchorage High on Dec. 3.


Eagle River High freshman Cathryn “Cat” Papasodora finished the season as the fifth-best shooter in the conference after firing an aggregate score of 383 at the Cook Inlet Conference riflery championships Saturday, Dec. 3 at West Anchorage.

“She is awesome,” Wolves head coach Jeff Parker said.

For the second consecutive year, Eagle River finished third behind second-place Dimond and conference champion West. Chugiak, led by senior Devon Clark’s 287, finished fifth. Dimond’s Reniel Aljibe was the top individual with a 387 aggregate score.

In their first meeting of the season, East skated circles around Chugiak, humiliating the Mustangs with a 7-0 thrashing.

Not this time around.

Chugiak scored three power play goals and Joey Lindquist came up with 31 saves as the Mustangs avenged their previous loss with a tense 3-2 win at the McDonald Center in Eagle River on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

“Lot better than last time,” said Chugiak coach Rod Wild.

Wild credited his defense with doing a better job of helping Lindquist out and limiting second-chance opportunities.

Nearly 300 Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, boarded a Boeing 737 at the Joint Mobility Center en route to Afghanistan Nov. 28.

The departure marked the first step in the 4-25th’s latest 12-month deployment.

More than 3,500 Soldiers are expected to depart from JBER between Nov. 28 and Dec. 14.

We at Love INC of Eagle River cannot thank you enough for your prayers and contributions to another successful Thanksgiving Blessing Project for 2011.

Motel gun-waver arrested

An irate Eagle River Motel visitor was arrested on burglary, assault and weapons charges after apparently getting into a fight with a guest on Nov. 23, Anchorage police said.

No one was injured, they said.

Anchorage Police Department calls for Monday, Nov. 28 through Monday, Dec. 5


Monday, Nov. 28

8:36 a.m. - Accident - Glenn Highway

9:08 a.m. - Registration - Birchwood Loop Road

2:59 p.m. - Accident - Centerfield Drive

6:54 p.m. - Burglary - Parksville Drive


Tuesday, Nov. 29

3:17 a.m. - Accident - Artillery Road

9:01 a.m. - Accident - Old Glenn Highway

The Eklutna River Bridge remains open with weight restrictions.

On Monday, Dec. 5, Municipal Manager George Vakalis’ office said he was still assessing the situation and that Vakalis would have an update on the bridge’s potential closure as early as today (Dec. 8) or Friday, Dec. 9.

Municipal Traffic Engineer Stephanie Mormilo and Public Works Director Ron Thompson are working with Vakalis on the issue.


Facing a world he figures will be better without him in it, George Bailey decides it’s time to end his life.

A “Pineapple Express” weather system that pushed warm, windy conditions into the Anchorage area last week played havoc on local roads, electrical grids and school activities.

Temperatures well above freezing and rain made streets across the area slick and hazardous, leading to more than 120 motor vehicle accidents over the weekend, according to Anchorage Police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker.

Parker said 22 accidents involved injuries, though none were life-threatening.

“It was mainly just bumps and bruises,” Parker said.

At a busy Anchorage intersection, vehicles roll to a stop as their traffic light turns red. But one, a pickup truck, decides to push his luck, speeding through the amber light. Midway through the intersection, it looks like it’s going to make it. Suddenly, another vehicle — the driver seems to have timed the green light perfectly — enters the intersection at a high rate of speed.


What was a normal winter afternoon turns into a very bad day for the occupants of five or six vehicles, as the collision sends automobiles flying and skidding in all directions.


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