The Wolves can howl for another year.

For the second straight season, Eagle River won its two-game, regular season series against crosstown rival Chugiak with a 7-4 victory Saturday, Jan. 28 at the McDonald Center.

The two skated to a 1-1 tie their first meeting Nov. 17, 2011. Eagle River beat Chugiak for the first time in school history last season by sweeping the Mustangs with two one-goal wins. 

“I feel like the tides might be turning a little bit,” Wolves’ captain Stephen Wescott said.

Garrett Morrison and Dominic Taus are double trouble.

Chugiak’s Morrison and Eagle River’s Taus each earned their second consecutive Cook Inlet Conference wrestling titles on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Chugiak High. The two seniors were joined at the top of the podium by Chugiak sophomore Richard Burroughs, who claimed a narrow 8-7 finals win over Service’s Derek Zorea at 220 pounds for his first CIC title.

But there’s still plenty of work left ahead.

“It’s a pretty good feeling, but the state tournament’s all that matters,” Taus said.

South ended Eagle River’s hockey season with a 5-0 win Tuesday, Jan. 31 in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference tournament at Ben Boeke Ice Arena.

The Wolverines blanked Eagle River in all three meetings this season.

Head coach Kirby Senden praised the effort his team put forth against the Wolverines.

“We came out and competed with South really well,” he said.

The Wolves, who played most of the season with just 12 skaters, battled despite their short bench, Senden said.

“I was proud of them,” he said.

Sometimes a bad break can turn into a golden opportunity.

Trailing East 2-0 in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference hockey playoffs on Jan. 31 at the McDonald Center, Chugiak found itself on the verge of catastrophe when the T-Birds were awarded a second-period penalty shot after the Mustangs’ Chad Peterson was judged to have covered the puck in the Chugiak crease.

But when East’s Alex Jackstadt was stoned by Chugiak goalie Joey Lindquist on the freebie, the Mustangs’ stampede began.

Children may be amazed or terrified of wild animals that live in the wilderness of the Alaskan outdoors, but a little education can leave their parents a little more at ease.

“My fondest memories as a young child in the backwoods of Pennsylvania were not watching cartoons and playing video games, but exploring all plants and animals I could find in the woods,” said Sarah Jones, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson wildlife education center coordinator.

“My people are destroyed for the lack of Knowledge...” — Hosea 4:6.

February is the month set aside to celebrate some of the positive deeds and/or accomplishments of blacks in America; thus it is deemed Black History Month. Designating specific time to celebrate black historical experiences in America provides opportunities to increase social awareness as well as to stir some social conscience. Along with furnishing a preface to racial understanding, black history unfolds a dramatic story of dynamic and interesting personalities and achievements.

 At the age of 21, I had my first child out of wedlock. I continued to have guardianship over my siblings until they became adults. I thank God for the guidance that He gave me and for the support of the older church women. They gave me advice when I went to them with questions and with the burdens I was carrying around as a teenage mother.  God kept all of my sisters and brothers out of jail and they now have families of their own.

When you walk into the new Veteran’s Administration Clinic near Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) you may be greeted by a member of the Veteran Administration volunteer staff. This dedicated group of people helps meet the needs of our Alaskan veterans going through medical treatment. The volunteer group is there to individually support veterans as well as identify group needs. The Volunteer team is headed by Judy Thompson and the Chugiak Lions are excited to work with her and her staff.

Anchorage Police Department calls for Monday, Jan. 23 through Monday, Jan. 30


Monday, Jan. 23

8:19 a.m. - Medic assist – Madsens Place

5:22 p.m. –             Theft – Business Boulevard

10:59 p.m. –             Assault – Park Drive


Tuesday, Jan. 24

8:50 a.m. – Drugs – South Birchwood Loop Road

Aztecs pot smoker gets rude awakening

Anchorage police responding to a drug-related call at Aztecs Sports Bar & Grill in Eagle River on the afternoon of Jan. 19 discovered a man passed out in a booth with a marijuana pipe in one hand and a Bic lighter in the other.

The man, later identified as Arthur McInroy, 36, of Eagle River was cited and released, according to a police report from Officer James Conley.

Conley, who found McInroy asleep, noted that the pipe still had “green bud in the bowl.”

We were reminded of that the other day when a longtime area resident remarked that it had finally warmed up enough outside for her to enjoy coffee on her front porch for the first time in a month.

It was 10 degrees outside.

Yes, 10 above sure felt warm this week when the recent cold snap finally broke, leaving a month of subzero temperatures behind. According to, January’s readings at the Birchwood station featured at least 23 days of low temperatures below 0, including two days when it got down to minus-20. 

It has been a busy month for the Spartan Team. CSM Gardner and I have had the opportunity to travel throughout the battle space over the past few weeks and see our men and women in action. With all due respect to many wise historians, it feels as if we have been blessed to command “the greatest generation.” The members of Task Force Spartan are serving proudly and demonstrating the values that we hold dear as an institution and as a nation to the people of Afghanistan.

If you think giving up meat to become either vegan or vegetarian will destroy your chances of eating out —think again.  This monthly column explores the vegetarian and vegan opportunities in Eagle River and Anchorage area restaurants.  It will also look at other healthy options available in area restaurants like whole grains and low fat.


You’ve heard one of the definitions of insanity: to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result. For that reason and the fact time is a precious commodity, I’ve come up with a list of thoughts and deeds that I believe are a complete waste of time.

It is a waste of time to…

Tell someone to say hello to another person for you. They might mention that they saw you, but will they really say “hello” to that person? When someone has asked you to say “hello” to someone for them, have you done it?

The Alaska filming of the upcoming Hollywood film “Big Miracle” included $7.7 million in spending on goods and services with 80 different businesses throughout the state, according to Bob Crockett and Deborah Schildt, who want to see Alaska continue to benefit from film industry revenue.

Crockett, the general manager of Anchorage-based production company Piksik LLC, and Schildt, Piksik’s production manager, addressed the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 18 to promote the extension of film production incentives in Alaska.

Chugiak captain Josh Smith scored on a breakaway 39 seconds into the second overtime period to lead the Mustangs to a dramatic 3-2 win over East in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference hockey tournament at the McDonald Center in Eagle River Tuesday night.

Mustangs senior goalie Joey Lindquist made 38 saves in the game, including a penalty shot midway through the second period with the T-Birds already up 2-0.

CER Star February 2, 2012 Issue XLI Volume 5

A 62-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon in connection with a robbery attempt at the Eagle River Wells Fargo branch.

According to FBI special agent Eric Gonzalez, Theresa Ann Blackmore, of Wasilla, walked into the branch shortly after 1 p.m. on Jan. 31 and handed a teller a note demanding money. When the teller did not comply, Gonzalez said Blackmore became frustrated and exited the bank. No one was harmed in the incident, and Gonzalez said he wasn't aware of any threats made by Ms. Blackmore.


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