A 20-point, fourth-quarter surge was enough for South Anchorage to prevent Eagle River’s girls from winning their first basketball game in more than two years.

The visiting Wolverines started the final quarter on a 14-0 run to defeat the Wolves 65-55 on Jan. 6. The loss dropped Eagle River to 0-3 overall and 0-2 in the conference.

Eagle River — which led the entire second and third quarters — couldn’t recover after losing standout Dana Panfil in the first minute of the second half, head coach Terra Bingham said.

Nicole Mrugala started 2012 the way she ended 2011 — perfect.

The senior Chugiak-Eagle River netminder turned aside all 25 shots from Dimond-West to earn her second straight shutout in CER’s 2-0 win Jan. 4 at Ben Boeke Ice Arena. Mrugala recorded a 17-save shutout against Service-East on Dec. 16 in CER’s final game before the holiday break.

Dimond-West threw more shots on net through the first two periods than Service-East did all game — but that didn’t faze Mrugala.

KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A group of Alaska-based parachute riggers are now rigging everything from fuel to food for delivery to soldiers on the front lines in Afghanistan.

The riggers are part of the 725th Brigade Support Battalion, Task Force Centurion, which recently deployed to eastern Afghanistan. The battalion is led by Lt. Col. Brad Hinson from Jackson, Tenn. and Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Morrison, a native of Crawfordsville, Ind.

Soon we will enter into ordinary time on the Church calendar. It is my favorite time of year. We recently lived through many great feast days, Thanksgiving, with all the great food, and the Feast of the Immaculate Conception to remind us who it was that said Yes to God, Our Lady of Guadalupe and the wonderful story of Juan Diego, and then Christmas with decorations and presents and more food and family and finale New Years with fireworks.

 “Teachers Got Talent,” a talent show featuring performances by Chugiak High School staff, will be held Friday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Steve Primis Auditorium on the Chugiak Campus, 16525 South Birchwood Loop. Cost is $5, and there will be door prizes. Acts range from reader’s theater to solo and group musical performances to comedy routines — with a surprise or two thrown in as well. Proceeds go to benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation and the Chugiak student government program.

ER man found with drugs, child

Anchorage police said they arrested Shane Twigg, 29, of Eagle River on Dec. 31 after a state Department of Corrections officer discovered Twigg in possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia, with a 3-year-old child in his residence on Centerfield Drive. Twigg was arrested for violation of conditions of release and second-degree endangering the welfare of a minor, police said. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.


Anchorage Police Department calls for Monday, Jan. 2 through Monday, Jan. 9


Monday, Jan. 2

8:41 a.m. - Vandalism - Business Boulevard

9:47 a.m. - Medic assist - Monron Street

3:06 p.m. - Alarm - Business Boulevard

4:05 p.m. - Alarm - Northwoods Drive


Tuesday, Jan. 3

12:10 a.m. - Accident - Eklutna Village Road

2:07 a.m. - Alarm - Centerfield Drive

“Sailors on a becalmed sea, we sense the stirring of a breeze.”

— Carl Sagan


That’s as true for those fighting as for those left behind. Loyal readers of the Star may have noticed that we’ve put a special emphasis on following the men and women of the 3,500-member Spartan Brigade as they’ve deployed to Afghanistan. Since November, you’d be hard-pressed to find and issue of this paper that didn’t contain at least one story about this unit, whose members live and work right here in our own community.

The Alaska Army National Guard is under new leadership.

Leon “Mike” Bridges, who was promoted to Brigadier General Jan. 6, took the colors from Brig. Gen. Julio “Randy” Banez during a change of command ceremony on Joint-Base Elmendorf Richardson on Saturday, Jan. 7.

Banez has commanded the Alaska Army National Guard since November 2009 and will retire Feb. 1.

A career National Guardsman, Bridges has served for more than three decades in Alaska, Washington and Oregon.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory today. The advisory goes into effect at 9 p.m. tonight. According to a statement on the NWS website, between nine and 18 inches of snow are expected in the Anchorage area between tonight and Thursday afternoon.

Read more here: http://www.arh.noaa.gov/wmofcst.php?wmo=FPAK51PAFC&type=public

 Chugiak’s Anna Rix, a biochemistry and molecular biology-biological sciences major at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich., made the school’s fall semester Dean’s List with a 4.0 grade point average.

Warren Bert Elkins of Chugiak died of natural causes on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. He was 59.

If there’s a post-Christmas sale, there’s a good chance Eagle River’s Sheri Boggs will be there.

After the holidays, Boggs takes advantage of reduced prices to load up on socks, gloves, hats and scarves.

The items aren’t for Boggs or her family. They’re for those who must endure Alaska’s harsh winters without a permanent residence.

This is the third year Boggs has supplied Anchorage’s Project Homeless Connect event with warm garments for clients.

One of the longest days of Ian Murphy’s life began ordinarily enough, with a routine trip to Chugiak High to drop off the family’s foreign exchange student.

17 hours later, Murphy was helping his fellow Chugiak Volunteer firefighters finish dousing the smoldering ashes of his own home.

“It’s always hard to watch something like that happen, but it really hits you in the gut when you’re looking at it and it’s yours,” said Murphy, whose family’s home in Peters Creek was destroyed by the Jan. 5 blaze.

CER Star January 12, 2012 Issue XLI Volume 2

Chris Parker led four Eagle River Wolves in double figures with 16 points to lead his team to a 72-53 Cook Inlet Conference win over South Friday night at Eagle River. The win moved the Wolves to 3-2 overall and 2-2 in the CIC.

Also winning Friday night were the Chugiak girls, who got 11 points off the bench from Brandi Bookout to key a 46-38 win over Service to move to 2-0 in the CIC.


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