A home at 22222 Elkhorn Drive in Eagle River caught fire Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Resident Bob Dean said he was inside the home when he heard a strange noise coming from the roof.

"I heard a crackling up there," Dean said.

Dean said he quickly realized his home was on fire after checking on the source of the noise.

"I said, 'That ain't good. I can see fire,'" he recalled.

Anchorage Fire Department Capt. Ben Demboski said 21 units responded to the blaze, which was reported by a passing neighbor at around 4:30 p.m.

Six Chugiak-Eagle River students were among 37 Alaska high school seniors nominated to U.S. service academies on Monday, Jan. 23 by Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

“This year’s nominees are stellar candidates who embody the leadership capabilities and strong characters we expect from our men and women in uniform,” Murkowski said in a press release. “It is a privilege to nominate such accomplished Alaskans for admission to our service academies.”

 Chugiak-Eagle River girls hockey player Hannah Blizzard has racked up some impressive offensive numbers since the start of the New Year. Through the first five games of 2012, Blizzard had eight points, including six goals and two assists. She’s a sophomore at Chugiak High and the daughter of Pam and Alan Blizzard of Eagle River.


Eagle River High pulled away in the final minutes to earn a 55-44 Cook Inlet Conference win over rival Chugiak on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

With the win, Eagle River improves to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the CIC. The loss drops Chugiak to 2-8 overall and 0-4 in the conference. 

Leading by three, the Wolves went on a 9-2 run in the final four minutes to gain a 10-point advantage — one the Mustangs couldn’t recover from.

Editor's note: The following story first appeared in the Star in January of 2012.

Freshly cut classic ski tracks glistened in the just-rising sun the morning of Saturday, Jan. 14, practically begging to be raced on. But instead of getting tested by some of the state’s top Nordic skiers, the tracks at the Beach Lake Trails and in the stadium at Chugiak High School were left mostly unmolested thanks to some harsh winter weather.


Cherry 29th in Houston

Jesse Cherry, who graduated in 2005 from Chugiak High School, finished 29th out of 85 competitors at the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in Houston, Texas on Jan. 14.

Meb Keflezighi won the race in a time of 2 hours, 9 minutes and eight second. Cherry graduated from High Point University and now runs professionally for ZAP Fitness Reebok. He finished in 2:16:31.

Cherry won two individual state cross country running titles at Chugiak, and also helped the Mustang boys to a team title in 2002.

In place of a recipe this week, the Chugiak-Eagle River Historical Society would like to share the menu that was printed on the Parks’ old Parksville flyer. Thanks to their daughter, “Sparkey” for sending the society a copy:


A big toasted bun full of Matanuska Valley beef, ground and seasoned to PARKS order. Delicious, curly potatoes and dishes of relishes for you to flavor to your own taste. All in a basket to eat here or to eat in your car. Coffee or tea $0.75


Justine and Cloyce Parks staked out the first five-acre, small-tract homesite in the Chugiak-Eagle River area just south of Peters Creek in 1945. They had come from their home in Nebraska before World War II, when Cloyce was offered a one-year assignment with the Corps of Engineers. At that time the couple had two teenage children, daughter Virginia and a son, Jim.

Fred Meyer gets commission’s blessing

The Anchorage Planning and Zoning commission approved site plans for an Eagle River Fred Meyer store at the north end of Eagle River’s downtown.

Although the commission gave the new store its blessing, it said the Portland-based retailer must reduce the height of its main sign and makes sign changes to the “monstrous façade” on the north face of the building.

Chair Daphne Brown objected to a proposed 40-foot-high sign, saying it was excessive.

When Chugiak High teacher Angela Armstrong reflects on her time as a Chugiak student two decades ago, one event comes to mind — “Faculty Follies.”

The teacher talent show has been a long-lasting memory for the 1992 graduate.

“It is one of the few things I remember going to that was just a blast,” said Armstrong, now a student council advisor.

Chugiak resurrected the event Friday, Jan. 13 under a new name — “Teachers Got Talent” — to raise money for its student body and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Chugiak-Eagle River girls hockey held the Mat-Su Ravens to just 12 total shots en route to a 3-0 win Jan. 14 at the McDonald Center. Arika Mercer earned the shutout in net.

Defenseman Morgan Elledge said skating to a 2-2 tie with the Ravens eight days earlier gave CER extra motivation.

“We really wanted to beat them today,” she said.

With Hannah Blizzard screening Ravens’ goaltender Lydia Phillips, Kiera Byman slipped a wrister in from the point in the second period after a scoreless first.

KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan, — Having three deployed members in one family at the same time would seem unlikely; however, for the Hale family, it’s a reality.

With a little help, they were able to reconnect after a four-year separation, at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Jan. 6.

Is it from Hades, or from Heaven sent?
This is the winter of our discontent.

A winter to challenge Alaskans bold,
Relentless snows and bitter cold;

Storms from the Gulf unleashing wind
From north and south and back again.

Our streets are narrowing, banked with snow;
There is no place for it to go.

My name is Jacqueline Ray of GGHT (God’s Greater Holy Temple) in South Anchorage. I have co-pastored with my husband Bishop Robert Ray for the past 21 years. This year Bishop Ray accepted the call to evangelize our sister churches in West Texas. Therefore, the baton to become the Senior Pastor in Anchorage has been passed on to me. This is a great honor for me.

Our Mission Statement

Spiritual Reformation: Bringing about a spiritual change in every believer (Acts 2).

Man arrested for sexual assault

Anchorage police said they arrested Douglas Caudy, 21, of Eagle River on charges of second-degree attempted sexual assault and third-degree sexual assault earlier this month after he made contact with a sleeping woman. The victim told police Caudy sexually touched her while she slept at the home of a relative on the Old Glenn Highway, police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said. Caudy is a friend of the relative, Parker said. Caudy was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail and a third-party custodian.


Anchorage Police Department calls for Tuesday, Jan. 10 through Monday, Jan. 16


Tuesday, Jan. 10

7:23 a.m. - Accident - East Eagle River Road

8:06 a.m. - Hit and run - West Lake Ridge Drive

9:49 a.m. - Parking violation - Monte Road

9:49 a.m. - Parking violation - End Street

11:50 a.m. - Parking violation - Fireball Street

12:26 p.m. - Parking violation - Celestial Street

3:41 p.m. - Accident - Eklutna Lake Road

Community service isn’t for everyone, or so some may think. After all, not everyone has the ability to stand in a meal line and serve food, help clean a park, or has the creative ability to paint faces at the Fourth of July celebration. But, I would argue that community service comes in many different packages. Sometimes it is through physical or artistic means, but many individuals have found their service through sitting, listening, and talking.


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