Our local legislators returned to work in Juneau on Jan. 17. Here’s hoping this session goes a little more smoothly than the last, which was marred by constant bickering between rival factions in the House and Senate.

Legislators will give a lot of reasons for why things broke down in the previous session, and we’ve heard plenty of blame thrown around in recent weeks as our local delegation has prepared to head south.

 Air Force Airman Ryan M. Massingham graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Massingham completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Massingham earned distinction as an honor graduate.

Navy Seaman Joshua A. Wood, a 2010 graduate of Eagle River High School, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Wood completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

Finnegan Booth Weight was born Nov. 25, 2011 at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage. He weighed seven pounds, nine ounces and is the son of Bryce and Rachel Weight of Eagle River.

 Jaimie Barkley received her Masters of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Washington in December 2011 and became a PhD candidate in Environmental Engineering in January 2012. Jaimie is the daughter of John and Val Barkley of Eagle River.

Chugiak’s Luke Plumb, 17, received his Eagle Scout award on Dec. 21, 2011. Plumb, a senior at Chugiak High School, is the son of Wayne and Cindy Plumb and a member of Boy Scout Troop 230. Luke’s Eagle Scout project consisted of fundraising to purchase and assemble a play structure, and landscaping the surrounding area for the River of Life Lutheran Church.

Luke has been in scouting since he was 7-years-old. He went on many scouting adventure trips, including hiking Philmont in New Mexico, hiking the Chilkoot trail and canoeing 300 miles down the Yukon River.

A nosy neighbor and a quick response by the Anchorage Fire Department helped keep a home at 20513 Eagle River Road from being completely destroyed by fire Thursday, Jan. 12.

Adam Blaum was working on a home improvement project when he noticed what appeared to be an unusually large amount of snow blowing past his upstairs window.

“I just happened to see some extra snow,” said Blaum, who lives next door to the burned home. “But it was smoke mixed with snow.”

What’s tough?

Melissa Apodaca is currently training six hours a day with the goal of representing the United States in one of the toughest sports around, freestyle wrestling. The muscular 22-year-old’s typical day includes running and lifting weights followed by a couple hours of technique work and sparring.

Think that’s tough?

The 2008 Chugiak High graduate does all that training while keeping up with her college courses at Northern Michigan University, where last semester she earned a 4.0 grade-point average.

January 19, 2012 Issue XLI Volume 3

The 2011 Chugiak High football team will go down in history.

The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame selected the Mustangs for the first-ever Trajan Langdon Award for “displaying sportsmanship and integrity” after their season was cut short due to use of an ineligible player that forced the team to forfeit three wins and miss the state playoffs.

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

Meb Keflezighi won the race in a time of 2 hours, 9 minutes and eight seconds. Cherry, who now runs professionally for ZAP Fitness Reebok, finished in 2:16:31.

The top three men's and women's finishers in the marathon qualify for the U.S. team that will compete in London this summer.

Officials on Saturday canceled the Nordic ski classic style races scheduled to be held at Chugiak High School due to frigid temperatures.

Temperatures at CHS around race time hovered near minus-10 Fahrenheit. The cut-off temperature for races in the Anchorage School District is -4.

The races, which were to include 7.5-kilometer girls classic interval and 10-kilometer boys classic interval, will not be rescheduled.

High school racers are off next weekend, although some competitive skiers will travel to Homer for Besh Cup races on Saturday, Jan. 21.

A nosy neighbor and a quick response by the Anchorage Fire Department helped keep a home at 20513 Eagle River Road from being completely destroyed by fire Thursday, Jan. 12.

Adam Blaum was working on a home improvement project when he noticed what appeared to be an unusually large amount of snow blowing past his upstairs window.

Five or six decades can disappear awful fast.

Just ask those in attendance at last week’s “Old Timers’ Dinner” held at the Eagle River Lions Club.

“Time flies,” said Tom Blavka, who first arrived in Chugiak more than 50 years ago.

Co-hosted by Rep. Bill Stoltze (R-Chugiak/Mat-Su) and Rep. Anna Fairclough (R-Eagle River), the free dinner was a chance for many of the area’s long-term residents to get together for a once-a-year gab session.

You’ll never see a new student eating lunch alone at Eagle River High School.

When a transfer enters the halls of ERHS for the first time, a current student eats lunch with the new student and gives them a tour of the school, walking them through their schedule.

It’s all thanks to the school’s Adventure Program.

Funded by a United States Department of Defense grant, the pilot program’s focus is to ease the transition into the building for new students — many who come from a military background. The program also promotes academic success.

Alma Haik, who owned the old Spring Creek Lodge in Chugiak with her husband, submitted this recipe to the Knik Arm Courier in 1960. Alma was a wonderful cook who was known for her cream pies. This recipe is especially appropriate in these times, when so many of us are pinching pennies.

2 pounds ground beef or moose
1 ½ cups diced cheese
2 beaten eggs
1 large onion, chopped
1 large green pepper, chopped
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon paprika
3 cups milk
1 cup dry bread crumbs

As winter draws to a close, we are suddenly aware that a milestone has been passed for this community.

This is the first winter that the new Eagle River Bridge has been in use.

Most significant of this fact is that there has not been one single traffic jam on the hill, caused by icy roads.

In the past the sometimes almost comical gaggle of cars tied up on the hill was a regular occurrence whenever the weather took a turn.


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