Former Peters Creek resident Brandon James Haynen, of Anchorage, died on Dec. 16, 2011 in Anchorage. He was 24.

Haynen was born on June 9, 1987 in Vancouver, Wash. to Paula Morris and William James Haynen. Shortly after, he moved to Peters Creek.

Brandon enjoyed reading, especially books by Stepen King, Dean Koontz and the “Harry Potter” series. He enjoyed working outdoors and working out. He joined the Army National Guard in 2005.

 Douglas E. Gibson, 70, of Eagle River, died unexpectedly on Dec. 24, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Isolde, of Eagle River; children, Christian and Erin; grandchildren, Kegan, Eryx, Taylor and Annika Gibson, all of Sahuarita, Ariz.; and all his friends.

“He is forever in our hearts,” his family said.

Surrounded by hostile forces in a faraway land, Army Command Sgt. Major Terry Gardner spent Christmas singing with his troops.

“I was able to sit down with them and sing Christmas carols,” Sgt. Maj. Gardner said during a conference call from Afghanistan between he and Col. Morris Goins and Anchorage-area media on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Gardner explained that he visited several outposts in the restive Khost and Paktia provinces during the holiday. At each stop, he asked the youngest and oldest soldiers to choose their favorite holiday songs.

Janie Williams, the owner and director of the Stars Dance Studio, got up for the second time to shut the door as a gust of wind blew it open.

“Our building is a little bit older,” she said. “But it serves its purpose.”

The second floor has done more than that, though, as number 6A has been the home of the Stars Dance Studio — and Williams’ dream — for the past 20 years.

“I never really planned on opening a studio,” she said. “I was actually a legal secretary for a few years.”

CER Star January 1, 2012 Issue XLI Volume 1

Anchorage Police have identified the driver in a New Year’s Day collision between a pickup truck and two pedestrians in downtown Anchorage as 21-year-old Tex Daniels II of Chugiak.

According to police, Ashley Marie Brotherton and Clayton Tyler Wilbanks, both 24, were walking northbound alongside I Street shortly after 1 a.m. on Jan. 1 when they were struck from behind by a red 1994 Dodge Ram 1500. Both were taken to local hospitals. Police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said Brotherton remains in critical condition, while she reported Wilbanks’ condition as stable.

Christmas is the season when churches fill up with people as the birth of the Messiah is celebrated around the world. This is a very busy time in our lives of hustle and bustle when we often overlook taking care of our spiritual well being. During the holidays, we are often faced with many challenges in our home, work, family, church, and relationships. Where you are spiritually today is the starting point for growth. The following suggestions will help you grow spiritually during this season:

This is a hearty casserole that is both easy to make and economical. A good one to make after all the holiday fare we have ingested.


Mix together in a bowl:

2 eggs, beaten

1 cup evaporate milk

½ cup water

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon dry mustard

2 cups cooked rice


Stir in 1 cup grated cheese

Pour into a greased casserole dish

“Twelve Eagle River families are to be evacuated from their homesteads on four successive Mondays.

This is to be done in conjunction with the test firing of the Nike Hercules missiles which are to take place. Only the homesteads which will lie directly beneath the proposed course of the missiles are affected.

Wolves attack Wooly

Homesteader Til Wallace — and his mule — were mourning the loss of a “feisty” sheep named Wooly, according to a story in the Dec. 30, 2010 edition of the Alaska Star.

Wooly had a special bond with a mule named Molly, which wasn’t bothered by the sheep despite her normally ornery temperament. But that bond was broken when a pack of wolves apparently attacked the sheep in mid-December.

Wallace found Wooly badly injured on Dec. 17, and brought it to veterinarian John Tuomi in Palmer. But the sheep could not be saved.

 Robert Meyer, 18, became an Eagle Scout on Oct. 4, 2011. Meyer, a member of Troop 27, repaired the fence at Turner Park for his Eagle project. He is the son of Tanya and Scott Meyer of Eagle River.

 Eagle River’s Steven Puterbaugh, 17, received his Eagle Scout award on Dec. 20, 2011. Puterbaugh is the son of Steve and Katie Puterbugh and is a member of Troop 219. For his Eagle project, Puterbaugh installed a new foundation to a swing set at Mirror Lake Park.

Everyone has an obsession of sorts, like watching old episodes of Seinfeld on television, eating chocolate, or playing with the iPhone.

My obsession is my driveway, as in keeping it clear of snow and down to asphalt. Impossible with the kind of weather we’ve been having? Certainly. But that doesn’t stop me from trying.

“Why?” You might ask.

I don’t know. Does anyone really have a good answer for why they are enslaved by their particular obsession? My wife and I both have four-wheel drive vehicles and can get up our driveway through snow drifts.

Gotta get me some sleep

A man who said he hadn’t slept in more than 50 hours was reported as “suspicious” by an employee of O’Reilly Auto Parts store on the Old Glenn Highway on Dec. 16, Anchorage police said.

The man appeared intoxicated, the employee told police. But when officers showed up, the man told them he was an insomniac, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. He passed all field sobriety tests, though he did become “increasingly more nervous,” Lammers said. The officers brought the man back home and told an adult son about the situation.


Anchorage Police Department calls for Monday, Dec. 19 through Monday, Dec. 26


Monday, Dec. 19

2:43 p.m. - Driving while license suspended - Old Glenn Highway

3:24 p.m. - Vehicle tampering - Regency Drive

3:49 p.m. - Traffic violation - Old Glenn Highway

11:41 p.m. - Registration - Eagle River Road


Tuesday, Dec. 20

3:25 a.m. - Alarm - Buttermilk Way

From the championships to the controversies, local athletes made plenty of headlines in 2011. Here’s how it all went down:


Eagle River’s Kinsey Loan earned a trip to the Ski and Snowboard World Championships in Estonia after the Chugiak High senior won a silver medal at the U.S. National Championships in Maine.

Chugiak’s Jake Berkowitz won the Copper Basin 300 sled dog race, arriving at the Paxson finish line six minutes ahead of Lance Mackey.

New Eagle River football field general Jason Brewer plans to bring a no-nonsense coaching style, enthusiasm and plenty of experience to the job when he takes over in the fall.

“The kids know me, the kids know what I’m about,” said Brewer, who previously served for two years as an assistant under Kenny Ray. “I’m about discipline and having fun.”

Brewer isn’t technically a general, but he did recently wrap up his Army career as a 1st lieutenant who returned from a tour in Pakistan and Afghanistan last fall. He recently took a new job with the National Guard.


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