A select group of Reserve Airmen and Anchorage citizens were treated to an advanced screening of the new George Lucas film, Red Tails, about the famed Tuskegee Airmen at the Tikhatnu movie theater in Anchorage Dec. 15.

The screening was offered to members of the 477th Fighter group because its heritage traces back to these heroic aviation pioneers. The Group's 302nd Fighter Squadron historically was part of the 332nd Fighter Group, also known as “The Redtails” the famous all-black unit that fought both American prejudice and Nazi militarism.

Theft, apparent burglary target two Chugiak locations

An employee at the Birchwood Public Shooting Range reported an attempted burglary there the afternoon of Dec. 22, Anchorage police said. The range manager said the employee noticed damage to the door, but nothing missing inside, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said.

Anchorage Police Department calls for Monday, Dec. 26 through Monday, Jan. 2:


Monday, Dec. 26

10:36 a.m. - Alarm - Birchtree Street

12:27 p.m. - Alarm - Centerfield Drive

12:36 p.m. - Accident - Foothill Drive

1:42 p.m. - Traffic violation - Old Glenn Highway

1:45 p.m. - Traffic violation - Hiland Road

3:43 p.m. - DUI - Eagle River Road

4:05 p.m. - Theft - Barbara Street

10:43 p.m. - Assault - Baronoff Avenue


Over time we have a tendency to forget some of the great ideas put forth by our Alaska luminaries and others. Launching into a new year, perhaps it’s time to take a look backward. To the best of my recollection, here are some famous and infamous ideas advanced over the years, as well as a few priceless quotes.

Nychele Fischetti, of Eagle River, and Benjamin Hernandez, of Norwalk, Calif. were engaged on July 27, 2011.

The bride is the daughter of Michael and Susan Fischetti. She is a 2008 graduate of Anchorage Christian Schools. She is scheduled to graduate in May with a degree in biology with a minor in Bible studies from Biola University in La Miranda, Calif., where she also runs cross country. She plans to become a Physician’s Assistant after graduation.

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.


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