Many folks know the local Lions Club mainly for its large clubhouse and sports complex across from Walmart in Eagle River. But it’s what Lions do that can’t be seen that makes the group special according to Lion Karen Burns, who spoke about the group during the weekly Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce meeting Nov. 20 at the Matanuska Brewing Company in Eagle River.

“We’ve been here a long time,” Burns told the chamber before detailing the organization’s many and varied service projects.

Chugiak/Eagle River exploded for four second-period goals en route to a 7-6 Anchorage Girls Hockey League win over Service/East on Friday, Nov. 22 at the Dempsey Anderson Ice Arena in Anchorage.

Rian Runyan had a hat trick and Chugiak/Eagle River got two goals each from Daphne Gray and Haley Olds — including the game-winner with 6:30 left in the third period.

Runyan and Kara Rahm both notched two assists for Chugiak/Eagle River, which improved to 2-2 in the four-team league.

More than a dozen local musicians have earned spots in the 2019 ASAA/First National Bank Alaska All-State Music Festival Nov. 22-23 in Anchorage.

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Eagle River got two goals and three assists from both Tay Kurpius and Brooks Christian to claim a 7-0 Cook Inlet Conference hockey win over East Thursday at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Kurpius has been red hot in the early season, scoring five goals and dishing five assists through Eagle River’s first four games.

Gavin McDonald had a goal and three assists for the Wolves, who got one goal each from Aaron and Jacob James.

Eagle River’s Zach Plucinski is hoping to add an NCAA title to an already loaded trophy case.

The Omaha Lancers defenseman and 2019 Chugiak High School graduate has signed a National Letter of Intent to play Division I college hockey at the University of Notre Dame.

“The education and hockey package is arguably the best in the NCAA,” the 6-foot-1, 199-pound defenseman said in a story posted on the Lancers’ website.

Notre Dame (8-1-1) plays in the Big 10 conference and is currently ranked No. 3 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey Poll.

Damage to Eagle River parks from last year’s earthquake remains, but without sure funding there’s little hope some needed projects will be completed any time soon.

Eagle River-Chugiak Parks and Recreation Director Karen Richards said Monday the process for receiving federal funds is slow and complicated with little guarantee any money will ever come.

“There’s nothing up front, there’s no guarantee,” Richards told Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors Monday night at its monthly meeting in Eagle River.

Chugiak High runner Hyrum Nelson was the second Alaskan and 60th overall Saturday at the Nike Cross Northwest cross-country races at Eagle Island State Park near Boise, Idaho.

Nelson finished the 5-kilometer course in 16 minutes, 14 seconds.

Chugiak’s Breanna Day finished in 20:18 to place 143rd in the girls race.

A total of 13 high schoolers and four middle schoolers from Alaska took part in the annual races, which featured some of the best young runners from Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.

Chugiak’s avalanche of hockey games turned into a mere flurry after one of a scheduled three straight games was postponed Thursday due to icy roads.

The Cook Inlet Conference game against Service on Thursday would have been Chugiak’s third game in three nights, but instead will be played at a future date.

Chugiak went 1-1 in its two games to start the week, falling to Dimond before knocking off East to improve to 1-2 in the conference. The Mustangs face South on Thursday and play Bartlett on Saturday.

Chugiak 6, East 1

Birchwood residents are in favor of a plan by the local road board to spend $1.2 million to replace the one-lane Starner Bridge across Peters Creek.

The Birchwood Community Council voted last week to support a resolution by the Chugiak-Birchwood-Eagle River Rural Road Service Area (CBERRRSA) Board of Supervisors to reallocate funds left over from the Yosemite Drive upgrade project for the bridge.

“We’re trying to make our capital improvements go as far as we can,” said Matt Cruickshank, Birchwood’s representative on the CBERRRSA board.

Icy roads have forced the cancellation of Anchorage School District after-school activities for Thursday, Nov. 14.

The decision was announced Thursday afternoon on the district’s website, which cited deterorating weather conditions. It does not affect the state volleyball tournament, which began today at the Alaska Airlines Center.

Anchorage voters may be asked to spend around $39 million to repair and upgrade earthquake-damaged Gruening Middle School, a price tag that’s $12 million more than the school cost to build in the early 1980s and $15 million more than was recommended by a committee of community members tasked with studying the issue earlier this year.

A homeowner shot and killed a brown bear Wednesday morning that had been getting into chicken coops in the Eagle River Valley.

According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the bear was shot in defense of life or property at a home on West Lake Drive in the Eagle River Valley.

The bear is believed to be the same animal that was fired at by another homeowner on Monday on Glacier View Loop, one street away from the scene of Wednesday’s incident.

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Chugiak High grad Nicole Pinckney is making a big impact in her third year at the University of Alaska-Anchorage.

Pinckney was named to the all-tournament team at the Division II West Coast Classic on Sunday after helping the Seawolves to a pair of blowout wins at the two-day event at the Alaska Airlines Center. She scored 11 points in the team’s 110-82 win over San Francisco State on Sunday to finish with 28 points in two games. The redshirt sophomore scored a career-high 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range Saturday to help No. 16 UAA to a 93-45 win over Chaminade.

A round of black ice on the streets last weekend may have been a harbinger of things to come.

Police saw a spike in traffic collisions Nov. 10 as the first freezing weather of November caused a flurry of early morning crashes in Chugiak-Eagle River.

According to the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system, police responded to eight collisions on Saturday, including five by around 9 a.m.

The culprit was black ice, which the department warned people about in a Nixle alert sent out at 9:40 a.m. Saturday.

Both Chugiak and Eagle River were knocked out of the Cook Inlet Conference Volleyball Tournament without earning a state tournament berth, but local players and coaches didn’t go home empty handed.

Eagle River coach Kaylee Purington was named the CIC’s Coach of the Year after helping the Wolves to a two-win CIC regular season, while the Wolves won the academic award and Chugiak’s Ellie Scherffius was named first-team All-Conference.

Chugiak senior Daniel Niebles tore through the 189-pound weight class on Saturday to win the Most Outstanding Wrestler title at the Glenn Vandergaw Wrestling Tournament at Dimond High.

The Chugiak/Eagle River girls hockey team fell to 1-1 this season after falling Friday to defending champion South/Bartlett at the Dempsey Anderson Ice Arena in Anchorage by a score of 7-1.

Rian Runyan scored the lone goal for Chugiak/Eagle River, which got 22 saves from Morgan Richards.

Chugiak/Eagle River will face Dimond/West on Friday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m.

South 3, Chugiak 2

A Veterans Day ceremony on base will be held Monday morning at the Alaska National Guard Armory on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The ceremony is open to the public and service members are encouraged to wear their dress uniforms. The ceremony is typically attended by numerous dignitaries; last year, Vice President Mike Pence visited the event.

The keynote speaker will be Maj. Gen. Torrence Saxe, adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard.

The Fort Richardson gate will open to the public at 9 a.m. and the ceremony will begin at 10:45 a.m.


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