Nychele Fischetti, of Eagle River, was one of 1,371 students named to Biola University's Fall 2011 Dean's List for academic excellence.

Located in La Miranda, Calif., Biola students are placed on the Dean's List to honor those with a grade point average of 3.6 or higher while enrolled in twelve of more credit units and whose cumulative grade point average is at least a 3.2. This past fall, 33 percent of Biola students achieved this academic goal.

Eagle River resident Betty A. Smith-Motes died on April 1, 2012 at her home surrounded by her family. She was 88.

She was born on July 10, 1923 in Gem, Idaho, and moved to Alaska on March 12, 1946 with her husband George D. Smith and their three small children — while pregnant with the fourth.

Longtime Alaska resident James “Jim” Wilken, 72, died at his Eagle River home on March 21, 2012.

Wilken was a well-known member of the Eagle River business community who opened the Eagle River pharmacy in 1970.

He was born in Fort Madison, Iowa on Jan. 12, 1940, to Francis and Mary Ida Wilken. Upon graduation from Fort Madison High School in 1958, Jim played football at Burlington Junior College before continuing his education at the University of Iowa, where he graduated from the College of Pharmacy in 1964.

Stephanie Sparks, of Eagle River, and Daniel Rawlings, of Walton Hills, Ohio, will be married on June 23, 2012 in Girdwood.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Stephen Sparks of Eagle River and Jeanine Sparks of Wasilla. She is a 2003 graduate of Chugiak High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a master’s in school counseling from John Carroll University in Cleveland. She currently works as a school counselor at Houston High. She enjoys walking her dog, reading and camping.

 Paul Gabrys, of Eagle River, has been named to the Dean’s List at the University of Rochester. Gabrys is a sophomore majoring in chemical engineering. He is the son of Bruce and Therese Gabrys and a graduate of Chugiak High School.

 Sarah Bond, a 2010 graduate of Eagle River High School, has been named to the Fall semester Dean’s List at Pennsylvania State University’s College of Health and Human Development. Bond, a sophomore, is the daughter of George and Lori Bond of Fort Richardson.

Hazel Anne Hartman was born on February 26, 2012 at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. She weighed six pounds, 10 ounces and is the daughter of Brooke and Craig Hartman of Chugiak.

Skylynn Faith Lineer was born on March 6, 2012 at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. She weighed seven pounds, four ounces and is the daughter of Heather and Timothy Lineer of Chugiak.

 Longtime Alaska resident James “Jim” Wilken, 72, passed away at his Eagle River home on March 21, 2012.

A remembrance service will be held on Friday, March 30 at 4 p.m. at the Eagle River Lions Club, Mile 1.5 Eagle River Road in Eagle River.

Chugiak resident Lawrence “Larry” Wayne Rutter died Sunday, March 11, 2012 in Anchorage. He was 61.

Rutter was born on Aug. 27, 1950 in Redding, Calif. He was a graduate of Central Valley High School in Central Valley, Calif. He arrived in Alaska in June of 1989 after retiring from work at a cement plant. In 1991, he began working on the Alyeska Pipeline, where he worked until he retired in 2008.