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Eagle River’s Robert Martin won “Best of Show” in both the adult color and adult black and white (creative) categories in the 77th Annual Fur Rendezvous Juried Amateur Photography Contest, held in the Mall at Sears in Anchorage.

Entries were accepted in two divisions: junior and adult, in both black and white and color with 9 different categories: Portrait, Scenic, Wildlife, Pets, Sports, Flowers, Creative, Fur Rondy and Unclassified.

Michael “Max” Brandon Pickens, 26, died unexpectedly on Friday, February 17, 2012.

He was born Dec. 9, 1985 in Anchorage and attended Peters Creek Christian School, Anchorage Christian School and Chugiak High School. He graduated from high school in Anchorage. He also was trained as a welder.

At the time of his death, he was employed by Orso Restaurant as a cook. He had also worked at the Sullivan Arena, and spent one season as the Anchorage Aces’ mascot, “Boomer.”

Longtime Eagle River resident Deanna Nicolard died at her home on Feb. 24, 2012 after a lengthy battle with ovarian cancer. She was 73.

Services will be held Sunday, March 4 at 4 p.m. at Kings Way Ministry Center in Eagle River.

Mrs. Nicolard was born on April 9, 1938 in Tacoma, Wash. She first came to Alaska in 1962 to visit her sister and brother-in-law, who were stationed at Fort Richardson. There she met her future husband, Pete Nicolard.

Bryan Michael Watkins, of Eagle River, died on Dec. 31, 2011 in Oklahoma from a massive brain hemorrhage. He was 32.

Watkins was born Jan. 8, 1979 in Anchorage, the youngest son of Jerry and Carole Watkins of Eagle River.

He attended Chugiak High and later earned his GED.

His hobbies included snow boarding, riding four-wheelers and snowmobiles, camping and hunting.

 Eagle River’s Jacqueline Zaragoza has been named to the Fall Semester Dean’s List at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. Zaragoza, a 2010 Chugiak High graduate, is currently a sophomore studying practical nursing. She is the daughter of Paul and Betty Zaragoza of Eagle River.

Eagle River’s Ashley Allen has earned placement on the Gonzaga University President’s List for fall semester 2011. Students must earn a 3.7 to 4.0 grade-point average to be listed.

Eagle River’s Angela Weiss has earned placement on the Gonzaga University Dean’s List for fall semester 2011. Students must earn a 3.5 to 3.69 grade-point average to be listed.

 Eagle River’s Michael McCurtain has been named to the fall semester Dean’s List at Marian University in Fond Du Lac, Wisc., by earning a minimum 3.5 grade point average.

 Eagle River’s Alexander Mattson, a student at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus College of Liberal Arts, has been named to the Dean’s List for the 2011 Fall Semester. Students on the list achieved a grade point average of 3.66 or higher while taking 12 or more credits.

 Eagle River’s Breeanna Bateman, a sophomore at Minnesota State University, Mankato, has been named to the school’s Honor List. In order to qualify, a student must have received at least a 3.5 GPA and be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours in a semester.

 Chugiak’s Alexis Sayer, a 2010 Chugiak High graduate, has been named to the fall semester Dean’s List at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. In order to be named to the Dean's List, students must complete 12 graded credits and be in the top 10 percent of their class.

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