Matt Tunseth

On a bluebird Saturday afternoon, two young Army officers sat sharing cold drinks in a parking lot bathed in Alpine sun. Around them, the Chugach Mountains shot into the sky, framing the scene in snowcapped peaks.

“Everybody always told me, ‘You’ve got to go to Arctic Valley,’” said Wes Reuter, a captain in the U.S. Army from Denver, Colorado.

Reuter lives just over the mountains in Eagle River, and said he always wanted to make the 7.5-mile drive up Arctic Valley Road to find out if the rumors of a hidden gem of a ski area were true.

A Peters Creek couple lost their home and two pet dogs in a Sunday fire.

Jason and Christina Loan were not home when the fire was reported at around 1:14 p.m. Sunday, according to Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department assistant chief Chris Wilkins.

Wilkins said a driver on the Glenn Highway saw a column of smoke and turned into the neighborhood off the North Peters Creek exit to investigate. By the time firefighters were notified, the singlewide trailer with some additions was completely engulfed in flames.

By Matt Tunseth

Chugiak-Eagle River Star

The Chugiak-Eagle River girls hockey team didn’t win any games this season — but they didn’t lose them all, either.

The squad of mostly first-year players salvaged a hard-earned tie in their final game of the season, a 2-2 draw with Service-East.

“I’ve never seen a group of girls work that hard,” said head coach Sara Buda, who took over the team of 11 Chugiak High students and five from Eagle River midway through the season.

UPDATE: At the Wednesday, Feb. 8 meeting of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber, Chugiak-Eagle River Foundation representative Jim Palmer said the group has decided to donate $1,000 to help pay to fix the clock tower.

“Hopefully the clock will be working soon,” Palmer told the chamber.


On their 1969 album “Chicago Transit Authority,” the group Chicago posed the philosophical query, “Does anybody really know what time it is?”

That’s a hard question; in Eagle River’s Chief Alex Park, it’s especially baffling.

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It’s back-to-back for the blue and black.

Four different Chugiak players scored goals Saturday night as the Mustangs claimed their second straight Cook Inlet Conference hockey title with a 4-1 win over Eagle River in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Ben Boeke in Anchorage.

“It’s been a while since a CIC title game has been like that,” said Chugiak head coach Rodney Wild of the game, which filled the stands with supporters who made the 15-minute drive in from Chugiak-Eagle River to witness the first conference final between the area’s two Class 4A high schools.

Tickets to Friday night’s Chugiak vs. Eagle River basketball doubleheader were red hot.

Crimson-clad fans of both teams who packed the gym at Eagle River High School for the rivalry games were rewarded with a high-energy evening and a fiery finish.

“I’ve never played in a game that big,” said Chugiak junior Tyler Trevino, who scored 15 points to lead the Mustangs to a 59-51 Cook Inlet Conference win.

The best part is, there’s another tournament after this one.

Chugiak and Eagle River will face off against each other tonight in the Cook Inlet Conference hockey tournament finals for the first time after winning semifinal games against a pair of South Anchorage schools Thursday night.

Chugiak head coach Rodney Wild said he’ll probably keep his pep talk short.

“I don’t think I’ll need to do much talking,” Wild said after his second-seeded Mustangs dismantled No. 6 seed Dimond 6-2 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

By Matt Tunseth

Chugiak-Eagle River Star

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, high school students at Chugiak and Eagle River High are uniting to see who can help mend the most broken hearts.

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping database. Information about specific crimes is provided by the APD public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.


On Jan. 27 at around 7 a.m., someone reported a padlock securing a building under construction had been cut. The complaintant couldn’t tell if anything had been taken, police said. The case is under investigation.