The Eagle River Air Force JROTC program received a score of “Exceeds Standards” following a unit inspection held Oct. 18 at the school.

“The Eagle River High School cadets performed exceptionally well and took great pride in leading and accomplishing their unit goals,” inspectors wrote. “The Eagle River High School Air Force JROTC citizenship program is making a positive impact on the cadets, the school and the community.”

A number of locals are in contention for the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame, which is currently soliciting votes for this year’s class.

Among the nominees this year are Eagle River’s Bobby Hill, a Special Olympics powerlifter; Corey Cogdell, a two-time Olympic bronze medalist in trapshooting; Pam Dreyer, who won a bronze medal in women’s hockey as a goalie for Team USA at the 2006 Winter Olympics; and the late Stan Brown, who helped start the state’s Pop Warner Association (and for whom the Stan Brown Memorial Field at Lions Park is named after).

A proposal to build an off-leash dog park on Fire House Lane appears to have gone up in flames.

The Eagle River Community Council voted Thursday, Nov. 8 to oppose the location, which has been under consideration by the Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation Board of Supervisors for use as a small, fenced-in dog park.

“You can describe us as ecstatic,” said Barbara Hendricksen, one of several neighborhood residents who opposed the location.

A pair of 189-pounders led Chugiak and Eagle River Saturday at the North/South Wrestling Tournament at Wasilla High School.

The Mustangs’ Daniel Niebles reached the finals to post the top performance by a local wrestler at the 13-team tournament, while Eagle River’s Andrew Hamilton finished fourth to lead the Wolves.

Niebles lost to Palmer’s Levi Farris 11-2 in the finals. He reached the championship match by pinning Kodiak’s Dylan Parker in the quarterfinals and beating Colony’s Jamar Toston in the semis.

Service/East got a hat trick from Molly Millar and two goals each from Alena Glover and Elli Koloski to key a 10-2 high school girls hockey win over Chugiak/Eagle River Friday at the Dempsey-Anderson Ice Arena in Anchorage. Sydney Leonard, Hanna Godenzl and Emily Vandergon added goals for Service/East, which got nine saves from Lenaya Braniff and improved to 1-1.

McKinley Gray made 35 saves and Briana Paxson had a pair of unassisted goals for Chugiak/Eagle River (0-2).

A ceremony will be held Sunday, Nov. 11 on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in recognition of Veterans Day and the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I.

The ceremony will be held at the National Guard Armory building at 10:30 a.m., according to a press release by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The event is open to the public, and access to the base will be open via the Arctic Valley (Fort Richardson) gate. Current military members are encouraged to wear their dress uniforms.

Eagle River got a match-high 290 from Kayla Reifel to key a 7-0 high school riflery win over Bartlett Friday, Nov. 9 at Eagle River.

Emma Mackenzie had a 284, Maddie Bidinger had a 283 and Ava Perkins added a 281 for the Wolves’ A team, while Sierra Wanca had a 280 to lead the B shooters and Rylee Price shot a 285 for the C team.

Mustangs lose tight match at East

East took two of three matches to earn a 4-3 prep riflery win over Chugiak Friday at East.

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.

Becky Braunstein’s opening joke always gets a laugh.

“It’s kind of weird being in America.”

It’s a line that gets a chuckle from people Outside and knowing nods from the handful of Alaska expats likely in the crowd on any given night in Braunstein’s adopted home of Portland, Oregon.

Being from the mountains of Eagle River isn’t just a part of the 2001 Chugiak High grad’s schtick, it’s a key piece of her identity.

Someone believed to be driving a Chevy pickup slammed into the gate guarding the municipal sand storage facility on Kerbow Lane in Chugiak on Sunday, causing an estimated $15,000 in damage.

“Evidently somebody was driving really fast down Kerbow Lane,” said Chugiak-Birchwood-Eagle River Rural Road Service Area (CBERRRSA) foreman Mark Littlefield.

Tyler Huffer scored the game-winning goal and Alayna Breivogel made it stand up Wednesday at Chugiak improved to 2-0 in the Cook Inlet Conference with a 1-0 high school hockey win over West at Ben Boeke Ice Arena.

Huffer’s unassisted tally came with 6:36 left in the third period and Breivogel made 26 saves to earn the shutout for Chugiak, which is 5-0 overall this season.

Will Simpson made 21 saves for West, which outshot the Mustangs 26-22.

Chugiak’s next game is a CIC clash with South on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Ben Boeke.

Rep. Cathy Tilton will be named to a key leadership position in the newly formed Alaska State House majority caucus.

Pending certification of Tuesday’s election, Tilton (R-Chugiak/Wasilla) will serve as the Rules Committee chair for the 21-member, all-Republican caucus, which was announced at a Wednesday press conference.

On Tuesday, Tilton easily won re-election to her seat with nearly three-quarters of all votes cast in her district.

There’s no denying it any longer — it’s winter in the Eagle River Valley.

On Wednesday, the Albert Loop Trail at the Eagle River Nature Center was reopened following its annual fall closure. The trail has been closed by the Department of Natural Resources each fall since 1997 to reduce the chance of dangerous encounters between humans and bears, which use the platforms and beaver dams in the area to catch spawning salmon in the fall.

This year’s closure was announced Aug. 9.

Eagle River’s hockey season is off to a howling good start.

The Wolves improved to 3-0 in the Cook Inlet Conference with a 13-0 thrashing of the East Thunderbirds Tuesday at Ben Boeke.

Logan Dudinsky had a hat trick for Eagle River, which got two goals each from Marshall Yeargan, Talyn Meyer and Tay Kurpius and outshot East 78-5. Nick Silance, Ty McEnaney, Brayden Rachow and Tucker Lien also scored for the Wolves.

East goalie Jesse Oja made 65 saves, while Eagle River’s Brenden Whetsell all five shots he faced to earn the shutout.

Voters on the north end of the municipality were some of the most reliably red in the state in Tuesday’s election.

In addition to electing four Republicans to the Legislature, Chugiak-Eagle River went for Don Young and Mike Dunleavy by landslide majorities, according to preliminary figures released by the Division of Elections.

Chugiak-Eagle River sent four Republican women to the Alaska Legislature by big margins Tuesday night.

With most precincts reporting Tuesday night, Lora Reinbold, Cathy Tilton, Nancy Dahlstrom and Kelly Merrick appeared poised to ride to Juneau aboard a tough-on-crime, fiscally conservative platform built in the image of the state’s apparent governor-elect.

Poll workers reported steady turnout on Election Day in Chugiak and Eagle River.

“It’s been very steady,” said Jane Barnes, who was working the polls at Chugiak High School in District 13.

Barnes and her fellow workers — Nancy Daugherty, Esther Hulse, Dotty Eldred and Sharon Wild — had been at the school since 7 a.m., handing out ballots and answering voters’ questions. The women had a stash of cookies and snacks to keep them hydrated, as well as a package of Oreos brought by a grateful voter.

Election Day is here, and while many people have already voted in early voting, some folks like waiting until the last minute to make a decision.

Area voters will select three representatives and one state senator in Tuesday’s election.

Claire Schimmack and Sophia Lestina made the first-team All Cook Inlet Conference team announced following the CIC tournament.

The senior duo led Chugiak to a third-place finish during the CIC regular season. Lestina was limited in the CIC tournament due to a broken finger.

The awards rolled in for Chugiak Saturday at Service, where the team was also presented with the CIC’s Academic Award. The Mustangs posted a combined 3.7 GPA this season.

Mustangs win Peninsula tournament

Chugiak went 3-0 to win the Peninsula Ice Challenge Nov. 2-4 at the Kenai Peninsula Sports Complex in Soldotna. The Mustangs outscored their opponents 21-3 in three games and finished off a stellar weekend with a 9-0 thrashing of North Pole Saturday. Luke Momblow capped a monster tournament by scoring four goals against the Patriots. Jacob Kosinski and Grant Epple added two goals each for Chugiak, which also got a tally from Jarett Beckett.

Momblow finished with nine goals in three games.

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