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Six Chugiak-Eagle River students were among 37 Alaska high school seniors nominated to U.S. service academies on Monday, Jan. 23 by Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

“This year’s nominees are stellar candidates who embody the leadership capabilities and strong characters we expect from our men and women in uniform,” Murkowski said in a press release. “It is a privilege to nominate such accomplished Alaskans for admission to our service academies.”

Those craving meat have to look no further than Peters Creek.

That’s the focus of new restaurant Gatling’s Steakhouse, located in the same building as American Legion Post 33 on the Old Glenn Highway. Owner Rod Van Buren said he wants the eatery, which opened Dec. 8, 2011, to be famous for its steaks and hamburgers.

The restaurant is the brainchild of Van Buren’s business partner and executive chef Shilo Thorp.

“He’s the one that’s created this,” Van Buren said. “I think Shilo and I are a really good match.”

(UPDATE: Chugiak clinched the No. 5 seed in the CIC tournament with a 6-1 win over West on Jan. 25)

The two-and-a-half month wait is over.

After skating to a 1-1 tie Nov. 17, 2011, Chugiak and Eagle River finally have a chance to show which program owns the ice when they face off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at the McDonald Center.

Both sides were disappointed with the previous game’s outcome.

A hundred bucks will buy a lot of ice cream.

Eagle River High senior Evy Hail, 17, learned that lesson the sweet way when she took home first place at a school talent show held Jan. 20 at Gruening Middle School.

“I guess so. Darn, so many people came!” Hail said as a crowd of her friends prepared to head to a local ice cream shop to spend some of the senior’s hard-earned winnings. “Just kidding.”

The Hoppers never miss the Anchorage Folk Festival.

It’s something the Chugiak family of four has been involved with since 23-year-old Caiti Hopper can remember.

“I’ve grown up with the festival,” she said. “It’s a huge highlight.”

Caiti, a music education major at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, flew back from the Golden Heart City two days after the start of a new semester so she wouldn’t miss playing the 23rd annual event with her family band.

“It’s something I look forward to all year,” she said.

Tex Daniels, 22, of Chugiak, was arrested Tuesday, Jan. 24 on two counts of first degree assault, DWI and failure to render aid for an incident that occurred early New Year’s Day in downtown Anchorage.

According to Anchorage Police, Daniels lost control of his pickup truck near the corner of West 15th Avenue and I Street after passing another vehicle. Police say he struck a rock pile and snow bank, along with pedestrians Ashley Brotherton and Clayton Wilbanks of Anchorage.

A home at 22222 Elkhorn Drive in Eagle River caught fire Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Resident Bob Dean said he was inside the home when he heard a strange noise coming from the roof.

"I heard a crackling up there," Dean said.

Dean said he quickly realized his home was on fire after checking on the source of the noise.

"I said, 'That ain't good. I can see fire,'" he recalled.

Anchorage Fire Department Capt. Ben Demboski said 21 units responded to the blaze, which was reported by a passing neighbor at around 4:30 p.m.

When Chugiak High teacher Angela Armstrong reflects on her time as a Chugiak student two decades ago, one event comes to mind — “Faculty Follies.”

The teacher talent show has been a long-lasting memory for the 1992 graduate.

“It is one of the few things I remember going to that was just a blast,” said Armstrong, now a student council advisor.

Chugiak resurrected the event Friday, Jan. 13 under a new name — “Teachers Got Talent” — to raise money for its student body and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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