You’ll never see a new student eating lunch alone at Eagle River High School.
When a transfer enters the halls of ERHS for the first time, a current student eats lunch with the new student and gives them a tour of the school, walking them through their schedule.
It’s all thanks to the school’s Adventure Program.
Funded by a United States Department of Defense grant, the pilot program’s focus is to ease the transition into the building for new students — many who come from a military background. The program also promotes academic success.
Just five games into the 2011-12 basketball season, Eagle River’s boys already have more victories than last year.
The Wolves, who managed just two wins in the 2010-11 campaign, improved to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the Cook Inlet Conference with a convincing 72-53 victory over visiting South Anchorage on Jan. 6 and a thrilling win at East on Jan. 10.
The decisive win signaled more than Eagle River’s first conference victory of the season, junior Shaquan Rhoades said. It showed wins won’t come easily against the Wolves this year, he said.
Nicole Mrugala started 2012 the way she ended 2011 — perfect.
The senior Chugiak-Eagle River netminder turned aside all 25 shots from Dimond-West to earn her second straight shutout in CER’s 2-0 win Jan. 4 at Ben Boeke Ice Arena. Mrugala recorded a 17-save shutout against Service-East on Dec. 16 in CER’s final game before the holiday break.
Dimond-West threw more shots on net through the first two periods than Service-East did all game — but that didn’t faze Mrugala.
The Alaska Army National Guard is under new leadership.
Leon “Mike” Bridges, who was promoted to Brigadier General Jan. 6, took the colors from Brig. Gen. Julio “Randy” Banez during a change of command ceremony on Joint-Base Elmendorf Richardson on Saturday, Jan. 7.
Banez has commanded the Alaska Army National Guard since November 2009 and will retire Feb. 1.
A career National Guardsman, Bridges has served for more than three decades in Alaska, Washington and Oregon.
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory today. The advisory goes into effect at 9 p.m. tonight. According to a statement on the NWS website, between nine and 18 inches of snow are expected in the Anchorage area between tonight and Thursday afternoon.
One of the longest days of Ian Murphy’s life began ordinarily enough, with a routine trip to Chugiak High to drop off the family’s foreign exchange student.
17 hours later, Murphy was helping his fellow Chugiak Volunteer firefighters finish dousing the smoldering ashes of his own home.
“It’s always hard to watch something like that happen, but it really hits you in the gut when you’re looking at it and it’s yours,” said Murphy, whose family’s home in Peters Creek was destroyed by the Jan. 5 blaze.
An early-morning house fire in Peters Creek left seven people — including a volunteer firefighter — without a home Thursday, Jan. 5.
According to Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department assistant chief Clifton Dalton, a call came in at around 7:45 a.m. that a house on Deer Park Drive was ablaze. When crews arrived several minutes later, they found heavy smoke coming from the roof of the single-story house.
“It was burning undetected a long time before the residents were aware of it,” Dalton said.
Missing the state tournament last year has Chugiak High’s girls basketball team more motivated for this season. But it won’t be easy getting there this year.
Only the top two Cook Inlet Conference teams will earn automatic state berths. Other automatic Class 4A berths include two from the Northern Lights Conference and one from the Southeast and Mid Alaska conferences.
The final two spots will be determined by Winning Percentage Index standings. This is the first time WPI will be used to determine who goes to state.