After watching members his team laugh after committing a backbreaking penalty late in their 20-7 loss to Dimond on Sept. 2 at Dimond Alumni Field, Eagle River flag football coach Matt Turner screamed at his players from the sidelines.

“That’s not funny!” Turner yelled.

Homecoming can’t come at a better time for the Chugiak Mustangs, who dropped their second straight game at Anchorage Football Stadium with a 35-13 Cook Inlet Conference loss to Bartlett on Saturday, Sept. 3.

Any team that kicks to Kelechi Madubuko clearly isn’t paying attention.

That towel rack in the bathroom finally gave way, and there are a dozen nail-holes in the wall from where the four-year-old got into the tool box.

Don’t worry — the U-Fix-It shops on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson are here to help.

“The intent is for residents to take pride in ownership,” said Wendy Mekinda, general manager at Aurora Military Housing. “It also provides continuity in the units - the same light bulbs, the same towel bars. It’s a convenience; they can pick things up for free, and they’re also learning a skill.”

As I get older, the list of what I know for sure continues to shrink — the corollary statement is that what I do know I know with more certainty. On that list is the truth that life is hard on people. The late M. Scott Peck begins his huge bestseller “The Road Less Travelled” with the statement “Life is difficult.” This was written in 1978, the year before I was married. Now, I have had a great marriage but 32 years later I can say that he was right (not a commentary on my wife). Life has not gotten easier. At the same time, there is always reason for joy.

Burglar makes off with purse

A resident of Kaskanak Drive in Eagle River told Anchorage police on Aug. 27 that someone broke into his home at about 6 a.m. that morning and stole his wife’s purse. The purse contained credit cards and gift cards, police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said. Someone used one of the credit cards later in the day, Parker said. An investigation continues.


Anchorage Police Department calls for Monday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 4


Monday, Aug. 29

1:20 p.m. - Found item - Business Boulevard

2:06 p.m. - Warrant arrest - Roseberry Park

3:55 p.m. - Driving while license suspended - Old Glenn Highway

6:05 p.m. - Accident - Old Glenn Highway

6:33 p.m. - Vehicle tampering - Stewart Drive

9:18 p.m. - Found item - Business Boulevard


Although I tout myself as a lifelong Alaskan, I spent five years in Texas from 2002-2007 so that I could take advantage of a career opportunity in the energy industry. During that time I journeyed back to Alaska frequently where my family remained.

Looking back on our college years many of us laugh about living on ramen noodles or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches; some of us as children can think of creative meals our mom made, which somehow stretched the little food we had in the house to feed the whole family. Whatever our situations were as children, young adults or college students, we found with perseverance, faith and the support of friends and family, we somehow we got through those times. It may have been many years since we’ve worried about where our next meal might come from.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), a nonprofit seeking to reduce loss of life via suicide, is opening its 49th chapter in Alaska — the state’s first.

On Friday, Sept. 9, the official charter chapter paperwork will be signed during a fundraising event at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

With the highest per capita rate of suicide in the nation, Jo McNeal, AFSP Pacific Northwest area director, said Alaska was an obvious choice for a chapter.

“Suicide prevention is very, very important to many residents in Alaska,” McNeal said.

For the past 59 years, the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department has been serving the community. Today, the department has roughly 80 members — all state certified emergency medical technicians, paramedics and firefighters — and just two paid staff positions, according to spokesman Jeff Hartley, who’s been with CVFD since 1984.

Its fleet contains four tanker trucks, five pumpers, two heavy rescue trucks, three ambulances, four brush trucks and other miscellaneous vehicles such as snowmachines and command vehicles, Hartley said.

The U.S. Senate is asking the American people to remember the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks together as one nation.

The Senate unanimously passed a resolution calling for a Moment of Remembrance on Sunday — the 10th anniversary of the attacks — at 9 a.m. ADT.

According to figures available from the U.S. government, the nation’s bank accounts will run at a significant loss in 2011. How significant? $1,645,000,000,000.

With that much money, you could pave the Glenn Highway from Anchorage to Eagle River — both the inbound and outbound lanes — with $100 bills. And you could do it 320 times over.

Homecoming can’t come at a better time for the Chugiak Mustangs, who dropped their second straight game at Anchorage Football Stadium with a 35-13 Cook Inlet Conference loss to Bartlett on Saturday, Sept. 3.

“I can hardly wait to get home,” said Chugiak football coach Duncan Shackelford after watching his team fall to 2-2 overall and in the CIC.

Any team that kicks to Kelechi Madubuko clearly isn’t paying attention.

With a pair of kick returns in a 41-23 loss to Dimond on Friday, Sept. 2 at Dimond Alumni Field, the Eagle River senior has six returns for touchdowns in the past 12 games.

“I just find a way to the end zone,” Madubuko said.

Madubuko’s brilliance in the Wolves’ four straight losses — he has scored seven of the their 10 touchdowns this season — is all for the good of the team, he said.

“I try to keep my guys up,” Madubuko said. “I do it for them.”

Eagle River’s girls dominated to lead the Wolves to a narrow 5-4 win over Chugiak at Chugiak High on Aug. 29.

Exponential is a word easy enough to define, but quantifying it is an entirely different matter. Simply put, it means rapid growth. Bringing “rapid” into understandable terms, though, is something else again.

The word immediately popped into my head on Aug. 10 when I was guided to a page on Facebook, the social networking phenomenon that everyone but me seems to know about.

Kelly Cobb seems to be adjusting nicely to college life.

The Duke University freshman has exploded onto the scene for the Blue Devils, racking up a pair of game-winning goals, including a left-footed rocket that lifted Duke to a 2-1 lead in their eventual 3-1 win over No. 1 Notre Dame on Aug. 28.

“It feels amazing. I cannot even explain it.” Cobb said in a Duke press release sent after the match in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Baffling circumstances

A Birchwood youth and his adult companion were found dead down a slope from the Glenn Highway in the Sheep Mountain area, according to a front page story in the Sept. 2, 1971 edition of the Star.

According to police, Lorance Zimmerman, 44, of Spenard, and Paul Hair, 11, of Birchwood were last seen leaving Hair’s home on an errand to Gunsight Mountain. Police would not say how the pair died, but said vehicle they’d been riding in was not found.

1. Place a salmon fillet skin side down on a piece of foil.

2. Season liberally with margarine and Lowery’s seasoned salt.

3. Sprinkle 2 handfuls of brown sugar over the top of the fish.

4. Seal in foil and bake at 350 degrees or on a charcoal grill.


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