Chugiak advanced to the weekend Wednesday with a gritty win over the host Service Cougars Thursday at the Cook Inlet Conference Volleyball Tournament.

The Mustangs dropped two of the first three sets before winning the final two to claim the victory. The Mustangs will play at 3:30 p.m. Friday against the loser of Thursday’s South vs. Bartlett match. The tournament’s top three teams will advance to the state tournament Nov. 14-16 in Anchorage.

The CIC’s No. 6 seed, Chugiak opened the tournament with a 3-1 loss to No. 3 seed East on Wednesday.

Jen Hufford hadn’t slept for two days after an exhausting flight from Anchorage to London to Scandinavia, but as she settled into her hotel in Are, Sweden, earlier this week, her excitement still bubbled over. On Friday, the 35-year-old Eagle River sports trainer and athlete with an impressive competitive resume will toe the line with an elite group of competitors from around the world vying for the title of World Spartan Ultra champion.

A big lineman and a big leg have been tabbed for top postseason honors by the state’s football coaches.

Chugiak senior defensive end Austin Harr was named first-team All-State by the Alaska Football Coaches Association, which named the Mustangs’ Josh Rolston as the state’s top kicker and punter.

Harr was a first-team All-Railbelt Conference selection at defensive end and a second-team all-conference running back for the Mustangs, who went 6-3 and lost in the first round of the Division I state playoffs.

Two familiar names have signaled their intent to run for a Chugiak-Eagle River seat on the Anchorage Assembly in the April 7, 2020, municipal election.

As of Monday, Eagle River’s Jamie Allard and Chugiak’s Gretchen Wehmhoff were the only District 2 residents to file letters of intent with the Alaska Division of Elections. The filing period for municipal office is Jan. 1-Feb. 1, but the letters permit candidates to raise funds prior to officially filing for office.

Montana State University redshirt freshman tight end Derryk Snell had his best game as a college football player Saturday when he caught three passes for 42 yards and his first career touchdown in the Bobcats’ 42-7 win over Southern Utah in Bozeman, Montana.

The 2017 Alaska Gatorade Football Player of the Year has caught six passes this season and drew praise from Bobcats coach Jeff Choate in postgame interviews.

“He’s got really good ball skills,” Choate said of the 6-foot-2, 245-pounder, who graduated from Chugiak High in 2018. “He’s a talented young man.”

UPDATE (Nov. 6, 2019) — A broken water line that caused a Glenn Highway onramp to be closed for more than a day has been repaired.

The Municipality of Anchorage issued an alert early Wednesday morning saying the southbound North Eagle River ramp had been reopened.


Municipal crews are working to fix a broken water line that has forced the temporary closure of the southbound Glenn Highway on-ramp at the North Eagle River exit.

UPDATE (Nov. 7, 2019): Ingram turned himself in and as of Thursday was being held at the Anchorage Correctional Complex.


Police are looking for an Eagle River man involved in a vandalism case that led to a melee involving police and the man’s ex-girlfriend’s current boyfriend.

Participants at a French language camp near Beach Lake in Chugiak may soon be in danger of getting deja vu.

“We’ve got one student who has been at every camp so far,” said Nicole Ayers, a foreign language teacher at Chugiak High who started the third-annual camp in 2017 as a way to build a bit of esprit de corps among high school French programs within the Anchorage School District.

Ayers said she modeled the two-day camp at the Birchwood Camp after a successful program the district’s German teachers began three decades ago.

The Chugiak/Eagle River girls hockey team opened the season with a 3-1 win over Service/East on Friday at the Dempsey Anderson Ice Arena in Anchorage.

Daphne Gray, Kara Rahm and Haley Olds scored goals for Chugiak/Eagle River, which went 0-9 last season while getting outscored 61-8.

Chugiak/Eagle River plays South/Bartlett on Friday at 6:15 p.m. at the Depsey Anderson.

McKenzie Fazio did a lot of climbing Saturday at the Cook Inlet Conference Swimming and Diving Meet at Bartlett High.

A Gruening Middle School student was arrested Wednesday morning after allegedly making threats against other students.

According to a Nixle alert issued by the Anchorage Police Department, a School Resource Officer at the school — which is currently located on the campus of Chugiak High School on South Birchwood Loop — received a report of the threat at around 9:15 a.m.

After being spared from state budget cuts that would have shuttered CCS Early Learning center in Chugiak, preschool is back in session for a 48th year in the little red schoolhouse on the Old Glenn Highway. But the 15 vacant seats remaining to be filled are a new issue in the center, which historically has reached maximum enrollment every year.

The 2019-20 high school wrestling season is now underway after the opening tournament of the season.

Eagle River took fourth place at the West Anchorage Classic Friday and Saturday at West High in Anchorage.

The Wolves fell to East 48-26 in the third-place match Saturday. Eagle River opened the tournament with a 63-6 win over Palmer before losing 63-15 in the semifinals to eventual tournament champion Colony.

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.

A 31-year-old Soldotna man who was reportedly chasing a woman with a knife was arrested Friday morning in Chugiak after being taken down by a police stun gun.

Eagle River claimed a fifth-place finish at the 20-team Dimond/Service Volleyball Tournament Friday and Saturday in Anchorage.

The Wolves went 5-3 in pool play to finish second in a pool that included Wasilla, North Pole, Homer and Juneau. The finish advanced the team into the “Gold” bracket for the top eight teams after the first day of play.

At Chugiak High, they’ve got a nickname for Ashley Bailey, the steely-eyed security guard who stalks the campus with the vigilance of a junkyard dog that ain’t been fed.

“The kids call her ‘Bulldog Bailey,’” said Chugiak principal Megan Hatswell.

Bailey has a reputation as someone who doesn’t take a lot of guff. Hatswell said the military veteran is fierce but fair — traits that have earned her grudging respect from the students she oversees.

Chugiak’s Emily Rand placed fourth in the floor exercise and 12th in the all-around competition Saturday at the Cook Inlet Conference Gymnastics Meet at Dimond High.

The CHS junior was the top local competitor at the season-ending meet. Teammate Makenna Casey was 13th in the all-around competition, highlighted by a ninth-place finish on the parallel uneven bars for the fourth-place Mustangs.

Finja Ochse placed ninth on the balance beam to lead Eagle River, which finished sixth in the team standings.

A Chugiak High senior has won a Frightening 4K title for the second straight year after Adrianna Proffitt claimed her first women’s race championship Saturday in downtown Anchorage.

Last year’s women’s runner-up, Proffitt clocked at time of 14 minutes, 2 seconds to beat Anchorage’s Payton Smith by 21 seconds. Eagle River’s Breanna Day — Proffitt’s Chugiak High teammate — was third. Proffitt won the annual Halloween-themed race while running in a black mask and red “Incredibles” costume.

Progress is being made on a project to help Alaskans reach out and touch their neighbors Outside.

Matanuska Telephone Association CEO Michael Burke visited the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce biweekly lunch forum earlier this month at the Matanuska Alehouse in Eagle River, where he said only about 40 more miles of cable are needed to complete the co-op’s Alcan One project, which when completed next year will become the first overland fiber optic link between Alaska and the Lower 48.

“It’s all buried, which is much easier to maintain,” he said.

10 years ago this week in the Star…

‘An icon restored’

Access to Mt. Baldy in Eagle River was opened after a five-year battle, according to a front-page story in the Oct. 29, 2009, edition of the Star headlined “An icon restored.”

The final piece of the puzzle was a road-paving project atop Skyline Drive completed by the local street maintenance department, according to a story by Darrell Breeze that featured a photo of Eagle River hikers Eric and Lora Reinbold coming down off the mountain.


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