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The Anchorage Assembly will hold a public hearing on the Title 21 rewrite Tuesday, Jan. 15.

The rewrite of the Municipal land use code, complete with the Title 21 committee’s recommended changes, was introduced to the Assembly on Dec. 18, 2012.

Chugiak Assemblywoman Debbie Ossiander said the Title 21 committee, which she chairs, has completed work on the entire rewrite except Chapter 10, which pertains specifically to the Chugiak-Eagle River area. Ossiander said she worked through the holidays and hoped to have Chapter 10 finished by this week.

A soldier was found dead in another soldier’s barracks room on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Christmas Day.

The Army said PFC Grant W. Wise, 25, of Fairport, N.Y. was found with a single gunshot wound to the head and declared dead at around 7:45 a.m. on Dec. 25.

Wise, who joined the Army in 2011, was assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. He served at Ft. Bragg, N.C. before being assigned to JBER in September 2012.

Thanks in large part to last winter’s heavy snowfall, roughly 500 moose were killed by motorists last winter between Anchorage and the Mat-Su. As the winter progresses, experts say there are several ways to avoid costly collisions with the largest member of the deer family.

According to the Alaska Highway Traffic Safety Office, Alaska motorists typically hit and kill between 700-1,000 moose each year. The office advises motorists take extreme caution when driving in winter as moose “nonchalantly cross our roads and highways,” according to the office.

Eagle River’s Dave DeMay won the Under 1500 Hard Bat title at the USA Table Tennis National Tournament, which was held Dec. 18-22 in Las Vegas.

Bringing gold back to Alaska from a tournament that featured nearly 800 athletes was a surprise to DeMay.

“It’s something you certainly don’t expect going in,” he said.

The competition was fierce, DeMay said, and he was satisfied simply advancing past the first round.

“Each match was really close,” he said. “I never really expected to win any of those matches.”

WASHINGTON — Truth is, retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf didn’t care much for his popular “Stormin’ Norman” nickname.

The seemingly no-nonsense Desert Storm commander’s reputed temper with aides and subordinates supposedly earned him that rough-and-ready moniker. But others around the general, who died Thursday in Tampa, Fla., at age 78 of complications from pneumonia, knew him as a friendly, talkative and even jovial figure who preferred the somewhat milder sobriquet given by his troops: “The Bear.”

Chugiak-Eagle River area legislators are looking forward to using their newfound clout in Juneau.

“We should do well in Chugiak-Eagle River this session,” predicted Rep. Dan Saddler, who joined his fellow local House and Senate members at the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber’s lunchtime forum Dec. 19 at the Bear Mountain Grill in Eagle River.

The area’s all-Republican delegation finds itself among the key power blocs this session after Eagle River Rep. Anna Fairclough’s victory in the Senate District M helped create a GOP majority in both houses.

There were historic seasons and heartbreaking stories in the world of sports in 2012, a year that saw state champions crowned and rivals bested all year ‘round. Here’s a sport-by-sport account of some of the biggest and most interesting Chugiak-Eagle River sports stories in the year 2012:



Events in Afghanistan dominated military coverage in 2012, as a 3,500-member brigade spent much of the year in hostile territory. That group returned to Alaska in October. The year’s other big news on base came in May, when Gen. Michael Garrett took over command of the U.S. Army Alaska from Gen. Raymond Palumbo.

Here are the military stories the Star focused on in 2012:

From firefighters to Fuji Gifts, 2012 was a busy, blustery year in Chugiak-Eagle River. There were dramatic stories of survival and heartbreaking tales of loss. As always, there was one big Bear Paw, plenty of political plotting and more animal attacks than most people are comfortable or with. And the weather? It was worth talking about. For better or worse, here are the news stories that shaped our lives in Chugiak-Eagle River over the past 12 months:


Firefighters keep busy

Mitchell Kelly, a Chicago-based professional dancer and choreographer, will visit Eagle River Jan 2 and 3 to teach a master dance workshop at the Stars Dance Studio.

Kelly was a finalist on Season 8 of the Fox reality show “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Stars owner Janie Williams said space in the two-day workshop is limited. Classes offered during the workshop will include hip-hop, Jazz, lyrical, Broadway, contemporary ballet, advanced hip-hop and improv/creative movements. Individual classes can be taken for $20 each or $140 for the entire two-day workshop.