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It’s pageant time.

The 2013 Miss Chugiak-Eagle River Pageant will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at Mirror Lake Middle School. This year’s event features nine local contestants, who will compete for the title of Miss Chugiak-Eagle River and Miss Chugiak-Eagle River Outstanding Teen.

This year’s pageant theme is “Proud to be an American.”

With snow and ice here to stay for the next six months, it’s a good time to review safe driving tips. And the Anchorage Police Department has plenty of knowledge to share.

The three P’s of safe winter driving — which can be found on the Muni’s website — include prepare, protect and prevent.



• Maintain your car — Check the battery and tire tread; keep windows clear; use anti-freeze windshield washer fluid; and check antifreeze.

Army Sgt. Thomas Floyd was deployed in Afghanistan for most of the first year of his daughter’s life, so he’s been playing a lot of catch up since returning to Alaska last month.

“This is the biggest thing, just spending time getting to know her,” Floyd said as he and his wife, Claudia, played with their 13-month-old daughter, Francesca, in the stands at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage on Nov. 1.

It ain’t easy being thrifty.

Rising rent, decreased donations and expanding competition are forcing the Salvation Army to close its Eagle River thrift store Nov. 21.

“It’s getting harder and harder to do business,” said Garry Ervin, the charity’s Anchorage area director of retail operations.

Workers at the Eagle River store stopped accepting donations several months ago. The Salvation Army’s lease at its current location is up at the end of the year, and Ervin said the store could no longer pay for itself.

Unlike other victorious politicians Tuesday night, Anna Fairclough didn’t enter Election Central at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage trailing a crowd of sign-waving supporters.

“Jumping up and down didn’t seem appropriate,” said Fairclough, who defeated incumbent Sen. Bettye Davis in the race for Senate Seat M.

Although the former Eagle River state representative said she was thrilled to be moving from the house to the senate, her celebration was tempered by her respect for the longest-serving female in the Alaska Legislature.

Chugiak senior Kaitlin Friedli scored 371.65 points to win her second straight state diving title Saturday during the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Swimming and Diving State Championships at Bartlett High. 

"I put so much work into this year. It's so nice to be rewarded for your work," Friedli said. 

"She dove very, very well," Mustangs' diving coach Megan Morton said. 

Eagle River freshman Jami Stone was third in diving. Though new to the sport, Stone's strong showing at state wasn't a surprise to Wolves' diving coach MaryAnn Curtis. 

The 2012 Alaska General Election is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 6. In addition to President of the United States, voters this year will choose a full compliment of representatives to the Alaska House and Senate.

Only three of the five local seats up for grabs will be contested on Tuesday. Incumbents Dan Saddler (House 12) and Bill Stoltze (House 11) are running unopposed after winning their primary elections.

In Senate District F, incumbent Fred Dyson, of Eagle River, will face Eagle River Democrat Martin Lindeke for the right to represent this area in the senate.

The musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” is outrageous, chaotic, but above all else — hilarious.

That’s why the show is just as entertaining for the actors as the audience, said Zach Foster, who plays a slave, Hysterium.

“The characters that we portray are the opposite of anything we’ve ever imagined,” he said. “The characters are far from normal.”

The play opens today (Thursday, Nov. 1) at Eagle River High at 7 p.m. and runs through Saturday, Nov. 3. General admission tickets cost $10 while students, seniors and military are $7.

That blanket of smoke hanging over the Eagle River Valley recently was actually part of an effort to keep homes in the valley from catching fire.

Crews from the Alaska Division of Forestry spent the week burning piles of trees and brush from a four-acre tract of land near the Driftwood Bay subdivision, a dense grouping of homes that clings to the side of the forested valley. The burns were the final step in a unique partnership between area homeowners and the government designed to reduce the risk of wildfires.

Three Alaska Air National Guardsmen received the Bronze Star Medal with Valor for their actions in Afghanistan in 2010 and 2011. Tech. Sgt. Shane J. Hargis, Staff Sgt. Theodore M. Sierocinski and Cpt. Koaalii C. “Koa” Bailey were honored during an award ceremony Oct. 13 on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Here’s a look at each man:


Cpt. Koaalii Bailey

Cpt. Bailey served as a combat rescue officer with the 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, 455th Expeditionary Operations Group, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing.