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A trio of Mustangs is furthering their athletic careers at the collegiate level.

Chugiak High seniors Chris Kveseth, Victoria Bensel and Wolfgang Danger signed their letters of intent Feb. 19.

Kveseth and Bensel are both headed to Southwest Minnesota State University’s track and field team while Danger will play football for Mayville (N.D.) State University.

Kveseth, who will also run on the SMSU cross-country team, said running in college was one of his goals.

Anyone doubting Alaska faces a looming energy crisis hasn’t been attending Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce meetings.

For the second time in as many weeks, the chamber’s biweekly lunch forum at the Eagle River Ale House was the scene of a dire prediction delivered by a high-ranking energy utility executive.

“It gets pretty serious and it gets serious in a hurry,” said John Sims, director of corporate communications for Enstar Natural Gas.

No matter how many times he reads “The Importance of Being Earnest,” James Jensen never tires of it.

“I’ve always loved this play,” he said.

Now, Jensen is sharing his fondness of Oscar Wilde’s famous comedy with the Chugiak-Eagle River community.

The first of six shows opens Friday, March 1 at the Alaska Fine Arts Academy.

It’s a show Jensen has wanted to direct for some time.

“I’ve always wanted to do it,” he said. “I’ll probably do it again, I love it that much.”

Greek mythology, comedy and singing will collide this weekend at Gruening Middle School when the original production of “The Missing Piece of Pi” is performed.

Written and directed by theater teacher Vicky Otte, the play follows seven immortals living on Mount Olympus as they attempt to control the love lives of the residents of Athens.

“Of course, it goes horribly, horribly wrong,” Otte said.

For the seventh-graders — who are currently studying Greek Mythology in class — the play is more than an after-school activity.

Every racer in the Iron Dog has a reason for wanting to make the 2,000-mile run across the frozen Alaska wilderness.

For Eagle River’s Vince Salzbrun, reaching the starting line on Big Lake Sunday, Feb. 17 was the culmination of a lifelong dream.

“It’s on my bucket list,” said Salzbrun, who grew up in Bethel and now lives in Eagle River.

The annual snowmachine race from Big Lake to Nome and then onto Fairbanks is called “The Toughest in the World,” and is wildly popular in the Bush.

Oil topped the list of issues when the five area legislators returned from Juneau to hold a town hall meeting at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center on Saturday, Feb. 16.

“It’s the biggest, most important issue we face because oil pays the bills in Alaska,” said Rep. Dan Saddler, R-Eagle River.

Under the current production tax ACES (Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share), the state isn’t as attractive to new investors as it should be, said Sen. Anna Fairclough, R-Eagle River/East Anchorage.

Rep. Lora Reinbold, R-Eagle River, agreed.

What’s it take to be a military wife?

Just ask Meghan Wieten-Scott.

Military Spouse magazine recently named Wieten-Scott as Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s Military Spouse of the Year. She’s also in the running for the overall Army Spouse of the Year. That winner will be announced today (Thursday, Feb. 21).

Should Wieten-Scott win the Army branch award, she’d be up for the overall Military Spouse of the Year honor.

Unbeknownst to Wieten-Scott, her friend and fellow military wife, Jess Paden, nominated her for the award.

High-schoolers from Anchorage, the Mat-Su Valley and Kenai Peninsula put their engineering skills to the test during a two-day robotics competition Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15-16 at Eagle River High.

The results couldn’t have been better for the hosts.

All 19 Eagle River students, broken into five teams, qualified for the state robotics tournament March 8-9 at UAA.

The Cyber Wolves, made up of Thor Austin, Erik Korzon and Nathaniel Lunod, set a new state record of 410 points in the qualifying round.

The high score surprised the team, Korzon said.

Get ready for an adventure under the sea.

Mirror Lake Middle School is presenting Disney’s “Little Mermaid Jr.” on Friday, Feb. 22.

The familiar plot of the production, which is a condensed version of the animated movie, appealed to director Margaret Barber.

“When I was in high school, it was popular,” she said. “Everyone used to sing it.”

With 46 cast members, Barber and her crew have been busy preparing for the play. Despite all the effort required, it’s worth it to see the excitement on the students’ faces, Barber said.

For the first time in more than six decades of service, the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department has a female chief.

Virginia McMichael was elected to that position at the department’s annual meeting Feb. 6. While she might be the department’s first woman boss, McMichael said she won’t have any trouble fitting into her new role.

“Most of the time I’m just one of the guys,” McMichael said Monday, Feb. 18.

McMichael has served on the all-volunteer department for 20 years, and previously served as Assistant Chief under Tom Reinbolt.

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