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Employing a stifling trap defense the Chugiak Mustangs held the visiting Eagle River Wolves scoreless for the entire first period of their Saturday night game. On most nights, that portends a good outcome.

This night however, would be different. The Mustangs (15-10, 8-5) led by a scant four points then, and coach Jocquis Sconiers was right to be worried. At the end of yet another pounding Mustangs vs. Wolves basketball game, the annual Birchwood Bowl trophy was being hoisted by the team in dark blue for the first time in quite a few seasons after a 38-31 victory.

My son recently expressed excitement towards registering for next year’s freshman class at Eagle River High School, in particular because of all the interesting electives he anticipated.

As both a teacher at ERHS and a parent of a soon-to-be freshman, it was with a sad heart I had to temper his expectations in light of staffing cuts and course closings resulting from funding levels far outpaced by inflation.

If only Joe McCarthy had lived to see this moment, when it is suddenly in vogue to attribute large-scale events in American politics to the hand of Russia and to inveigh against domestic subversion.

Robert Mueller released an indictment of 13 Russians for crimes related to their social-media campaign to meddle in our internal affairs in the run-up to and aftermath of the 2016 election.

Mueller obviously isn’t a McCarthyite, and can’t be held responsible for the hysteria — and hopeful expectations of an impeachment-level event — that has built up around his work.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of governors working to strike compromise on hot-button policy issues took on the question of health care on Feb. 23.

Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich, in presenting the group’s blueprint for policy changes at the National Press Club, lamented that one of the country’s largest challenges seems to have been set aside by policymakers.

“It’s like health care doesn’t even matter anymore down here,” he said.

JBER — All or nothing. It’s pain and stress management. There’s a constant little bird in the back of your mind chirping away that you might not make it. If you don’t make it, you just spent months of training and a bunch of money to watch your dream pass you by.

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Max Pippa’s mind was racing as he pushed his body to its limits during the final stages of preparation in an arduous journey for greatness.

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan said violence in video games and movies should be discussed as part of a larger debate on gun violence and suggested Feb. 26 that states should decide whether schoolteachers should be armed.

Meanwhile, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, who was in Washington, D.C., for a gathering of the nation’s governors, told The Associated Press something must be done in response to the violence.

The high school cross country skiing season wrapped last week in Fairbanks with local athletes from Chugiak filling up the top spots in the rankings as the girls took third and the boys fourth at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Nordic Ski State Championships.

Powerhouse West Anchorage once again swept both the boys and girls titles led by Cook Inlet Conference skimeisters Molly Gellert and Luke Jager.

Under brilliant blue skies last Sunday afternoon, Steve Johnson, with his wife Barb beside him, addressed a crowd of some 200-some colorfully clad skiers gathered at Beach Lake Ski Trails Sunday afternoon, thanking them for their support over the last nine months.

Not that he needed or wanted extra time to speak, but the race start was delayed due to the last-minute influx of registrants wanting to join the annual Ski The Beach race, held the last Sunday of February at the trails to support the local ski club.

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.

The victim of an assault was driving to a friend’s house around 1:26 p.m. on Feb. 13 when he inadvertently cut off a green Ford truck in traffic. The driver of the truck followed the victim to a residence. The driver of the truck was cussing and yelling at the victim.

Lions of Alaska received a grant from Lions Clubs International Foundation for $100,000 in February. Northrim Bank has partnered and is in support with your local Lions by providing a monetary support in the amount of $30,000 to help fund the Lions Quest program that brings specialized curriculum to teach youth about character, drug and alcohol awareness and other social issues.

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