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How many actors does it take to perform all of Shakespeare’s plays in one night?

Just three.

Andrew Smith, Levi Musgrave and Krystal DeJesus will be tasked with achieving this feat as they put on “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” starting Friday, Feb. 15 at Bear Mountain Grill in Eagle River.

The Alaska Fine Arts Academy is hosting four nights of dinner theater with the parody serving as entertainment.

The production should have the audience laughing nonstop, said Smith, who compared it to Monty Python.

Eagle River's Alea Robinson, 17, won the Race to the Sky 350 Sled Dog Race Tuesday, Feb. 12 in Lincoln, Montana.


In the 1980s, a famous recruiting commercial claimed the U.S. Army does “more before 9 a.m. than most people do all day.”

That’s still the case.

Well before dawn on the morning of Jan. 31, more than 200 members of the Army’s 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment arrived under cover of darkness at the foot of Arctic Valley Road. Carrying 35-pound rucksacks and decked out in their camouflage combat uniforms, the men briefly listened to instructions from their platoon leaders before springing into action.

Students at Ravenwood Elementary are fighting America’s obesity epidemic one activity at a time.

The Eagle River elementary school was recently honored by the State of Alaska for winning the 2012 Healthy Futures Challenge, a state-sponsored program designed to get kids moving.

“It’s super important to be active, and we know that at Ravenwood,” said school principal Audrey Chapman during an assembly held Monday, Feb. 4 in the school’s gym.

A 25-year-old Palmer man is facing federal charges after he allegedly crashed his pick-up truck through the Boniface gate of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson around midnight Jan. 19.

According to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court, Kyle Hansen illegally entered through the Boniface gate, then led security officials on a chase around the base before crashing through the gate and fleeing. He was captured at around 9 p.m. at the Eagle River home of his friend Shawn McKenna after Anchorage Police received an anonymous tip.

Editor’s note: The following is the conclusion of a two-part story detailing the history of the old Wallace Homestead atop Skyline Drive. To read Part 1, visit


The homestead at the top of Skyline, much beloved by locals for its beautiful views and intriguing ruins, might become a subdivision in a few years. The property’s handful of owners is ready to sell, and if the state won’t buy it for public use, it’ll likely go to a private developer and get turned into a suite of hilltop mansions.

A soldier from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson has been charged with the Christmas death of Private 1st Class Grant Wise.

Specialist Marshall Drake, 23, was charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide and failure to obey general regulations, according to a statement released by JBER.

According to JBER, Drake allegedly killed Wise by shooting him with a firearm.

Chugiak Café is entirely a family-run business.

Eagle River’s Tom and Michelle Kimball own the recently opened coffee and boutique shop and their two-person staff is made up of their kids, Jackie and Andrew.

Jackie, a sophomore at UAA, runs the café with her dad weekdays and takes class in the evenings. Andrew, a freshman at Eagle River High, helps out after school.

Michelle, who works full-time on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, cooks breakfast at the café Saturdays and Sundays. The weekend breakfast includes waffles with biscuits and gravy.

You can’t have a Bear Paw Festival without a theme, and this year’s is sure to bring out the inner cowboy and cowgirl in local fans of the annual community hoedown.

Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber special events coordinator Merry Braham said this year’s theme will be “Round Up at the Bear Paw Corral,” a choice she said hopes will “spur” some western-inspired floats in the popular midsummer parade.

“It’s really all about fun,” Braham said.

An influx of new retailers and a housing boom will be remaking the face of downtown Eagle River in 2013.

Most national chains venturing into Alaska open a store in Anchorage and then skip right over Eagle River en route to the Mat-Su. This year, Walgreens and AutoZone bucked that trend to open new locations on the Old Glenn Highway.