With a quarter of a million people attending Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s Arctic Thunder open house and air show Saturday and Sunday July 28-29, 2012 was a “huge success” for the biennial event, said JBER spokesman Luke Waack.
Too huge, in fact.
On Saturday, traffic backed up for hours at JBER’s gates. Some people never even made it on base.
“[Saturday] was a huge day,” Waack said. “We reached parking capacity. We just filled up.”
Waack attributed the massive crowds to an impressive lineup and sunny weather.
Eagle River beat Fairbanks Post 11 9-8 on Sunday, July 29 at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage. The Wolves' win sets up a showdown Wednesday against Chugiak with an automatic berth in the state championship on the line. The two squads are the only undeafeated teams remaining in the tournament, and each is guaranteed to finish no worse than third overall.
Eagle River shortstop Wesley Bennice turned an unassisted double play to end the game with Fairbanks threatening in the ninth.
Chugiak and Eagle River will play at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at Mulcahy.
Recently, Mary Meacham’s son, Ty, had been complaining of frequent headaches.
But when the 14-year-old incoming Eagle River High freshman suddenly lost his balance and collapsed, his mother knew something was seriously wrong.
About a month ago, Ty was diagnosed with pseudotumor cerebri — a disorder that causes increased pressure within the skull, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. The disorder can mimic a tumor, the CDC said, and symptoms include headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting.
A brown bear mauled and seriously injured a hiker on a trail above Eagle River Road on Sunday afternoon.
Bob Eder, 50, was about an hour off of Moriah trail when he encountered a grizzly with three cubs, said Lt. Dave Parker, spokesman for the Anchorage Police Department. He remained in the hospital Tuesday with "severe" injuries.
Eder did not have any puncture wounds, Parker said, but he suffered lacerations to his back, legs and scalp from the bear’s claws.
“He had significant injuries, but they were not life threatening,” Parker said.
Actor Erik Estrada led a band of 76 motorcycle riders on Saturday, July 14 from Anchorage to Alyeska and back to Chugiak in the “Riding to End Childhood Hunger” event to support Eagle River-based non-profit organization Dare to Care. The motorcycle riders raised $7,000 for the school lunch program, which benefits students in the Matanuska-Susitna and Anchorage School Districts.