Ed Willis, a former Alaska legislator and Anchorage Assembly member who was an early advocate for special education and instrumental in bringing a high school to Chugiak in the 1960s, died Monday in Anchorage. He was 94.
Willis was a longtime Eagle River resident who spent the last decade living at the Veterans and Pioneers Home in Palmer, according to his family.
A fighter jet made an emergency landing Wednesday on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
According to a press release issued by the base Wednesday evening, an F-22 Raptor assigned to the 3rd Air Wing made the emergency landing at around 1 p.m. The pilot was able to get out of the jet safely and there were no injuries reported.
On Thursday, the base provided a brief update saying the emergency landing was due to a landing gear malfunction.
A 35-year-old paratrooper died Saturday after he lost control of his motorcycle on the Glenn Highway.
According to U.S. Army Alaska, Staff Sgt. James Trent Alcorn was pronounced dead at the scene where he struck a pole after crashing his motorcycle near Gambell Street. Alcorn was a member of the Army’s 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. The 4/25 (or “Spartan Brigade) is based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
Two days of dryland racing concluded on a drizzly Sunday at the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association trails in Birchwood with the second day of the 2018 Alaska Dogworks Dryland Derby.
Human racers riding modified bikes and trikes — or on their own two feet — teamed up with their canine companions for the final dryland races of the season at the trails. Saturday’s conditions were dry, but Sunday’s rain meant most competitors finished their 1.8-mile laps around the course covered in a thick layer of mud.
“It is ‘dryland’ racing,” quipped racer Annie Grenier.
During the Oct. 3 Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce meeting, FOCUS Outreach community relations manager Jenna Morales thanked the Chugiak-Eagle River Foundation for its recent $2,000 grant. Morales said the grant will fund four scholarships for children in need.
“Big, big, big thank you to you guys,” Morales said.
The sky was a slightly deeper blue than Eklutna Lake on Oct. 1 as I biked along the lakeside trail in bright sun, immersing myself in the sights and smells of autumn. There was a surprising number of people on the trail for a week day, but it made sense. Days like this could be counted on two hands and people — young and old — were out to enjoy it.
Lions are “Sharing the Vision,” which includes conducting vision screenings, providing Braille and large-print books to a local library, and organizing sporting events for the blind and visually impaired.