32 years ago this week
New junior high closer to a reality
Site work on a planned junior high school in Eagle River could begin as early as the fall, with construction on the facility beginning as early as the following spring, according to school district facilities coordinator Bob Taylor.
The architectural firm of Lane, Knorr and Plunkett was in the final phases of its design work, Taylor said.
Bonds totaling $11 million for the new school had already been approved, with the remaining $8 million needed expected to go to the voters in October.
Also, Taylor said, the school board had approved a plan to purchase an additional 10 acres of land from Eklutna, Inc., near the site, which was located behind Lions Park and Eagle River Road. If a reasonable price could be agreed upon, the purchase would bring the total size of the school’s footprint to 30 acres.
Simulated crash found convincing
A student pilot executing a simulated crash drew a very real response near the Birchwood Airstrip.
At around 12:45 in the afternoon, the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department got a report that someone had seen a plane go down in Knik Arm. State troopers and emergency personnel combed the area for more than an hour before learning the crash had been simulated by a student pilot taking a flying lesson. The search was called off when the two turned up safe and sound.
The firefighters blamed the wild goose chase on “a communication failure somewhere along the line.”
Anti-mail effort intensifies
Police reported that approximately 25 mailboxes were destroyed along a two-mile stretch of Eagle River road. According to APD, the vandalized mailboxes were located between Mile 2 and Mile 4. No arrests had been made.