April 4 was just an ordinary day for Dirk Moffatt. The Eagle River resident was driving with a friend and co-worker on the stretch of highway between Mirror Lake and Thunderbird Falls. Then, in an instant, his life changed. In fact, it momentarily halted.
Eagle River resident Ines Lara-Morfin, 48, died earlier today in a rollover accident on the Parks Highway. Lara-Morfin, who was traveling north on the Parks Highway in a 2007 Chevrolet 2-door sedan, drove off of the highway and into the median between the north and southbound lanes around 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, according to Alaska State Troopers.
A member of a two-person climbing team perished in an early season climbing fall on Mt. McKinley. According to the National Park Service, the fatal fall likely occurred on May 5, after the climbing parties became separated during a descent from Denali Pass in stormy weather.
A U.S. Army Alaska paratrooper died early May 10 from injuries sustained in a vehicle rollover accident in the Knik River Public Use Area near Butte. Spc. Shawn N. Bounds, 23, of Tyler, Texas, was transported by emergency responders to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer shortly after the incident took place and was pronounced dead at approximately 4:10 a.m.