Time Was 4/5/12
40 years ago in the Star
Ahead of its time?
Sen. Joe Josephson of Anchorage and Rep. Jalmar Kerttula of Palmer were promoting a direct rail link between Palmer and Anchorage to connect with a proposed mass transit system in the big city. According to a front-page story in the April 13, 1972 Chugiak-Eagle River Star, the passenger link would help relieve traffic congestion on the Glenn Highway. Possible stops along the line would include Eklutna, Birchwood, Eagle River, Fort Richardson, Elmendorf and Anchorage.
A trio of local girls reported only minor injuries after being struck by a car while waiting for their school bus.
According to the Star’s account, the three girls from Juanita Loop were struck by a car driven by an 18-year-old Anchorage man on his way to work in the Fire Lake area. According to Troopers, the man reported he got stuck in ruts and slipped on a roadway that had recently been covered by a spring snowfall.
After being checked out for injuries, the three girls continued on to school.
Never too late
A thick blanket of wet, heavy snow hit the area on April 12, causing big problems for motorists who had already replaced their winter tires.
According to a front-page story, one resident reported being delayed for 30 minutes trying to access the Glenn Highway from Artillery Road as traffic backed up due to the slippery spring conditions.