Time Was 2/23/12
20 years ago this week in the Star
Eagle River prepares to welcome mushers
There was plenty of hype surrounding the 1992 Iditarod, which was set to begin on Feb. 29, 1992 with a sprint from downtown Anchorage to the Eagle River VFW Post 9785, site of Checkpoint 1 in the annual race from Anchorage to Nome.
A total of 76 mushers, including local rookies Susan Cantor, Debbie Corral, Bob Ernisse and John Peterson, were signed up for the annual race according to a front-page story in the Feb. 27 edition of that year’s Star.
Mushers were set to leave Anchorage at 9:02 a.m., with the fastest musher from Anchorage to Eagle River receiving a $1,049 bonus. Big Lake’s Martin Buser had claimed the prize four years running, but post organizer George Gartrell said Buser said he told Susan Butcher he’d let her win the Anchorage-Eagle River run.
“Buser told Susan he’d let her win the best time from Anchorage to Eagle River and he’d win in Nome,” Gartrell told the Star. “He said Susan wouldn’t buy that.”
After arriving at Checkpoint 1, the story said mushers would be treated to a stew lunch prepared by the VFW Auxiliary before loading their dogs up in trucks for the drive to Wasilla, where they’d head for Nome in the order they arrived in Eagle River.
A pair of indecent exposure cases were reported on back-to-back days in Eagle River.
In the first case, Gruening Middle School wrestling coach Cliff Johnson told police that two of his wrestlers saw a man walking in a nearby yard dressed only in a garter belt, nylon stockings and a g-string. When questioned, the man told police he was a transvestite who had come out of his house to retrieve his dog and didn’t think anyone could see him. The case was suspended.
In the second incident, a woman on Farm Avenue reported seeing her neighbor standing naked in his living room with the curtains open allegedly looking at her and masturbating. The woman’s husband, who said he witnessed the incident through a set of binoculars from another room in the house, allegedly corroborated the story.
The 38-year-old suspect told police he was walking to the shower and denied masturbating. He said he thought his windows were coated with a special film to prevent anyone seeing inside. He was cited for misdemeanor indecent exposure.