Time Was 10/20/11
10 years ago this week
The Chugiak-Eagle River area was blanketed with more than a foot of new snow, leaving area residents and road crews scrambling to keep up.
A photo on Page 2 of the Oct. 25, 2001 edition of the Star showed Teklanika Drive residents Ron Waisanen and Art Foust working to clear their driveways — Waisanen with a shovel, Foust with a snow blower.
Assistant road foreman Tom Hylton said the area road district had enough money to keep up with what was expected to be an unusually snowy winter.
“We’re fine, in good shape going into the fourth quarter,” Hylton told the Star.
Hard to believe
An Anchorage woman was injured by a gunshot from the back seat of the car she was riding in Eagle River.
According to police, a friend of the woman was “playing around with a gun” when it accidentally fired.
The driver and both passengers got out of the vehicle and called 911. Police said the woman could be heard in the background saying, “I can’t believe you shot me.”
Helping hand, ear
Eagle River physician’s assistant Fred May returned to town after spending 12 days dispensing care to cleanup workers at the site of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks in New York City.
May said the experience was intense.
“I’m just not really sure there are the words,” May told the Star.
May provided medical care to workers as they worked to clear debris. Most of his work involved minor injuries, though he said he sometimes served as a sympathetic listener in a world of chaos.
“Sometimes we were just there to have an understanding ear,” he said. “Some people would come in and for them it was just kinda a patch me up and let me go back to work type of thing. For others, they needed to talk.”