21 years ago this week
Eagle River preps for Iditarod
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 on the annual race from Anchorage to Nome.
A total of 76 mushers, including locals 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 to Eagle River receiving a $1,049 bonus.
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. The woman’s husband, who said he also witnessed the incident through a set of binoculars from another room in the house, corroborated the story.
The 38-year-old suspect told police he was walking to the shower. He said he thought his windows were coated with a special film to prevent anyone seeing inside. He was cited for misdemeanor indecent exposure.