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Valley bears killed in separate incidents

A pair of Eagle River Valley bears were killed within two miles of each other, according to a front page story in the July 24, 2003 Alaska Star.

According to the story, biologists said a adult black bear was shot July 11 by the owner of an alpaca the bear had killed.

Biologists euthanized the young brown bear on July 18 after the bruin was hit by a car and found injured alongside Eagle River Road near Mile 10.5. They speculated the bear was likely the same one seen often in the area in preceding weeks.

 

Hot times in the ‘riv

Warm temperatures had locals doing anything they could to beat the heat in July of 2003. According to the Star’s “Weather Corner,” high temperatures over the previous week averaged 69.4 degrees — including 82 on July 19. That day, an outdoor termometer at the Eagle River Duck was photographed showing a whopping 89 degrees in downtown Eagle River.

In a photo package on page 11, locals were spotted running through a sprinkler, rafting in Eagle River and swimming in Mirror Lake.

According to a brief item on Page 5, a burn ban had been in effect for the municipality since April 8.

All that heat was a lot for some locals to take. The Star’s “Question of the Week” was “Hot enough for ya?”

It was for Eagle River’s Jennifer Khann.

“I’m cookin, yeah,” she answered.

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