7 years ago this week
Bear swats sleeping woman
A woman told state park and wildlife officials that a black bear swatted her head as she lay in her sleeping bag at the Eklutna Lake campground on June 2.
Chugach State Park superintendent Tom Harrison said the woman – who was not identified – was sleeping outside a tent when the swatting occurred.
In an email, Fish and Game biologist Rick Sinnott relayed the woman’s account of the incident.
“Something brushed her head about 6:30 a.m., which woke her up but she immediately fell back asleep,” Sinnott wrote. “Then the bear swatted the top of her head. She said she had a large knot and a small tear in her scalp, probably from one claw that also nicked the sleeping bag.”
Sinnott said the bear was trapped and sent to the Institute of Arctic Biology at UAF. It was either that or shoot it, he said.
“Walking around a sleeping person and slapping her on the head is going a little too far.”
Keep on truckin’
Local driver Bobby Gardner, a concrete mixer driver for Anchorage Sand and Gravel, won the Alaska Truckers Association’s “Trucker of the Year” award. A 30-year driver with AS&G, Gardner helped train drivers and provided on-site customer support for the company.
Fire department heads north
Members of the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department were deployed to Nenana to help battle a 45,000-acre blaze burning near that interior city. CVFD spokesperson Jeff Hartley said four firefighters and two brush trucks had been sent to help protect the airport and nearby houses in the town 45 miles south of Fairbanks.