10 years ago this week ...
Parting gifts from Phillips
Sen. Randy Phillips donated $10,000 to the Arctic Winter Games Endowment Fund and $1,000 each to the Eagle River and Anchorage Republican Women’s clubs during a farewell speech to the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce. The funds were leftover from Phillips’ campaign. The longtime area legislator — who first ran for office in 1976 — said he would not seek another term in the Senate when his term expired in January after redistricting moved his South Fork neighborhood into a district that included parts of the Anchorage Hillside and Kenai Peninsula.
Locals visit the Holy Land
Eagle River’s Deborah Speiser and Janet Aslin, along with Chugiak’s Mary Pomeroy, visited Israel as part of Aglow International’s program to build emotional bridges between Christians and Jews, according to a story on the front page of the June 27, 2002 Alaska Star.
The women said the trip to the Holy Land was uplifting.
“Jerusalem is the city of God,” Aslin said. “I felt like I was in the center of the world in Jerusalem. We’re changed. I never before had connected with the Jewish roots of Christianity.”
No time to burn
An unattended fish smoker ignited a cardboard box, which then ignited a roof fire on Chain of Rock Street in Eagle River. The Anchorage Fire Department was able to quickly douse the blaze, which occurred just two miles from the department’s Station 11. There were no injuries.
“Fast response was key,” said AFD Capt. Bill Miller.