16 years ago this week
Shooting spree leaves trail of destruction
The Anchorage Police Department was seeking the public’s help in identifying suspects after approximately 40 vehicles were damaged during a vandalism spree in Eagle River.
Police said they believed vandals drove around Eagle River with a BB or pellet gun, taking out windows in a seemingly random swath of town that included Eaglewood, Brendlewood and Heritage Court subdivisions.
Total damages were estimated at more than $20,000.
Jerry Brookshier’s Ford Bronco had its left side window broken. He appeared in a front page photo peering out a gaping hole through the shot-out window.
“It’s a terrible thing to do,” he told the Star.
Campbell out; Begich moves up
After serving nearly 10 years on the governing body, Anchorage Assembly chair Craig Campbell of Eagle River attended his final assembly meeting as a member at a swearing-in ceremony for incoming members. Campbell was barred from running for another term because of term limits. Chugiak Senior Center executive director Ted Carlson replaced Campbell on the assembly.
East Anchorage assemblyman Mark Begich – the assembly’s senior member – succeeded Campbell as chair.
Quarry gets rocky reception
The Native Village of Eklutna was planning to file an appeal of a conditional use permit awarded for a granite quarry near the village.
Representatives of the village said the quarry would process a quarter of a million tons of rock each year over a 20-year period, and said the activity would disrupt the tranquility of the oldest settlement in the Anchorage area.
Residents of the village and nearby Thunderbird Heights argued against the permit in front of the city’s planning commission, which voted 6-2 to allow the work to go forward.