12 years ago this week
Fall into trash bin kills Chugiak man
A Chugiak man died after falling into a trash bin at the Hiland Landfill.
Bob Bailey, 49, was pulling a tarp off his truck when he slipped and fell, hitting his head, his wife, Patricia, told the Star. He died the next day at Providence Medical Center of an injury-related stroke.
“He was such a wonderful man,” Patricia said. “He was always reaching out to the community.”
Bailey, an electrician at Ted Stevens International Airport, helped out with the Chugiak High wrestling team and the Chugach Wrestlers.
“He was a big supporter, an enthusiastic parent,” Mustangs’ head coach Tom Huffer told the Star. “He was always there for his boys’ matches. He and his wife, who is our booster club president, both did a lot for the program.”
Watch out for moose
Near record numbers of moose were counted this fall, and officials are worried that could mean more collisions between the animal and Chugiak-Eagle River motorists this winter.
Fish and Game Wildlife Biologist Rick Sinnott told the Star that he estimated 1,900 moose are living near JBER and Ship Creek drainage. About 2,100 moose were in the same area in 1994.
When near-record numbers of moose are living around Ship Creek, Sinnott said, there will also be near-record numbers in Chugiak-Eagle River.
In 1994, there were 239 vehicle-and-moose collisions “that we know of,” Sinnott said. There are about 150 in an average year.