42 years ago this week
Man arrested for grisly murders
A Birchwood youth and his adult companion were found dead down a slope from the Glenn Highway in the Sheep Mountain area, according to a front page story in the Sept. 2, 1971 edition of the Star.
According to police, Lorance Zimmerman, 44, of Spenard, and Paul Hair, 11, of Birchwood were last seen leaving Hair’s home on an errand to Gunsight Mountain. Police would not speculate on how the pair died, but the vehicle they’d been riding in was not found.
The vehicle was later located in Fairbanks. A 21-year-old drifter named Willis B. Mayo was eventually arrested in Washington state for the murders. Willis was an escapee from the prison farm in Palmer.
Voters reject charter
Voters outside of the City of Anchorage soundly rejected a proposed charter, sending a strong message against unification.
Voters in Chugiak-Eagle River precincts voted 1,512-81 against the charter, which would unify the City of Anchorage and the Greater Anchorage Borough into a single municipality. Voters in Rabbit Creek, Muldoon and parts of Spenard also voted against the charter.