31 years ago in the Star
Inmate turns firefighter
An inmate at the Eagle River women’s prison extinguished a blaze reportedly set by another inmate in a closet at the facility. Firefighters who responded treated inmate Terry Parker for smoke inhalation after Parker awoke to find her room filled with smoke. She put out the fire — which was started when another inmate tossed a lit match into Parker’s closed — with a dry chemical fire extinguisher.
New MEA GM touts experience
New Matanuska Electric Association general manager Jim Palin was being touted for his 17 years of experience with electric cooperatives in a story announcing his hiring in the Oct. 8, 1981 edition of the Star. The item noted that Palin and his wife, Faye, lived in Wasilla with their sons Todd, 17, and J.D., 13, and daughters Kristi, 18, and D.D., 7.
An unhappy homecoming
A pair of 16-year-old boys were released to their parents after showing up at the Chugiak homecoming with a pint of Peppermint Schnapps, a bottle of Boone’s Farm strawberry wine and a pipe containing what was believed to be marijuana residue.