Time Was 12/29/11

Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 06:25
One year ago this week
Wolves attack Wooly

Homesteader Til Wallace — and his mule — were mourning the loss of a “feisty” sheep named Wooly, according to a story in the Dec. 30, 2010 edition of the Alaska Star.

Wooly had a special bond with a mule named Molly, which wasn’t bothered by the sheep despite her normally ornery temperament. But that bond was broken when a pack of wolves apparently attacked the sheep in mid-December.

Wallace found Wooly badly injured on Dec. 17, and brought it to veterinarian John Tuomi in Palmer. But the sheep could not be saved.

“I’m just so heartbroken about it,” Wallace said. “Such a docile animal.”

In the wake of the attack — and several others involving pets and humans alike — the state later killed several members of a problem wolf pack in the area.


Christmas power outage strikes Eagle River

Nearly 5,000 Eagle River residents were without power for at least two hours — and around 200 for about eight hours — during an outage on Christmas Day.

Matanuska Electric Association said the outage was likely due to heavy snow falling from trees onto power lines.

A lengthy security holdup at the Fort Richardson gate contributed to the delay in getting the lights turned back on.


Bad Santa, perhaps?

An Eagle River man reported that sometime between 7 p.m. Dec. 17 and 10 a.m. Dec. 18, someone broke out a window on a door in his business on Spring Brook Drive. The unknown suspect then allegedly drank soda, ate cookies, smoked a cigarette and wrote, “I was freezin’” on a calendar inside the business.

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