Time Was 1/26/12
Reporter uncovers unfortunate dog tale
Chugiak-Eagle River Star reporter Don Alexander stumbled onto a grisly story in January 1992, according to a front-page story in the Jan. 23 edition that year.
According to Alexander’s account, at about 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, the Star heard about a team of sled dogs that was tied up in the woods near the North Eagle River interchange from a local police officer, who had been to check on the animals 20 minutes earlier. The officer, APD’s Lise Shore, told Alexander that the team had been there for about 36 hours and was in good shape.
But when Alexander arrived on the scene at around 9:20 a.m., he found three of the dogs dead of gunshot wounds and a fourth mortally wounded.
As Alexander wrote,
The location of the find indicated that the killer stood slightly uphill from where the dogs were hidden in the woods and had fired down. From that position, the shooter would not have been readily visible by motorists leaving Terrace Loop for the interchange, Shore explained. At least one shot was taken by each of the slain dogs in the front portion of their bodies.
“I’ve been a police officer for 13 years and I’ve never seen anything like it,” Shore told Alexander.
The dogs belonged to Iditarod musher Tom Dailey, who said he was keeping them there while waiting for his broken-down truck to get fixed in Anchorage before he drove back to his home near Glennallen. Animal control officers said the dogs were well-behaved and had food when they were checked on Sunday.
The local Chugiak Dog Mushers Association was offering a cash reward for any information into the dog slayings, and Col. Norman Vaughn had offered Dailey a puppy to help rebuild his shattered team.
“They shot my nicest dogs,” said Daily, whose plans to run in the 1992 Iditarod ended with the slayings. “My loss is incalculable to me.”
There’s a tasty deal
Wee B’s, a burger shop located on Coronado Road, was advertising the “Finest Burger in the Land,” on Page 16 of the Jan. 23, 1992 edition.
According to the ad, Wee B’s was selling its famous ¼ pound burger for the “Everyday Low Price” of just $1.39 each.
Also spotted on Page 16:
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