10 years ago this week in the Star…

No more free lunch

Agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service told an unidentified Eagle River woman to stop feeding the eagles near the Eagle River VFW — or else.

“She’s killed two already,” said special agent Jill Birchell, who said there was evidence linking the woman to a bird’s death by eloctrocution and another’s from overfeeding. “She could be charged under the federal Eagle Protection Act, and I would not hesitate to do so.”


A cat’s best friend

Eagle River’s Dianne and John Vandike were featured in a front page story in the March 21, 2002 Alaska Star for their homegrown goodies.

The couple were selling Alaska Happykat catnip, which the couple grew at a field in the Mat-Su.

“The cops did come last year,” Diane told the Star in the story, which noted the plants look a lot like marijuana. “They walked through and were laughing as they left.”

The Vandikes sold their catnip in half-ounce bags, the story said, and brought in about $1,200 a month in sales.


Is this Valdez or Eagle River?

A photo spread on page 9 of the Star included several shots of area residents digging out from a huge snowstorm that dumped 20 inches of snow on the area on March 17. The photos included a picture of mailboxes covered to their tops and another showing snowed-in residents trying to dig their cars out from the massive piles of fresh fluffy stuff.