10 years ago this week in the Star…

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 20:00
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.

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