10 years ago this week
Star spotlights pioneer
The Alaska Star Spotlight on Page 14 of the May 30, 2002 edition of the Alaska Star featured Russell Hilton Oberg. According to the profile, Oberg was born in 1917 and arrived in Chugiak in 1951. Oberg said he wanted to be a sheep herder when he grew up. He listed his occupation as “retired” and said the latest book he’d read was “Alaska” by Paul Johnson. Oberg said his biggest pet peeve about Chugiak-Eagle River was that it was getting too big, that his favorite time of day was morning and that the oddest thing in his refrigerator was catsup. He also stated that he’d like to get around to removing all the gates from Alaska’s state parks.
Plane crash claims Chugiak man
A small plane crash near a private airstrip on the Big River, east of McGrath, claimed the life of Chugiak’s Michael Grimes. 42. Alaska State Troopers said Grimes and George Harma, 55, of Wasilla were killed when their Piper Super Cub crashed and burned after impact.
Cops get tough on seat belt scofflaws
The Anchorage Police Department was joining several other law enforcement agencies in using $270,000 in federal grants aimed at getting more people to wear their seatbelts. According to officials, the “Click It or Ticket” program included an advertising blitz over Memorial Day weekend, along with increased enforcement of seat belt laws.
“People might as well get in the habit of wearing their seat belt,” said Trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson. “Because we’re not gong away.”