16 years ago this week
Telephones in Chugiak-Eagle River were cut off for up to four and a half hours following the failure of a “DAX cross connect switch” at the Eagle River telephone interchange. Matanuska Telephone Association spokeswoman Sarah Wiggers said emergency 911 service was only out for 30-45 minutes.
The outage was limited to phone numbers with the 688, 694 and 696 prefixes.
Helmets help CVFD
Thanks to the Chugiak Area Business Association, the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department was set to get their own CairnsIRIS infrared imaging system to help firefighters see in the dark. Association president Finis Shelden announced that the group had raised $21,000 toward the purchase of the unit, and had submitted a formal order to the manufacturer.
The helmet was to be the second such unit to purchased by the community. Earlier in the year, the Chugiak-Eagle River Foundation presented a helmet to the Anchorage Fire Department for use by Station 11 personnel in Eagle River.
Tragedy at Thunderbird Falls
Three hikers from Maine made a grisly discovery one morning when they spotted what first appeared to be a mannequin beneath a viewing platform at Thunderbird Falls.
When Anchorage Police officer Joe Caswell responded to the scene with a pair of binoculars, he realized it was a man lying motionless near the water about 200 feet below the platform.