17 years ago this week
A lack of snow across the Anchorage Bowl was front-page news in the Star’s first edition of 1996.
“Commuters are thrilled, skiers are disgusted,” read a story detailing the snowless winter’s effect on local wild animals, some of whom were benefiting from the bare ground.
Moose, in particular were having a good winter, according to the story. Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Bill Taylor said the ungainly ungulates were having no trouble finding food to forage on.
“Overall, from all appearances, (the lack of snow) has been very beneficial for moose,” Taylor said. “They’re not being forced to their winter ranges.”
The lack of snow was also helping keep moose from getting hit by cars, with just 30 animals reported killed since Oct. 1.
According to an item on Page 5, a new curfew law had gone into effect with the coming of the New Year. However, a minor – but critical – typographical error likely had sharp-eyed area youths concerned for their freedom of movement.
“The new curfew law went into effect Monday at 1 a.m.” read the story. “People under 18 years of age are now required to be off the streets by 11 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.”
The law actually said minors had to be in by 11 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday nights.