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March draws patriotic crowd
About 250 people took part in a “Support Our President” march through downtown Eagle River in response to anti-war demonstrations held recently in Anchorage and elsewhere.
The march, which began at the Eagle River VFW, was designed to show troops participating in Operation Desert Storm in Iraq.
“We should always support our troops,” said marcher Jim Morris, a Vietnam veteran. “They shouldn’t have to worry about being embarrassed, like with Vietnam.”
According to the report on the front page of the Star, many people joined the march – which included plenty of American flags – as it wound its way through town to the Fire Lake Moose Lodge.
Airport use declines
Birchwood Airport acting manager Bill Mowl said usage was declining at the facility.
Mowl said just five leaseholders were active at the facility, which was also running far below capacity for its 146 tiedown spaces.
The under-use at the airport was part of a trend across the area. According to the report, useage at Merrill field had dropped to about 25 percent below capacity.
However, demand for space at Lake Hood and Anchorage International had recently gone up. But while traffic was increasing at those airports, officials said there were no plans to expand the Birchwood facility to help ease demand.