12 years ago this week

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 19:00

Potholes? You bet

A nearly-snowless winter that included frequent freeze and thaw cycles had area residents calling the annual break-up pothole nuisance the worst in recent memory.

“We’ve had breakup about 75 times this year,” said Bill Bowl, a supervisor with the Department of Transportation. “The freeze-thaw cycle is the worst I’ve ever seen.”

Mowl said state crews in the muni had shoveled 250 tons of patching material in just the past month – and that came after crews had already gone through a normal year’s worth of 250 tons during the winter.

Despite the nonstop pothole filling, local road maintenance foreman Scott Schnell said the department was still coming out ahead because of the nearly $400,000 in savings gained by not having to plow snow throughout the odd winter.


A not very happy birthday

An Eagle River man’s birthday party came to an abrupt end on March 3, when four people arrived at the party and threatened him at gunpoint.

According to police, the birthday boy had invited one of the men to the party, who in turn invited the others. The guest of honor’s girlfriend became unhappy with the presence of the friends-of-a-friend and asked them to leave.

“One of the friends pulled a handgun and held it to his head,” said police spokesman Ron McGee. “Two others then pulled out handguns and another had a shotgun.” The man with the shotgun allegedly struck the victim with the barrel of the gun, knocking him to the ground. Another man added a birthday kick for good measure.

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