The U.S. Army said Tuesday that a 30-year-old soldier stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson died on Sunday, May 6 when the vehicle he was commanding was struck by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Thomas Kent Fogarty, of Alameda, Calif. was killed in the attack that left three others wounded in the attack in the city of Ahmad-Kheyl, Afghanistan. The four were assigned to the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Bridgade Combat Team (Airborne) 25th Infantry Division.
An early-morning fire off South Birchwood Loop on Sunday, May 6, completely destroyed the home of longtime Chugiak residents Jim and Lindsay Vermillion.
“It’s just a smoking hole in the ground,” said Jim Vermillion on Monday, May 7.
He and his wife were in the process of remodeling the home at 19022 Baidarka, which Jim said was originally built in the 1950s. At the time of the blaze, they were staying in their large shop next door, which houses Concrete Polishing and Artistic Staining of Alaska.
To see her splashing energetically in the springtime mud outside her parents’ Chugiak home, you’d never guess that the ball of energy and mischief called Madisyn Brittain was once a frail infant whose survival was very much in doubt.
“She was basically dying,” said Madisyn’s mom, Heidi.
Dad Clint Brittain said his first child struggled to flourish in the first months after he and his wife brought Madisyn home from the hospital.
“At 3 months she was three ounces lighter than when she was born,” he said.
On the morning of April 25, Chugiak High students streamed out of their classrooms to witness a nightmare.
In the school’s parking lot sat two wrecked vehicles — one of which had a lifeless human sticking out from its front windshield. As hundreds of students watched in silence, the screams of their injured classmates could be heard coming from the two cars.
Fortunately for all involved, the grisly scene wasn’t real, but a presentation of the “Every 15 Minutes” program, which gives high school students a realistic look at the aftermath of a drunk driving accident.
Note: I think I’ve covered pet fitness before in this column, but with summer approaching, it doesn’t hurt to revisit the subject…
Prudent travelers make a concerted effort to match fitness and skill levels among members of a group on backcountry excursions. It’s common sense, promotes safety and adds to everyone’s enjoyment. But do we use the same amount of discretion with our pets? On an early summer climb in the Chugach Mountains several years ago, I severely miscalculated the endurance of my dog — a two-year-old standard poodle — and put us both in jeopardy.
From nearly $30 million to fix Eagle River Road to $5,000 to replace the kiln at Fire Lake Elementary, the 2013 capital budget has something for almost everyone. Here’s a run-down of local projects approved for state funding:
Eagle River Road rehab MP 5.3-12.6 $29.8 million
Eklutna Bridge replacement $14 million
CVFD replacement fire house $6.15 million
Traffic mitigation, Artillery Road interchange $6 million
Two crumbling stretches of local infrastructure were among the biggest winners when the 27th Legislature wrapped up its regular session earlier this month in Juneau by passing a $3.3 billion capital budget that includes millions for local infrastructure improvements.
“If you notice a theme, the projects are roads, roads and more roads,” said Rep. Bill Stoltze, co-chair of the House Finance committee.