When John Hillyer first saw reports of the devastating 2011 Japan tsunami, the Eagle River jet pilot’s first reaction was to pack his bags and head home.
“As soon as this hit it was so hard to watch,” said Hillyer.
At the time, Hillyer — a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve who flies full time for FedEx — was commanding the reserve’s F-22 unit, a position that made it difficult for him to leave Alaska for an extended period of time.
The wreckage of a military plane found this month on Colony Glacier is that of an Air Force plane that crashed in 1952, killing all 52 people aboard, military officials said Wednesday.
Army Capt. Jamie Dobson said evidence found at the crash site correlates with the missing C-124A Globemaster, but the military is not eliminating other possibilities because much investigation still needs to be done.
Processing DNA samples from relatives of those on board the plane could take up to six years, Dobson said.
The 27th Alaska State Legislature honored Eklutna, Inc. for 40 years of service to the state, the community and its shareholders.
State Reps. Bill Stoltze (R-Chugiak) and Dan Saddler (R-Eagle River) presented a citation to Eklutna’s board of directors at its meeting June 19.
The citation congratulated Eklutna, Inc. for “its commitment to improving the lives of shareholders by working to preserve their culture and history while providing economic opportunity and security for the future.”
After seeing a five-run lead disappear in the top of the seventh, Eagle River remained composed and scored a run in the bottom of the inning to earn a 6-5 win over rival Chugiak Post 33 in a seven-inning American Legion game Monday, July 2 at Loretta French Park.
Greg Long smacked the game-winning hit over the Chugiak third baseman’s head to score Kyle Frost.
With the win, Eagle River improved to 7-9 overall while Chugiak fell to 7-8 overall.
After six scoreless innings, Chugiak rallied in the seventh.