Actor Erik Estrada led a band of 76 motorcycle riders on Saturday, July 14 from Anchorage to Alyeska and back to Chugiak in the “Riding to End Childhood Hunger” event to support Eagle River-based non-profit organization Dare to Care. The motorcycle riders raised $7,000 for the school lunch program, which benefits students in the Matanuska-Susitna and Anchorage School Districts.
A 24-year-old paratrooper assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division was killed on July 14 when his patrol was attacked by a rocket propelled grenade and small arms fire in the Khost Province of Afghanistan.
Cheryll Heinze, a former Alaska state legislator who served as Matanuska Electric Association's Director of Human Resources and Public Affairs, was killed in a plane accident Tuesday, July 10, in Homer, according to Alaska State Troopers and MEA.
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.