TIME WAS: Baldy access restored, locals make APD short list, teacher wins national award

Friday, October 25, 2019 - 10:55
  • The front page of the Oct. 29, 2009 edition of the Alaska Star. (Star archives)

10 years ago this week in the Star…

‘An icon restored’

Access to Mt. Baldy in Eagle River was opened after a five-year battle, according to a front-page story in the Oct. 29, 2009, edition of the Star headlined “An icon restored.”

The final piece of the puzzle was a road-paving project atop Skyline Drive completed by the local street maintenance department, according to a story by Darrell Breeze that featured a photo of Eagle River hikers Eric and Lora Reinbold coming down off the mountain.

Public access to the area was cut off in 2004 after a private developer applied to rezone 40 acres off Golden Eagle Drive that included the parcel that provided access to the popular hiking trail. Eventually, a deal was worked out in which the municipality traded 23 acres of city-owned land near Edmonds Lake to Eklutna Inc. for 80 acres on Mt. Baldy.

Teacher gets national award

Mirror Lake Middle School math teacher Bobbi Jo Erb was honored with the Milken Educator Award, a $25,000 prize awarded to one teacher in each state each year.

“I am lucky to work with a staff of teachers who I think deserve this honor just as much, if not more than I do,” Erb said during an assembly at the school.

Erb was also a prior recipient of the American Star of Teaching Award from the U.S. Department of Education, according to a story about the Milken award in the Oct. 22, 2009, edition of the Star.

Locals make APD short list

A pair of Eagle River residents was being considered as the new chief of the Anchorage Police Department, according to a story on page 3 of the Oct. 29, 2009, edition. Named as possible replacements for outgoing chief Rob Heun were Eagle River’s Stephen Smith, 45, and Mark Mew, 54. Smith was the current acting chief, while Mew was the director of security for the Anchorage School District. The two were in the running along with Michael Denny of Scottsdale, Arizona. The list was forwarded to Mayor Dan Sullivan for consideration.

Mew was eventually selected for the job and served until 2015.

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