April 17, 2008 — ANCHORAGE — A 14-year-old boy survived a helicopter crash that killed four people and spent a frigid night at the wreckage south of the Talkeetna Mountains before he was rescued, Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday.

Quinn Ellington of Palmer was being treated at a hospital with undisclosed injuries.

The Aerostar 350 was carrying State Department of Administration technicians when it went down in heavy snow Tuesday west of Sheep Mountain, about 120 miles northeast of Anchorage.

Bad weather prevented a search of the area by air Tuesday, but a rescuer in a State Troopers’ helicopter spotted the wreckage of the Era Helicopters’ aircraft shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday.



April 17, 1993 — The Fairbanks City Council will hold an executive session Monday night about the management of Municipal Utilities System.

Councilman Jerry Cleworth called the closed meeting after he learned the city-owned utility paid nearly $3,000 for MUS Manager Virgil Gillespie to travel to a seminar in Washington, D.C., that Gillespie admitted he never attended.

While the council has the power to discipline only the city manager, city clerk and city attorney, it can instruct the city manager to investigate, City Attorney Herb Kuss said in an interview with the News-Miner.



April 17, 1968 — JUNEAU — Harold D. Strandberg, a mining engineer and veteran state legislator, was named commissioner of public works today by Gov. Walter J. Hickel.

Strandberg, 59, has served in the state House of Representatives eight years, the past four as chairman of the House Finance Committee.

He succeeds George R. MacClanahan in the $23,788-a-year position. MacClanahan resigned March 15 to return to private business in Fairbanks.



April 17, 1943 — WASHINGTON — Capt. Leland P. Lovette, director of Naval Public Relations, said today: 

“Surface vessel are unavailable at this time to carry troops to the Aleutians. This is an unpropitious moment for an all-out attack.” He added that merely throwing the Japanese off the Aleutian Islands would not end the matter.

“We will continue attacking there heavily,” he said. “It has been the grandest trap to catch rats.”