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  • Each year on the Friday after Thanksgiving, the city of Anchorage lights a 300-foot-wide star situated in the Chugach Mountains.
  • On Friday, crews arrived to find an avalanche had rained rocks and snow down on the star, breaking about half of the 350 bulbs in the process.
  • A crew of airmen from the 773rd Civil Engineer Squadron Electrical Shop were able to harness in and provide the replacements and repairs, lighting the star on Tuesday night.

Anchorage is facing a delay in its traditional holiday star lighting after a recent avalanche destroyed many of the bulbs and electricity connectors. 

On Friday, crews arrived for the annual lighting of the 300-foot-wide star that is situated in the Chugach Mountains to find that an avalanche had rained rocks and snow down on it, breaking about half of the 350 bulbs in the process, according to a report in The Associated Press.

A crew of airmen from the 773rd Civil Engineer Squadron Electrical Shop were able to harness in and provide the replacements and repairs where the star is situated at 4,000 feet on Mount Gordon Lyon.


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“They made the necessary repairs, and now it’s operational,” Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson spokesperson Erin Eaton told The Associated Press.

The star was able to be lit Tuesday night. It is the first time the star wasn’t lit on time in its roughly 60-year history.

The star remains lit each year until the last musher crosses the finish line in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, which begins on the first Saturday of March in Anchorage.


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Published on Dec 01, 2021