15 Years Ago In the Arctic Sounder
Army Band visits Barrow
October 11, 2001
By Tim MacDonald
BARROW — They arrived in two big C-130 transport planes, a hundred strong, with trumpets, piccolos, bassoons and tubas. Within half an hour they were all in their dress blues and ready to perform.
The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldier's Chorus came to Barrow on Oct. 5 under the sponsorship of the Arctic Slope Regional Corp. There is no doubt that it is time to stand behind our people in uniform and the Army band did much to raise those feelings of patriotism. But in some ways, the band and chorus were not what everyone expected. They played a couple of Sousa marches, and a patriotic prologue, but they also played a piece from Rossini's opera La Cenerentola, a piece for children about Charlie Brown's book report, and a medley of Duke Ellington songs.
By the time they were ready to leave, they had the crowd at the Ipalook Elementary School auditorium on their feet. Then, once again with the efficiency of a commando unit, they loaded onto their planes within an hour and were flying off to their next performance at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage on Oct. 8.
Barrow elects first woman mayor
BARROW — The count is now official, Edith Vorderstrasse will be the next mayor of the city of Barrow.
Vorderstrasse was elected as new mayor on Oct. 2, but the final count of absentee and question ballots still left the possibility of a victory by second-runner Nathaniel "Nate" Olemaun. In the final canvassing on Oct. 4, her margin held and she won with a final count of 404 to 358.
The other three candidates; former Mayor Don Long, Barrow Computer Manager Mike Phillips and Lions Club President Ernie Rabelas all finished well behind the two front-runners. Vorderstrasse was sworn in after the canvassing and began her transition to replace the present Mayor, Jim Vorderstrasse, on Oct. 8.