The personnel were back-filled with additional Air Guardsmen, in place by late Saturday afternoon. Michael Davis, Lead PIO for the Great Basin Management Team: “Mayor Pierce’s son is a member of the Guard, and his unit was helping with this effort yesterday and on their way back to their base were struck by a drunk driver that completely destroyed their vehicle and sent four National Guardsmen to the hospital. Thank goodness their injuries are not life threatening.” Additional details will be posted as they are made available. Details on the driver have not been released as of Sunday. Original Post: Sunday 8/25: Four members of the Alaska Army National Guard were struck by a drunk driver off the Sterling Highway on Saturday while headed back to their base after assisting with efforts on the Swan Lake Fire. With the permission of Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce, whos son was among the injured in the accident, was briefly mentioned at the meeting. The accident took place on Saturday morning while the group was on the way to the Kenai Armory. Candis Olmstead, Director of Communications: “The National Guard is providing traffic management support for both fires, and is on stand-by to assist with Black Hawk helicopter water bucket drops as requested. They are also preparing to assist local authorities if Cooper Landing receives an evacuation order.” No details on the driver have been released at this time. The Alaska National Guard received a request to assist in support of Swan Lake Fire response efforts on August 19. The Alaska Army National Guard works with the State Division of Forestry to help determine what is available in the state and where the guard can be used. For the time being, the guard is on stand-by to help with the fire. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Updated: Monday 8/26: In a statement from the Alaska Army National Guard, three Air National Guardsmen and one member of the Alaska State Defense Force assigned to Swan Lake Fire traffic control points were involved in a vehicle accident early Saturday morning on the Sterling Highway when their vehicle was struck by a drunk driver. All suffered minor injuries and the vehicle was totaled. During the Cooper Landing community meeting on Saturday night it was mentioned that the four guardsmen were injured and their vehicle destroyed. All four were transported and suffered injuries as a result of the accident.
Mary Elizabeth MasonOn February 5, 2017 Mary Elizabeth Mason went home to be with her Lord and Savior.Â She was born on August 27, 1920 and was the first child born to Charles and Hattie Oldenburg.Â Mary graduated from South Haven High School in 1938.Â Mary married Melvin Warren Mason on April 2, 1943.The couple made their homestead northwest of South Haven where Mary and Melvin farmed together for 47 years retiring in 1988 and moved to Wellington.Â Through those years of their life together on the farm Mary was Melvinâ€™s constant companion, hired hand, and friend.Â Through those years together on the farm they raised wheat and other grains and raised livestock as well.Mary was known to drive the truck during harvest, tractors when needed, help tend to the livestock, and run errands.Â She was truly a farm wife, Mother, and handyman (woman) on the farm.Â You never saw one that the other wasnâ€™t with them until Melvinâ€™s passing on July 13, 2011.Â Mary and Melvin were married 68 years.Mary was a member of the first United Methodist Church in Wellington at the time of her passing.Â She was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church in South Haven where she was active with the various womenâ€™s groups and the youth of the church.Â She belonged to the Eastern Star, was a 4-H leader, and member of the Sumner County Farm Bureau, Sumner County Historical Society, EHU Club, the South Haven Club, and her greatest love, the Garden Club.Mary loved the outdoors, whether she was working in the garden or weeding her flower beds, you knew it was the place she wanted to be.Â Maryâ€™s garden was so fertile that she could just dig a hole with her finger and plant something.Â She, Beulah Crittenden, and Lois Austin were known all over the county for bringing their canned goods and flowers to all the fairs.Â She stated many times all the money she made entering her gardening and flowers in the fairs paid for the school supplies of her children.Â She also loved the South Haven Fair working the Flower Booth with her close friend, Lois Austin for uncountable years.Â To date, instead of entering items in the fair, she judges the flower entries at the fair giving her money for judging back to the fair association.Quilting was another favorite pastime of Maryâ€™s.Â She made many quilts and gave all of the family members a quilt she had made.Â Friday morning was always quilting morning at the church.Â Afterwards the ladies would all go out for lunch together.In later years she belonged to the Golden Chain Club through the Wellington Recreation Center and the Senior Citizen Center. She loved playing cards and through these organizations she played cards as many times a week as she could find people to play. We always said the reason her mind was so sharp was all those card games.Because of her love for the outdoors, Mary and Melvin were avid campers, often going to Texas for the winter months with their camper friends. They belonged to the Chisholm Trailers and Lucky Star camping clubs for over 25 years. Even though they quit traveling they continued to go to all the meetings. Mary and Melvin traveled extensively, visiting all 50 states, countless foreign countries, and took several cruises. Mary loved the land, life and the Lord. Riding through the country brought her great joys.Shortly after Melvinâ€™s passing, Mary moved to the Wheat Capitol Manor where a host of her friends lived. She loved the manor. They played cards, games, bingo, had birthday dinners, holiday parties to name a few. All of the people that lived at the manor and the wonderful staff made Maryâ€™s life enjoyable and helped her immensely with the transition of losing her husband of 68 years.She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Hattie Oldenburg, infant son, Melvin, Jr., her sister, Dorthea Miller and daughter in law, Sarah Mason.Survivors include sons, Max Mason and his wife Anne of Tulsa, OK and Marlin Mason and his wife Sharon of South Haven, KS; daughter, Marsha Mason of Wichita, KS; sister in law, Mildred Kralicek of Independence, MO; Grandchildren, Susanne Ishee and her husband John, Paula Farrell and her husband Andy both of Broken Arrow, OK, Robin Ralls and her husband Jeff of Wellington, KS, Zak Heberly and his wife Amber of South Haven, KS, Travis Garza and his wife Adrea of Edmond, OK and BJ Warlick and his wife Chris of Midwest City, OK; 15 great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends.Funeral Services will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Wellington, KS on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 10:00 A.M.Â Reverend Dr. Phyllis Provost-Saas will officiate.Â Interment will follow the service at Rose Hill Cemetery in South Haven, KS.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on, Thursday, February 9, 2017 from 1 to 8 p.m. Â The family will be present to greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m.Memorials have been established with the South Haven Fair Association and Sumner Regional Medical Center Endowment Fund.Â Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.net