The ‘Local’ Look Back
Spanning January, 1981 to December, 2000, the Local News was a community-created monthly reaching Bird Creek, Indian, Portage and Girdwood bearing news and cheer of note as penned by residents, themselves.
Advocates declared the Local News “the essence of what community education is all about” and the Gazette is proud to keep its tradition alive in its ‘Local’ look back.
Federal Highway Administration as well as cooperating agencies received, in 1994, “Draft Environmental Impact Statement and draft Section 4(f) Evaluation” regarding road access to Whittier, reports Volume 14, Number 4 of The Local News.
Hailed as “one more step on the road to completion,” the Whittier Access Project draft covered:
“…evaluation impacts of (1) No-Action, (2) Improved rail alterative, (3&4) Two road alternatives and evaluation of recreation areas such as Begich Boggs Visitors Center and subsistence evaluation required for use of Federal Lands.”
The draft’s release to public was expected by month’s end while public hearings at both Whittier and Anchorage were predicted by early June.