Glacier Valley Gazetta: A Glimpse into the Past
By Marc Donadieu
Glacier City Gazette
Retired Alaska State Trooper Mike Opalka recently gave the Glacier City Gazette two copies of the Glacier Valley Gazetta, circa 1967. The pages are a fascinating look into the Girdwood of 50 years ago, displaying names, events and advertisements that still resonate today.
Beginning April 1967, the long defunct newspaper planned to publish nine times per year, yet there is no record of its end. The paper was created by Girdwood Publishing Company and Editor Hugh Cruikshank Jr. The Gazetta was pressed at Anchorage Printing on Spenard, same as the Gazette of today, but no records exist there of the publication.
Glacier City Gazette has contacted Alaska State Library, Loussac Library and UAA/APU Consortium Library. They have no information, and the Gazetta does not exist state microfilm newspaper collection.
Glacier City Gazette invites anyone with information about Glacier Valley Gazetta to please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following details come from Gazetta Vol. 1 No. 3, July-August 1967.
The issue contains bits of local news from Girdwood, Turnagain Arm region communities and the Kenai Peninsula down to Homer. There was also a look back at Anchorage Daily Times copy from June 18, 1919.
Under page 2 ‘News Nuggets’ was a blurb announcing an upcoming BBQ picnic hosted by local legend Werner Egloff. He was the original owner of The Bake Shop and Egloff Drive is named after him.
“Speaking of parties, on Sunday afternoon, there’ll be a big barbecue and summer picnic. There’ll be a great leg-of-beef barbecue by Werner Egloff, of the Alyeska Ski Lodge Restaurant, a keg of beer, and concertina music by the old master, “Polka Dan” Zantek. A morning of fishing, gold panning, riding the chairlift and hiking around the upper slopes of Alyeska should put everyone in the mood for this 3 p.m. barbecue.”