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.
Community eyes viewed Turnagain Arm resources and their uses when, in March 1993, Vol. 13. No. 3 of The Local News printed revision updates to the area’s Management Plans.
Reporter Ed Fogels reported upon the joint state/municipality planning process addressing Girdwood area newly acquired lands as well as the valley-based workshop intended to inform the public.
Data collection area included: forestry, subsurface resources, fish and wildlife, water resources, lands status and existing usage and community facilities and utilities.
Under general heading “Turnagain Arm Comprehensive Plan Review,” community members outlined future aspirations.
“Meant to be an expression of what the community desires regarding growth, the Plan identifies desired patterns of land use over the next twenty years and gives desired densities of residential development within the community.”
Adding to the Comprehensive Plan docket were discussions weighing expansion of a resort company presence within the valley, with 56% majority in favor of expansions beyond then Alyeska Resort intentions and 29% responding with “mixed feelings.” Fogels is careful to state, “Higher portions of persons with second homes in Girdwood held favorable opinions of future resort expansion, while the opinions of Girdwood residents were more mixed.”
Residents of the day cited “small town atmosphere, skiing, other outdoor recreation and the natural environment as things people most liked about Girdwood.”