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.
In 1993, Municipal representatives and the Girdwood Board of Supervisors looked to create of passenger train service between Anchorage’s Dimond Center and Girdwood. Correspondent Tim Bennett speculated in Volume 13, Number 5 of The Local News the initial proposed changes to train passage could be the first phase of wider transportation options for Girdwoodians.
“…we can provide mitigation for necessary changes to the area across the highway from Girdwood Station Mall. This area would be developed as commercial land, useable for vehicular parking for all transient travelers who would visit our valley. Within a period of time, all resort commercial parking areas would be developed as limited understructure parking. The effect would be to create the near future base area of the resort as a pedestrian experience in a planned area with the existing parking area being developed for a higher use than a parking lot. This would also create an incentive to construct the first phase of Taxi 2000 from the Transportation Center at the railroad area up Glacier Creek to the New Girdwood Townsite which would remain the core area for community services: local, commercial and school functions.”
“Phase 1” proposals expected to pace Alyeska Prince Hotel’s first decade of operation detailing creation of a “community Corporation” in which all landowners were to be share holders in plans intended to “take the community to the next century.”