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The ‘Local’ Look Back…


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.

A reflection on the quaint past of valley policing surfaces in Volume 2, Number 10 of The Local News 1982 when a hopeful lawman found his humble way into that publication’s classifieds.


“Trooper Opalka, the newest State Trooper assigned to Girdwood patrol, is in need of housing,” the ad read.


Then Sergeant Jack Young, acting as both professional reference as well as community liaison, offered to field house-hunt calls while local press urged assistance by an appointed dateline.


“A single man, Trooper Opalka hopes to find small accommodation by the first of next month.”



“Stained glass bed and breakfast