TIME WAS 2002: New motel comes to town, Republicans sweep local seats

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 16:18

15 years ago this week in the Star…

59-room motel on way

A local group led by John Emmi planned to break ground in the coming week on a new 59-room Microtel Inn and Suites, according to a front-page story in the Nov. 7, 2002 edition of the Alaska Star.

According to the story, the new motel would be four times the size of the town’s only other motel, the Eagle River Motel.

“We conducted feasibility studies and we see a need for another motel here,” Emmi told the paper.

He said the three-story, 25,000 square foot building would be open by June 2003.

Eagle River Motel owner Gary Allen told the paper he wasn’t sure the new venture would be a success.

“Right now I don’t know if there is a big enough market in Eagle River for a motel of that size,” Allen said. “I am watching with interest though. I think the real test will be if they can make it through the first winter.”

Republicans, Eagle River High hopes fare well in statewide elections

With only absentee ballots left to be counted, Republican Mike Hawker held a lead over nonpartisan Pat Abney in the race for State House in Chugiak-Eagle River, according to a story about the election on page 1 of the Nov. 7, 2002 Alaska Star.

Hawker said the support of Fred Dyson and Pete Kott was key to winning the election.

“It was a real team effort,” Hawker told the Star.

Abney said she was surprised Hawker — described in the story as a political newcomer — fared so well.

“I kinda thought that I would win this race,” Abney said. “There is still a chance that might happen but I would be surprised if it did.”

In other local races, the incumbent Kott defeated nonpartisan Jay Dulaney for the District 17 House seat, while Republican Bill Stoltze beat Alaska Independence Party candidate Larry Wood for the District 16 House seat. Dyson, meanwhile, made the move from House to Senate by defeating Democrat Robert Goughnour. Also winning a Senate seat was Republican Con Bunde, who defeated Mitch Schapira to win the Senate P seat that encompassed Eagle River, East Anchorage, Whittier and Hope.

Also on the ballot in 2007 was Proposition C, which passed statewide. The proposition included a 60 percent reimbursement for new school construction, which Dyson said might help convince Anchorage voters to support building a new high school in Eagle River.

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