7 years ago this week



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Baldy, Begich are big winners

Voters approved a land swap to return public access to Mount Baldy and returned Mayor Mark Begich to office in municipal elections.

Begich, the incumbent, garnered 55 percent of the vote to easily hold off challengers Jack Frost, Thomas Higgins and Nick Moe.

About 62 percent of voters approved the land deal, which paved the way for the city to trade 20 acres in Edmunds Lake Park to Eklutna for 80 acres adjacent to Chugach State Park for parking and access to the Mount Baldy trailhead.

 

A dusty spring

Local street maintenance foreman Scott Schnell said dusty spring driving conditions wouldn’t last long.

Schnell told the Star that crews were preparing to clear local roadways of the record amount of sand, dirt and gravel that collected on local streets during an extremely icy winter.

“I would say we put probably twice as much winter aggregates out this year than any year in memory,” Schnell said.

Schnell said crews would be out cleaning up the mess as soon as standing water was clear on local roads.

According to contractor Carl Luchsinger of Alaska Pollution Control, Inc., that extra sand and gravel wouldn’t present too many additional challenges.

“We’re going to start a sweeping program within the week,” he said.

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