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Homecoming planned for Paradise Inn palm tree

Homecoming planned for Paradise Inn palm tree

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After a federal seizing, a legal battle, an auction and more, Spenardians have an idea for where they want the Paradise Inn palm tree to rest. The 22-foot-tall broken neon symbol of Spenardian pride will be welcomed with a homecoming parade in the near future.   Melissa Rustemov Lohr and Mike Linz both said in…

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In the beginning

In the beginning

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We see his name everywhere. Joe Spenard made quite a name for himself in Alaska, despite living here for only a decade. Originally from Ottawa, Canada, Spenard came to Alaska in 1909, where he would serve as the vice president of the Alaska Securities company. The City Express, Spenard’s transfer and taxi service was born…

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Shook in Spenard

Shook in Spenard

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54 years ago today, Sylvia Butcher was enjoying an after dinner coffee with her husband, David Butcher. The earth began to tremble and shake; leaving the couple to run out of their newly built Spenard apartment for their lives. The Good Friday earthquake in 1964 was a 9.2 on the Richter scale, the largest earthquake…

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David

David

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I inherited my taste for good wine and my love for photography from my grandfather, David Butcher. I was also lucky enough to inherit his stories and his history. Over a year and a half ago I moved in with my grandparents, into the house he built, next to my great-grandparent’s homestead and into the…

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