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New to the neighborhood

New to the neighborhood

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Out North, a nonprofit in Anchorage home to KONR 106.1 has moved to Spenard. The organization was originally founded to support LGBTQ theater productions and will turn 34 this month. Jason Sear is the station manager at KONR and has been on the board of Out North since 2016. Sear says as a nonprofit, funding…

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Finding my own Spenard

Finding my own Spenard

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Words by Paola Banchero. Somewhere I read that Henry Rollins, the punk raconteur and Southern California fixture, had to move away from Santa Monica because he was getting too comfortable and he wanted to stay counter-cultural. I’ve rolled that sentiment over a lot, especially as I’ve become older and more settled in my suburban-like home…

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Windmill to receive critical facelift, bringing back ‘former glory’

Windmill to receive critical facelift, bringing back ‘former glory’

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Sitting in the Koot’s parking lot is arguably one of the largest — both physically and figuratively — symbols of Spenard. The ornamental windmill, decorated with lights of green, red and white looms over the neighborhood. “I didn’t think it would become the icon it is today,” former owner of Chilkoot Charlie’s, Mike Gordon said….

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Alaskan business owners breathe new life into Spenard vacancies

Alaskan business owners breathe new life into Spenard vacancies

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Words by Mariah Dejesus-Remaklus. Photos by Young Kim. There have been vacant buildings in the Spenard area for some time now, including the old buildings that once housed TapRoot and La Mex. But while Anchorage locals may have walked and driven by seemingly abandoned properties, they were actually passing by the resurrection of these “ghosts.” …

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Spenard via New York: A Transplant Love Story

Spenard via New York: A Transplant Love Story

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Words and photos by Darcy Stein Seven years ago, I moved here from New York, selling pretty much everything I owned besides some clothes, books and my 12-cup Bodum French Press. I grew up in a town called Long Beach, which is the most south you can go on Long Island. Basically, my hometown is…

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