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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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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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Enlighten Alaska: Locals supporting locals

Enlighten Alaska: Locals supporting locals

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In Spenard, being a part of the community has become what sets pot shops apart from the crowd. Enlighten Alaska, a family owned shop run by brother and sister Evan and Leah Levinton, opened its doors in 2017 and has made giving back to the community one of the pillars of their business. It all…

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‘Life Enlightened’ brightens up Spenard

‘Life Enlightened’ brightens up Spenard

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Photos by Young Kim A new mural is up in Spenard, spanning 60 feet across the side of Enlighten Alaska, a cannabis retail store. The painting features silhouettes of life-size creatures including a killer whale, flamingo and elephant, to name a few. The mural is titled, “Life Enlightened.” Taylor Gallegos, a California-based artist, visited Alaska…

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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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