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Spenard Dreaming: Denali Dreams Soap Company has it going on

Spenard Dreaming: Denali Dreams Soap Company has it going on

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Words by Darcy Stein Many years ago, I realized a conventional “nine-to-five” job was not for me. Kudos to those who can really sink their teeth into a big slice like that. But, for those of us who are resistant to taking such a plunge, wrapping soap three days per week during the tourist season…

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Restoration and preservation: Daylighting Fish Creek

Restoration and preservation: Daylighting Fish Creek

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Words and photos by Kathryn DuFresne Fish Creek runs through and under the Spenard neighborhood, with six miles of the creek currently running through storm pipes added in the early 1960s to make way for the development of roads, railway and channelization. The creek now funnels under such locations as the Midtown Mall and the…

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In the beginning: Lake Hood

In the beginning: Lake Hood

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The shores of Lake Hood and Lake Spenard, near Ted Stevens International Airport, are decorated with dozens of small floating bush planes. The body of water makes up the world’s busiest seaplane base, which handles nearly 200 flights a day. When summer turns to winter and the water freezes over, hundreds of planes based at…

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A new home for the Spenard Community Garden

A new home for the Spenard Community Garden

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Words and photos by Ryan Chernikoff The Spenard Community Garden, once located behind Cook Inlet Housing Authority’s Church of Love, has moved to a new location. The garden plot now sits at 1303 W. 33rd Ave., behind the Lutheran Social Services of Alaska building in Spenard. “We knew the location [behind the Church of Love]…

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“We’ll Have a Parade!”

“We’ll Have a Parade!”

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By Monique Spenard I recently came across The Spenardian while doing research about Joe Spenard for a cousin’s family tree. The name jumped off the page. I clicked on the link and saw a caricature of Joe in his famous yellow outfit, stub cigar and all. When I tried to order the magazine, the website…

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