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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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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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Cultivated by community: Spenard’s first neighborhood garden debuts in May

Cultivated by community: Spenard’s first neighborhood garden debuts in May

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A group of Anchorage women have banded together to build the first community garden in Spenard. Leading the charge is Michelle Wilber, program manager for the Alaska Community Action on Toxics’ Yarducopia, Alivia DeBusk, a member of the Anchorage Permaculture Guild, board member of Alaska Cold Climate Permaculture Institute, and owner of Adrift Gardens, Julie…

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