Protecting Your Rights: Serving Sand Lake, Spenard, and Turnagain
July 11, 2018
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
As we move forward from the 4th of July week, now is the time to make our summer days count! July is Park and Recreation Month and in Anchorage there’s always plenty to do!
Update: Flight Pattern Change at Anchorage International Airport
As we discussed in a previous newsletter, the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF), in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), is repairing and rebuilding the North/South Runway at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC). Since construction started in mid-June, West Anchorage residents have reported an increase in aircraft noise. During construction of the north/south runway, all ANC aircraft will utilize the east/west runways. This has temporarily increased the air traffic and noise over areas east and southeast of the airport. They completed the first phase of construction this week, which should allow more use of the north/south runway.
In order to identify more precisely where the noise will increase and how much additional noise should be expected, DOT&PF conducted noise modeling. The following map illustrates the noise modeling results. The yellow line represents the noise contour before construction. The red dashed line represents the noise contour change as a result of this project:
Luckily, a shortened portion of the north/south runway reopened on Tuesday, a day earlier than expected, reducing the amount of disruption experienced in residential areas. The larger aircraft will most likely continue to only use the east/west runways, and small to medium sized aircraft should be able to use the north/south runway—at the pilot’s discretion. In fall 2018, the north/south runway will fully reopen and flight operations will return to normal until April 2019.
Watch the video below to learn more about the North/South Runway Renewal Project:
Check out a list of FAQ’s about the runway renewal project compiled by the Anchorage Daily News earlier this week. More information can be found at the following project link: http://www.anc15-33.com/.
If you would like to comment on the project and its impacts, you can use the following updated comment form link: http://www.dot.state.ak.us/anc/commentForm.shtml.
Special Municipal Election: West Anchorage Votes by Mail
The Anchorage Assembly has called a Special Municipal Election for Assembly District 3 - West Anchorage, Seat E on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. The Assembly called the special election when Assembly Member Tim Steele resigned from his position effective Tuesday, June 12, 2018.
Ballot packages will be mailed to qualified registered voters in Assembly District 3, West Anchorage on July 17, 2018. Voters will have the opportunity to study the ballot with trusted resources, mark their choices, sign the voter declaration, and return their ballot. There are three ways to return a ballot:
Secure Drop Boxes will open on July 17 and will remain open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until Election Day, Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 8:00 PM. Secure Drop Boxes may be found at the following locations:
For an interactive map of the Secure Drop Box locations and Accessible Vote Center, visit: muni.org/elections/AVC.
For more election information, voters may visit muni.org/elections or call the Voter Hotline at (907)243-VOTE(8683).
Voters who will be at a temporary address during the 21 day election period may apply to receive their ballot at a temporary address. Click here for more information about voting options.
If you lose, damage or do not receive your ballot package in the mail, you may request a replacement ballot package by calling the Voter Hotline at (907) 243-VOTE(8683), or by emailing email@example.com.
Ure Park Fix-It
As part of National Parks and Recreation Month, Anchorage Parks and Recreation is teaming up with local neighborhoods to host several park “fix-its”. Ure Park is one of the parks selected for a “fix-it”. Neighbors and volunteers will be removing invasive species within the park, limbing up trees to improve visibility into the park, and picking up trash. Please wear comfortable clothes that you don't mind getting dirty and closed toe shoes, and we encourage you to bring a reusable water bottle. Tools and pizza will be provided for volunteers and all are welcome.
When Wednesday, July 11th from 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Capture the Flag Family Series
Anchorage Parks and Recreation is also hosting a Family Night Out Capture the Flag series which takes place every Tuesday night in July. Grab your family and head to Russian Jack Springs Park for an evening of fun. Capture the Flag will bring families together; using strategy and teamwork in the wilderness on a large scale.
Registration is $5. Register online here.
When: Tuesday evenings in July from 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Public Art Summer Bike Tour
Another great way to get outside this month is the Thursday night bike series sponsored by the Anchorage Museum and Bike Anchorage. Bikers can pedal through the city and learn more about its art, history and other urban points of interest. This week join local experts and visit public artworks installed around the city through the Municipality of Anchorage’s 1% for Art program. Tours last 2-3 hours and cover several miles. This is a free event.
When: Thursday, July 12th from 5:00 – 8:30 PM
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.