Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge Update…

Update from FAR…

2014 Cranes of Gratitude

It was a dark and peaceful night. The sun had long since set. Thank you to everyone who helps take care of the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge and the wildlife that depends upon it! 

Photo shows the fabulous stainless steel sandhill crane art that doubles as places for people to park their bikes while enjoying walking the nature trails at CCENA. With a cable lock you can easily tether several bikes to one crane.

Kiosks 1 & 2, shown here, host interpretive signage highlighting key species the sandhill crane and Cook Inlet beluga whale, and a triptych of flora and fauna one might see while visiting CCENA over the course of a year. Enjoy learning more about the wildlife of the ACWR and adjacent lands and waters by reading the beautiful new signs recently installed.

If you haven’t visited the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area, you may find it by Googling 9531 Selkirk in Anchorage.
Yours truly,


Barbara Carlson

Friends of the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife  Refuge (FAR)
PO Box 220196
Anchorage, AK 99522-0196

Nov. 4th Elections, 2014… what to expect…

Lets face it, voting sometimes can be a pain… but it’s important, and our right.   So, here’s some basic information about the vote this November….

View Sample Ballots <Click Here>  Remember, we’re in District 19 and 20 see map here

and ‘where to vote <Click Here>

or Polling Place Locator <Click Here>


October 20, 2014
Early and Absentee in-person voting begins
Application period begins for absentee voting by electronic transmission

October 25, 2014
Absentee by-mail application deadline

October 28, 2014
Absentee Review Boards begin absentee ballot review

November 3, 2014
Application deadline for absentee voting by electronic transmission, 5:00pm AST

November 4, 2014
ELECTION DAY Polls are open 7am-8pm
Postmark deadline for absentee by mail ballots
Absentee ballots voted by electronic transmission must be received by 8pm AST

November 6, 2014
Question Review Boards begin question ballot review

November 11, 2014
Count Early Vote (remaining) and Absentee Ballots

November 14, 2014
Deadline to receive absentee by mail ballots postmarked within the United States
Count Absentee and Questioned Ballots

November 17-19, 2014
Count Absentee and Questioned Ballots

November 19, 2014
Deadline to receive absentee by mail ballots postmarked outside the United States

November 28, 2014
Target election certification date



Housing Dev Think Tank, Oct 9th 1pm

Join Housing Anchorage as we present the first UAA Think Tank of the year!

We will be asking the question – How can we (the community) spur housing development in Anchorage that is affordable to our workforce?


What is Think Tank?  It is an interactive community engagement experience.
A non-profit agency presents a challenge or issue, and attendees brainstorm solutions for the organization.


Students, faculty, staff and community members – join us to assist this agency and contribute your thoughts and ideas to the discussion!


Thursday, October 9

1:00-2:15 p.m.

UAA Consortium Library, Room 307

Pizza is provided by Moose’s Tooth.

Note: fee for parking on campus (and please allow extra time to find parking).

Facebook event page:


Jewel Lake Rd Widening and Raspberry rd Pavement work Open House Oct.15 7pm

Kinney Engineering is working with DOT&PF on two roadway projects in your area.  The first is Jewel Lake Road Widening: 88th Ave to Strawberry Rd and the second is Raspberry Road, Jewel Lake Road to Minnesota Drive Pavement Preservation project.  We are holding a joint Open House for both of these projects on:
Wednesday, October 15
from 7:00 to 8:30 pm
at Kincaid Elementary School.

West Dimond Blvd Upgrade – Open House – Wed. Sept. 10th 5:30

West Dimond Blvd Upgrade – Phase I Westpark Drive to Sand Lake Road

Open House #2- 65% Design Review and Comment

Join us at the Open House to review and comment on the 65% design for West Dimond Boulevard Phase 1- Westpark Drive to Sand Lake Road and major intersections within the project corridor.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm


Kincaid Elementary Library

4900 Raspberry Rd, Anchorage



 65% Design is Available for Review
The West Dimond Boulevard Upgrade Project- Phase 1  65% design is available for review on the project website.
Proposed improvements:
  • Two single-lane roundabouts; one at Westpark Drive and one at Sand Lake Road
  • Curb and gutter with catch basins and underground storm drainage
  • 5-foot bike lanes
  • Multi-use pathways; 10-foot wide on north side and 8-foot wide on south side
  • Continuous lighting

To download a copy of the West Dimond Blvd Upgrade Phase I- 65% design , please follow this link to the project website: