Cooper Landing

Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2005


The Cooper Landing Advisory Planning Commission meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the community hall. Member Jon James said they'd like to see more people come to their meetings.

Geneese Peterson reported the April 28 chili supper brought about 50 people to the community hall to eat and meet Kenai Peninsula Borough mayoral candidate John Torgerson.

On April 30, a couple dozen people turned out for brush hog day, Cooper Landing Chamber of Commerce President Cheryle James reported during the chamber meeting May 3 at Sunrise Inn.

The work force with chain saws, axes and other tools began the work of clearing brush from the old highway from Tern Lake to the Crescent Creek trail head. The workers were treated to a barbecue with ribs and hot dogs afterward. There's still much to be done and permission has been granted to do this clearing so anyone with time and a chain saw is welcome.

Ginny Fay, under contract to HDR Alaska Inc., was the guest speaker at the chamber luncheon meeting. The dining room was filled with people who wanted to hear the latest about the Sterling Highway Mile 45-60 upgrade. Ginny, an economist of more than 25 years, is updating one of the highway documents.

Concerns and interest were expressed regarding affects the various proposed alternatives could have after completion. Possible mitigation actions were mentioned.

There's still a lot of "I'll believe it when I see it," or "It won't happen in my lifetime," when the subject of the highway come up.

In a September 1979, Department of Transportation draft location study report, Sterling Highway, Mile 37-60 is a memorandum from public information officer Walt Downs. The subject of the memo is "Citizen's meeting in Coopers Landing on Feb. 8, 1977." The purpose of the meeting was to hear comments about the proposed upgrading of the highway through the community.

"One of the primary concerns of the townspeople was traffic control. The complaint being that traffic through Coopers Landing was proceeding at a higher rate of speed than is signed for ... . The townspeople also were extremely interested in a bike path of some sort along the new highway ... .

"The people also suggested the possibility of a bypass skirting Cooper Landing, commencing at the Kenai Lake bridge, proceeding west along the north side of Kenai River and then bridging back to the Sterling Highway after Cooper Landing."

Under project history, the report states the authority to proceed on this project was received from the Federal Highway Administration on Nov. 4, 1975.

"The most complicated part of this project is finding the solution to the Cooper Landing community in relationship to the Sterling Highway. There are many ways to go through, around or bypass the community. The people who live there all have their opinions as to where the road should go ."

Does this mean that if we got together and chose a route and insisted on mitigation that would make it as painless as possible and pressed our case, we might see it in our lifetime?

Mayme Ohnemus, Jan Mitchell, Carla Britton, Kay Windous, Gerry Young, Marilyn Gravenhorst, J.B. Weber, Chris Farrington and I climbed into the senior bus with our special hats and went off to Seward last week.

It was the Y South Health Association Spring Hat Luncheon fund-raiser luncheon, where we joined a lot of other women and some men and children. All with hats and hat stories. J.B. won a prize for the oldest hat with her Italian grandmother's sweetheart shaped black felt chapeau. My salute to Alaska statehood hat won a prize, too.

Y South Health Foundation funds medical emergencies and ambulance equipment from Seward to Cooper Landing.

The museum opens at noon Sunday for the season. Hours are from noon to 6 p.m. every day but Tuesday. Refreshments will be served during opening day.

The Parent Advisory Committee meets at 3:30 p.m. Monday at the school.

The gun club's meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the community hall.

Thanks to Jan Mitchell and Mayme Ohnemus, plans for the 26th annual Snug Harbor Snail-a-thon May 21 are well under way. Jan is in charge of checkers, Jack Britton is overseeing the picnic site, Carla Britton is the food fairy, and Mayme is the purchasing agent. Chris Farrington said she and Tom had checked out the picnic site and, as usual, it needs cleaning before the picnic.

Mona Painter can be reached by phone at 595-1248 or by email at

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