Cooper Landing gets new vehicles

Posted: Monday, July 16, 2001

Sen. John Torgerson, R-Kasilof, was the official ice cream scooper at the Cooper Landing Community Club on June 28.

The event, a "tailgater" ice cream social, marked the occasion of donations from Phillips Alaska of a Ford F-350 pickup truck and an E-350 ambulance to Cooper Landing.

"We needed a truck to help us collect the trash bags so we called our senator, John Torgerson, and asked him to help us," said Mayme Ohnemus, a key member of the Sexy Senior Dumpster Cleaners (SSDC) of Cooper Landing. "He always helps us out," she added.

Torgerson said he called on Phillips Alaska to help the seniors keep the peninsula clean, saying "I was certain that Phillips would want to contribute to these wonderful community efforts."

"Phillips has a history of helping nonprofit community organizations," Torgerson said. "They understand how important community service is in small areas like Cooper Landing."

Michelle Stewart, president of the Cooper Landing Volunteer Ambulance Inc., (CLVA) was on hand to accept the ambulance.

"We were totally surprised to see the ambulance this quickly," she said. "Kerry Marshall, a volunteer who works on the slope, was the point man for us, and I want to thank him and Phillips Petroleum.

"What a terrific gift from them so we can continue to help our neighbors and fellow Alaskans who travel this highway."

Phillips donated a 1986 Ford F-350, four-wheel drive truck, newly painted, with only 2,800 miles on it to the SSDC. The ambulance, a 1980 four-wheel drive, has less than 8,500 miles on it and only 900 use-hours.

"We used these trucks on the North Slope, so they have very low mileage" said Sean Parnell, director of state government relations for Phillips. "I'm sure they will enjoy the warmer weather conditions in Cooper Landing."

Phillips provided lots of ice cream, root beer and balloons to 65 Cooper Landing residents. Sen. Torgerson had help scooping ice cream from Phillips employees Gina Luckey, Sean Parnell, Steve Porter and Melissa Wanamaker.

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