Plan for moose fence on Minnesota Drive draws criticism

Nathaniel Herz
Location: Anchorage, 06/24/14
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Location: On the Tee #9 at O'Malley Golf Course, 06/17/2014 We don't have to go anywhere far to witness this lovely sighting of Moose with her two calf enjoying a peaceful afternoon surrounded by golfers at the O'Malley golf course.
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Location: O'Malley Golf Course, 06/17/2014
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Location: Wasilla our back yard, 06/16/14 This is a picture of a moose licking our water well head. So we have dubbed this picture "Moose Drinking Fountain". The picture was taken from inside the house, so hope it is clear enough to share.
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Location: Our cabin on Funny River Road, Soldotna, 06/15/2014 Momma moose this Fathers Day morning with her newborn hungry triplets.
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Location: Lake Louise, 06/07/2014 Mama moose grazing on trees in front yard with twin calves. She gave birth on an island committing herself and calves to a safer environment until fall when lake freezes over.
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Location: Anchorage, 5/15/14
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Location: Near Summit Lake, 06/06/14
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Location: Mat Su Valley, 05/01/2014 Early morning moose
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Location: Palmer Hay Flat, 06/07/14 Looking for that "Moose Crossing" sign.
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Location: Inspiration Ridge Preserve, 5/22/14 A playful young bull munches a bit of fresh summer greens on Inspiration Ridge Preserve in Homer, Alaska
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Location: My House, 2014-05-31 We had a cow and her calf bed down in our yard for 3 days beginning on May 31st. I have way too many photos so I'm providing a link to my personal gallery. We named them Charlotte and Malcolm!
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Location: Sterling Highway, 5-31-14 Cow moose and calf safely cross the Sterling Highway near Sterling, 5-31-14. Please be moose aware when driving!
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Location: Campbell Creek, Anchorage, 5-26-2014 Twin Moose Calves sightings, just awesome!
Photo courtesy of Rob Hemmen / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage, May 2014
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Location: Hillside, 06/01/14
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Location: Anchorage, June 2, 2014 Freshest Sausage in Alaska!
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Location: Baxter Bog Park, 05/15/14
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Location: East Anchorage, 05/23/14 Two baby moose and mother were playing in the sprinkler.
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Location: South Anchorage , 5/24/14 They have been outside our house playing, eating, and sleeping all day.
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Location: Meadow St. Anchorage AK, 03/15/14 Caught this lil Moose lickin a tree and it peeked out just at the right moment to look like they were stickin their tongue out at me for spyin on them doin weird things LOL!
Photo courtesy of Jess Baker of Smudge Monkey Studio / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage, 03/28/14 I was at work and was about to go on a break then I saw this baby moose out the window. Shortly after, the mom moose made her appearance but was too far from the window and i couldn't get a good picture. Had to postpone my break and kept observing while working. Lol. They were so cute! Just wanted to share this photo.
Photo courtesy of Timothy Ridge / ADN reader submission
Location: Parks Hwy near Denali Park, 07/04/12
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Location: anchorage, 3/20/14 you never know how is coming to your front dr.
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Location: Rabbit Creek, 04/12/14 These photos were taken in my yard and neighbors yard yesterday.
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Location: rabbit creek, 04/12/14 This photo was taken in my yard and neighbors yard in Rabbit creek area
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Location: rabbit creek area, 04/12/14 This moose photo was taken across the street from my home on riverton ave.
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Location: rabbit creek area, 04/12/14 This photo was taken on riverton ave. near rabbit creek
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Location: Homer, 04/05/14 Moose at Sunset on a bluff overlooking Kachemak Bay
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Location: Turnagain West Anchorage, April 3rd 2014
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Location: Buckingham Way, 12/27/2013
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Location: Wasilla, Winter Neighborhood moose up Wasilla Fishook
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Location: palmer fishook road, 02/24/14 cow moose near Hatcher Pass Bed & Breakfast
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Location: United States, Last month February.
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Location: outsite home, 07/03/13 Baby moose looking for mama at my door.
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Location: outside home, 07/03/13 Baby moose playing outside.
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Location: outside home, 02/19/13 First time I saw A moose. He allow me to take a picture up close.
Photo courtesy of Lesley A Sanchez / ADN reader submission
Location: At home (4700 E. 147th Ave), 03/18/14 Moose are common in this area of town, but its not too common that they get this curious and peek into the windows. My two year old son Jaxton loves moose. He was so excited when this moose came right up to the window that he decided to give him a kiss.
Photo courtesy of Katrina Austin / ADN reader submission
Location: Wolf Lake Airpark, Wasilla, 3-15-2014 This young moose came up to my door yesterday and just stood there and looked in my window. I think he was saying " Happy St. Patrick's Day. You got any green beers in there? " Anyway, thought it would be a perfect picture for St. Patrick's Day Hope you like it too
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Location: Anchorage, 03/02/14 Shot in the Dimond mall parking lot with Nikon D7000 and 18-200mm lens.
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Location: 36th and Old Seward in Anchorage (Geneva Woods) , 03/02/14 I pulled up to my parents house and found this Moose waiting at the front door. My parents were inside taking pictures as well.
Photo courtesy of Bree Brophy / ADN reader submission
Location: Midtown Anchorage (36th and Old Seward in Geneva Woods neighborhood), 03/02/14 This was taken at the front door at my parent's house. Seems like she was begging for food!
Photo courtesy of Bree Brophy / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage airport, 10/15/2013
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Location: Independence Park, 01/10/14 Our daughter's cat, "visiting" from Oregon, sees his first Moose.
Photo courtesy of Jeffrey S Johnson / ADN reader submission
Location: Jewel lake road and weimer road, 02/15/2014 I just moved to Anchorage on 2/10/14 and I got to see this amazing moose. :)
Photo courtesy of Evelyn Wilson / ADN reader submission
Location: Conners Dog Park, 02/17/14 Drone-Moose Encounter
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Location: Near Sand Lake, my backyard, 02/15/14 My little dog found her relaxing in the backyard when I let her out for her morning walk. Luckily, for my little dog, the moose ignored her.
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Location: Alaska District Headquarters, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, 02/04/14 A distinguished visitor came by the Alaska District headquarters building on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Feb. 4 in the late afternoon. The moose came by to check on our Regulatory Division and their dedication to protecting Alaska's waters while allowing reasonable and necessary development to move forward. Afterwards, he rested on the front lawn for a meal with his friend, a Magpie. To learn more about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Alaska District's regulatory program visit http://www.poa.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory.aspx.
Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Alaska District / ADN reader submission
Location: 577 E. Dowling Road, 02/01/2014 The Electric Moose
Photo courtesy of Guillermo Giraldo / ADN reader submission
Location: cambell creek, 7-13-13
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Location: Taken from my yard, December 2013 This moose is bigger than a truck.
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Location: From my porch, October, 2013 If you look close, there are 3 moose in this photo. Onc is full and the other you can only see their legs and back side.
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Location: Anchorage, 12/25/2013 Welcomoose
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Location: Russian jack Springs , 01/13/14 Was like 10 feet from this cow and calf... The cow was calm as a cucumber... Ears and hair was relaxed... all they cared for was eating... this was a treat!!!
Photo courtesy of Andrew Harrell / ADN reader submission
Location: Wasilla, AK, 1/11/2014 Boy oh boy the markings on this young bull really stand out. I will sure recognize him again. That diamond shape on his forehead looked like something I would see on a horse.
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Location: Dillingham, 8/19/2012 A moose alongside the Aleknagik Lake Road. Fall 2012
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Location: KGB road near Knik, 1/5/14
Photo courtesy of Patrick Albert / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorage, 12/24/2013 Moose came to visit the last of our garden.
Photo courtesy of Amy Baker / ADN reader submission
Location: College Village/ mid-town Anchorage, 12/27/13 Young moose eating berries from a Mt. Ash tree
Photo courtesy of Dawn Wilcox / ADN reader submission
Location: Anchorge, 12\02\2013 cold day moose breath quite visible in photo
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Location: Wasilla neighborhood, 12/27/12 The moose was seeing a human with a big black face. Must have been odd to him. Maybe it looked like a black face with one big eye looking right at him. hee hee
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Location: 401 west 121 ave, 12/26/2013 This moose dug into the neighbors garbage to get some leftover eggnog. Carton is on the ground in front of him. And we have been blaming it on the bears all these years.
Photo courtesy of Steven Tjaden / ADN reader submission
Location: Hart Lake Loop, 12/23/13
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Location: Goldenview Subdivision, 11/28/13
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Location: Spenard, 12/20/2013 Our friendly Spenard moose named Stew!
Photo courtesy of Dan / ADN reader submission
Location: Cooper Landing, 12-16-13 Cow moose feeding on willows at sunset, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge near Cooper Landing, 12-16-13.
Photo courtesy of Glenn Flothe / ADN reader submission
Location: JBER, 12/16/13 Mama brought twins around base housing and they were running back to her when a school bus was coming down the road.
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Location: Loussac Library, Dec 17 2013 Grazing at the library!
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Location: Close toJBER gate on Boniface, 12-11-2013 A young lady we've had licking the sidewalk salt.
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Location: 34th & Denali Area, 12/14/13 I was walking out of our building and he was right there. He is reaching for the last of the Mountain Ash berries.
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Location: Fireweed & c st, Sept 9 2012
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Location: Fireweed & c st, Sept 9 2013
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Location: Homer Alaska, 12/8/2013 Moose undressed this tree with its antlers. Moose must still be in rut.
Photo courtesy of Nina Faust / ADN reader submission
Location: Turnagain, 11/28/13 A big guy enjoying a tasty snack on thanksgiving evening.
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Location: northern lights Blvd , thanksgiving day
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Location: Business pk.Blvd. 99503 , 11/5/2013
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Location: Business pk.Blvd. 99503 , 11/05/2013
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Location: Pt Makenzie Rd, 11/29/13
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Location: End of my walkway to front door, 01/232013 Someone checking on me while I shoveled the front walkway!
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Location: Mt view dr, October 29th
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Location: Dome, 11-23-13
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Location: South Anchorage, 11/19/13 This moose sauntered out from the timber on a chilly day to graze on willow.
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Location: Peters Creek, AK, 11/04/13 This moose decided to eat my wife's only rose, she wasn't too thrilled that I let it do that...
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Location: Hillside Anchorage, Nov 5
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Location: Nunaka Valley, 10/06/13 Dropping my daughter off at school
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Location: Anchorage, 11/10/2013 Snowy antlers
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Location: UAA, 10/05/13 As a New Yorker, I was later informed that I shouldn't get too close to the moose...
Photo courtesy of Curtis McKillop / ADN reader submission
Location: Powerline Pass, Chugach State Park, 10/14/2013
Photo courtesy of Steve Skrocki / ADN reader submission
Location: Point Woronzof, 10/16/13
Photo courtesy of Heather Stewman / ADN reader submission
Location: South Anchorage, 10/9/2013
Photo courtesy of Danuta Strauss / ADN reader submission
Location: Fairview Neighborhood, 11/03/2013
Photo courtesy of Jeff Stork / ADN reader submission
Location: my yard outside Fairbanks, 9/15/13 This was me scolding mama and calf on a late Sunday morning in September after they had ravished my garden for the 5th or 6th time
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Location: Anchorage, AK, 09/16/13 This bull moose spent the night in our back yard, near Kincaid park. The first light of morning is shining through the mist.
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Location: Anchorage, 10/13/2013 Midtown Anchorage from second floor balcony
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Location: South anchorage , 10/13/13 My brother and I were on our way to church when we came upon a big bull with a mama moose and her calf! I thrust my phone into his hands and told him to take pictures!
Photo courtesy of Kristofer Echak / ADN reader submission
Location: South Anchorage Neighboorhood, 10/11/13 Bull Moose during last days of scavenging for food in South Anchorage neighborhood before rain turns to snow.
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Location: South Anchorage Neighboorhood, 10/11/13 Beautiful Bull Moose in South Anchorage Neighboorhood
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Location: Pamela Dr, 09/29/13 Moose sticking his tongue out
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Location: Kincade , 10-6-13
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Location: powerline valley- anchorage, 10/1/2013
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A five-mile stretch of Minnesota Drive and O'Malley Road is the most dangerous in all of Anchorage when it comes to vehicle collisions with moose.

Between 2000 and 2010, the corridor between International Airport Road and the Old Seward Highway saw 106 encounters with the animals, according to the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

State traffic planners say fencing off the highway, like they've done along Elmore Road and the Glenn Highway, would slice that figure in half, and there's federal money to pay for it. But the state's plan is colliding with area residents who argue that tree-cutting associated with the project will expose their homes to highway noise and cut property values.

At a bowling alley in Jewel Lake, more than three dozen people turned out Thursday night to pepper a DOT representative with questions and to convey their displeasure.

"I think DOT should give residents that live along this belt some consideration," said Gerald Valinske, 62, a retired railroad worker who lives just east of Minnesota Drive. "Not just the people that are driving."

The department is planning to respond to the concerns and to make adjustments. But officials also believe the project meets noise standards, and that because the federal funding is earmarked for improving safety, it can't be used to pay for a noise buffer.

"Our mission is to safely move people in our transportation corridor. We have policies that we have to abide by," said Project Manager Kevin Jackson. But, he added: "We're certainly receptive to the comments we're receiving."

Jackson was in the cross hairs Thursday at the Jewel Lake Bowling Center, where area residents showed up at the meeting armed with petitions and stacks of photocopies documenting their complaints.

Foremost among them was that the state hadn't notified them about the project. Several said that they'd been informed by neighbors who were going door to door to spread the word.

Jackson said the state had sent out a mailer to 1,149 addresses along Minnesota Drive, two blocks deep, in April. But only a single resident of the 40 at the meeting reported receiving one.

"I know my house hasn't moved," said Wendell Orr, who lives adjacent to the highway. "I didn't get a letter."

The state has posted all the plans and other project information, including comments from the public with responses from the department, on a website, minnesotadrivemoose.com.

Only 19 people signed in at an open house held by the DOT in May, and Rep. Mia Costello, R-Anchorage, who organized Thursday's meeting, said that she didn't start hearing from residents until late June.

She said she was pleased that Jackson agreed to attend the meeting Thursday but added that all her concerns about the project hadn't been mollified.

"I'll be satisfied when my constituents are satisfied," she said.

After the meeting, Jackson said in a follow-up email that the DOT will shift the plans for the fence to minimize its impact on residents "while maintaining the needs and goals of the project."

He added that the state would also work with Costello and other area legislators to try to secure state funding for a noise barrier.

That money, however, would have to come in a separate package from the federal funds -- and Jackson said that project is still moving ahead with bidding scheduled for the fall and construction likely beginning next year.

In the meantime, residents said they will keep pushing their own agenda.

"You've got a government agency that has it in their mind to do the right thing," Valinske said. "But it's not about the people. That's why communities get together and put a stink up."

 

Reach Nathaniel Herz at nherz@adn.com or 257-4311.

 

State website on the proposed fence
By NATHANIEL HERZ
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