|Terri Nutter accepts Village Excellence award from outgoing Chamber President Naomi Young.|
The Ahtna Athabascan village of Gulkana received the "Community of the Year" award at the 27th Annual Meeting of the Greater Copper Valley Chamber of Commerce in Glennallen, Alaska. The village, which has a history dating back over a thousand years, has instituted many new amenities that provide its residents with a more comfortable, healthy and safer life.
All the streets have been newly paved, and there are bike trails and sidewalks for the village, and a new water system, so all homes are plumbed. Public buildings are heated through a new boiler and there are new homes and community housing duplexes in the village. Street lights are very rare in the Copper Valley, which is scattered, with far-flung and isolated homes. But street lights now light Gulkana during the long winter nights. Gulkana Village also now runs a village-run bus company, Soaring Eagle Transit, which serves the entire Copper River community, and even goes to Valdez and Anchorage.
|New Gulkana sign.|
The village has one of the finest entry signs in the state, welcoming visitors to this part of Alaska. At the Chamber meeting, Terri Nutter represented the village, and received the award from outgoing Chamber President Naomi Young. Also there to receive the award was Eveline, Frank, of the Gulkana Village Council.
"Business of the Year" Award
Granite Construction won the Business of the year award for its effort to build the new roadway and bike trail through Glennallen as seamlessly as possible. Although the project did disrupt business in Glennallen the company did its best to minimize the effects and to get the project done quickly. Everyone in the community appreciates the new, safer roadway which extends all the way to Tolsona Creek. And the bike trail through Glennallen is a welcome safety pathway to keep walkers, joggers and our kids off the road.