Buying A Landmark

first_img(Photo courtesy Great Land Trust)Today we’re buying a landmark, trying to anyway. Kim Sollien is the Mat Su Program Director for Great Land Trust, a conservation group. She said they didn’t realize the Butte was privately owned until just this year.Download Audio“And so we were like ‘wow, that’s a surprise, we thought that was already public.’ Because the Mat Su Borough maintains a trail to the top,” Sollien said.The borough does own part of the Butte, but not the top of it. The summit is owned by the Mental Health Trust.“There’s a mixture of land owners. The Mat-Su borough has about 80 acres on the northwest side. And a couple of other farmers like the reindeer farm have a good portion of one side of the Butte, and a couple of other private land owners have another side. So, it’s a mix,” Sollien said.(Photo courtesy Great Land Trust)Great Land Trust is only interested in preserving the top of the Butte.  If they’re able to raise the money to purchase it, they’ll create a conservation easement on it, protecting from future development.“Even though the summit of the Butte is the destination for hundreds and hundreds of hikers every year, it could because it’s owned by a private entity and doesn’t have a conservation easement on it, it could be developed as a cell tower farm,” Sollien said. “Or someday it could be feasible to mine it for granite and sell that for who knows what.”Although Great Land Trust is responsible for the fund raising, the campaign has drawn in some private citizens, including Dan McDonough, a resident of Butte and creator of the Facebook Page “I Helped Buy the Butte.” McDonough says he’s hiked the Butte hundreds of times.“I’ve hiked it at midnight to look at the northern lights, I’ve hiked it during the Lunar Eclipse, early in the morning for sunrises, we’ve brought Santa Clause out there and taken pictures of Santa up there. It definitely seems to be a center point of activity for us,” he said.(Photo courtesy Great Land Trust)McDonough even started a weekly Butte hike. He says his group has been meeting up every Monday morning for more than a year now. He started the group after realizing how many people he knew had just given up on hiking.“A lot of people that have done it are people that have gotten away a little bit from the outdoors,” McDonough said. “They did it when they were younger, and they let a bunch of time lapse and now that they’re older they say ‘I’m out of shape and it’s going to take me forever.’ It seems to be those types of people, but after they’ve done it a couple times they’re hooked.”(Photo courtesy Great Land Trust)McDonough says that’s what makes the Butte so special. Just about anyone can do it, and the payoff at the top is well worth the hike. And Kim Sollien with Great Land Trust couldn’t agree more.“The Butte hike is iconic. You can see the Knik Glacier, Matanuska River, Downtown Palmer, the farms, Knik Arm, Pioneer Peak, it’s just spectacular,” Sollien said. “And it’s really accessible for almost everyone so we would love to have everyone who loves the Butte, and has hiked the Butte to join us to help us buy the Butte so it can be protected forever.”Sollien says they’ve raised roughly half of the $180,000 needed to buy the summit.last_img read more

Super Yacht Watch John Henrys Elysian Docked i

first_imgSuper Yacht Watch: John Henry’s “Elysian” Docked in Boston HarborFor the Summer 2018, Boston Globe and Red Sox owner, John Henry, has anchored his Elysian in Boston Harbor, a 217 foot yacht built in 2014. The Elysian has a crew of 17 and can host 12 guests in six cabins. Read more and see photos here.“Brethren, Bethel, And Basilica” – North Square Worship Sites From 1649 to TodayAs North Square undergoes a $2.5 million reconstruction, Jessica Dello Russo of Boston’s North End and the International Catacomb Society takes readers on a literary tour of the religious history of the square. Read part one and see photos here.New Mural at Cutillo ParkOver the course of the past week, Cutillo Park has been hosting a crew of teens from the Mayor’s office who have been working on a mural along the back wall of the park. This and other murals are an effort to restore the park for kids and families. Read more and see photos here.Editor’s ChoiceNorth End Mom Hosted a Diaper Drive and Collected 1,150 Diapers for Low Income FamiliesFaria Chowdhury lives in the neighborhood and has two boys. When her youngest son grew into the next size diaper she wondered what she could do with the remaining smaller sized diapers. She hosted a drive and collected over 1,150 diapers! Now there is a donation box at the North End library where anyone can donate. Read more here.While you’re here …we have a small favor to ask. More people than ever are reading but we need your help making ends meet. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109 or contribute online using the following links:*Make a One-Time Contribution* or *Become a Patron* This week’s top posts on featured property redesigns, businesses, boats, local history and more! Read on below to see the most popular articles from the past week.Walsh Announces Progress on Redesign of City HallMayor Martin J. Walsh announced the comprehensive redesign of the City Hall campus which will include infrastructure improvements to City Hall and the North side of the plaza. Read more here.Another One Bites the Dust: Peet’s Coffee ClosesLast Friday, July 13, Peet’s Coffee on the corner of Salem and Cross Streets closed its doors for good. Staff members attribute the closing to the fact that the store simply had less business during its second year than the first. Read more here.*Advertisement*last_img read more