Deconstructing the Eklutna Dam
September 8, 2017
By Jessica Rohloff – Alaska Business Monthly
Decades after it became obsolete and was abandoned, the lower Eklutna dam is finally being removed. Contruction is ahead of schedule, under budget, and expected to be complete this fall. But it may only be the first step of a two-part process, and part two could prove to be more difficult. “The project is moving faster and going better than anyone expected,” says Brad Meiklejohn, Alaska state director for The Conservation Fund. “Because it’s gone faster, we’ve been able to stay under budget.”
Eklutna River restoration efforts moving forward
September 5, 2017
By Kirsten Swann – Chugiak-Eagle River Star
As the demolition of an abandoned Eklutna River dam moves forward, local utilities, lawmakers and business leaders are talking about the next step in the process – potentially restoring water and salmon to the 22-mile channel.
“This is a long-term project,” said Curtis McQueen, CEO of Eklutna, Inc., one of the many stakeholders in the river’s future. “We believe in balance.”
Eklutna River restoration draws assembly questions, support
August 26, 2017
By Kirsten Swann – Chugiak-Eagle River Star
Returning salmon and water to the Eklutna River will take more than simple addition, according to lawmakers and utility managers.
“We have what kind of boils down to a math problem: How much water do we need to accommodate as many groups as we can?” said East Anchorage assemblyman Forrest Dunbar. “We don’t have that information yet.”
Work on Eklutna Dam Removal Advances
July 6, 2017
By Frank Baker – ECHO News
Work advanced in May and June on removal of a concrete dam on the lower reaches of Eklutna River. Started last summer, de-construction of the dam is the first phase of a $7.5 million project initiated by The Conservation Fund, in partnership with Eklutna, Inc., to rebuild the salmon runs that once existed in the river before 1929 when the dam was built.
Demolition Set to Begin on Eklutna’s “Deadbeat Dam”
June 10, 2017
By Suzanna Caldwell – Alaska Dispatch News
A long-orphaned dam on the Eklutna River is getting demolished after sitting unused for over 60 years.
But there will be no explosives bringing the dam down, nor will there be any wrecking ball smashing the 70-foot-tall concrete structure apart, despite the on-site presence of the state’s largest crane.
Work begins on Eklutna River Dam Removal
June 10, 2017
By Naomi Klouda – Alaska Journal of Commerce
Deconstructing the old dam wedged in an Eklutna River ravine begins this month, a megaproject to eventually help native salmon return to home waters.
The $7.5 million project is funded by the Conservation Fund in a partnership with Eklutna Inc., which is providing the labor, Eklutna CEO Curtis McQueen said June 5 at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Make it Monday Forum.
Deconstruction Begins on Eklutna River Dam
June 8, 2017
By AP via US News
A $7.5 million project to remove a dam in Alaska is set to begin.
The project to deconstruct a dam at an Eklutna River ravine to restore salmon populations on the river begins this month.
The project largely will be funded by the Conservation Fund in a partnership with Eklutna Inc., an Anchorage real estate development company. Eklutna CEO Curtis McQueen said Monday at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce forum it will take a 400-foot (122-meter) crane, the largest in the state, to handle the task of taking down the dam, which was built between 1927-29 by the Anchorage Light and Power Co.
Ernie Turner Recovery Center
May 6, 2017
By Devin Kelly – Alaska Dispatch News
Anchorage-based nonprofit Cook Inlet Tribal Council plans to open a new residential addiction treatment center on a rural, forested tract on the road to Eklutna Lake, a reincarnation of the Ernie Turner Center, located now on busy, noisy Tudor Road.
Called the “Ernie Turner Center — Recovery Journey Program,” the new building will have 16 beds for short-term and long-term addiction patients. CITC is one of the partners on the project, along with Cook Inlet Housing Authority, a nonprofit housing developer, and Eklutna Inc., the Native village corporation and landowner.
Eklutna reaches deal with Anchorage over trash gas and new housing
January 4, 2017
By Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media
The Municipality of Anchorage has reached an agreement with a local Native corporation in a deal that will avoid years of costly litigation for both sides. During a press conference Jan. 4, leaders from both the city and Eklutna Inc. shared details of the multi-part agreement, which include promises of new housing stock, infrastructure and cash for natural gas produced at the Anchorage landfill. Read More…
Anchorage Municipality and Eklutna, Inc. Agree to Settle Landfill Gas Dispute
January 4, 2017
By Amy Armstrong, Echo News
In an effort to mend fences, Eklutna, Inc. and the Municipality of Anchorage on Wednesday announced a historic agreement to resolve a long-standing dispute regarding landfill gas produced at the Anchorage Regional Landfill. Read More…
Eklutna, muni settle gas dispute for $5.75 million
January 4, 2017
By: Matt Tunseth, Chugiak-Eagle River Star
Eklutna Inc. and the Municipality of Anchorage have agreed to settle a dispute over millions of dollars claimed by the Native corporation for natural gas generated at the Anchorage Landfill and sold to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Read More…
Berkowitz, Eklutna Inc. agree on $5.75 million settlement in landfill dispute
04 January 2017
By Liz Raines, KTVA CH 11 News
ANCHORAGE – For years, the Anchorage Regional Landfill, located in Eagle River, has been a legal sticking point in relations between Eklutna’s Native corporation, Eklutna Inc., and the Municipality of Anchorage. Read More…
City to pay Eklutna Inc. $5.75 million in legal settlement over gas sales
04 January 2017
By Devin Kelly, Alaska Dispatch News
The city’s success at turning garbage into gas will cost it nearly $6 million under a settlement of a long-running legal dispute with the Native village corporation for Eklutna, the biggest land holder in the municipality.Read More…
Alaska Native corporation heads dam removal project
23 November 2016
By Ellen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media
An old dam on the Eklutna River is destined for destruction. The dam is on Alaska Native corporation land, and it is hoped that when it comes down, …Click here to read or listen to the full Story or
First Phase of Eklutna Dam Removal Project Completed
23 November 2016
First Phase of Eklutna Dam Removal Project Completed
By Frank Baker, Echo News
The low-pitched drone of bulldozers echoed off the cliffs deep in Eklutna canyon, a place that for decades has remained silent and unvisited by …Click Here to Read More
Protection for Eklutna Village Expanded
09 August 2016
Author: Devin Kelly, Alaska Dispatch News
The Assembly also on Tuesday night unanimously approved an expansion of special zoning regulations for the Native Village of Eklutna on the northern edge of the municipality.
In May 2014, the Assembly created a special zone that eased building restrictions for the village, the only Alaska Native village within Anchorage’s boundaries and the oldest continually inhabited Athabascan site in the region.
The Assembly’s action, pushed for by Assemblyman Bill Starr of Chugiak-Eagle River, gave the tribal council and Eklutna Inc. – a village corporation established under the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act- more control over development in a 802-acre parcel, such as allowing more than one home to be built on a property so several generations can live close to each other.
On Tuesday, the Assembly supported adding another 157 acres to the parcel. The village got the land as a transfer from Wells Fargo Bank in December 2014.
Leaders of the village and of Eklutna Inc. attended the Assembly meeting and expressed gratitude for the measure, saying it will help maintain the character of what Eklutna chief executive Curtis McQueen called a
“breathing, living village of the Dena’ina.”
Watch the clip from the Assembly Meeting Hearing by clicking this link Anchorage Assembly Ordinance No 2016-75 Hearing 08.09.16
‘Deadbeat’ dam due for demolition
04 December 2015
By Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage | December 4, 2015
An old dam on the Eklutna River has blocked salmon runs there for decades. Now, an Alaska Native tribe wants to tear the dam down and restore fish to the river. Read more and listen to the broadcast here
Eklutna steers development
07 October 2015
Native corp’s land-use decisions guided by traditional values, CEO says
BY MARY LOCHNER The Chugiak-Eagle River Star
Of the lands the Eklutna Athabascan people retained through their corporation after the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act in 1971, roughly 90,000 acres remain today within the Anchorage municipality.
The private holdings make Eklutna, Inc. the largest private land owner in the municipality, with a portion of it having already gone to support community growth in Chugiak-Eagle River over the years. Read more here
STAR PHOTO BY MARY LOCHNER – Curtis McQueen, CEO at Eklutna, Inc., points to a map of Chugiak-Eagle River as he talks about the Native corporation’s vision for land stewardship and development.
Artillery Park boasts sleek look, affordable rents
01 October 2015
Artillery Park boasts sleek look, affordable rents
BY MARY LOCHNER
When it comes to space for local businesses, there’s a new kid on the block. Artillery Park, a commercial real estate project of Eklutna, Inc., opened in September with two new store fronts, Odd Man Rush Brewing and Pacific Rim Athletics, already in place. Read more here
Tribal Chief Lee Stephan Delivers Remarks at Opening Plenary of GLACIER Conference in Anchorage. With U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry looking on
31 August 2015
Opening Plenary of GLACIER Conference in Anchorage (YouTube)
Dena’ina roots still run deep in Southcentral Alaska
28 June 2015
BY TIM BRADNER, ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE
PHOTO/MICHAEL DINNEEN/MICHAEL DINNEEN PHOTOGRAPHY
Until recently, few people knew much about Anchorage’s original residents, the Dena’ina.
Settlement of Southcentral Alaska by waves of gold miners, homesteaders, railroad construction workers and, finally, the development of a city at Anchorage, had a steamroller effect in pushing the Dena’ina not only off their lands but out of the consciousness of Alaskans, too. READ MORE
Dena’ina fish camps and culture adapted to founding of Anchorage
03 March 2015
By Anne Hillman, KSKA – Anchorage
(Photo by Anne Hillman, KSKA – Anchorage)
Anchorage is celebrating it’s centennial this year, but the area has been inhabited for centuries longer by the Dena’ina, who still live in the area today. KSKA’s Anne Hillman spoke with Dena’ina historian Aaron Leggett about the area’s past and its future. Read More at Alaska Public Media
MEA AND EKLUTNA, INC. BOARD AND MANAGEMENT COMMEMORATE EGS SUCCESS STORY
11 February 2015
Palmer, AK: On Friday, February 6, 2015, Matanuska Electric Association hosted the Eklutna, Inc. Board of Directors and management team for a tour of the recently completed Eklutna Generation Station.
Following the tour, members of both the MEA and Eklutna leadership met to commemorate the decades
of partnership between the two organizations including the construction of the new power plant on
Eklutna traditional lands purchased by MEA in 2009. The group discussed future partnership possibilities
including an agreement offering Eklutna, Inc. the right of first refusal on potential waste-heat projects at
the power plant.
Curtis McQueen, CEO of Eklutna, Inc. stated that “Eklutna, Inc. has been a stakeholder and partner with
MEA during the development of EGS and the infrastructure to deliver power to MEA’s members. We look
forward to working with MEA on future projects.”
MEA’s Director of Operations, Eddie Taunton, stated, “MEA values this important relationship and thanks
Eklutna, Inc. for their support in this endeavor that will benefit this region for decades to come.”
Eklutna Chief, Lee Stephen, made closing remarks stating, “I’m impressed with this new facility. My greatest wish is for a bright future and better jobs for our children and grandchildren.” The Chief then offered a heart-felt traditional blessing for the plant and its workers.
MEA honored Eklutna’s involvement in the project with commemorative panels in the EGS power plant
lobby as well as a thank you plaque presented to Eklutna, Inc. at today’s meeting.
Construction of the Cook Inlet natural gas fired Eklutna Generation Station began in April of 2013 and
was completed in early 2015. It is a 171mW power plant serving more than 100,000 Alaskan residents
from Eagle River to Talkeetna.
Eklutna, Inc. permanently conserves lands for Shareholder subsistence hunting, fishing, recreation.
04 December 2014
Eklutna, Inc Partners with Great Land Trust on 3 Projects that conserves substantial area the size of 1000 football fields.
December 4th, 2014 – Over 1,000 acres of Eklutna, Inc.-owned land used for subsistence hunting, fishing and berry-picking and containing high-quality salmon habitat and migratory bird habitat is now conserved for future generations of Eklutna people.
Just before Thanksgiving, Great Land Trust and Eklutna, Inc. completed three projects that permanently conserved 1,329 acres of Eklutna, Inc.-owned lands. The lands will remain under Eklutna Inc. ownership and traditional use by Shareholders and public recreation access through permits will continue.
The largest project, located east of Palmer, covers nearly 800 acres in the Jim, Mud and Swan Lake area and is home to excellent wetlands that provide important functions including filtering water, and storm water retention. The project area maintains critical spawning and overwintering habitat for the popular Jim Creek Coho salmon fishery, calving grounds where moose have their young, and rich habitat for wildlife species that make Alaska world-renown, including migratory waterfowl, beaver, swans, moose, bear, and wolves. The region is recognized by the Audubon Society as an Important Bird Area of state significance due to high concentrations of trumpeter swans.
Curtis McQueen, CEO of Eklutna, Inc., stated “We need to balance growth and development of the Valley with land conservation and cultural values. It is an honor to continue to work with Great Land Trust to protect key habitat for our Shareholders and the community, as well as generate revenue.”
The other projects include the “Mink Creek Conservation Project” next to the Glenn Highway near Birchwood and the “Eagle River Greenbelt” near the mouth of the Eklutna River. All three projects were conserved by the sale of a conservation easement, a legal voluntary agreement between a landowner and a land trust that permanently restricts future development and subdivision on all of these lands.
For each project, Great Land Trust is contributing to a fund that is accessible to Great Land Trust and Eklutna, Inc. for land management purposes. Both Great Land Trust and Eklutna, Inc. hope to hire Shareholders to help manage these unique lands.
These three conservation projects join the Eklutna River Estuary, Fire Creek Estuary, and Knik River Islands, three Eklutna projects conserved by Great Land Trust in 2011. Together, GLT and Eklutna have conserved over 7,400 acres of land and waterways that contribute to Southcentral Alaska’s healthy community and strong economy.
Great Land Trust has been working with willing landowners to conserve wetlands and other important lands and waterways in Southcentral Alaska since 1995. Eklutna, Inc. is the largest private landowner in the region and both organizations anticipate more conservation projects in the future. The projects were made possible through a collaborative effort with partners including The Conservation Fund, The Nature Conservancy, CIRI, the Mat-Su Salmon Partnership, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Army Corps of Engineers, NOAA Fisheries, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Sustainable Salmon Fund.
New business buildings under construction
19 November 2014
Artillery Park to open in early spring
Local rents for businesses have risen steeply over the last few years, but a new pair of buildings on Artillery Road in Eagle River will offer more affordable rates, according to Eklutna, Inc. real estate manager Greg McDonald. Read More at Chugiak Eagle River Star…
Interested in Leasing? Click on the Artillery Park Industrial Shop Space tab under Corporate Lands Commercial & Industrial Section.
Wells Fargo to donate 143 acres of land near Eklutna to preserve for future generations
05 June 2014
Protection of land will secure traditional Alaska Native home sites and natural resources sacred to the Dena’ina people
[Eklutna, Alaska, June 5, 2014] – Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is donating 143 acres of land adjacent to the Native Village of Eklutna to The Conservation Fund for permanent land and habitat preservation. The property is located approximately 25 miles northeast of Anchorage, in the heart of Dena’ina Athabascan country where Alaska Native people have lived for thousands of years.
A donation ceremony will take place on June 8 at 2:30 p.m. during the Native Village of Eklutna’s biennial Dena’ina Potlatch celebration in Eklutna. The potlatch also kicks off the National Congress of American Indians mid-year conference slated for June 8-11 in Anchorage.
“We hope families in Eklutna, all Dena’ina people, and all Alaskans enjoy this beautiful land for generations to come,” said Joe Everhart, Wells Fargo Alaska regional president. “This donation is being made to honor the Dena’ina people by returning land that has immeasurable cultural and spiritual value. This donation aligns with Wells Fargo’s goals to be good stewards of the environment and support local communities. We are proud to work with The Conservation Fund and Eklutna, Inc. to protect this land.”
“When we got the word from Joe, we were thrilled and filled with such emotion that it took several days for the news to sink in,” said Curtis McQueen, Eklutna, Inc. CEO. “We are grateful for the vision and respect shown by Wells Fargo toward the Dena’ina people.”
“This land is the centerpiece of an ongoing effort to protect and restore the lands and waters of great cultural and environmental value to the Eklutna people,” said Larry Selzer, president of The Conservation Fund. “We are pleased to work with Wells Fargo and Eklutna, Inc., and we applaud the corporate leadership and community appreciation for this wonderful and important conservation accomplishment.”
The land has cultural and historical significance to the Dena’ina people with traditional semi-subterranean dwellings (nichilq’a in Dena’ina Athabascan) and storage caches identified on the property. They are among the few remaining undisturbed Dena’ina habitations within the Municipality of Anchorage. The area remains a place for traditional subsistence activities such as hunting, fishing, and berry picking. Hills on the property are also revered as sacred grounds where ancestors’ ashes are spread. A unique granite formation on the land was the inspiration for the Native village’s name, Idlughetnu in Dena’ina Athabascan, which means river that flows by two hills.
On June 4, Wells Fargo announced that 54 environmental nonprofits were awarded grants totaling $3 million from the 2014 Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant program. The grants include a total of $125,000 awarded in Alaska to the Anchorage Parks Foundation Youth Employment in Parks (YEP) program, the Alaska Zoo for its polar bear exhibit, and Alaska Pacific University’s Spring Creek Farm in Palmer. The philanthropic grants support projects focused on land and water conservation, energy efficiency, infrastructure, and educational outreach in communities where our customers and team members live and work. This grant program began in 2012 as part of Wells Fargo’s commitment to provide $100 million to environmentally-focused nonprofits and universities by 2020.
About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo has 850 team members in Alaska who serve customers through a network of 57 banking, mortgage and investment offices, and 115 ATMs, in 28 communities.
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 29 on Fortune’s 2014 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives and stories are also available at blogs.wellsfargo.com and at wellsfargo.com/stories.
In 2013, the Company invested $275.5 million in grants to 18,500 nonprofits, and team members contributed more than 1.69 million volunteer hours around the country. A leader in reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions and operating sustainably, Wells Fargo has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership, the Carbon Disclosure Project and the U.S. Green Building Council. Since 2005, Wells Fargo has provided more than $28 billion in environmental finance, supporting sustainable buildings and renewable energy projects nationwide. This includes investments in more than 300 solar projects and 47 wind projects that generate enough clean renewable energy to power hundreds of thousands of American homes each year. For more information, please visit: www.wellsfargo.com/about/csr and the Wells Fargo Environmental Forum.
About The Conservation Fund
At The Conservation Fund, we combine a passion for conservation with an entrepreneurial spirit to protect your favorite places before they become just a memory. A hallmark of our work is our deep, unwavering understanding that for conservation solutions to last, they need to make economic sense. The Fund has worked with Native peoples in Alaska and across the country to help strengthen and preserve their connections to the lands of their ancestors and enhance access to sacred natural resources. A top-ranked charity, we have protected more than more than 7 million acres nationwide, including more than 320,000 acres in Alaska. www.conservationfund.org
Anchorage Assembly Passes Eklutna Overlay District
20 May 2014
Anchorage Assembly Resolution No 2014-141
Anchorage Assembly passes special zoning regulations, protects Eklutna Village
Eklutna Cultural Presentation to Anchorage Assembly 05.16.14
Eklutna 2014 Potlach/Powwow
01 March 2014
We have some exciting news to announce! Through the hard work and successful actions of the Alaska Native Community, the National Congress of American Indians has selected Anchorage, Alaska as the host city for their 2014 Summer Meeting. For most Alaskans that are familiar with AFN which represents all Alaska Tribes, NCAI is AFN on Steroids representing all tribes of the United States, Hawaii & Alaska. An Alaskan committee comprised of multiple tribes led by the Kenaitze, are coordinating the NCAI Event. This group will be recognizing the indigenous tribe of Anchorage, the Eklutna Dena’ina, as the local host.
Coinciding with NCAI, Eklutna, Inc. will be hosting the semi-annual at the traditional village site. This is a very important event for the Native Village of Eklutna. Eklutna, Inc. is a strong supporter of both events and will be working hard to help the Village of Eklutna raise funds for this historic endeavor. We are asking our fellow business partners, associates, and fellow Alaska business to donate monies towards this event. The Village is requesting donations as they prepare for their Bi-Annual Pow-Wow scheduled for June 7 and 8, 2014. The event will be held on Eklutna, Inc. land as it has been for several years. The Pow-Wow grounds are adjacent to the Eklutna gravel pit.
The Pow-Wow is a great opportunity for the community to interact with the native community, Eklutna Village, and various artists, musicians and traditional dancing groups. The Village anticipates as many as 2500 people in attendance over the two-day event. The funds raised will support the purchase of food, transportation for Alaska Native dance groups, and rental equipment. This Pow-Wow will also be a way for the Native Village of Eklutna to share some of its Athabascan traditions and ceremonies with the general public. Parties are working with the Alaska Railroad to provide train rides from downtown Anchorage to the Pow-wow grounds.
Your donations may be sent or hand delivered to the Native Village of Eklutna, 26339 Eklutna Village Road, Chugiak Alaska 99567. Your donations are tax deductible pursuant to the Indian Tribal Government Tax Status Act (26 USC 7871 et seq.). We also encourage you to attend this historical event. Please join me and our Board as we celebrate this cultural event with the Native Village of Eklutna.
*For more information see the Powwow Flyer
A Blueprint for Success
28 February 2014
The Alaska Construction Academies is a program started by the Associated General Contractors of Alaska to attract and train young people to work in construction. They also assist with hands on job training opportunities for individuals fresh from training.
Jacob Ginn is an Alaska Native from Whittier who graduated from this program. He started working for Eklutna Services, LLC on the Whittier Community School Renovation project in 2011, and has worked for us on several projects including PWSCC Wellness in Valdez, King Career Center CTE and the Maintenance and Operations Sand Storage Facility in Anchorage. Jake is featured on page 17 of this year’s A Blueprint for Success: Stories about Alaska Construction Academies Students and Employers in FY14.
We’re proud of Jacob’s success and have linked a copy of A Blueprint for Success.
The training that Jacob received from the Alaska Construction Academies was instrumental in his being hired. We encourage adults or students interested in working in construction to contact the Alaska Construction Academies in Anchorage at 907-569-4704 or on the web at www.alaskaca.org.
Eklutna Real Estate Services (ERES)
01 December 2013
An Article in the December 2013 issue of Alaska Business Monthly by Tom Anderson “ANC Subsidiary Growth: Integrating and innovating business models” featured Eklutna Real Estate Services. For the full article click here
Eklutna, Inc. teams with Davis Constructors
12 June 2013
Planned Gravel Site Partners in Eklutna
Two major forces in Anchorage team up to continue to supply gravel for the Anchorage Market. Eklutna, Inc. the Native Corporation for Anchorage known for being the largest private landowner has teamed with Davis Constructors one of the state’s largest general contractors. Davis is known for building high rise office buildings in Midtown and recently formed a subsidiary called Mass Excavation, Inc. Eklutna, Inc. owns a subsidiary, Eklutna Services, LLC which has become a competitive force in the construction market.
Eklutna, Granite Move Epic Volume of Gravel
01 May 2013
An Article in the May 2013 issue of Alaska Business Monthly by Wesley Loy “Eklutna, Granite Move Epic Volume of Gravel” featured Eklutna’s future Birchwood Industrial Park. For the full article click here