Alaska council opposes Army firing range

Posted: Sunday, May 23, 2010

ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage community council has voted unanimously for a resolution against a proposed Army firing range for mortars and howitzers.

The Northeast Community Council voted 24-0 Thursday for a resolution opposing a year-round live firing range on Army land at Fort Richardson east of Muldoon.

The Muldoon site is one of two sites the Army is considering. The second is Eagle River Flats, where live firing already takes place during four months in winter when the ground is iced over.

Ainslie Phillips, who supported the resolution, told The Anchorage Daily News that nobody thought it was a good idea during discussion.

The Basher Community Council has also passed a resolution opposing the idea of a Muldoon-area firing range.

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