Governor Sean Parnell today signed legislation in North Pole naming two Chena River bridges and a road corridor in Wasilla after notable Alaskans.
House Bill 94, sponsored by Representative Doug Isaacson, names the southbound and northbound Chena Flood Channel bridges after two of North Pole's most notable residents, Conrad "Con" Miller and Nellie Miller.
"These great Alaskans have had a tremendous impact on their communities and our state as a whole," Governor Parnell said. "Con and Nellie Miller lived a true "rags to riches' story, having arrived in Alaska with less than two dollars, and going on to not only create a thriving business, but contributing to the community as civic leaders."
The Chena Flood Channel Crossing northbound bridge is now named the Nellie 'the original Mrs. Claus' Miller Bridge and the southbound bridge is now named the Con 'the original Santa Claus' Miller Bridge.
The bill also designates a portion of East Blue Lupine Drive in Wasilla as the Lowell J. Ray Memorial Corridor. Mr. Ray was a longtime member of both the U.S. Navy and Air Force, and later served as the lead technician on the critically important DEW line radar system during the Cold War.
"Lowell Ray served our state and nation honorably as a member of our military and as a civilian," Governor Parnell said. "As commander of the Palmer American Legion Post 15 and the many other service organizations he was involved with, Lowell left a lasting impression on his community and fellow Alaskans."