Snowman Banned….In Alaska!



ANCHORAGE, Alaska —  A giant snowman named Snowzilla has mysteriously appeared again this year — despite the city’s cease-and-desist order.

Someone again built the giant snowman in Billy Powers’ front yard in an east Anchorage neighborhood. Snowzilla reappeared before dawn Tuesday.

Powers is not taking credit. When questioned Tuesday afternoon, he insisted Snowzilla just somehow happened, again.

For the last three years, Snowzilla — to the delight of some and the chagrin of others — has been a very large feature in Powers’ yard. In 2005, Snowzilla rose 16 feet. He had a corncob pipe and a carrot nose and two eyes made out of beer bottles.

This year, Snowzilla is estimated to be 25 feet tall. He’s wearing a black stovepipe hat and scarf.

“Have you seen him?” Powers asked when reached by telephone at his home, the sound of excited children in the background. “He’s handsome.”

Snowzilla has consistently risen outside Powers’ modest home. His children — he is the father of seven — collected snow from neighbors’ yards to make the snowman big enough. Each year, Snowzilla got a bit bigger.

Not everybody in the neighborhood liked all the cars and visitors who came to see him.

City officials this year deemed Snowzilla a public nuisance and safety hazard. A cease-and-desist order was issued. The city tacked a public notice on Powers’ door.

City officials said the structure increased traffic to the point of endangerment and that the snowman itself was unsafe.

The mayor’s office on Tuesday issued a statement defending its move against Snowzilla.

“This property owner has repeatedly ignored city attempts to find ways to accommodate his desire to build a giant snowman without affecting the quiet, residential quality of the neighborhood,” said the statement from Mayor Mark Begich’s office. “This is a neighborhood of small homes on small lots connected by small streets. It can’t support the volume of traffic and revelers that are interested in Snowzilla.”

The mayor’s office says Powers appears to run a large junk and salvage operation from his home. He has violated land use codes for 13 years, the city said. He owes the city more than $100,000 in fines and other assessments.

Powers said it is the city that has been difficult, not him.

“I have tried to jump through every goofy hoop they have sent to me. I have never been confrontational and it goes on and on and on and it is so goofy,” he said. “Some of it is unfounded, some is just outrageous.”

The city said it did not expect to take any further action until after Christmas.

Must be a slow winter up there. Maybe it’s all that daylight leakage…..

Sarah, sweetheart, pardon Snowzilla. palinkiss



7 Responses

  1. Hunh. Can’t have kids building a giant snowman and having actual fun up in Alaska? Guess burglarizing dwellings is far more socially acceptable.

    I think Snowzilla is great. Of course, I’ve never personally had a giant snowman collapse on my vehicle, either, so maybe I’m prejudiced towards the kids and snow side.

    Maybe some of y’all in the snow-prone areas should do it. Who knew a snowman would be such a tourist attraction? Perhaps neighborhoods could compete on who could build the biggest snowman with actual cash prizes involved. Charge admission to look at the snowmen.

  2. We have the snow alright. I just don’t quite have the know how. How the heck do you make a 22′ snowman 😕 And how they did it overnight without anyone seeing them is amazing. I guess the law only works 9 to 5 up there.

  3. More’n likely the law is stretched very, VERY thin up there. I bet the county mounties have a helluva county area to patrol!

    Much like your western law enforcers, I imagine.

  4. I’d like to know how the hell they lifted the snowballs.

    Maybe they have some pyramid builders in the family.

  5. Yeah, about the only way to get the law to our area is to call for help, they will say they are busy, say you’ll handle it and jack a round into the chamber. They get here fairly quickly.

    I don’t have a clue as to how they build Snowzilla.

  6. Maybe they dumped a bunch of snow into a bigass box, and carved away the non-snowman parts.

  7. gotta be sumthin like that swampie.

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