Snowzilla Rises Again!

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- 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

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  • by disgusted Location: Bath on Dec 25, 2008 at 03:11 PM
    Next year "the city" will problably just forbid it to snow at all and therefore lies the solution to the problem! GIVE ME A BREAK !
  • by Rosebud Location: Lagrange on Dec 25, 2008 at 07:45 AM
    This has got to be a joke. I wish we could do one here in Lagrange, I think it's wonderful......Merry Christmas....
  • by beblessed Location: gvegas on Dec 25, 2008 at 06:05 AM
    This city council sounds like scroogeville. Who cares it brings a smile to someone's face and they want it torn down.Bahumbug! If the man wants to build a 100ft snowman then let him its his yard not the city's to say what he can and cannot put up...besides its a snowmna for goodness sake he could have a nude picture up all the time.Pick your battles!
  • by BBQ Lover Location: Greenville on Dec 24, 2008 at 11:16 PM
    Let Mr. Powers have his Snowzilla! I think it's great this man has great xmas spirit! The city sounds Scrooge or The Grinch! Go Snowzilla!
  • by Connie Location: Washington on Dec 24, 2008 at 10:12 PM
    You can't do anything to make some people happy! I don't see the harm in making children of any age smile or have that special twinkle in their eyes. We all have to grow-up all to fast. I wish I could build a snowman with my daughters and for that matter anyone else who enjoys being a child for one small moment.
  • by Alison Location: Havelock on Dec 24, 2008 at 04:02 PM
    I totally agree! Why cant he keep it up for a few days and then tear it down. It sounds like they are using the fact that he owes the city money as an excuse to make him tear it down. So much for that Christmas spirit and seeing the kids faces light up!
  • by Keith Location: Greenville on Dec 24, 2008 at 03:10 PM
    Mr. T is right. The city is the one who has the problem. People have accidents all the time even when there is no snowman. If the city is so concerned they should put up a SNOWMAN CAUTION SIGN. People are losing their Christmas Spirit. I wish we had snow here in Greenville so can build a snowman.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Dec 24, 2008 at 12:55 PM
    The city is the ones that need to cease and desist.Who is the mayor, The Grinch? Or it could be Ebenezer Scrooge.

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