ONE LAST LOOK

The cribs at Moe’s Mall, as seen from the upstairs window at Corrington’s Alaskan Ivory, will be gone by month’s end. DL

Moe’s Mall is history
Crib owners to move buildings by end of month

By DIMITRA LAVRAKAS
It was a “cut and dry” situation with the Historic District Commission, but to the owners of the buildings on “Moe’s Mall,” it was the end.
The property is being sold and the tenants have unto the end of this month to move. Although the HDC had its hands tied by regulations that don’t allow the buildings to remain in the Historic District as the non-historical buildings were grandfathered in place, crib owners said their buildings exemplify how Skagway looked in the late 1890s.
“Once again, it shows that the City of Skagway has to look at rewriting it regulations and ordinances,” said Billi Clemm, owner of the Brass Pic. “We should continue to push forth with HDC to encourage Victorian buildings, not false fronts. The buildings would be more attractive with details.”
Clemm also said there should be no restrictions on how small buildings should be, because the larger the building the more it pushes local people out of business.
“I’ll probably be campaigning for those changes,” said Clemm, who will live here year-round.
The Brass Pic will move to her house at Twelfth and Main for work to bring it up to code, she said.
“It’s just all very sad,” Clemm said.
“Carver’s Gallery,” Jack Inhofe and Stathia Annis’ distinctive, driftwood-covered crib moves to his home at Twenty-Second and Alaska.
While Annis said that “business is business,” she said she fears that what is happening in Skagway is what’s already happened in Ketchikan and Juneau – all imported goods and jewelry stores.
“Small businesses are being pushed aside onto the side streets and you can’t make money there,” she said. “It’s kind of sad, and the Park Service has added to it by raising the rents.”
Annis will focus on being a grandmother and pursuing some projects she’s had on the back burner. Inhofe will continue carving and Annis will still turn out her distinctive macramé creations. Their work will be sold at Distinctive Gemstones, where Inhofe will work next summer.
“I think the whole thing stinks,” said Inhofe. “Arctic Brotherhood Hall has sticks and I have to move. There were no codes and guidelines in historical times.”
Inhofe said visitors he’s told about the move have been “distraught.”
All three said they didn’t blame the owner, Mary Lou Moe, and that she’s been very supportive over the years.
All building owners were OK’d to move their buildings off the property at a special HDC meeting Monday night. But as for moving them back onto property in the Historic District, that was not allowed.
Dejon Delights will move to the space between Ellis Hubbard’s old house and the barracks on Fourth Avenue behind Skagway Hardware.
Frank Deramo, co-owner of the Popcorn Wagon, The Unexpected and The Annex, was told he could not move The Unexpected to a site between the Pantheon and the Mountain Shop on Fourth Avenue, because the meeting was only for permission to move it off the site, and he would have to apply to the HDC to move it back.
Sue Deramo said, “That means we have to move the buildings to where we can’t make money, so essentially the buildings are trash.”
Frank Deramo described the chain of events as a “hostile takeover.”
HDC member Nancy Schave urged the commission to look at preventing large buildings from taking over the Historic District.
Chair Casey McBride said the cribs would never have been allowed on Broadway during the gold rush and that they were in alleys or over on Alaska Street.
The next day, McBride said the commission would sit down this winter and try to hammer out some refinements that would see large buildings required to have separate, distinct fronts.
By phone, Moe said, and she wanted to make it clear it was in jest, “The ‘hostile takeover’ will not be complete until the property is empty again.”

SOUTHEAST CHAMP!

Kyle Mulvihill powers to the tape for his second straight SE cross-country title. Coach Gary Trozzo is in the background. Click here for X-C race coverage. Andrew Krueger, Juneau Empire

City’s vehicle resolution goes to Legislature
Aimed at giving seasonal workers temporary permits

Saying that it may be non-controversial in a Legislative session where many are facing election, City Manager Bob Ward said it just may pass.
A resolution to the state, proposed by Councilmember Michael Catsi, to address the vehicle registration and licensing problem of seasonals in Alaska, was passed unanimously by the City Council at its Sept. 18 regular meeting.
For years seasonals have complained that the state’s requirement that they register their vehicles within 10 days of gaining employment and change their driver’s licenses to Alaska has left them legally vulnerable and in limbo with their insurance policies and causes problems at border crossings.
Resolution No. 03-23R calls on the Legislature to pass a law creating a 180-day temporary permit. The cost of the permit would equal the cost of licensing a vehicle for a year as a permanent resident.
Dennis Corrington, who employs seasonal workers, said he was for the measure because it would “unveil voter fraud,” and it would show that the people with this type of registration would not be eligible for the permanent fund dividend.
Tourism Director Buckwheat Donahue said it could be a recommendation to the Alaska Tourism Industry Association and they also could propose it to the Legislature.
“It would have a lot of punch if the city sent a letter as well,” he said. –DL

Cry Wolf

Thor Henricksen holds the black wolf that roamed the area all summer and killed two dogs over the past week. It was taken on his property off Dyea Road about 6:30 a.m. Monday. Although he shot the wolf in season, Henricksen said he didn’t want to do it, but did so after considering the safety of his family. The wolf had been seen in Skagway at night and was reported by several pet owners to have actively played with their dogs and gotten into garbage. Recently it killed a dog across the river and one in Dyea. It had a face full of porcupine quills. - Photo courtesy of Scott Mulvihill

SE to get another transportation plan
HAINES – The Southeast Alaska Transportation Plan, once dubbed “a blueprint for the region’s transportation future in the coming century,” will undergo major changes four years after the plan was completed. The state Department of Transportation announced last week that it will revise the plan to reflect the priorities of Gov. Frank Murkowski, who favors building more roads in the region, including one from Juneau to Skagway.
But some are criticizing the seven-month period set by DOT to complete the rewrite, noting that it will not give communities time to evaluate the proposed changes. Opponents also argue that the state will not be able to capture enough federal money to complete projects that will cost hundreds of millions of dollars.
At the annual meeting of Southeast Conference, an organization that promotes economic development in the panhandle, DOT Project Planner Andy Hughes outlined the timeline for the rewrite, which he said could be done faster with new computerized mapping.
Southeast Conference requested a revised version of the plan from DOT/PF this summer, Hughes said. The rewrite is expected to cost $250,000 or more. – The Juneau Empire

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