2014 online editions
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TOP STORIES - • Thought Bots win Juneau Jamboree • Water now free of coliforms, safe to drink • Man indicted with tampering with witness after arrest in October on assault charges • Board of Appeals denies Raptor tour in Liarsville subdivision • BOROUGH DIGEST: Assembly says no to paying extra $221,000 for new core drilling team; Assembly sends back AIDEA lease with changes; Port Commission recommends the adoption of AIDEA lease; Senior Ad Hoc committee gives the go for feasibility study; Trapping resolution removed from agenda. • SPORTS & REC: Basketball teams prepare for a season of rebuilding skills. • OBITUARY: Earl Deater.
TOP STORIES - • Gateway project to require extra $221,000 for new drilling team after plans fall through • Board of Appeals grants National Historical Park’s variance request; Public Safety Facility committee discusses design with contractors; AMG awaiting approval for raptor tour in Liarsville.• BOROUGH DIGEST: Assembly postpones discussing AIDEA lease; PGateway RFP Issued; Finance Committee puts Rec Center expansion on hold, discusses pool; Requested funding for Harbor Facility; Clinic approved to hire benefits specialist • SPORTS & REC: Panthers lose to Metlakatla and Wrangell at regionals; Wrestling team competes with only two in Haines; Robotics team prepares for Juneau Jamboree.
TOP STORIES - • Affordable Care Act enrollment available until Feb. 15; Dahl Memorial Clinic to offer assistance in enrolling • Community embraces differences and helps young student to thrive. BOROUGH DIGEST: P&Z approves AMG raptor tour at Mile 7; Port Commission discusses governance; Gateway Project design plans to start soon; Senior committee ends contract with North Wind Architect.• SCHOOL REPORT: ADA walkway fire exit; Harlem Ambassadors coming to town; Hour of code ;Membership report. • SPORTS & REC: Panthers beat Haines in seeding tournament.
TOP STORIES - • Local hunter shoots bear on east side of railroad tracks. • Philadelphia jazz musicians bring their tunes to Skagway; Public Works discusses possibilities for the future. • Opponents outweigh supporters during Juneau Access hearing. • Arizona pit bull finds solace with Skagway family. • 2014 General Election too close to call; Begich won’t concede to Sullivan, Walker maintains lead over Parnell. • BOROUGH DIGEST: NPS easement causes stir; Rezoning in Dyea; Capital Improvements projects;CPV project funding.• SCHOOL REPORT: Skagway School named an Alaska Reward School; Spelling Bee; School surveillance; New hires. • ARTS BEAT: Maria in the Shower; Silversmithing; CHICAGO. • SPORTS & REC: Boyd Worley Tourney; Panthers win against Sitka; Wrestling team plays in Juneau. • OPINION: Open letter to our governor elect: road vs. ferry.
TOP STORIES - •2014 General Election Forum; Candidates for governor, House District 33, U.S. Senate & Rep., and ballots. • Philadelphia jazz musicians bring their tunes to Skagway. • Juneau Access - the ferry option. • Municipal election is a close call, but certified results still the same; Henry and Grieser elected to assembly, Cosgrove and Tidlow to School Board. • O’Daniel wins Helen B. Clark service award at Elks; Kim Burnham receives special recognition • BOROUGH DIGEST: Port Commission asserts ownership of ferry float; Proposal for Gateway geotech project award; NPS Easement request; Senior lunch in need of funding. •ARTS BEAT: Ukelele Orchestra; Steve Giordano and Bob Meashey in Concert; Winter Workshops; Canvas and Cocktails; Arts Coucil Raffle. • SPORTS & REC: Panthers keep spirit up after Wrangell loss.
TOP STORIES - •Split vote on how to pay for Public Safety Facility, election results too close to call wit absentee ballots still being counted; Henry, Grieser lead assembly.• Local businesses discuss needs for Gateway Project. • The road to Juneau and what it could mean for Skagway and SE Alaska. Representative Sam Kito visits Skagway, talks with citizens about concerns and issues, with entertainment from Skin and Bones and Fogatron. • BOROUGH DIGEST: Carson Dorn awarded Water Well #4; Sod laying party for Outdoor Arts Facility; Consideration to rezone along the Dyea Road. •ARTS BEAT: Sod Party Saturday; Fall fest concert, workshops; Zombie Walk coming soon. • SPORTS & REC: Foote takes third at regionals, girls run twice to avoid bear; Panthers prepare to face Haines in scrimmage; Wrestling team loses state qualifier, still up for challenge.
TOP STORIES - • State sticks with road in revised Juneau Access SEIS; public hearings next month. •Local clinic benefits from federal health grant. • Area study aims to track migration patterns of bats for the first time. • Positive outlook for tourism in 2015, French ship added to roster • BOROUGH DIGEST: Outdoor arts facility project delayed again; SMART up for renewal; Chances of larger caboose on Railroad Dock causes stir. • 2014 MUNICIPAL ELECTION FORUM: Meet the candidates for the October 7 election • SCHOOL REPORT: School becomes a Pearson VUE test center,Teacher evaluation standards, FY2014 Policy updated, New hires • SPORTS & REC FEATURE: SHS runners at regionals Sat., three top 10 finishes in jr. high race in Juneau. • FISH THIS: Pausing for patience. • HEARD ON THE WIND: No Skags here...
TOP STORIES - • SATP slammed; residents decry road plans by DOT. • Big bond issue, sales tax increase on ballot. • Photo report: Ship scrapes Broadway Dock catwalk • Senator Murkowski hears about PO, border issues, checks out the school. BOROUGH DIGEST: Tidelands lease goes back to negotiating table; Herbicide ordinance passes, limits set on uses. • KLONDIKE ROAD RELAY: KRR fund for most, grueling for the inaugural ultras. ARTS BEAT: Aerial 'Elements' presentation; SAC annual meeting Sept. 21; October arts events; Piano Sundays at library; From Skagway with love: Smedleys raising funds for trip to Russia next summer. • SPORTS & REC FEATURE: Foote, Cox, Jensen run strong in early X-C races; PHOTO REPORT: Kids Run for Paws & Claws. • NATURE'S NUGGETS: What to do about winter. • HEARD ON THE WIND: Store front and tour beat wind...
TOP STORIES - • Five-star school rating for Skagway; Better attendance moves local district into top tier of Alaska schools • Compromise reached on herbicide limits. • Races ahead for assembly, school board candidates. BOROUGH DIGEST: Voters could see bonding prop. on October ballot; Rapuzzi Committee begins work; Tribal wildlife grant support. • STATE ELECTION NEWS: Primary results from Skagway; Tom Williams challenges State Sen. Dennis Egan. SCHOOL REPORT: Sen. Murkowski to visit; Aide sought for pre-school; Coach hired, more needed. ARTS BEAT: African Children's Choir performs; SE State Fair winners; MFB fall grant period opens. • SPORTS & REC FEATURE: Klondike Road Relay, SHS Cross Country previews. • FISH THIS!: A gathering of friends who also fish. • HEARD ON THE WIND: Many tour ramblings... Photo: Assembly gets iced for ALS.
TOP STORIES - • Broken rod at switch caused train derailment; WP&YR down 3 days • Second big summer earthquake causes ACS service outage; cable fully repaired within four days • West Creek Hydro MOU approved with more borough control, public vote requirement • AIDEA meeting sets parameters for Gateway Project • Recent deer sightings in area surprise locals, ADF&G. BOROUGH DIGEST: Candidate filing update; Municipality sends letter to ACS about poor service; New fines for alcohol, noise, ATV parking; Assembly approves additional Skagway School funding. • HISTORICAL ARTS FEATURE: Journey of the Tlingits, uniting the kwáans by canoe • SPORTS & REC FEATURE: Yukon River Trail Marathon report. • NATURE'S NUGGETS: Mosquitoes: the necessary nuisance. • HEARD ON THE WIND: Wind on the water....
TOP STORIES - • • Car slides into lake after train derails on summit; No serious injuries among 23 taken to clinic. • Assembly delays herbicide ordinance vote till Aug. 21. • Study confirms Haines-Skagway ferry run has highest per mile fare in system; Juneau Access SEIS delayed further. • AIDEA Board to discuss Gateway Project in Skagway. • Engine 52 gets a new home.. BOROUGH DIGEST: P&Z to review conditional use permits; Assembly considers abandoning easement for White Pass; New fines for alcohol consumption, noise, ATV parking. • SPORTS & REC FEATURE: Amak Towing takes Skagway Softball crown again. • FISH THIS! by Andrew Cremata: A place in time. • HEARD ON THE WIND: Wind gathering from Skagway to Ketchikan... OBITUARIES: Margaret Brown, Phil Bruehler.
TOP STORIES - • • Flooding threat, rockslide on 4th disrupt travel, parade marches on • Municipality buys 15 acres for public works, RV park • Anti-herbicide ordinance on move, railroad suspends spraying • Medevac merger consolidates insurer, carrier • Student produced app helps visitors identify cultural, natural resources in Dyea. • Skagnificent Six finish 7th overall in Yukon River Quest. BOROUGH DIGEST: Gateway project designer picked; Safe water, proper signage; North gateway arch proposed. • SPORTS & REC FEATURES: Pat Moore Memorial Game Fish Derby winners all bring in king salmon over 20 pounds. • ARTSBEAT - SE State Fair now accepting entries; new mixing board unveiled at Solstice (photo).• • NATURE NUGGETS by Drew Foulis: Wild native plants of Skagway; SIMMERIN' FOOD by Scott Home: Bright-eye omelet and diverse Dyea delights. • HEARD ON THE WIND: A Far-sighted from afar... OBITUARY: Timothy "Sonny" Twitchell.
TOP STORIES - • Assembly reviews complaints of herbicide use; White Pass pusheds back spray date to late July • Municipality buys 15 acres for public works, RV park • Lack of licensed firework technician for July 3 night • Marathon sees rookies, veterans and rain • Skagway makes appearance at Yukon River Quest. BOROUGH DIGEST: Assembly amends fine totals; FY14 budget amendments approved; Trapping ordinance could be back on table in future. • SPORTS & REC FEATURES: Dust Ball champs! Kluane-Chilkat: Skagway women's relay team pleasantly surprised with result of bike race. • FISH THIS! by Andrew Cremata: The Birth of a Spot. • HEARD ON THE WIND: A whopper of a story while fishing... OBITUARY: Cody Ellingson.
TOP STORIES - • White Pass moves forward with spraying herbicide; health concerns persist about chemicals being used • Trapping rules pass Assembly, but differences remain • West Creek MOU deferred after submission by AP&T • Quake shakes and wakes residents • Local captain injured in Haines rollover. ELECTION NEWS: Mallott returns to Skagway as candiadate. BOROUGH DIGEST: Assembly approves budget; Fines to be given for unplanned RR Dock graffiti. ARTS FEATURE: North Words kudos for Winchester, participant-author workshops. • SPORTS & REC FEATURES: Nearly 100 residents walk to support cancer detection, treatment; T-Ball Time (photos). • NATURE'S NUGGETS (new column by Drew Foulis): Skagway's temporary residents. • HEARD ON THE WIND: Pants insecurity and a visiting jokester... OBITUARY: Paul Knapp.
TOP STORIES - • Brief daycare closure highlights growing need for services • HDC changes promised after heated appeal • Gatewat Project engineering goes out to bid • Draft tidelands lease gets first review • STATE NEWS: LeConte passes test, ferry service returns (photo). BOROUGH DIGEST: Assembly advances trapping ordinance; School budget approved. • SCHOOL REPORT: Outcalt hired as fifth-sixth grade teacher; New dismissal time and preschool schedule. • SPORTS & REC: Outstanding SE meet for SHS track and field team; Goebel, Wassman multiple event winners; relay team off to State (updated results). • FISH THIS! by Andrew Cremata: First Trout; first salmon (photo) • HEARD ON THE WIND: Moments of angst among early visitors.
TOP STORIES - • Ferry service to resume Sunday, May 4. • Forester convicted by jury, despite victim's pleas. • Vandal arrested after rampage around Skagway • STATE NEWS: Bridge, harbor funds pass Legislature; Political season's first visitor is U.S. Senate hopeful Dan Sullivan.BOROUGH DIGEST: Municipality to further discussion with AP&T on West Creek hydro; AP&T customers testify on rate increase; West Creek plan adopted. • SCHOOL REPORT: Fielding chosen Teacher of Excellence; School hires two teachers, waiting on third; Students enjoy Smithsonian program. • ARTSBEAT: Gordon Tentrees returns May 24; Reality TV casting opportunity. • HEARD ON THE WIND: Newsies for Mayor!
TOP STORIES - • New postmaster Franks begins position next week. • Hahn signs big contract, settles in. • Student's voice heard loud and clear: raise SBA. • After trapper primer by ADF&G, committee goes to work on rules. • Haines and Yukon Railway forms after study released. • BOROUGH DIGEST: First reading of FY2015 budget passes; West Creek area plan closer to becoming part of 2020 comp. plan; SMART still not allowed to advertise on buses as part of contract. • ARTSBEAT: PBicycle building workshop and BORFEST; Art Show, Folkfest, Spring Concert photos. • FISH THIS!: First impressions by Andrew Cremata. OBITUARY: Chris Wick.
TOP STORIES - • Scott Hahn accepts borough manager job; contract details to be released upon signing, Hahn due to start work on April 21. • Yukon firm looking at port for shipping oil from Eagle Plains • Medevac membership legislation on move • BOROUGH DIGEST: Gateway Project RFP to go out this month; Muni. supports new winter ferry schedule; Assembly eyes 15-acrew parcel for recycling, solid waste facility. SCHOOL REPORT: Coughran signs new 3-year superintendent contract; School submits $2.478 million operating budget; Calendar approved for 2014-15. ARTS FEATURE: Kendall Nordin shows art in Anchorage. • ARTSBEAT: Peter Pan Production Photos; Artists in Residence coming in April; Spring Art Show, Folk Festival next weekend; Artists selected for Chilkoot Trail residency. • SPORTS & REC: Twenty-two students on track team.
TOP STORIES - • AP&T files for West Creek FERC permit; Tying up land for three years while muni. decides what to do • Assembly discusses need for a municipal Internet policy; Discussion at assembly table centered around proper use of social media • Last manager interview this week • West Creek area, NPS Dyea plans get their hearings, more input • Fire forces Skagway family out; No cause of fire yet, SFD rules out arson, electrical wiring during initial look. • BOROUGH DIGEST: Assembly looking to purchase 10 acres across the river for public works building; Cost of living increase struck down at table, assembly could look at smaller amount; Trapping ordinance tabled till May, Alaska Fish and Game to give presentation in April. SCHOOL REPORT: High school students discuss what they want to see in Skagway School budget; Leprechaun run results. SPORTS FEATURE: Lots of ‘firsts’ in this year’s Buckwheat Ski Classic; Circus theme brings lots of colorful, crazy costumes. • ARTSBEAT: McGraw/Fer in concert at Elks Friday, April 4; Sixth annual Spring Show of Winter Work now accepting submissions; International Folk Festival moving to Eagles this year; MFB Fund Scholarship application period opens; Student ukes on display at public library. • OPINION:Free speech protection are sacred, even when posted back and forth.
TOP STORIES - • Healy still has MOU concerns; AIDEA watching developments closely, eyes post-2023 lease • Cruise ships down a couple thousand passengers for 2014; Overnight stays in Skagway should increase with highway lodge closures • ARCS signal not getting any better. • BOROUGH DIGEST: Lap pool added to rec. center expansion design; Manager selection committee narrows search down to three; Conservation Ad Hoc group inspects buildings. ARTS FEATURE: Two big awards for Team Alaska at Rendezvous; Carving demo at Log Cabin Saturday in preparation for BSC’s circus theme. • ARTSBEAT: Fifth annual North Words Writers Symposium features faculty of top writers; keynote author: Simon Winchester (latest title: The Men Who United the States). • SPORTS & REC.:Great start by Panther teams fizzles in SE 1A tourney semis, consolation round; despite no trip to State, both teams satisfied with winning seasons.
TOP STORIES - • MOU details examined: Former borough manager writes letter that forces deeper look into Muni./White Pass MOU terms • Dyea Road expansion project to start after given the OK • Kito starts representative duties; Legislature to tackle Juneau Access funding, education • Changes in works for Dyea with updated NPS area plan • BOROUGH DIGEST: Trapping ordinance postponed again, ADF&G to give trapping presentation; Board of Appeals decision allows historic corner doors to move back to center of building; Power company protests all municipal petitions to intervene in tariff proceedings. SCHOOL REPORT: Two Skagway teachers to leave after this year; School board adopts goals for next year; Science Fair photo report. • ARTSBEAT: WMusic in March-April, play trip on tap. • SPORTS & REC.:Four senior players recognized at last Skagway home game; Ski Club returns next two Saturdays, meet at Rec Center. • OBITUARIES: Peter W. Sparks.
TOP STORIES - • Explaining the MOU; Mayor, Henry, Finlayson tell public about agreement; some still want cost/benefit study • Springtime in January before cold comeback • Recent ferry cancellations test patience of residents • Aquabots moving on; third place finish earns robotics team trip to Toronto • BOROUGH DIGEST: Trapping ordinance tabled for edits; Dave Hunz removed from Port Commission ex-officio spot; Board of Appeals denies request to re-plat lots. SCHOOL REPORT: Board discusses goals; Fielding selected AP reader; Hather Wall of Fame nominations welcome. • ARTSBEAT: Winter Film Festival, Poetry Out Loud winner, upcoming events. • SPORTS & REC.: Panthers earn big wins on island; Buckwheat Ski Classic 2014: "Life is a Circus" • OBITUARIES: Robert A. Dahl.
TOP STORIES - • Assembly approves MOU with White Pass for new waterfront lease; Port Commission has concerns; ordinance for special election next step in process • AP&T request for 18 percent rate hike suspended • Rep. Beth Kerttula resigns House seat • Skagway student combines love of writing, dogs in magazine story • BOROUGH DIGEST: Manager candidate list whittled to 3-5; Proposed West Creek shooting ordinance nixed; Juneau firm chosen for Rec. Center design work. • SPORTS & REC.: SHS hoops teams begin season with victories • ARTSBEAT: Upcoming classes and events. • OBITUARIES: Candice Wallace, John Poljacik, Jim Hester.