Archived Top Stories: 2007

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• January 26, 2007: Police pay raise roundabout: mayor vetoes, council overrides; Ore terminal will soon be back on line; LBC approves decisional statement, dissent; CITY- Jennison resigns council seat, Manager search resumes 'till filled'; SHS hoops: Don Hather Tourney; AP&T 50th birthday photo.

• February 9, 2007: Alan Sorum selected new city manager; Two reconsideration requests before LBC; New clinic funding uncertain; Governor applauds ore terminal agreement; Yukon Quest preview; School drama in February; Girls split again; Robin Lingle obituary.

• February 23, 2007: LBC ruling upheld; City seeks equitable solution to pay scale problem; Hather makes the Hall; New manager to make $90,000; Tom cochran appointed to vacant council seat; A dog's day in the Yukon Quest; Skagway reps visit Russia Far East; "Ditch Day" dramatics; DDF scores big at regionals; Wild basketball finishes in Kake; John Ringen obituary.

• March 9, 2007: City-wide pay raise adopted, for now; No room in Skagway for Alaska travel delegates; More Tongass trails, not roads; CITY: Lease extension denied; School district requests $157,704; DDF Showcase: Team's powerful performance wins praise from Marshall Islands; SHS basketball teams get ready for tourney time.

• March 23, 2007: Borough election by mail set for June 5; Another step taken toward pay scale resolution; Buckwheat Ski Classic turns 21; Clinic tops C.I.P. list for state; Russians make it as far as Juneau; Boa, friendly barbs for Bob Ward's finale, related editorial; Panther hoop teams wind up season.

• April 6, 2007: Possessory interest adjustmens ahead for all government leases; Skagway says "no" to vote on limiting benefits; Value of "trophy lots" in land sale worry potential local buyers; Draft school duget reviewed; Ferry system advisory board given new life; DDF kids interview Marshallese Sen. Juda; Buckwheat Ski Classic story, photos and results. Obituaries: Charlene Matthews, John Feero, Amy Flint.

• April 20, 2007: LBC staffer chided for letter to Dept. of Justice; Corless moving on to Michigan park; John Binkley: cruise lines reaching out; School submits $1.884 million budget; City covers school shortfall; Return of Heard on the Wind and Fish This!

• May 11, 2007: Gov. Palin visits first Alaska home; Borough election preview; No sunset for Dyea Flats tours; Million dollar Rapuzzi Collection acquisiton complete; House acts on amended 'dislosure bill', tour vendors get restraining order; Clean Sweep; Sports Shorts - Hather joins hall, track team forms, KCIBR & YRQ registration deadlines near; Heard on the Wind.

• May 25, 2007: Empress of the North passengers ferried to safety; Borough election cleared by DOJ; Special borough election forum- assembly candidates debate local issues, mayoral candidates talk community; Graduation days; SHS awards; Track team scores at regionals; Fish This!; Obituary - Blodwen Reed.

• June 8, 2007: Borough passage assured, mayor's race too close to call; Mill rate drops with help from state, budget still over $4 million; Dahl clinic receives big grant; Rock climbers trek up canal to Skagway; Concentrating on the ore terminal, new building takes shape; Rail access to Carcross returns; Three Rivers Travese begins in Skagway; Obituaries - Barbara McNeil, Cheryl Benze.

• June 22, 2007: Cochran holds on to defeat Bourcy; Flying finale - Skagway Air shuts down June 30; Kariel Young transferred to Seattle after accidental shooting; Power rates going up; Lake Bennett track washout short-lived; CITY- No third reading of budget; Senator heads to Skagway; CVB exchanges rates; Pedal to the Medal - KCIBR feature, Cycling on the job; Native plants and baskets and Fran Delisle Cancer Awareness Walk-a-thon photo feature; Fish This with Larry Csonka; Heard on the Wind.

• July 6, 2007: 'Rainy day fund' used to bring back school music; Sen. Murkowski turns 50 on Chilkoot; Gov. Palin cuts $600,000 in local projects; New passport rules at U.S. border suspended, for now; City- New clinic design avoids creek, Longer payscale sunset for employees; Skagway Air finale; Fourth of July 2007 favorites; Solstice and softball; Heard on the Wind; Obituaries: Margaret Grisham, Tim Rahmn.

• July 20, 2007: Skagway's Spirit Bear photo; Ore trucks unload copper at terminal; Municipality of Skagway reorganizes as a borough; SPD, borough try to address complaints about bike tours on highway; Flooding closes Chilkoot for a day; Belisle takes helm of new school board; Skagway Summer Camp feature; Fish This! Jinxed; Golfers streak on at WhiSky Cup; Chico's takes Dustball B; Heard on the Wind.

• August 10, 2007: Teamsters take contract dispute with WPYR public; High Yukon lake levels force suspension of Carcross train; Boorough seeks public input on proposed ballot props, land sale; Problem bears, protected bears; yukon ports study looks at big numbers, improvements; New KGRNHP spuerintendent will come from Glacier Bay; Derby first weekend; Plumbers take coed championship; Seale, Rowe, Run 4 Fun win divisions in Yukon Trail Marathon; Obituary: Ralph Fuller; Heard on the Wind.

• August 24, 2007: UTU local approves contract, Teamster, WPYR meeting with fed mediator; Skagway teen rescued after father, firend die in plane crash; Mayor breaks tie to place seasonal sales tax on ballot; Moe's porcupine; Thin candidate list; Clinic bond on ballot; Land lottery passes; Assessors show how it's done; Flower and Garden Show highlights; Fish This! seeks quiet; Pat Moore Gamefish Derby photos and results; Pullen poachers; Protection for 'spirit bear'; Coss-country preview; Heard on the Wind; Obituary: Steve Wilson.

• September 9, 2007: Music returns to Skagway School; Moe's to close Sept. 27; State assessor urges re-evaluation; FTA says new bus barn location OK; Some progress in Teamsters negotiations; Britney makes 'Heard on the Wind'; Klondike Road Relay silver anniversary; Cross-country;

• September 21, 2007: Municipal election preview - Bond issue support sought for clinic, Splitting the sales tax hand a question of what's 'due', Candidate statements; SE Conference report on transportation: desires vs. money; Historic feature: Memories of Moe's before last call; Bears join runners for Klondike Road Relay; Fish This! - Falling into place; Skagway girls win local meet; Box of Rocks results; Heard on the Wind.

• October 12, 2007: Clinic bond, sales tax split propositions pass; incumbents win; Sticker shock: rifle range estimate $457,000; Minto Mine goes commercial, first ship due soon; Last look at Moe's on last night; Skagway X-C girls second in region, fourth in State; DDF students place in first meet; Obituary: Carol Nelson; Heard on the Wind season finale.

• October 26, 2007: Return of the bulk haul port (ore ship photo); Port planning kick-off, Bourcy to chair committee; Long ride home for Skagway soldier Evern Dorn; Does a bear ---- in the garden?; Moe's building plans, mural unveild; Interview with KGRNHP Supt. Susan Boudreau; Hungry wrestlers grab wins in Hoonah.

• November 9, 2007: Another record year for WP&YR; Teamsters approve rail contract; Engine 114 returns; Juneau Access estimate jumps to $374 million; Borough- Where to park, assembly rejects appeal; School- count higher than expected; Volleyball, soccer shoot, intramural finals.

• November 23, 2007: Skagway firls' performances impress Marshallese; Trailer fire a mystery; 'Good Neighbors' organize respite care; Harris doubles up on awards; Ideas churn at school community forum; Wrestling and volleyball winners.

• December 7, 2007: Brown bear shot in hillside neighborhood; Food bank needs money; Borough capital projects prioritized; School Board goals finalized; Panther spikers take second in region; DDF team places in Ketchikan.

• December 21, 2007: Shining On: Crossing a mountain of tradition; Rasmuson Foundation gives $800,000 for clinic construction; Affordable housing issue needs more input, town meeting set; Blaine Mero honored with Helen B. Clark Award; Yuletide photos; Sports - Etue earns trip to State; Volleyball team posts wins at State; Boyd Worley Jr. High Tourney; Obituaries - Gerald Revis, Ted Tidwell.

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