Archived Top Stories: 2009

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December 23, 2009 (Vol. XXXII, No. 23) Top Stories

• ?Town weighs forming 'Skagway Medevac Fund'; Guardian Flight-Apollo MT relationship unresolved; carrier addresses high costs• ?Princess switch 'a wash'; Ryndam a loss for 2011 • Paws & Claws' Katherine Moseley receives 2009 Helen B. Clark Award for Skagway volunteer service. And....OBITUARY: Skagway loses the one and only Benny Lingle; BOROUGH: ?Crossing that bridge: Taiya project slated for Sept. 2010; Sale signage ordinance back before assembly; tax holiday extended.; SCHOOL: ?Community Forum scheduled for January; SPORTS & REC.:? Panthers second at State Volleyball; Etue goes 1-2 at State Wrestling; High hopes for SHS hoop teams. PHOTO FEATURE: Yuletide Colors.

December 11, 2009 (Vol. XXXII, No. 22) Top Stories

• Budget crunch ahead for Skagway School; district looking at 75-79 kids next year • Local effort underway to insure all residents for Guardian medevacs • Oral history project kicks off with first round of interviews. And....BOROUGH: Rasmuson Health Center nearing substantial completion; Treatment plant engineering to HDR; Tone of follow-up letter to Corps questioned.; SCHOOL FEATURES: ‘Fire & Ice’ project mobilizes art class; Second place for robotics team in Juneau. SPORTS & REC.: Skagway upsets Klawock, but SE volleyball championship eludes Panthers; Etue gets back to State Wrestling Tourney. PHOTO FEATURE: Yuletide Beginnings.

November 25, 2009 (Vol. XXXII, No. 21) Top Stories

• 'Economic triage' looms; Guardian founder, insurer respond to complaints about costly medevacs; • Borough responds to WP&YR concerns over Gateway permit; • Writer plays dream host for 'Skagway Jeopardy' • Skagway restoration carpenter Don Corwin wins state historical award. And....BOROUGH: SFD job descriptions; Assembly gets SMART; Library mulls expansion; SCHOOL: Board learns more about Virtual High School; Eighth graders may get math credit; SPORTS & REC.: Mayo takes second, Ellis third in first DDF meet; Volleyball team second in seeding tourney, hosts regionals Dec. 4-5. OBITUARY: Nancy Schave.

November 13, 2009 (Vol. XXXII, No. 20) Top Stories

No place to park for campers, RV travelers?; Municipal employees earn state honors; Workout program works out for seniors • And.... BOROUGH: Assembly teleconferencing passes easily; No West Creek grant this year; SCHOOL: District hires Teagan Baldwin as DDF coach; Board approves Petersburg virtual tour; SPORTS & REC.: Etue takes division in Wrangell; Intramural championship night and honor roll; Yukon River Quest registration opens; OBITUARY: Nancy K. Schave.

October 30, 2009 (Vol. XXXII, No. 19) Top Stories

School Board reinstates DDF; community support, suggestions save program; AP&T elevates Schubee Lake as hydro alternative to Connelly Lake - West Creek, Dayebas also mentioned; Skagway Library now taking passport applications • And.... BOROUGH: Assembly teleconferencing passes first reading; Power taxations opinions fly at meeting; SCHOOL: District count: 89.5 students; Skagway still No. 1 in Alaska test scores; SPORTS & REC.: Skagway wrestlers get in win column at home meet; Volleyball team scores wins in Juneau, Hoonah.

October 9, 2009 (Vol. XXXII, No. 18) Top Stories

National honors for old Broadway: one of this year's 10 American Great Streets; 2009 Municipal Election Results: Mayor reelected; Hunz, Cochran, Reichert mount big leads; no contest for school board candidates; DDF in limbo: only one full-time student may force program cut; AP&T, assembly agree town meeting next step for West Creek hydro idea • And.... BOROUGH: Teleconferencing reconsidered; Jay Frey Recreation Bridge; Sales tax exemptions spike; SPORTS & REC.: Wilson repeats as SE champ on stress-fractured foot; Girls take second in region, fifth in state; OBITUARY: Kurt Kosters.

September 25, 2009 (Vol. XXXII, No. 17) Top Stories

Cruise lines sue state, claim $46 of $50 head tax is unconstitutional; Hey Mickey, meet Soapy; Disney calls first in Skagway in 2011; TIGER grant submitted, total Gateway request jumps to $117 million; Final bow for Jim 'Soapy' Richards; 2009 Municipal Election Forum; Klondike Road Relay Gallery and Local Results • And.... BOROUGH: Sewer treatment plant top pririty; SCHOOL: Skagway qualifies for 'migrant students,' too late to apply for $19,000 this year; SPORTS & REC.: SHS runners take aim at regionals; Wilson, Jensen top small schools field in Ketchikan after finishing second at home; Box of Rocks results; OBITUARIES: Lou Caposey, Jackie Budd; FUN STUFF: Final Heard on the Wind and Fish This of the season.

September 11, 2009 (Vol. XXXII, No. 16) Top Stories

Crystals Cruises announces return to Alaska in 2011; No wintertime teleconferencing for assembly; Passport Fair Saturday in Skagway; Still king of the egg tossing world; Fire Dept. reorganization tentatively approved; Garage Gateway: Brad Thoe's creation turns heads at entry to 'Skagua, Home of the North Wind' • And.... BOROUGH: Wastewater treatment plant upgrade estimates double; West Creek area planning begins; SPORTS & REC: Skagway hosts XC meet; Seven local teams in Klondike Road Relay; Rec. Roundup. FUN STUFF: Heard on the Wind.

August 28 , 2009 (Vol. XXXII, No. 15) Top Stories

Second quarter revenues fall only slightly, sunny weather helps tour numbers; Port differentiations: PCC decides not to submit amended proposal to finish grant application, port committee will seek help from SDC, others; Three candidates interested in one-year assembly seat, write-in challgnes for three-year seat; Electric bills increase in September, more info. needed before assembly discusses regional power intertie; Skagway assemblyman elected chair of ferry advisory board; • And.... SCHOOL: Reporet card distributed, superintendent's wife hired, McCormick explores funding options for 'migrant students'; BOROUGH: Cruise initiative review requested, state left to regulate misleading signs; SPORTS & REC: Cross country teams open season at Sitka, fresbee photo and disc golf winners; FUN STUFF: Fish This and Heard on the Wind.

August 14 , 2009 (Vol. XXXII, No. 14) Top Stories

Economic Summit focuses on bringing cruise ships back to Alaska; Pricey flights out: Doubling up on medevac passengers doesn't lower Guardian Flight's price; Port Committee making headway with draft ordinance, fed grant application; Taylor resigns from committee, continues work on Gateway Project; Winter hours at Skagway border shortened; • And.... SCHOOL: New superintendent on the job; BOROUGH: Go-ahead for clinic purchases, Cruise tax resolution discussion tabled to work session; PHOTO FEATURE: Annual OES Flower & Garden Show; SPORTS: B&S reclaims coed softball crown; OBITUARIES: Wendell Fogliani, Tag Eckles; FUN STUFF: Heard on the Wind.

July 24 , 2009 (Vol. XXXII, No. 13) Top Stories

Two problem bears gone; Looking for change - industry reps. say future bleak for Alaska cruises; cruise reps. discuss compliance with 2006 regs.; Whale caught in local crab trap; Kasidaya dedication celebrates green future, Tlingit namesake; New Eng. 98: Less rumbling, less smoke, more hog; Keep dogs off tracks; • And.... PAT MOORE DERBY FEATURE: Something to shout about; SPORTS: Two Skagway teams win Dustball divisions; WHI-SKY Cup photo; New paddling event in Aug.; OBITUARIES: Gwen Ibbotson; FUN STUFF: Fish This at the Derby and Heard on the Wind.

June 26, 2009 (Vol. XXXII, No. 11) Top Stories

• Second case of 'swine flu' found in Skagway; Gateway Yukon Project plans well-received, Assembly moves forward to fund port development grants; FY2010 Skagway muni. budget set • And.... KCIBR BIKE RACE FEATURE: Two-wheeler migration, Park Tools wins division; BOROUGH: L.C. Cassidy resigns; Mayor breaks tie to move ahead with RV park purchase; SCHOOL: Great experience but no wins at DDF nationals; FUN STUFF: Heard on the Wind! and Fish This!

June 12, 2009 (Vol. XXXII, No. 10) Top Stories

• H1N1 virus confirmed in Skagway patient; State appeals Juneau Access court ruling; Fish & Game has no luck finding bears after they show off for tourists; Postal emplyees may have relief; Granit rockfall halts trains for 1.5 days; • And.... CANCER WALK 2009: Fran Delisle Cancer Awareness walk-a-thon raises $16,000; BOROUGH: Property values increase; Volunteer fire chief proposed; ADVENTURE RACE TIME: KCIBR and YRQ previews; OBITUARIES: Ivadell Rapuzzi, Felecia Braun, Ray Carder; FUN STUFF: Heard on the Wind!

May 29, 2009 (Vol. XXXII, No. 9) Top Stories

• Port takes priority, Skagway delegation heads to DC; Firefighters kept busy as summer hits; Les McCormick selected interim superintendent; Wilson, Weber win SE track titles, finish in top 3 at State; KGRNHP receives stimulus funding • And.... GRADUATION & SHS AWARDS: "Come So Far"; BOROUGH: Second reading of budget passes; SCHOOL: Board approves 2% staff raises; FUN STUFF: Fish This! and Heard on the Wind!

May 15, 2009 (Vol. XXXII, No. 8) Top Stories

• Massive washout delays rail service into Carcross; Governor Palin pops into Skagway; RCI ship carries swine flu patient to Alaska, no more stops in Mexico; Fairway meat market shut down by DEC • And.... FEATURE: Rotary fleet steams back into action; BOROUGH: New rifle range grand opening, fees, rules; No objection to school budget; SCHOOL: Board approves leave for Dr. D; ACTIVITIES: Heard on the Wind!

April 24, 2009 (Vol. XXXII, No. 7) Top Stories:

• Passports due June 1 - Juneau only option right now for new applicants; Hillside man's 'campground' out of harmony; Dr. Dickens to take one-year leave of absence; 'Ms. Fun' top SE early childhood educator; Officials: Discounting, high costs hamper cruise growth for Alaska • And.... FEATURE: Imaginary spill forces slick answer; BOROUGH: New manager on job, many projects ahead; Budget intro: mill rate drop coming?; SCHOOL: District submits budget with $308,303 in increased local funding; ACTIVITIES: Fish This! Tales of the Black Cat

April 10, 2009 (Vol. XXXII, No. 6) Top Stories

• Little loss to Skagway from Holland America, Carnival re-deployments in 2010 • Bear carcass found in harbor • The rite of Spring: Taking in the Buckwheat Ski Classic, Skagway style (BSC Feature and BSC Photo Gallery) • And.... BOROUGH: Dedman's Collection purchase approved; Ambassador program a go for 2009; New manager gets two-year contract; SCHOOL: Dr. Dickens returns; Budget hearings next week; ACTIVITIES: O'Daniel, Ellis make All-State team; Second place for J-Hi teams.

March 27, 2009 (Vol. XXXII, No. 5) Top Stories

• Mining New Territory: Lady Panthers take second at State • Star Princess cruise ship pulled from Alaska for 2010 • Tom Smith selected new borough manager • And.... BOROUGH: School budget deadline extended; Ambassador program to second reading; Interim fire chief on board, needs explored; ACTIVITIES: State Tourney Notebook & Gallery; "Bye Bye Birdie" Gallery; OBITUARIES: Minnie Stevens, Rev. Fr. James Ryan, Archie Brena.

March 13, 2009 (Vol. XXXII, No. 4) Top Stories

•Board of Game rejects latest white bear proposal; members suggest sending issue back to municipality • State champ Shelby Surdyk leads DDF team to second place in Forensics • Hovering over the letter of the law • Even with fewer ships coming, capacities not far off last year's • And.... BOROUGH: Manager interviews St. Patty's Day; No stimulus money for Taiya River Bridge; Dedman's Collection decision in April. ACTIVITIES: Lady Panthers earn trip to State; Boys end season with one win at regionals. (See 2A Tourney Gallery) OBITUARY: Dorothy L. Sheleby

February 27, 2009 (Vol. XXXII, No. 3) Top Stories

•Juneau Access EIS 'vacated' by judge's ruling; Road shelved until state better examines improved ferry service with existing fleet, terminals • Palin agrees to pay for kids coming to Skagway • Manager selection down to four finalists • Quest goes to Sebastian; Former Dyea musher wins race over penalized Neff • Meade heli alternatives reviewed; TEMSCO seeks to maintain glacier landings, avoid goats • Burro Creek hydro study funded • And.... BOROUGH: Dedman Collection goes to 3rd reading; Bank of STIP resolutions passed; ACTIVITIES: Skagway teams head to tourney, more rounds with Yakutat. (See Panther Net Results)

February 13, 2009 (Vol. XXXII, No. 2) Top Stories

• Big break in Breckenridge for snow sculptors • RCCL to cut one cruise ship to Alaska in 2010, Cruise West pulls 3 small ships this year • Ship pollution resolution passes with one change • Juggling project lists: State submits Taiya River bridge, Dyea Rd. work funded, wave barrier tops fed project stimulus list from borough • Skagway bear proposal, number changes for Board of Game meeting at end of Feb. • And.... BOROUGH: Six manager candidates get calls next week; Fire chief resigns to take position in Vermont; Comp. plan passes without amendment.; SCHOOL: Split board means no senior trip; ACTIVITIES: DDF commands Skagway's attention (See DDF Gallery); Winning ways back for SHS hoop teams; OBITUARY: Rev. Karen Parsons

January 23, 2009 (Vol. XXXII, No. 1) Top Stories

• Bear proposal divides Skagway; meeting with F&G inconclusive about proposal to protect the next 'Spirit Bear'; hunters get their say • A transition with scars to heal - Two Reports: Sorum leaves: $900 per week contract will have him work on clinic, port projects this year; Shaky start for meeting with staff, progress made after assembly member walks out • Shoes from Santa Warrior: Pro player sends Skagway players Reeboks And.... ANNIVERSARY FEATURE: How Skagway celebrated statehood 50 years ago.; BOROUGH: Comp. plan voted down, for now, after generic road amendment divides assembly; Paint ball island appeal successful.; SCHOOL: Forum - tale of two tables; Goals - better communication, keep positive, keep students; ACTIVITIES: DDF students win 4 events; SHS basketball teams will utilize speed to compete for top spots in region; OBITUARIES: Susan Hosford, Janet McDonald

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