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Docks & Harbors Board to meet to review rejection
of boat launch permit
A special meeting of the CBJ Docks and Harbors Board of Directors is
scheduled for Thursday to take up last week's rejection by the Planning
Commission of a permit for a new two lane boat launch ramp and
associated parking at Statter Harbor in Auke Bay.
Port Director Carl Uchytil was among the guests on Action Line today
He said they feel they are in a "Catch 22" situation. Uchytil said they
went through a four year environmental assessment process where working with
regulatory agencies agreed that this was the best that the Army Corps of
Engineers would permit.
Residents complained to the Planning Commission that there's
insufficient green space, pedestrian access, and vegetative barriers
which compromises harmony in the adjacent neighborhood.
He said the Corps will only permit that which is necessary to meet the
needs of the boating public while the Planning Commission wants more
Board member Eric Kueffner joined Uchytil on the program and
expressed disappointment with the Planning Commission decision. He said
it effectively stops the project.
Thursday's meeting is being held to map out the next steps for the Docks
and Harbor's Board.
The matter is scheduled to come back on reconsideration during the
Planning Commission's May 28th meeting.
If the commission fails to approve the permit, the Docks and Harbors
Board could opt to appeal the commission decision to the Assembly.
Thursday's Docks and Harbors board meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. in
Assembly Chambers at City Hall.
UPDATE: One of two stolen jeeps recovered
One of the two jeeps stolen Sunday was recovered Monday morning.
Police Lieutenant Dave Campbell says they got a call at around 10:30
reporting that blue Jeep Cherokee was spotted in the Lemon Creek area.
The caller said it had been parked there and thought it might be one of
the two reported missing.
The 1990 Cherokee was stolen before 1:30 Sunday morning from the 400
block of West 10th Street downtown.
It was towed to the police department.
The lieutenant could not say what, if any, damage, it suffered.
The other jeep stolen Sunday afternoon is still missing.
The 1993 model is two toned, dark green over camouflage, and is raised
about six inches on its frame.
It was reported missing at 4:30 p.m. from Garnet Street in the
Mendenhall Valley. It has North Carolina plates.
Governor presents Interior with ANWR exploration
plan funded in part by state
Governor Parnell made a pitch to open the coastal plain of the Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration during an address
from Alaska to the U. S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D. C.
It was coupled with a proposal in response to an indication by the
Interior Department that it will not address oil and gas issues in the
ANWR planning document.
The Governor said the state prepared the oil and gas resource evaluation
and exploration proposal that calls for a seven year timeline.
He said the plan will do two main things.
One is to complete a 3-D seismic program in ANWR's 1002 area.
The second is to undertake a winter time exploration plan using ice
roads and ice pads to define the oil and gas potential in the area with
absolutely the most minimal environmental impact.
The Governor told the U. S. Chamber he is prepared to request up to $50
Million from the Alaska Legislature to add to federal funding they hope
will be made available for the exploration program.
State Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan was at the forum in
the nation's capital to provide detailed information on the proposal
following the Governor's brief remarks.
The proposal was outlined in a letter to Interior Secretary Sally
ArtPlace America makes donation toward Walter
The fundraising drive to construct the Walter Soboleff Center in
downtown Juneau has received a $475,000 donation from ArtPlace America.
Most of the donation will go toward construction of the building,
although a portion will be for monumental art for the building,
according to Sealaska Heritage Institute President Rosita Worl.
She says her organization was selected for the award from among 1,225
applications across the country. The institute was one of 54
Three master-apprentice teams will create Tlingit, Haida and
Tsimshian masterpieces which Worl says will include a clan house screen
and house posts for a ceremonial space inside the center.
She says when people came into the building and see it, they are going
to be in awe of the master work.
Worl explains that the institute will also be reinstituting the
master-apprentice system, which almost disappeared. She says they have
seen more and more people using it more recently and want to make sure
it survives. Worl says that's because it's probably the best way for
their young artists to train under master artists.
The institute must still raise another $4 Million, plus $250,000 in
matching money for a Rasmuson grant to complete construction of the $20
Worl says a groundbreaking is expected soon.
ArtPlace America awards Perseverance
grant of a quarter of a million dollars
Juneau's Perseverance Theatre has won an ArtPlace America Grant.
The $250,000 grant was awarded for the theatre's Rainforest Festival
which is described as a six week, three play theatre festival.
Perseverance Artistic Director Art Rotch
says the productions will take place at its facility in Douglas, the
Juneau Arts and Culture Center and possibly the University of Alaska
Along with the three productions, it is said the theatre will utilize
its artists to provide professional training opportunities, to engage in
play development work, and to present public readings of works in
Application deadline for Docks and Harbors board
seats set for Wednesday
Officials with the City and Borough of Juneau are encouraging members of
the public to apply for one of three open seats on the local Docks and
Harbors Department's Board of Directors before a Wednesday deadline.
Port Director Carl Uchytil talked about the vacant seats on Action Line
Monday, saying the board membership is made up of nine community members
who are assigned by the Assembly for three year terms.
Each term can be renewed twice, he says, so a board member can serve
nine consecutive years before they have to stand down.
Outgoing board member Eric Kueffner says board members have two areas of
responsibility: the docks, which are the cruise ship docks downtown, and
the harbors where people keep their private, commercial and fishing
Kueffner says those are areas they've divided up because of their
natural differences, although there's not necessarily a division between
Uchytil says that because he works for the board, it's not really his
place to say who he'd like to see on it. That being said, the Port
Director thinks the board is well served by a diverse membership.
They've got a lot of different activities going on, Uchytil says, from
cruise ship docks downtown, to launch ramps, tideland leases and
Uchytil says he'd also venture throw out that pedestrians need
representation as the seawalk is an important part of what Docks and
To have someone who can represent all the harbor patrons would be an
ideal fit, he says.
You can find more information on applying for one of the CBJ's boards or
commissions at www.juneau.org.
Again, the deadline for applications to be on the Docks and Harbors
Board of Directors is Wednesday.
Docks and Harbors committee set to look
at regulations Tuesday
The Docks and Harbors Department's Operations Committee meets Tuesday
evening to talk about their rules and regulations.
Port Director Carl Uchytil tells us they're looking at revising some of
their regulations, so this is a good opportunity for members of the
public to come and discuss any changes they thinks should be made.
He says they're more than happy to listen to feedback.
The Docks and Harbors Operations Committee meets at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday in
the Aurora Harbor office.
Suspected burglar believed lost in Chena
River after stealing kayak
A suspected burglar is believed drowned in the Interior's Chena River.
A Fairbanks woman who lives along the river contacted Alaska State
Troopers Sunday afternoon to say she spotted a small overturned yellow
kayak and a man's head bobbing in the water
Troopers say she went to get her husband to help. When they returned a
few minutes later with a canoe, the man was no where to be seen. The kayak was found and brought to shore.
Belongings found in the kayak suggest the man to be 33 year old Joshua
Graham, a transient in the Fairbanks area, according to the Trooper
An extensive search over the next several hours failed to produce any
sign of Graham.
Later that night, a Fairbanks resident returning home from a four day
work trip found his residence broken into and his yellow kayak and other
items stolen. The items were matched to those recovered at the river
with the kayak.
Troopers say evidence at the residence indicates Graham broke in to the
house and had been living there for several days before stealing jewelry
and other items including the kayak.
Graham was not believed to be wearing a flotation device.
A decision on whether to continue the search today was pending.
State's request for waiver from education law
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Obama administration has approved Alaska's
request for a waiver from provisions of the federal education law No
Child Left Behind.
In 2011, the administration announced it would let states avoid certain
requirements, like students showing they're proficient in reading and
math by 2014, if other conditions were met. Those conditions included
states imposing their own standards to prepare students for college and
careers and setting evaluation standards for teachers and principals.
Alaska applied for a waiver last year.
Critics of No Child Left Behind call it a one-size-fits-all approach to
education that doesn't fit Alaska's needs.
The U.S. Department of Education says it has approved waiver requests
from 37 states and the District of Columbia so far.
The latest approvals, announced Monday, were for Alaska, Hawaii and West
Miller ordered to pay $85K in legal costs
BECKY BOHRER,Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state judge has ordered 2010 U.S. Senate
candidate Joe Miller to pay $85,000 in legal fees to the Alaska Dispatch
over a long-running records case.
Judge Stephanie Joannides ruled the online publication was a prevailing
party in the case, and Miller's conduct caused unnecessary delay and
costs both for the Dispatch and the Fairbanks North Star Borough.
She ordered the borough to pay $12,000 in legal costs for the Dispatch.
A Miller spokesman said Miller was reviewing the decision.
During the 2010 campaign, the Dispatch and other news organizations
successfully sued for release of Miller's personnel records from his
employment with the borough.
Miller accused the borough of improperly leaking information, which the
borough denied. Last year, Miller accepted a $5,000 offer from the
borough to end the case.
Police Standards Council to review
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Police Standards Council will meet
Tuesday in Kenai to consider disciplinary action against more than a
dozen state law enforcement, probation or corrections officers.
The Anchorage Daily News reports the council could revoke licenses and
prevent them from working in law enforcement.
Among the officers under review is former Juneau Police Department Lt.
Troy Wilson, who pleaded guilty last month to felony assault, weapons
misconduct and criminal mischief charges.
Officers must be of good moral character. They can't use illegal drugs
or have a criminal record that includes a felony conviction or a
misdemeanor domestic violence conviction.
Four Alaska police chiefs, the commissioners of Corrections and Public
Safety and four members of the public are on the panel appointed by the
(Anchorage Daily News)
Alaska volcano's ash prompts flight
RACHEL D'ORO,Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska volcano eruption is prompting
regional airlines to cancel flights to nearby communities, including a
town that reported traces of fallen ash.
The Alaska Volcano Observatory says Pavlof Volcano has released ash
plumes as high as 22,000 feet. Clouds obscured the volcano Monday, but
scientists say seismic instruments at the volcano 625 miles southwest of
Anchorage show continuing tremors.
Geologist Chris Waythomas says the abrasive ash has not risen enough to
threaten international air traffic passing over the volcano-rich
Aleutian arc. Ash emissions have reached high enough, however, to affect
flights of some smaller planes.
Anchorage-based regional carrier Penair has canceled a dozen passenger
and cargo flights to several communities. They include Sand Point, which
reported a dusting of ash Sunday.
Ace Air Cargo canceled two flights.
Minor flooding reported in Fort Yukon
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Fort Yukon is experiencing minor flooding.
The National Weather Service office in Fairbanks reports that village
officials say low-lying areas of the community are under water Monday as
the breakup front on the Yukon River is passing town.
Flooding has made the frontage road impassable, and officials report
water is up to the steps of the tribal hall.
A flood warning is in effect in Fort Yukon until 4 p.m. Tuesday.
National Weather Service hydrologist Ed Plumb says ice downriver of Fort
Yukon appears to be more intact. That could cause another jam on the
river, and cause additional flooding in Fort Yukon if the water backs
(Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)
Snow storage discussion highlight's Monday's COW agenda
The Juneau Assembly will meet as the Committee of the Whole Monday in
part to look at how the city and borough will address snow storage in
City Manager Kim Kiefer detailed the meeting's agenda items while a
guest on Action Line Friday, saying first the Affordable Housing
Commission will report to the committee on work they've done.
She says they've also got some recommendations regarding housing in
Juneau, which have all ready been passed along to the Assembly's Ad Hoc
Then, Kiefer says, they'll have a discussion on snow storage.
Kiefer says a lot of people know they had agreements in place with the
Forest Service for a number of years to haul snow there.
Once the Public Works department facilities moved out of downtown
Juneau, that whole area changed for snow storage, according to the City
So, she says, the Assembly a number of years ago decided that they'd
create a park near the old Public Works facilities and most recently
said they'd like to put the whale sculpture there as well.
There's also talk regarding a Docks and Harbors office being located at
the proposed bridge park location along with a Marine Exchange facility.
Kiefer says as that was going forward they were looking at another
location for snow storage downtown and there's work starting on a
storage area right now next to the Juneau Douglas Waste Treatment Center
They're working on getting berms in place now, she says, so hopefully
they'll be able to dump snow there this winter.
It's a difficult situation trying to figure out where to do that, she
says, as there aren't any good, centrally located areas for it.
Another item on the COW agenda is an update on Assembly goals.
Kiefer says she'll provide an update on where they're at with those
goals and how they're being moved forward by city
The Assembly Committee of the Whole meeting is set for 6:00 Monday night
in Assembly Chambers at City Hall.
CBJ staff aiming for adoption of new flood plain
maps at July 15th Assembly meeting
The City and Borough of Juneau is continuing the process of updating the
flood plain maps for the area in conjunction with the Federal Emergency
The maps, which haven't been updated in decades, dictate what properties
in the city and borough must have flood insurance, though, properties
that are owned outright or are financed through mortgages not backed by
the federal government do not have to purchase such insurance.
Eric Feldt, a planner with the CBJ Community Development Department,
updated the map adoption process on Action Line last week.
On Monday, June 10th at 6:00 p.m. there will be a joint Committee of the
Whole meeting of the Assembly and Planning Commission where Community
Development staff will introduce the new maps and associated study along
with additional flood regulations.
He says the regulations will supplement those the CBJ's all ready got in
place and they're required by FEMA to ensure that communities under the
National Flood Insurance Program are using the most current regulations
to safely allow development in flood prone areas.
Moving on to a 7:00 p.m. meeting on Monday June 24th, Feldt says the
whole package, including the study and additional flood regulations,
will be introduced to the Assembly.
The next day at 7:00 p.m. staff will provide a recommendation to the
Planning Commission on that whole package again and that body will
develop a recommendation for the Assembly to take up at its July 15th
According to Feldt, public input will be taken at the meetings on June
24th, 25th and July 15th. Comments will likely be submitted for the June
10th meeting, but he says since that's a work session public comment
usually isn't heard, although the public is welcome to attend.
Feldt says FEMA's given them a deadline of August 19th to approve
They've given themselves a month of leeway, he says, to discuss more
data or hold future meetings.
Feldt added that residents can also apply for an amendment to the FEMA
flood plain maps after they're adopted and the Community Development
Department is happy to help in that regard.
For more information on the maps themselves and how to apply for a map
amendment, you can visit the City and Borough of Juneau web site and
look under the Hot Topics tab.
Residents reminded of rules for Auke Lake
The CBJ Parks and Recreation Department says it will be actively
enforcing the rules for motorized use of Auke Lake.
A new management plan for use of the lake is pending Assembly action,
but in the meantime George Schaff, the departments' Parks and Landscape
Superintendent, says they're trying to do a better job of educating the
public about the rules approved five years ago.
He adds that they are being asked to make more of an effort to enforce
the rules which he outlined for us.
The use of the lake is restricted to vessels 16 feet in length overall
Motorized use is prohibited between the lake shore and the buoy line.
No wake is allowed near the boat launch, or between the buoy line and
Refueling of vessels is prohibited on the lake, in the Wayside, or
within 50 feet of shore.
Motorized vessels are allowed from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. until May 31 and
from 9 a.m.t o 10 p.m. from June 1 to August 31.
He says the fines start at $100 and go up to $250.
Meanwhile, Schaff says they have installed regulatory buoys and the boat
launch is now open to the public.
The department conducted public hearings and drafted a new plan for
management of the lake following a fatal accident there last summer.
Again, that is pending Assembly action.
Ketchikan sets record for world's largest rain
A new world's record was set in Ketchikan
A group organized by the City of Ketchikan, the Plaza Mall,
and Judy Zenge broke the record for the world's largest rain boot race.
According to Jonathan Tulli of KTKN, the previous record was 1367
participants, but the event this weekend drew 1,976 participants,
roughly one sixth of all 12,000 Ketchikan residents.
This was Ketchikan's second attempt at the record. The first attempt on
May 19, 2012, was unsuccessful because issues with accounting for all
State appeals dismissal of roadless rule
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state of Alaska is appealing the dismissal of
its challenge to a federal roadless rule in national forests.
A federal judge in March said Alaska's challenge was too late, falling
outside the limit for appeals.
The 2001 rule restricts road construction in national forest areas
without roads. An exemption was made in 2003 for the Tongass National
Forest in southeast Alaska.
But a federal judge in 2011 overturned that decision, and the state sued
both to overturn the original rule and rejection of the Tongass
The state, in a release Friday, contends the six-year limitation on
suing should be extended. The state argues it promptly sued twice and
in-between could not challenge the rule because it wasn't in effect.
Governor & DNR Commissioner to present
exploration proposal to U. S. Chamber
Governor Parnell and his Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan
will be in Washington, D. C. next week to make an announcement on a
proposal for the exploration of hydrocarbons on federal lands in Alaska.
The announcement will be made at a press conference Monday hosted by the
U. S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy.
Karen Harbert, the institute's president and CEO, will join the Governor
and the commissioner at the press conference which is timed for 7 a.m.
Alaska time that day.
Firm criticized in Fairbanks bus safety report
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A former Alaska State Trooper criticized the
company that oversees student transportation for the Fairbanks North
Star Borough District, saying the firm had a lax approach to bus safety
before public complaints.
School district superintendent Pete Lewis ordered the review in March,
shortly after employees of the company First Student publicly complained
about unsafe conditions.
Bob Koslick, the ex-Trooper who conducted the review, wrote that First
Student had a "do what is minimally necessary" attitude before recent
Among other findings, Koslick wrote that First Student struggled to keep
qualified mechanics to prevent a backlog of problems, and those issues
were often solved with a "Band-Aid approach" or not at all.
Koslick noted that problems have received more attention since employees
came forward at a March school board meeting.
(Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)
AK gold miners optimistic despite dropping
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska gold miners and refineries remain
optimistic despite dropping gold prices.
The price of gold has been dropping for about a week, but KTUU-TV
reports local miners are still enthusiastically teaching the next
generation how to pan for gold.
The Alaska chapter of the Gold Prospectors Association of America spent
part of Friday teaching Anchorage area sixth graders.
Bill Dunlevy GPAA President says he began prospecting for gold 48 years
ago and he's been around long enough to understand the fluctuating
prices of the precious metal.
Metal Refineries also expect to see good profit for the 2013 mining
Searchers seek 2 missing on trip out of Kotzebue
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Searchers in northwest Alaska are continuing to
look for two people missing since Wednesday on a snowmobile trip.
Alaska State Troopers tell the Anchorage Daily News that 32-year-old
Clifford Griest and 23-year-old Shallain Adams left Kotzebue bound for
Selawik (SELL'-a-wik) and did not arrive.
Troopers say they may have planned to go by way of Noorvik (NOOR'-vik).
Searchers have been hampered by a snowstorm that dropped about 12 inches
of fresh snow.
Localized storms kept planes from flying in some areas.
Body found under Fairbanks bridge
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The body of a 52-year-old man has been found at
the site of a bridge under construction in Fairbanks.
Police say the man may have been killed in a fall.
The man's name was not immediately released because his next of kin had
not been notified.
Construction workers found the body at 7 a.m. Sunday at the site of a
new bridge being built over Noyes Slough on Illinois Street.
The man was found on his back about 20 feet below the new bridge. Police
say it wasn't clear whether he had fallen from the bridge or the bank of
The site was blocked off by fences but police Sgt. Doug Welborn tells
the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner it would not have been difficult to get
Alaska toddler dies after ATV crash
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers are investigating the
death of a toddler who died several days after being involved in an ATV
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that Charles Gross was taken to a
Delta Junction medical clinic on Monday because of breathing
difficulties. The 22-month-old boy had been in the crash a few days
Gross was taken to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, where
he died on Wednesday.
Troopers have yet to release additional information about the crash.
Bethel woman gets 22 years in death
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — A Bethel woman will serve 22 years in prison for
killing her boyfriend.
KYUK Radio reports Brenda Evans was sentenced earlier this month for the
death of Charles Beaver. She earlier this year pleaded guilty to
An affidavit attained by the Bethel radio station says Beaver died after
suffering what appeared to be multiple stab wounds on Feb. 22, 2012, at
the home the two shared. The document says it appears someone tried to
start a fire in the house.
She says she went out that night to get him a cigarette and found him on
the floor when she returned. However, police say witnesses claimed the
two had been fighting, and he was trying to evict her from the home.
Alaska video details rural airports
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska transportation officials say the second
video of a two-part series focuses on the challenges of building and
maintaining rural airports in the state.
The series was produced by the state Department of Transportation.
The newly released second video — "Alaska's Aviation Lifeline: Counting
the Costs" — was filmed at airports across the state.
The first video — "Alaska Aviation Lifeline Story" — was released last
year and shows how aviation is a lifeline for 82 percent of communities
in the state.
States to get initial money from Japanese gift
BECKY BOHRER,Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — West Coast states affected by debris from the 2011
tsunami in Japan are about to receive an initial $250,000 each from a $5
million gift from Japan for cleanup.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is distributing the
money and will allocate the remainder on an as-needed basis.
The pool of funds has taken a hit, with NOAA using $478,000 from it to
remove a dock that washed ashore on a remote beach on Washington's
The state of Alaska is preparing to ask for up to $750,000 in additional
funds to help with clean up this summer.
Unlike in other states, many of the beaches targeted for cleanup in
Alaska are remote or difficult to access. And there is a narrow window
in which to conduct cleanup operations.
Hunter enters plea in caribou-killing case
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A 41-year-old Wasilla man has been fined $1,000
for a 2011 hunting violation along the Sheenjek (SHEEN'-jek) River.
Alaska Wildlife Troopers say Michael Jennings was one of four hunters
who killed 18 caribou but salvaged only 200 pounds of meat.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Jennings in a deal with
prosecutors pleaded guilty to a single count of removing antlers before
salvaging all the edible meat. He will be prohibited from hunting
through May 10, 2014.
Prosecutors dismissed 12 other charges.
State and federal wildlife investigators say Jennings gave varied
explanations for not recovering the meat.
He told investigators one carcass smelled bad and he suspected it was
diseased. He said another caribou was shot but walked away.
(Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)
Police: Intoxicated woman crashes into cruiser
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle police say an intoxicated woman crashed into a
cruiser being driven by an officer on patrol, then took off.
No injuries were reported.
Investigators say that at 3:12 a.m. Sunday the officer was in the
Ballard neighborhood when another car cut across the street and struck
his patrol car.
The woman fled, but was caught nearby, arrested and booked for
investigation of driving under the influence.
Sitka ladies softball team rolls over Ketchikan,
TMHS in weekend play
Several regional ladies softball teams were in action over the weekend
as the Sitka Wolves, Ketchikan Kings and Thunder Mountain Falcons all
hit the diamond.
Sitka beat Ketchikan 3-2 on Friday before steam rolling Thunder Mountain
14-3 on Saturday.
AP Source: Maloofs reach agreement to sell Kings
(AP) — A person familiar with the deal says the Maloof family has
reached an agreement with a Sacramento group headed by software tycoon
Vivek Ranadive to sell a 65 percent controlling interest in the Kings at
a total franchise valuation of $535 million.
The person, speaking on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press
late Thursday night because they weren't authorized to talk publicly,
said there are about 30 investors in the group.
An official announcement is expected Friday.
The NBA is expected to officially approve the agreement next week. The
person said the agreement has to be closed by May 31.
On Wednesday, the NBA Board of Governors rejected a bid from a Seattle
group that wanted to buy and move the franchise to the Pacific
Kenai Borough to assess Nikiski groundwater
KENAI, Alaska (AP) — A $150,000 state grant expected from the Alaska
Legislature will allow the Kenai Peninsula Borough to help assess
groundwater contamination near Nikiski.
Borough Mayor Mike Navarre says the money would let the borough assess
environmental data in partnership with the Alaska Department of
Environmental Conservation and determine whether a larger plan is
The Peninsula Clarion reports residents are concerned about groundwater
contamination caused by past pollution connected to the petroleum
At least 4,200 gallons of oil-contaminated waste, sludge and other
pollutants were dumped at one site in the early 1980s.
The Department of Environmental Conservation is trying to assess whether
contamination near the site lingers.
Navarre says he doesn't want borough money duplicating work done by the
DEC or the property owners.
Colorado firefighters use ladder truck to rescue
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — It was a bigger-than-average tree rescue
for firefighters in Colorado Springs.
They had to use a ladder truck to reach a black bear after it fell
asleep in a tall pine tree after being tranquilized Sunday.
The bear weighed between 150 and 200 pounds. State wildlife division
spokesman Michael Serpahin says a wildlife officer and firefighters put
a harness around it. Then they lowered the bear to the ground as it
dangled from the ladder.
Tranquilized bears usually fall out of trees and are caught with a tarp
or are low enough for wildlife officers to climb up and retrieve them.
This bear was tranquilized twice, but the first dart only made it climb higher. After the second, it fell comfortably asleep in a crook
in the tree.
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