Juneau access road discussed in the capital
(Juneau, AK) - A joint meeting of the legislative
Transportation Committees took a look at mega projects including the
Juneau Access project during a hearing today.
The project has now configured calls for a road up the east side of
Lynn Canal to the Katzehin River when shuttle ferries would then
transport passengers and vehicles to Haines and Skagway.
In opposition was Juneau resident Clay Good, who travels to Haines
where he owns property once a month. He said when Juneau voters were
asked they rejected the road in favor of ferries because the
proposed project is flawed. Good says he believes the proposed
project is specious and disingenuous. He added, "If the Department
of Transportation can't sell the Juneau Access Project to Juneau who
can they sell it to?"
Presenting a view in support was retired DOT employee Sandy Williams
of Juneau who chairs the Citizens Pro Road organization. Williams
said when Alaskans build the Lynn Canal Highway there will be some
challenges but nothing that can't be solved. He said the issue is
economics and that the road would provide saving to the state,
improve the economies of Juneau, Haines and Skagway and lower
transporting costs for users. Williams noted that there have been no
major road extensions built in Alaska in 34 years since the road
from Skagway to Carcross was built in the early eighties.
Juneau Senator Dennis Egan, who chairs the Senate Transportation
Committee, says he wishes they had built up the west side of Lynn
Canal when it was heavily favored by Juneau residents and vetoed by
the next state administration. If the road had been built when
originally planned Egan says, "We would not be having this
Governor Parnell has requested $35 Million in his capital budget
proposal for the Juneau Access project.
No public announcement yet on Gelbrich's
NAMPA — The School Board of Trustees in Nampa, Idaho made a motion
Thursday night to begin negotiations with one of the two candidates,
Juneau's Glenn Gelbrich and David Peterson, for superintendent.
Allison Westfall, district public
information officer, told the Idaho Press-Tribune that the board met
in executive session Thursday night to determine which candidate it
wished to offer a contract of employment.
The terms of the contract are to be
negotiated by the district's Human Resources Director Rachelle
The motion was put to a vote and
carried 5-0, according to the newspaper account.
An announcement will follow soon after
the contract negotiations are complete, according to Westfall.
UPDATE: False fire alarm at JDHS caused by
Capital City Fire Rescue responded to Juneau Douglas High School on
a fire alarm after shortly after nine this morning
It turned out to be a false alarm.
School District Chief of Staff Kristin Bartlett tells us that
reports from the school indicate that the alarm was triggered by the
dust collection system in the wood shop.
Students, staff and participants in the Region V Basketball
Tournament were evacuated. Bartlett says a quick response by the
school district's maintenance staff and the fire department helped
resolve the issue quickly. She says everyone returned inside after
about 15 minutes outside.
UPDATE: Furnace fire was self extinguished
There was a reported
furnace fire at the 1200 block of 5th St. Douglas on Thursday.
The homeowner was alerted by a smoke detector and found black smoke
in her furnace room. She quickly closed the door and
Capital City Fire Rescue arrived around noon to find no smoke or
fire coming outside the residence. Fire crews entered the
boiler room and were met by a large amount of steam coming from the
Investigation found that a small fire did occur from the boiler but
one of the water pipes had opened up and the water extinguished the
fire. No fire or smoke damage occurred in the house. The
boiler was damaged and will need to be replaced.
Assistant Chief Ed Quinto says it was fortunate that the water had
leaked out and put the fire out or the fire could have been extended
outside the furnace. No one was injured.
Former crime lab employee charge with
DAN JOLING, Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A former employee of the State Crime Lab in
Anchorage has been charged with six felonies, including drug
misconduct and tampering with evidence.
The Department of Law in an announcement says 53-year-old Stephen
Palmer was arrested Thursday.
He's charged with scheme to defraud, drug misconduct and four counts
of evidence tampering. He's also charged with four misdemeanor
counts of official misconduct.
Alaska State Troopers launched an investigation seven months ago
after detecting irregularities in lab reference standards, the
controlled samples of illegal drugs kept at the state crime lab.
Prosecutors say investigators also determined drug evidence was
missing in cases worked by Palmer.
Prosecutors say they don't believe the irregularities discovered in
reference standards affected the validity of testing performed by
Permanent Fund enters European real estate
The Alaska Permanent Fund has entered the European real estate
The corporation has committed $418 Million to LaSalle Investment
Management to invest in real estate in the United Kingdom.
That's according to a release from LaSalle that was published in the
trade magazine Pensions and Investments.
The publication quotes a fund official as saying the corporation has
an existing relationship with LaSalle for the investment of $900
Million in U. S. real estate.
Fish Radio reports on Juneau's efforts to
bring jobs back to Alaska
Juneau aims to bring more Alaska fish science jobs back to Alaska.
Researchers at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center are tops at the
work they do. The Center is the research arm of NOAA Fisheries.
Their science forms the basis for setting Alaska fish quotas,
running observer programs, tightening bycatch limits, to name a few.
But, the Alaska Fisheries Science Center is located in Seattle.
Juneau Mayor Merrill Sanford wants bring those science jobs closer
to the resources they study.
There are other places in Southeast where some of these jobs could
go, and there’s Kodiak which has a big fishing industry where some
of the jobs could go. We want to look at all of that.
Mayor Sanford has created a task force to learn how those science
jobs might be brought back to Alaska. Attracting more federal jobs
to Juneau is an Assembly priority, as well as lab techs, and
"If we could move even a few or some to our own research centers in
our own fisheries areas, I think it would be a big advantage to us,"
NOAA Fisheries has fewer than 200 researchers in Alaska, mostly in
Juneau. The Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle lists over
400 on the job. That’s a long commute to and from the fishing
So how did the Center end up there in the first place? Julie Speegle
of NOAA in Juneau says that is where the geographical distribution
of the labor force developed around the time of statehood and it’s
mostly just been maintained there.
The Assembly task force will reveal its findings in six months.
Mayors seek assurances on gas line project
BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Borough mayors are asking to be part of the
discussions on terms related to a mega-liquefied natural gas project
that will affect local communities.
An agreement signed by the state and companies pursuing the project
says that subject to consultation between the state and local
governments, payments in lieu of property taxes would be paid by the
The mayor of the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Mike Navarre, told the
Senate Finance Committee that consultation is not a strong word.
The mayors are seeking greater assurances for the level of input
they will have as the process moves forward.
The committee is weighing a bill that would make the state an equity
partner in the project and allow for the project to move into a
phase of preliminary engineering and design.
Senate committee moves amendment for
BY MIKE COPPOCK, Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Senate State Affairs Committee has
advanced a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow state
backing on low-interest loans for students interested in college.
The proposal, sponsored by Republican Sen. Anna Fairclough of Eagle
River, would allow Alaska's general obligation debt to be used as a
tool in funding education loans.
Constitutionally, the debt can only be used currently for capital
improvements and housing loans for veterans.
Fairclough said the proposed amendment would allow a cost-effective
way for financing state education loans by leveraging Alaska's AAA
Diane Barrans, executive director of the Alaska Commission on
Postsecondary Education, said if the amendment is approved it will
mean a sizable change on rates. The current interest rate is 7.3
The measure moves to the Senate Education Committee.
House Education Committee
concerned bill could create new districts
BY MIKE COPPOCK, Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Members of the House Education Committee have
expressed concerns that allowing for non-profits and others to
authorize charter schools could lead to more school districts.
The bill, from Republican Rep. Lynn Gattis, would grant chartering
authority to government agencies, education-related nonprofits and
accredited post-secondary institutions. Currently, the authority
rests with local school districts.
Gattis told the committee her intent was to debate aspects of her
bill and take from it elements that can be incorporated into Gov.
Sean Parnell's omnibus education bill, also before the committee.
Rep. Paul Seaton, a Republican from Homer, said Gattis' bill would
create new school districts.
Both bills remain in committee.
Kawasaki absence causes stir at Capitol
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The absence of a Fairbanks
lawmaker from the state Capitol on Wednesday caused a bit of a stir.
Democratic Rep. Scott Kawasaki, like a number of other lawmakers,
was gone to attend a meeting of The Energy Council in Washington,
D.C. But he did not have an excused absence.
House Minority Leader Chris Tuck called it a technicality.
He said he signed off on Kawasaki's travel request last month but
someone in Kawasaki's office didn't turn the paperwork in to the
majority. Tuck said "everybody" knew Kawasaki planned to be gone.
Republican Rep. Mike Hawker, who was chairing House Resources
Wednesday, said Kawasaki "led us all to believe" he would be present
for a quorum. Four other committee members had excused absences
Wednesday, and a planned hearing was not held.
Carpeneti opposes Judicial Council change
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A former Alaska Supreme
Court chief justice says he doesn't see a need to change the state's
constitution to alter the makeup of the Alaska Judicial Council.
Walter Carpeneti told the House Judiciary Committee there's a heavy
burden on those who want to change the constitution to show there's
a problem. He says he doesn't see one here.
The committee is considering HJR33, which proposes doubling from
three to six the number of non-attorney members on the council. It
would keep at three the number of attorneys on the panel.
Supporters say this would increase the public voice on the panel.
Critics say it could politicize the process by increasing the number
of appointees chosen by the governor.
Council responsibilities include nominating to the governor
candidates for judicial vacancies.
Senate Judiciary hears from NRA about campus guns
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Senate Judiciary
Committee on Wednesday heard testimony from the National Rifle
Association on a bill that would change current practice and allow
people to carry concealed firearms on University of Alaska system
NRA spokesman Brian Judy addressed arguments that have been made by
University of Alaska President Pat Gamble over not allowing firearms
Judy said both the U.S. and Alaska constitutions allow an individual
the right to bear arms for self-protection. He wondered by what
right the university, a state entity, can't disavow that.
Gamble attended but didn't speak. He is scheduled to give testimony
next week, when the bill will be heard again.
The bill is sponsored by Sen. John Coghill, a Republican from North
State senator's bill calls for ending COLA
pay for ferry workers
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A bill pending in the Alaska Senate would
strip state ferry workers of their cost-of-living adjustments.
The Alaska Public Radio Network reports the sponsor of the bill,
Sen. Fred Dyson, has said his goal is to get ferry workers in line
with the rest of state government.
The bill comes as the marine transportation unions are negotiating
contracts for the next three years.
Measure to eliminate film production tax
credit panned during committee testimony
A piece of legislation proposing to repeal the state's film
production tax credit attracted the wrath of Alaska filmmakers
during a House Finance Committee hearing this morning.
They included Cinematographer Steven Rychetnik of Sprocket Heads in
He says such a move could be viewed by studios and producers who
want to work in Alaska as risky, confusing, and unsure.
Rychetnik added that he'll be in Los Angeles in two weeks time to
talk to studios and producers about projects they want to bring to
Alaska, but he's not sure what to tell them.
The Finance Committee held HB 112 for further discussion.
Senator says access to birth control not a
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state senator says he doesn't think access
to contraception is a problem in Alaska.
In a floor speech, Republican Sen. Fred Dyson said he researched the
issue after a colleague suggested the number of abortions could be
reduced by improving access to contraception.
The issue of the state providing expanded family planning services
has arisen during discussion on a bill that would further define
when the state would pay for abortions under Medicaid.
Dyson says condoms cost a dollar apiece and for the price of four or
five lattes, a woman could get birth control pills for a month.
Dyson says sexual activity is largely "recreation" and the public
shouldn't be required to finance "other people's recreation."
Democratic Sen. Berta Gardner said access to contraception isn't the
Senate Judiciary considers banning
BY MIKE COPPOCK, Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee began hearings
on a bill banning certain synthetic drugs even though the Wasilla
City Council has rejected a similar ordinance.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Kevin Meyer, a Republican from
Anchorage, would prohibit the sale of synthetic drugs which mimic
certain stimulants and marijuana.
Meyer noted his bill mirrors closely an Anchorage municipal
Meyer said Anchorage officials fear synthetic drugs will be brought
into the city from Wasilla and the Kenai Peninsula, and said the
hazard to public safety they pose requires a statewide ban.
Sen. Bill Wielechowski, an Anchorage Democrat, noted Wasilla had
voted down a similar law Monday night.
The fine for each item sold by a business would be $500.
The bill was held Wednesday in committee.
Application deadline extended for
Tongass Advisory Committee
The Alaska Region of the Forest Service has extended the deadline to
submit applications to serve on Tongass Advisory Committee.
The agency's Wendy Zirngibl says it's been extended until March
14th, but its not due to a lack of interest.
She says they are getting a good amount of interest.
The Federal Register Notice appeared slightly ahead of schedule, so
she says they lost about a week of outreach time at the beginning of
the application period. Zirngibl says the extension is intended to
make up for that lost time.
In addition there was some confusion as to whether people needed to
submit an electronic or hard copy application. She says they wanted
to make sure that those applications coming in by mail get to the
office in Petersburg by the deadline.
The focus for the group will be to provide input to Tongass Forest
officials as they work on an amendment to the forest plan that's
going to bring into consideration the management of young growth.
The Forest Service has established a goal of moving to a program
that is predominately second growth management within 10 to 15
They're looking applicants with diverse interests and identified 5
They are federally recognized tribes, Alaska Native organizations
and Alaska Native corporation representatives; national and regional
environmental conservation organizations; timber industry
representatives, federal, state and local government officials; and
representatives of other commercial users.
Additional information, including how to apply, is available on the
agency's web site.
Juneau man arrested for obscene calls
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Juneau police say a five-month investigation
has led to the arrest of a Juneau man for allegedly making obscene
phone calls to female employees at various locations in the city.
23-year-old William T. Hitchens was arrested Monday on multiple
counts of misdemeanor harassment for obscene calls to a Juneau
elementary school, a public library, and the Juneau Empire.
Prosecutors allege they have linked the three cases from October
through January by phone records from communications providers.
An employee at the newspaper told authorities that the voice sounded
like a relative's ex-boyfriend.
Police followed up on the lead, contacting Hitchens at his
The public defender's office told The Associated Press that
Hitchens' attorney, Tom Wagner, is out of town and wasn't available
Errant, unlicensed driver's vehicle
strikes Trooper unit
Alaska State Troopers say a vehicle driven by a 19-year-old Homer
man struck a patrol vehicle during a traffic stop on the Sterling
Highway Wednesday night.
After pulling to the side of the highway, Joseph Newton placed the
vehicle in neutral. Troopers say he failed to engage the emergency
brake and the vehicle rolled backwards striking the Trooper vehicle.
Troopers say Newton had been driving even though his driver's
license had been revoked. As a result, he was arrested and jailed at
the Homer Jail.
Newton's vehicle sustained an estimated $500 in damage. There was no
apparent damage to the patrol vehicle.
No injuries were reported.
Driver runs off road onto frozen
A Whitehorse woman drove off Haines Highway and
onto the frozen Chilkat River.
Briana MacKay, 31, reported that she had lost control of her vehicle
and driven off the roadway near mile marker 20 of the Haines Highway
around 9 Tuesday morning.
Alaska State Troopers confirmed there were no injuries and that the
vehicle was not leaking any fluids into the river.
Investigation showed MacKay lost control on a patch of ice in a
curve and left the roadway, sliding upright down the embankment onto
the ice. The vehicle was recovered without incident.
The Alaska State Troopers remind travelers to be mindful of changing
roadway conditions based on temperature changes and weather. Also,
while much of the Haines Highway is currently dry pavement, many
shaded areas continue to be ice covered.
Mallott campaign seeks fundraising guidance
BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The campaign of Democrat Byron Mallott is
seeking guidance on fundraising under a law that bars gubernatorial
candidates from soliciting or accepting contributions in Juneau
while the Legislature is meeting.
Mallott lives in Juneau and has a campaign office, bank account and
A draft advisory opinion from the Alaska Public Offices Commission
says calls from Juneau to individuals outside the city and borough
during session are permissible but calls to individuals in Juneau
aren't. It also says calls not soliciting money are allowed.
The draft opinion says the campaign can accept contributions sent to
its Juneau mail box or bank account that originated outside Juneau
but those made by individuals in Juneau during session would have to
The draft is subject to consideration by the commission.
Flint Hills objects to state stance on
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The chief executive officer of the company
that owns North Pole Refinery says the state's position on a cleanup
of contaminated soil will make it impossible to find a buyer.
Flint Hills last month announced it would close the refinery.
Gov. Sean Parnell in a letter to Flint Hills Resources said the
state will hold the company liable for the cleanup of sulfolane
contamination but will not hold a refinery buyer liable.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Flint Hills Resources CEO
Brad Razook replied to Parnell by letter Tuesday.
Razook says the state position makes a sale impossible because it
would be it would be difficult to distinguish between new and old
He says Flint Hills would be liable for anything spilled by new
(Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)
Young defends bypass mail in rural Alaska
Alaska's congressional delegation is disputing an oversight
committee's label of bypass mail as a "broken system."
That was the title of a hearing on capitol hill Tuesday aimed at
trimming the 76-million dollars in annual subsidies to commercial
air carriers that deliver freight in rural Alaska instead of the
House Oversight Committee Chair Darrel Issa compares the amount to a
new "bridge to nowhere" every six years.
But Congressman Don Young says the committee is picking at "peanuts"
when the Postal Service's operating debt totals 15 billion dollars.
Young and Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich also argued that
bypass mail works well and is far from broken.
(KENI Radio - Anchorage)
Geraghty pushes back on EPA process
BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty is
pushing back against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over a
process that could lead to development of a massive gold-and-copper
prospect in the Bristol Bay region being restricted or prohibited.
EPA announced Friday it was exercising a rarely used authority under
the Clean Water Act as a way to protect a world-premiere sockeye
In a letter to agency officials, Geraghty called EPA's actions
premature and said "good cause" existed to stop the clock on a
15-day response period until permit applications for the proposed
Pebble Mine are submitted and reviewed.
EPA said the process allowed the state and others to show no
"unacceptable adverse effects" to water resources would result from
mining-related discharges or actions could be taken to prevent
Research range successfully fires rocket
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Scientists working with Poker Flat Research
Range have successfully launched a NASA sounding rocket.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks says the rocket blasted off at
2:09 a.m. Monday and reached 200 miles above the village of Venetie
The rocket flew through an aurora and measured electrical particles
and electrical fields changed by the aurora.
Lead scientist Marilia Samara of the San Antonio, Texas-based
Southwest Research Institute says the rocket took four minutes to
reach a spot above the aurora.
The launch had previously been thwarted by wind and other adverse
conditions during a window from Jan. 25 to Feb. 9.
The launch was the last scheduled this spring at Poker Flat.
Region V results for Days 1 and 2
During the first day of the Region V Basketball Tournament in Juneau
Wednesday, the Thunder Mountain Lady Falcons beat the Juneau Douglas
Lady Crimson Bears, 56 to 42. The Lady Falcons took on Number
One Ketchikan Thursday afternoon, with the Lady Kings retaining
their reign. Ketchikan beat Thunder Mountain 45 to 42.
In 4A men's play, the Ketchikan Kings defeated Juneau Douglas 50 to
38 on Wednesday. Ketchikan played number one Thunder Mountain
Thursday, with the Falcons staying on top. The score was
Thunder Mountain 71 to Ketchikan 53.
In 3 A play on Wednesday, Mt Edgecumbe defeated Petersburg 51 to 29.
The Braves played Sitka in round 2 on Thursday. Sitka won 43
On the ladies side Petersburg defeated Sitka 38 to 34 on Wednesday.
Petersburg played Mt. Edgecumbe Thursday, with Mt. Edgecumbe winning
40 to 36.
In 2A men's play on Wednesday, Metlakatla defeated Haines 49 to 32.
Craig defeated Sitka 51 to 26.
On the ladies side Craig beat Wrangell 38 to 25. Metlakatla defeated
Haines 29 to 27. Winners and losers matched up on Thursday
with Haines topping Wrangell 36 to 34.
4-time champion leads Iditarod Trail
Sled Dog Race
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Four-time champion Jeff King is leading
Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
King, who last won in 2006, was first to reach Ruby — the first
checkpoint on the frozen Yukon River — arriving at 6:41 a.m.
Thursday after a 70-mile run from the Cripple checkpoint. The
Iditarod website says King plans to take a mandatory 24-hour layover
in the Athabascan village, 480 miles from the finish line in Nome on
Alaska's western coast.
Race veteran Sonny Lindner was second to Ruby, clocking in one hour
The nearly 1,000-mile race began Sunday with 69 teams. A
noncompetitive ceremonial start was held Saturday in Anchorage.
As of Thursday morning, 12 mushers have scratched and one was
withdrawn. That leaves 56 teams on the trail.
Iditarod: 5 things to know about
RACHEL D'ORO, Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Punishing conditions along the early part
of Alaska's nearly 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race have
brought many mushers literally to their knees, knocking some out of
the running altogether.
As of Thursday morning, 12 mushers had dropped out — at least one
with a broken bone — and one was withdrawn, leaving 56 teams on the
trail. Long stretches of bare ground made conditions treacherous
hundreds of miles from the finish line in Nome on Alaska's western
The trail gets better, then worse, with rumors among mushers of more
icy patches with little snow on the final leg of the race along the
wind-whipped Bering Sea coast. The icy conditions are making for a
blazing fast trail - less snow means faster running but less
traction. Four-time champion Jeff King was the first to reach the
checkpoint at Ruby on Thursday, clocking in more than 24 hours
earlier and he did in 2006, when he last won the race.
Here are some key things to know about the rough ride:
WHERE'S THE SNOW?
Spare snow and bare rocky ground made for an icy, treacherous trail
between the checkpoints of Rainy Pass and Nikolai, more than 700
miles from the finish line. Many mushers crashed their sleds.
Veteran musher Hugh Neff, who won the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest
International Sled Dog Race in 2012, broke the brake pad and had to
get a replacement sled. Something people may not realize, he said,
is how much faster and uncontrollable it is crossing uncovered
terrain. "This is the craziest trail I've ever seen," Neff said in
McGrath, where he was taking a mandatory 24-hour layover.
MUSHERS BANGED UP
A hefty share of mushers were bruised, scraped and battered over the
steep or rocky sections of the trail. Ten of the mushers dropping
out were announced in Rainy Pass. Among those with serious injuries
is Scott Janssen, who broke his ankle trying to round up a loose dog
and earlier was knocked unconscious when he sled turned over and he
hit his head on a tree stump. Four-time champion Martin Buser
sprained his left ankle, but is forging ahead.
WHAT ABOUT THE DOGS?
The dogs have fared much better. There are some sore muscles, sure,
but most teams are holding up well. "There's a reason they call it
dog mushing and not human mushing, because the dogs are a lot
tougher than we are," Neff said. Some mushers are also carrying some
dogs that are tired, but that happens every year.
The bone-rattling ordeal transforms into a more normal ride farther
up the trail, with mushers sliding on better snow coverage. "Here on
out, it's nice," Neff said in McGrath. Conditions also look good on
the Yukon River, at least from the Athabascan village of Ruby. Ed
Sarten, an official with the local tribe, said he's heard there's
favorable snow cover, at least to the next checkpoint at Galena.
Even though this part of Alaska also has seen an unseasonably warm
winter, temperatures have cooled below freezing and the river just
got a couple inches of snow, which means better traction for
The news is not so great once mushers hit Unalakleet, where the last
leg of the race starts along the Bering Sea. Longtime local resident
Gregg Sumstad said he was out trapping for mink and marten this week
and encountered a slick trail with a lot of bare ground, much of it
no more than a ribbon of ice. "It's slippery," he said, noting the
last major snow fell in December followed by temperatures in the
mid-40s. "It's the least amount of snow I've ever seen."
Mayor offers cash to push state on visitors
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The mayor of the Fairbanks North Star
Borough is offering the state an incentive to open a visitors center
at the new fish hatchery in Fairbanks.
Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that
the borough will give the Department of Fish and Game $20,000 in
visitor tax money to help open the center.
The hatchery opened a year and a half ago but a promised visitors
center is still a concept. The hatchery was built on borough land at
a cost of $1 per year with the stipulation that the state build the
Fish and Game Department outreach director Terry Thompson says he's
getting up to speed on what it will take to open a visitor center.
He says it's a priority project.
(Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)