NOTN 11-30

    News of the North

    Wednesday, November 30th, 2022 - 15 minutes

    The 2022 tourism survey for Juneau is out, the survey was conducted by McKinley research.

    A board that investigates airplane accidents says federal regulators should tighten rules for air tour operators in Ketchikan to prevent more accidents there.

    A vessel ran aground Sunday leaving one having to be rescued from an island, and another that went overboard and is unaccounted for after search efforts.

    With Christmas and the holiday season coming up, the Juneau policy on Christmas tree harvesting is that: they can be harvested off selected city own property.

    On Monday, the cryptocurrency bank BlockFi filed for bankruptcy, the announcement coming less than three weeks after the financial implosion of FTX, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges.

    The Juneau Lands, Housing, and Economic Development committee received an update on the distribution of the city's $2 million dollar affordable housing fund.

    One more item the assembly took up at their committee of the whole meeting this week was reviewing an ordinance codifying the board of equalizations process in addressing appeals.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced tuesday that North Pacific Seafoods, Inc. of Seattle, Wash., paid a $345,000 penalty for Clean Air Act violations at two of its facilities in Naknek.

    The Senate has passed landmark bipartisan legislation to protect same-sex marriages.

    On Tuesday Congressional lawmakers from Oklahoma, Ohio, Kansas, and Alaska introduced a resolution to recognize the month of November as National Native American Heritage Month.

    The Thanksgiving travel period went unusually smoothly over the past week and the airlines say that s a result of lessons learned after summer meltdowns and good weather.

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