After three years as head of the Coast Guard in Alaska, Rear Admiral Thomas Barrett is leaving to take a job as Vice-Commandant of the Coast Guard. This includes three excerpts of an interview that aired over several days in early May before the change of command ceremony and his promotion to vice-admiral. In parts one and two of the interview, Barrett explains how the Coast Guard has changed since September 11th and how his agency has existed with little financial support compared to other services. In part three, Barrett talks about his wife’s volunteerism and the lack of vision he’s seen exhibited by many leaders in Juneau and in Alaska.
- Gov. Bill Walker put a hold on an administrative order he issued in February, saying he needed more stakeholder feedback.
- Hundreds of people gathered Thursday at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to celebrate the opening of a newly completed Huna Tribal House and the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. But not everyone could make it. Tribal members and elected officials were stuck at the Juneau International Airport.
- "We’re all expecting to see this fiscal contraction and a reduction in economic indicators. But the reality is that what’s going on at the state level hasn’t hit the communities yet. It hasn’t hit Juneau yet," local analyst Meilani Schijvens says.
- Scattered throughout Alaska are hundreds of pieces of land that have been transferred to Alaska Native Corporations by the federal government.Some came with contamination. Getting them cleaned up has been a decades long process, and a new report catalogs those contaminated sites, but leaves some questions about who will orchestrate cleanup – and when.