A restitution hearing was held Wednesday in Juneau Superior Court for the victims of the March 12, 2006 fire that destroyed the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, McPhetres Hall, and the Shelby Edwards home. Robert Huber, now serving time in prison for arson, could end up paying the Edwards family and the church’s insurance carrier as much as $3.6 million. Meanwhile, some of the victims of the fire are already moving on with their lives.
- A lot of science involves happy accidents. A retired scientist from Oregon stepped off the ferry in Sitka late last month, and on a hunch decided to look around the woods for an old friend.
- The Mat-Su Borough Assembly approved Tuesday the transfer of over a half-million dollars from existing funds to pay for repairs to the Port Mackenzie barge dock, although some expressed reservations about the port’s continuing costs.
- The Senate's long-awaited "Better Care Reconciliation Act" was written largely in secret, with even many Senate Republicans unaware of what was in it.
- The potential government shutdown would come at the busiest -- and worst -- time for the state office that processes teacher certifications. And unresolved state education funding is compounding the teacher hiring crunch.