The young miner killed last week in a Kensington mine accident is described as a guy who loved his job, children and hockey. Thirty-year-old Joe Tagaban of Juneau died on Wednesday. It was the first fatality at the mine, which opened in June of last year.
Though he wasn’t a member of the organization, his parents have asked that memorial donations to to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Juneau, because Joe was a big brother to all kids he met.
His mother, Sandy, shares some memories in this story.
- Lawmakers who represent areas outside Juneau receive $295 for each day of the special session. Juneau lawmakers receive $221.25 per day.
- Sixteen veterans of the Alaska Territorial Guard will be honored at a discharge ceremony today. Four of them are from Western Alaska.
- The historic houses in Juneau and Douglas were predominately built by miners and fishermen long before today's zoning was put into place. That's prevented homeowners from restoring or rebuilding homes in these neighborhoods without running into conflict with the city's zoning laws -- a temporary fix may be on the way.
- Alaska U.S. Rep. Don Young wants to know why Americans are still fighting in Afghanistan. He has co-sponsored a bill that would end funding for the war in a year, unless the president and Congress affirm the need for it.