Last night (Tuesday) the Juneau Planning Commission approved changes to a 2004 permit issued to Coeur, which set conditions for the mine within the city and borough. The modifications allow the company to build more permanent housing at Kensington, which officials say will make it easier for workers to live nearby. Casey Kelly has more.
The Kensington Mine near Juneau began operations in June 2010, and currently employs about 300 people. According to mine owner Coeur Alaska, most Kensington employees – 72 percent – are Alaskans, while 61 percent live in Southeast. But just a little over half – 53 percent – live in Juneau.