A grassroots organization known as “Occupy Juneau” has been holding protests at Marine Park every Saturday for the past month; tomorrow will be the fifth gathering. The organization is a local movement in support of the national “Occupy Wall Street” protests that have been going on across the country since September. As Danny Peterson reports, the activism has also moved to the UAS campus.
- Mayor Ken Koelsch, Debbie White and Mary Becker opposed it. Deputy Mayor Jerry Nankervis was on a scratchy phone connection and did not respond to the roll call to vote.
- The proposal for a 130-unit high-rise apartment building to be built over a downtown city parking lot has alarmed some community members. But city officials say there is no final plan and closure of the deal is still months away.
- “Things have to have an endpoint to it, or they have to have something that keeps directing you, telling you that you’re in the right area,” said troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters.
- The Department of the Interior announced today that 29 local Alaska governments would receive $29.7 million in Payment in Lieu of Taxes funds, or PILT.