February 3, 2012 8:50 am update
Thane Road is now open to traffic. But the avalanche that covered the roadway Wednesday night wasn’t the only slide in the Juneau area.
There are at least fifteen identified or named slide paths on Mount Juneau and nineteen different slide paths on Mount Roberts. CBJ avalanche specialist and emergency services manager Tom Mattice says many of them had some sort of a release on Wednesday and Thursday.
“I can tell you White slid, part of Bartlett slid, Greenhouse slid, Behrends slid, Bathe Creek slid, a little piece of Sunshine Gully slid,” recalls Mattice. “So, a whole bunch.”
Urban avalanche advisory for Friday morning lists the current danger as ‘High.’
February 2, 2012 3:12 pm
State Department of Transportation road crews cleared the snow Thursday afternoon from the avalanche that occurred off of Mount Roberts.
Both lanes of Thane Road are now open to traffic.
Greg Patz, maintenence superintendent for the Southeast region, declared the road reopened about 3 o’clock Thursday afternoon. He said it only took 3 1/2 hours to clear out the roadway.
They conducted avalanche control with artillery rounds fired from across the channel before allowing equipment and workers into the avalanche zone.
Patz had earlier estimated that it would be reopened about 6 p.m.
- For the second time this year, a Republican from Matanuska-Susitna Borough left the state Senate majority caucus.
- The U.S. Senate is working on the health care bill, and Alaska health commissioner Valerie Davidson is in Washington, D.C., to meet with Alaska's senators, Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski. One-quarter of Alaska's population currently is covered by Medicaid.
- Police posted this security video of the suspect on its Facebook page and described him as white, 25 to 30 years old, 6-foot-3 and skinny with scruffy facial hair.
- Uber and Lyft are negotiating with the City and Borough of Juneau over the collection of the city's sales tax. The companies insist it's the drivers' responsibility to collect and remit the 5 percent tax on fares.