Attorneys for the State and two Southeast communities argued in court on Wednesday afternoon on whether the right procedure was followed when drawing up a potential boundary between the municipalities.
The City and Borough of Juneau says that the Local Boundary Commission did not consider their evidence or properly process its annexation petition for contested land between Holkham Bay and Cape Fanshaw.
The LBC argues that they considered all of the evidence when the Petersburg Borough incorporation petition was approved last year, while Petersburg argues that there was already substantial presented evidence which demonstrated their ties to the disputed area.
Here’s a sample of the arguments:
Those are the voices of state attorney Erling Johansen who represented the Local Boundary Commission, Jim Brennan representing the Petersburg Borough, and Amy Mead who is the attorney for the City and Borough of Juneau.
Juneau Superior Court Judge Louis Menendez listened for about an hour-and-fifteen minutes on Wednesday on the CBJ’s appeal of the LBC decision on the Petersburg Borough incorporation petition. He may issue an opinion anytime within the next six months.
- The Alaska Mental Health Authority's Trust Land Office is no longer pursuing action toward timber sales on Deer Mountain or land in Petersburg.
- Alaska Gasline Development Corporation has opened new office but not yet announced it.
- Walker said the state government risks spending all of its savings if it denies there’s a problem and hopes for oil prices to rise.
- Newtok had hoped President Obama would declare a major disaster on its behalf before leaving office. A disaster declaration would have unlocked federal relief funding that could be used for relocation.