At 12:30 p.m. Pacific time, Powder Magazine’s count showed 4,024 votes for Eaglecrest, and 3,894 votes for Mount Washington, B.C. Voting stopped at midnight. That means Juneau’s ski area moves on to the Sweet 16 in the Ski Town Throwdown.
It’s time for the second round of Ski Town Throwdown. Juneau’s ski area is paired with British Columbia’s Mount Washington, a ski resort on Vancouver Island.
In the first round of the Powder Magazine competition, Eaglecrest beat Whistler/Blackcomb Ski Resort near Vancouver, B.C.
Second round voting is Thursday only. If Eaglecrest gets more votes than Mount Washington, it will be entered in the Sweet 16. The Powder Magazine contest is a bit like March Madness basketball, with U.S. and Canadian ski areas lumped into four regions, battling from Sweet 16 to Elite 8, Final 4 and at the end the Great White North champion will go against the Big East.
- The state is granting nearly $300,000 to improve water quality in some of Alaska's most damaged watersheds, including Juneau's orange-tinted Duck Creek.
- More than a third of all the penalties imposed since 1976 were logged last year.
- "You know, we're not talking about some smoky, old wood stove here. We’re talking about high-tech equipment," said Daniel Parrent, a program manager at the U.S. Forest Service.
- "Did you think that ganging together seven different taxes would make it more likely or less likely that any would pass?” asked Eagle River Republican Rep. Dan Saddler.