Six names were added to the Alaska Commercial Fishermen’s Memorial wall, and eight boats received blessings performed by the Rev. Gordon Blue of the Church of the Holy Trinity. The Alaska Youth Choir and the City of Juneau Pipe Band performed. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell was the keynote speaker.
The names added to the fishermen’s memorial wall this year were Daniel Glass, Jim McCormick, James Jensen, Peter Wright, and John and Elizabeth Clauson.
This was the 23rd annual Juneau Blessing of the Fleet. According to a fact sheet handed out with this year’s program, fishermen landed about $23 million worth of seafood in the capital city in 2012. Between fishing boats and processors, the local fishing industry employs more than 1,000 people.
- The state has asked the new presidential administration for a waiver to pay more than 80 percent of reinsurance costs.
- The state’s only professional sports franchise, the Alaska Aces, will fold after this season. The decision was announced Thursday, Feb. 23.
- Bans on plastic grocery bags have been cropping up across Alaska’s remote communities. Cordova’s ban went into effect last year. But so far, the larger cities in the state have yet to adopt one.
- Things are not looking good for Haines’ Alaska State Trooper post. Trooper Director Col. James Cockrell intends to reassign Haines’ one trooper position to Bethel. The decision isn’t final yet, but the community conversation about how to handle the loss continued at a Public Safety Commission meeting this week.