Haines’ loss of state trooper may trigger a major change to the way local police service is funded and structured. The trooper loss might result in an expansion of Haines police jurisdiction – from just the townsite to borough-wide.
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker says he hopes the shutdown of Haines’ Alaska State Trooper post is not a long-term solution. The head of troopers says right now, he has no plans to re-instate the position. The lack of a clear answer may further confuse Haines’ exploration of an expanded police service area.
Juneau Mayor Ken Koelsch opposes joining the so-called ‘Climate Mayors’ and re-affirming the city’s commitment to the goals of the Paris climate pact. The matter was brought up for reconsideration at the mayor’s urging following a split decision by the Juneau Assembly to join the climate change initiative.
Sand Point faces a problem with its police force: It doesn’t have one any more. In just three weeks, all its officers resigned. City Administrator Andrew Varner said the first officer wanted to be closer to a spouse who is in the military. A week later, two more officers, a married couple, left because of a “family decision.”
Two men suing the Petersburg borough, a local police officer, a regional narcotics task force and state law enforcement are trying to broaden the lawsuit into a class action that would allow more plaintiffs to become involved.
Anchorage voters will decide next spring how public bathrooms are going to be regulated. According to the municipal clerk’s office, a citizens’ initiative has gathered enough signatures from supporters to go before voters on the April 3 ballot in 2018.
Municipal employee wage increases and other changes will cost Wrangell close to a half-million dollars over three years. That includes terms of a collective bargaining agreement accepted earlier this month and similar changes for non-union employees approved this week.
The Petersburg borough has rejected applications for the recall of four borough assembly members. The borough’s attorney has recommended against issuing recall petitions and defended the assembly’s decision to meet in May behind closed doors.