Erin Heist, who works as a state admin officer, wasn’t sure where she heard the rumor, but it ate at her constantly. Heist moved to Juneau with her family when she was 9. Sometime during high school, she says the rumor struck: A gorilla had ran for mayor in Juneau’s storied past.
The Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness has warned that a camping ban targeting the homeless could imperil Juneau’s access to federal grant dollars. This is an issue some Assembly members want addressed before the ordinance goes to a vote on Feb. 13.
After absorbing over $50 million dollars in budget cuts over the last two years, University President Jim Johnsen and the Board of Regents are in the process of consolidating the university’s administration through what they call the “Strategic Pathways” program. Johnsen addressed issues with the university faculty this morning at a meeting of the Senate Education Committee.
The UAS senate’s letter sits at the top of a growing pile of complaints against the university system’s cost-saving strategy. Faculty senates in Anchorage and Fairbanks announced they have no confidence in President Johnsen’s leadership.