Public hearings will be held next week on a proposal to build an 800 kilowatt hydro-electric plant on what are now wilderness lands in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. The Falls Creek dam, penstock and powerhouse would be located along the Kahtaheena River about five miles northeast of Gustavus. As Anne Sutton reports, the project would supply hydro-power to a community that now depends on fossil fuel.
- An email from Mike Satre of Hecla Greens Creek Mine prompted the resolutions referral back to committee. Satre urged the Assembly to work the issue through state and provincial levels rather than trying to invoke international treaties.
- PFDs would have been about $2,350 each, the highest dollar figure in dividend history.
- At a meeting held last week, the official citizens' oil spill watchdog group for Prince William Sound raised concerns about how new crews manning the vessels will be trained.
- Recent warm, dry weather in the interior has resulted in two late season wildfires. State Forestry reports sending fire fighters last night to a 1-acre blaze, located about a hundred miles northeast of Glennallen, near Chisana.