State Troopers say a Juneau man was rescued off the Juneau Icefield on Friday afternoon after he lost his ski in a crevasse and rolled his ankle.
Kyle Thompson, 28, called in to report that he was injured and could not walk at Suicide Basin. That’s identified as along the east side of Mendenhall Glacier about two miles up from the terminus on the back side of Bullard Mountain. With the help of Temsco helicopters, Troopers evacuated Thompson and his skiing companion, identified as 23-year old Lee McDonald-Pownall.
Once down at sea level, Troopers report that Thompson was transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital in a personal vehicle.
- The Juneau Assembly declined to pass a broaden sales tax exemption for seniors. Opposition from businesses prodded elected officials to refer the initiative back to committee.
- Fines for pet owners whose for critters scooped up by animal control officers have gone up. The fees hadn't been adjusted for nearly 17 years.
- Local education officials are applying for state money to replace and repair leaky roofs at several Juneau schools. About $5 million is coming in over the next five years earmarked for school maintenance from sales tax money that voters approved in the Oct. 3 election.
- "They’re calling it GTA, grand theft Anchorage, right now," said Rep. Lora Reinbold, who says she wants to repeal Senate Bill 91. "It’s outrageous, what’s going on in the city that I love.”