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 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.”