Lt. Jennifer Ferreira of the U.S. Coast Guard said the Challenger was successfully hoisted up and refloated at high tide at 1 a.m. that day. Another tug boat took the Challenger in a side tow under the Juneau Bridge before noon.
Hazardous materials and any oil will be removed from the old tugboat while it is at the AJ Dock. It will be later moved to Thane and dismantled.
The tugboat sank in September in Gastineau Channel across from the Juneau Yacht Club.
Built in 1944 for the U.S. Army, the tugboat was later sold to a commercial tug company and later turned into a bunk and breakfast in Seattle. The vessel later became home for a live-aboard family in Juneau.
- Air traffic controllers in Yellowknife, Canada, joined in a widespread, pizza-based act of goodwill recently as the U.S. federal employees’ unpaid payday came and went.
- Alaska’s attorney general and two of the state’s congressional lawmakers are calling on a federal appeals court to uphold the Indian Child Welfare Act. A U.S. district court judge struck the law down in October.
- A new Blood Bank of Alaska location celebrated its grand opening Thursday in Juneau. The region has been served by mobile blood donation facilities in the past, but this is the first permanent center in years.
- On Tuesday, the U.S. Forest Service notified objectors of a proposed timber sale about a public meeting in Klawock. By Thursday, the meeting was canceled. But some groups are wondering why this work is happening now at all.