In this newscast: A desirable piece of waterfront property in downtown Juneau may have a new private owner — Norwegian Cruise Lines — despite the City and Borough of Juneau’s efforts. Holland America Line will pay the state a $17,000 fine a year after one of its cruise ship’s holding tanks leaked greywater into Glacier Bay National Park. A public comment period is ending soon on proposed logging, recreation and stream work in the Tongass National Forest near Petersburg, Wrangell and Kake, but the U.S. Forest Service continues to face questions about a lack of specifics. It could end up being the best commercial Dungeness crab season for a decade in Southeast Alaska.
In this newscast: Despite a large transfer to the state treasury, the Alaska Permanent Fund has grown by $1.4 billion. The federal Bureau of Land Management is holding public meetings around the state to allow public input on two projects: a proposal to develop a section of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska and the Ambler Road mining project. Moose season begins this month in Southeast Alaska; in Wrangell, sportsmen and charities are teaming up to improve the process of distributing illegally obtained moose to people in need. The newly-opened Cannery Park in Petersburg is a place for visitors to learn about the town’s history of seafood production. The Alaska Department of Commerce has said it does not support a regulation draft that would prohibit alcohol manufacturing businesses from hosting onsite activities including festivals, classes and performances.
In this newscast: The state announced it’s shutting down ferry service to Prince Rupert, British Columbia; the news has been met with shock and disappointment in Ketchikan.
NOAA scientists are tracking marine heatwave across millions of square miles of water in the Pacific Ocean. Southeast’s landless tribal communities want to form five new village corporations out of 115,000 acres of Tongass national Forest. A national Muslim civil liberties group has resolved its federal lawsuit against the State of Alaska for providing what it says were insufficient meals to Muslim inmates fasting as part of their faith. The Alaska Supreme Court has ordered the state to pay about $100,000 in attorneys’ fees and other costs after losing a legal fight earlier this year over abortion. A Southwest Alaska museum has received dozens of ancestral remains to hold until they can be returned to the Alutiiq Tribe of Old Harbor.
In this newscast:The group pursuing a recall of Gov. Mike Dunleavy has submitted signatures to state elections officials as part of an initial phase of its push. The Alaska Marine Highway System opened booking for its winter schedule with fewer sailings and a new pricing system that could take travelers by surprise. The cruise industry’s public face in Alaska is stepping out of the limelight.The Alaska Board of Fisheries violated the state’s open meetings law, according to Alaska’s ombudsman. Last month, Alaska’s US Senators accompanied Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on a trip to communities around the state.
In this newscast: Trial has begun in Juneau Superior Court for a man accused of killing two people in Juneau over three years ago. The Alaska Marine Highway System is ending service to Prince Rupert, British Columbia, at the end of the month over an impasse with U.S. customs agents demanding armed protection in Canada. A high-level Alaskan appointee in the Trump administration who pushed to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil leasing is taking a job with an oil company seeking to develop a major project in Alaska. Negotiations between the University of Alaska land office and a potential buyer ground to a halt as the result of an escalating trade war between the US and China. Another stock in the Bering Sea blue king crab fisheries was just added to the nation’s overfished list.
The walrus-hide blanket they created will be used for blanket toss competitions in Juneau.
“Molly of Denali” is the first national children’s TV show to feature an Alaska Native lead. Some of the show’s creators came to Juneau and put on a vocal acting workshop to help local kids find their own voices.
“Plans have been put in place that it’s hard to walk back from, because this was such a disruption,” said Tlingit and Haida Head Start director Amber Frommherz.
Middle school and high school teachers in Juneau last week learned how to weave — literally weave — Northwest Coast art into math lessons.
Elizabeth Siddon is the only Alaskan this year to receive the highest honor from the U.S. government for early career scientists. Her work helps Alaska’s fisheries managers see the bigger picture.