State Government

Neighboring communities question Petersburg Borough boundaries

Petersburg’s plan to form a borough is drawing opposition from several surrounding communities. While Juneau, Kake and Kupreanof say they don’t oppose a Petersburg borough, they are concerned about its boundaries. Petersburg is on Mitkof Island, where the Wrangell Narrows meet Frederick Sound. Its proposed borough would be about 4-thousand 347 square miles – both…

2011 Juneau Governor’s Picnic

Photos by Brian Zittlau Governor Sean Parnell and First Lady Sandy Parnell hosted the Annual Governor’s Picnic yesterday, the last of the summer. Picnics were already held in Anchorage, Mat-Su, Fairbanks last month. The line for hot dogs and salmon was looping around the parking lot for the Sandy Beach shelters before Department Commissioners and…

Gov’s picnic coming up

Governor Sean Parnell and First Lady Sandy Parnell will be serving up hotdogs Thursday at the Third Annual Governor’s Picnic in Juneau. Serving hotdogs are the Parnell’s choice, leaving the fresh salmon to the fishermen who cook it, says Chamber of Commerce Director Cathie Roemmich. It’s an impressive list of commercial fishermen and processing companies…

Public asked to weigh in on Gustavus annexation

The state’s Local Boundary Commission takes public comment Wednesday on the City of Gustavus’ petition to annex another 16-square miles. Brent Williams, section staff supervisor for the LBC, says they’ve already recommended that annexation be approved. Commissioners could announce a decision as soon as Thursday. “The LBC does not always follow the staff recommendation,” says…

State gets support in its fight against Roadless Rule

The Juneau Chamber of Commerce and 13 other Southeast businesses and organizations will join in the state’s lawsuit against a federal rule that prevents road construction in certain areas of the Tongass National Forest. The Parnell administration in June appealed a federal district court decision setting aside an eight-year-old policy that exempted the Tongass from…

Murkowski aide resigns, plans to plead guilty to fishing violation

A former congressional aide may spend as much as ten months in prison for a fishing violation while was a member of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. Arne Fuglvog submitted his resignation Sunday as fisheries aide to Senator Lisa Murkowski. In a statement, Murkowski thanked Fuglvog for his years of service and said he…