Juneau on watch list for homeless families

Juneau is on a Watch List for homelessness, along with Bethel, Kodiak, and Anchorage.  At one point in time this year, the Capital City had the highest number of homeless families in the state, according to a report recently released to the Alaska Council on the Homeless. Five families were homeless during the Point-in-Time Homeless…

Vista Drive Douglas

AHFC plans new housing in Juneau

A new 40-unit housing development is planned for Juneau. Alaska Housing Finance Corporation has just awarded funds to the joint venture of Volunteers of America, developers Trapline LLC and V2 LLC to construct and manage the project on Vista Drive on Douglas Island. The total cost of the apartment project is slightly over $10 million.…

Beware of bear family near Auke Rec

Recent black bear activity in the Auke Bay bypass area near Auke Rec has prompted Fish and Game to warn people to beware of the bear family frequenting that location. Area Management Biologist Ryan Scott says it’s causing problems. “We’ve got a pretty regular family of bears – a female with three cubs – that…

Juneau’s carpenter union hall shuts down

About 35 carpenter union locals in the Pacific Northwest have closed in the past three years to join larger locals. Earlier this month, Juneau’s Carpenter Union Local 2247  fell to the same fate and its members have been absorbed by Anchorage’s Carpenter Union Local 1281. The carpenters’ umbrella union – the Pacific Northwest Region Council…

Yearbook staff brings new technology to high school mainstay

The Thunder Mountain High School (TMHS) yearbook team got inventive this year. The class, led by Janna Lelchuk, used a combination of smartphone technology and raw creativity to come up with what they believe is the first ever “Digitally Interactive Yearbook,” dubbed the “iFalcon.”

The Juneau International Airport

Airport board recommends deLaBruere for manager’s job

Acting Juneau International Airport Manager Patty deLaBruere will step into the top spot next month. The Airport Board selection committee is recommending the board offer deLaBruere the job, even before advertising the position. Committee member Joe Heueisen says she’s the perfect choice, with 15 years of experience as deputy under four previous airport managers. “The…

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