During nearly five hours of public testimony Thursday night, the vast majority of participants spoke against the bill, saying it could put LGBTQ+ students at risk at school and at home.
Board member Martin Stepetin said previous investigations into the incident itself had been sufficient.
The number of northern fur seals in the Bering Sea has dropped by around 70% since the 1970s.
A handful of other retiring teachers have forfeited their unused leave time. In 2019 and 2020, retiring teachers forfeited about 40 days of unused leave time, worth $6,105.
“We’ve seen, so many times, all throughout our country, where our sacred grounds have been desecrated and disrespected and not cared for,” said Martin Stepetin, who has been advocating to protect the cemetery since 2014.
A bill protecting the graves of Unangax̂ people forced to live in internment camps in Funter Bay has passed the Alaska Legislature and awaits Gov. Dunleavy’s signature.
Adding the cemetery to Funter Bay State Marine Park would mean the land couldn’t be sold or developed, and people would always be able to care for the cemetery.
On Monday night, the Assembly passed $2.3 million in CARES Act funding to create another grant program for businesses and another $2 million for grants to individuals impacted by the pandemic.
Juneau’s first by-mail election had the city’s best turnout in more than 20 years.
Of the 27,000 ballots sent out to registered voters in September, Friday’s count includes 11,836 ballots.