The City and Borough of Juneau has appropriated $847,000 to date to defend itself in a lawsuit brought by the cruise ship industry. At stake is the city’s passenger fees that raise millions for port infrastructure and other tourism-related projects.
Buffers prohibiting development as close as 50 feet from an eagles nests during nesting season have been scrapped by the Juneau Assembly. City planners argued that a shortage of qualified federal biologists had made the law too hard to effectively enforce.
As part of a plea deal, Cecil Trent Yeisley, 24, must serve three years on probation for felony assault and a misdemeanor charge of failure to stop for a police officer after a high-speed car chase.