Casey Kelly, KTOO - Juneau
Casey Kelly is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.
The U.S. Forest Service is asking for the public’s help in solving the mystery of the stolen cedar planks. In March, the Forest Service and Juneau Snowmobile Club stashed five caches of rough cut, yellow cedar along Douglas Island’s Dan Moller Trail. The lumber was to be used for a plank replacement project starting this month.
Capital City Fire and Rescue is lending a helping hand to one of Juneau’s neighbors. On July 10th, a Skagway Fire Department ambulance crashed on the Klondike Highway, seriously injuring four volunteer paramedics.
Juneau International Airport is asking the Federal Aviation Administration for $2-million dollars to install additional approach lighting at the east end of its main runway.
Authorities have recovered the body of Air Excursions pilot Kevin Murray, along with wreckage of the Piper Cherokee airplane he was flying last Thursday when it went down between Juneau and Gustavus.
Three Juneau residents are among the thirteen applicants to replace Justice Walter “Bud” Carpeneti on the Alaska Supreme Court. Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg, Assistant Attorney General Susan Cox and Administrative Law Judge Terry Thurbon have submitted their names to the Alaska Judicial Council for consideration. Ketchikan Superior Court Judge Trevor Stephens is the only other Southeast resident that applied.
Alaska State Troopers have identified the pilot who died in yesterday’s plane crash near Juneau. He’s 56-year-old Kevin Murray from Washington state. Family has been notified, and Trooper Tim Birt says crews will attempt to recover the body and plane this afternoon, if the weather improves.
The Coast Guard and a commercial helicopter company are looking for a small plane that went missing between Juneau and Gustavus Thursday morning. Lieutenant Ryan Erickson with Sector Juneau Search and Rescue says the pilot was the only person on board the plane owned by Air Excursions. It was due into Gustavus at 8:55 a.m., and was the pilot was last heard from at 8:47 a.m. near Point Howard.
Opponents of measure 2 on this month’s Alaska primary ballot are using their sizable financial advantage to flood the airwaves. Thanks largely to donations from resource development groups and companies, the “Vote No on 2″ campaign is running TV and radio commercials in addition to print advertising, encouraging voters to say no to the measure restoring Alaska’s Coastal Management Program.
The Douglas Indian Association Tuesday held a blessing ceremony at Gastineau Community School for human remains found during a renovation project.
The Alaska Office of Children’s Services’ grievance process fails to fairly and adequately respond to citizen complaints. That’s the finding of an eight-month investigation by the state Ombudsman’s office, which resulted in a 94-page report released today (Monday). The report recommends a complete overhaul of OCS agency regulations governing grievances.
Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Walter “Bud” Carpeneti of Juneau has announced his retirement, effective January 31, 2013. Carpeneti was appointed to the state superior court in Juneau in 1981 by Governor Jay Hammond. Voters retained him in that position three times – in 1986, 1992, and 1998. Governor Tony Knowles appointed him to the Supreme Court in 1998. He was retained by voters in 2002.
Celebration 2012 is officially underway. Southeast Alaska’s largest Native cultural gathering kicked off in earnest Thursday morning with the Grand Entrance Procession in Juneau.
A group of 20-somethings from Juneau set out on the trip of a lifetime last week. They’ll be kayaking through Southeast Alaska and British Columbia, then hopping on bikes and riding through the rest of the Americas. Their final destination is Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of Argentina.
The state-regulated company that collects garbage in Juneau will start offering curbside recycling next month. Arrow Refuse plans to pick up comingled materials, including paper, cardboard, metal cans, and plastics, but not glass. Customers can opt-in to the service for $3.11 a month.
Some unemployed workers in Alaska are about to lose their unemployment insurance benefits thanks to federal legislation that ties the payments to a state’s unemployment rate.
A group called “Friends of Auke Bay” is fighting a state road project to build a roundabout in the small commercial district north of Juneau. Group members say the project would make the area less livable, and destroy DeHart’s – a popular roadside convenience store and gas station in the heart of Auke Bay.
Governor Sean Parnell and several legislators took part in a rally in Juneau Wednesday, demanding justice for the late U.S. Senator Ted Stevens. The organizers want federal prosecutors held accountable for cutting corners in order to convict Stevens of ethics violations in 2008.
Rep. Carl Gatto died this morning. The Palmer Republican was battling prostate cancer and last week suffered kidney failure. His death was announced about 12:30 p.m. on the floor of the Alaska House of Representatives. He was 74.
Last night the Coast Guard fired a number of rounds into the derelict Japanese ghost ship off the coast of Southeast Alaska until it burst into flames and then sank. The cutter Anacapa began shelling at around 1:00 pm yesterday afternoon and finally watched it go down at about 6:15, leaving just a light sheen in the water about 180 miles offshore.
A U.S. Coast Guard cutter is attempting to sink a derelict Japanese fishing vessel off the coast of Alaska. The Ryou-un Maru is currently about 180 miles southwest of Sitka. It’s been adrift since last year’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan.