Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO - Juneau
Rosemarie Alexander is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.
Need a bridge? It’s not the usual thing to see in the classifieds, but the state of Alaska wants to unload the 47-year-old Brotherhood Bridge, which spans Juneau’s Mendenhall River.
Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho is asking Canadian environmental officials to come up with a plan to treat Acid Rock Drainage from the Tulsequah Chief Mine at the headwaters of the Taku River.
The state of Alaska next month will ask the federal government to approve new education standards to replace the so-called No Child Left Behind program. The state has requested a waiver from the federal law, which has vexed educators for a decade. State education officials are now in the process of adopting new assessments to replace Adequate Yearly Progress.
Three Arkansas teenagers charged with the death of Kevin Thornton of Juneau will be tried individually. Hot Spring County Circuit Court Judge Ed Koon has ordered the case be severed. Kevin Thornton was visiting the Malvern area in July 2011, when he was allegedly assaulted by the boys, then ages 16 and 17. He died of his injuries a week later.
NOAA scientists are combing Alaska beaches again in their search for marine debris from the 2011 tsunami that hit Japan.
A water treatment plant at the Tulsequah Chief Mine project in British Columbia has been shut down. Mine owners Chieftain Metals shut off the plant on June 22. The company says it cannot continue spending money on water treatment without any mine income.
Marine debris is nothing new, and a NOAA crew found little of note in last week’s survey of outside Panhandle beaches.
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.
The Alaska Supreme Court says the candidate filing deadline for the August primary will remain June first. The court this afternoon denied a Democratic Party petition to delay the candidate filing deadline for two weeks. In a petition filed Tuesday, ADP director Kay Brown said multiple redistricting plans have created uncertainty over new district lines. The Alaska Supreme Court last week threw out the Redistricting Board’s latest plan and adopted the April 5 version. The ruling came just ten days before the June 1st candidate filing deadline.
Juneau and the Southeast region fared well by the 27th Alaska State Legislature. Before the regular session ended, lawmakers appropriated $2.9 billion for construction and maintenance projects statewide, and $450 million in general obligation bonds to be approved by voters next November.
State Representative Sharon Cissna is running for Don Young’s seat in Congress. She filed her paperwork with the Alaska Public Offices Commission this morning. Cissna is a Democrat who currently represents the University/medical district in Anchorage.
U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Thomas Ostebo and his Russian counterpart Lieutenant General Rafael Daerbaev today signed an agreement calling for continued cooperation on law enforcement in the Arctic, Bering Sea and North Pacific.
The Alaska Senate today (Wednesday) unanimously passed a bill giving judges the ability to consider Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders as a mitigating factor in sentencing for non-violent crimes.
A portrait of the late Senator Ted Stevens – unveiled Friday evening — will hang on the second floor of the Alaska State Capitol between the House and Senate chambers.
The Senate Education Committee this morning approved an increase to the Basic Student Allocation – or BSA.
State Senate President Gary Stevens says nothing is more important this legislative session than coming to agreement on oil tax legislation.
Thirty-five states have banned texting while driving – and Alaska thought it had too. But some judges say the law passed in 2008 is not clear, so legislation is on the move that specifically prohibits drivers from reading or typing a text, email or other message while their vehicle is in motion.
Organizers of a citizen’s ballot initiative to restore Alaska’s Coastal Management Program have well over the number of signatures required to put it on the statewide ballot, says Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho.
The snowed-clogged town of Cordova had rain Wednesday, adding pounds to the snow, increasing avalanche danger, and complicating the cleanup.
The company building a mine at the headwaters of the transboundary Taku River expects a new road to be completed by the end of the year. That will allow year round access to the Tulsequah Chief Mine.