Author: Daniel Fox

Police & Fire Blotter March 9

February 20th Dispatch passed on a message regarding damaged railing on the Skagway River Bridge. February 21st EMS personnel and an SPD officer responded to a medical emergency. A possible hit and run was reported. EMS personnel assisted with a scheduled medevac. February 22nd A lost wallet was reported. February 23rd Dispatch assisted another agency with a welfare check. February 24th An officer assisted multiple residents with courtesy rides. February 25th An officer responded to an alleged hit and run. An officer responded to a burglary alarm. February 26th Dispatch assisted a motorist with ascertaining road conditions. A loose...

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Holland America Group makes initial tidelands lease proposal

By DAN FOX EDITOR On Valentine’s Day, a new suitor appeared to try and start talks on a tidelands lease deal with the Municipality of Skagway. The Holland America Group (HA Group) – which includes Princess Cruises, the Holland America Line and the Seabourn Cruise Line – sent a letter to the borough’s mayor and assembly with a proposal for economic collaboration. The letter lists out some of the HA Group’s current impacts on the town: accounting for 50 percent of Skagway’s cruise ship passengers and employing 17 people year-round and 205 on a seasonal basis. It then broaches...

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Rockslide mitigation to be completed in April

Two cruise ships tied up at port, as seen from the hill high above the Railroad Dock during the summer. PHOTO BY ANDREW CREMATA By DAN FOX EDITOR At the very end of the summer cruise season in 2017, a series of rockslides hampered operations at the White Pass & Yukon Route’s Railroad Dock. These tumbles of earth resulted in damage being done to some infrastructure on that side of the port, and the closure of the dock for the remainder of the season. As 2018’s tourist-laden summer draws near, White Pass says it is taking efforts to mitigate...

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