Author: Elise Giordano


In the last issue of the newspaper, published on July 29, The Skagway News incorrectly reported the cost of Juneau’s bronze whale statue that is soon to be installed in the bay and its relation to a lawsuit against the city for misusing CPV funds. The fabrication and construction of the statue will cost an estimated $2.8 million dollars, which is funded by privately raised donations. The pedestal of which the whale statue will sit upon and the necessary plumbing for the surrounding infinity pool will cost $650,000, which to be sourced from sales taxes. The park and seawalk surrounding the statue will cost approximately $10 million dollars, which is to be funded by Juneau’s share of the Commercial Passenger Vessel Excise Taxrevenues. The usage of CPV funds for this component project was the source of the Cruise Lines International Associations’ lawsuit against the city of Juneau for misusing the CPV tax revenues,not the whale statue itself. While the legislative audit of Southeastern Alaskan communities’ uses of their shares of CPV funds coincided with the lawsuit against the city of Juneau for misusing CPV funds, the two were separate and unrelated events. We regret the...

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POLICE BLOTTER: August 12, 2016

July 26 An ambulance was requested for an unconscious woman on Congress Way. Patient had left the area prior to ambulance arrival. A flood watch was issued for the Taiya River from the National Weather Service. A woman reported she had lost the location of her children as she had no cell phone. The dispatcher called the children’s cell phone and they reunited with their mother. An officer investigated a report of loud music in a residential area after 10 p.m. The music was turned down upon officers request. July 27 An officer responded to a complaint of a saxophone player on Broadway. The musician moved on upon arrival of officer. A citation was issued to Omni Jewelers for Off  Premise Canvassing. A warning was issued to a man for public urination. July 29 An officer assisted a driver with keys locked in his vehicle. July 30 An ambulance was requested for a scheduled medevac from a cruise ship. It was cancelled due to weather but was completed when the weather cleared. The injured brown bear was located and dispatched. A rescue boat was requested for a boat that had run out of fuel. The disabled boat was towed into the harbor. July 31 Tecumseh, Native American male, made of wood was reported to be chained to the Pat Moore footbridge. The chain was not locked and the owner...

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Bear shot during hazing accident put down by Park Service Ranger

  A brown bear accidentally shot late last month was put down by a Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park ranger on July 30. According to a KGRNHP press release, the injured bear was observed near a fishing slough on the Dyea Flats. KGRNHP Ranger Sean Smith-Kearon arrived at the scene and after observing the bear from afar, found it to be suffering from a “dead” hind leg. KGRNHP Chief Ranger Tim Steidel said Smith-Kearon was instructed to evaluate the bear and see if it was recovering. “If it’s on the rebound or recovering, we don’t want to put it down,” he said. Steidel said a tour bus parked near the bear, and it showed a lack of fear for large groups of people. Due to the lack of fear and leg injury, Smith-Kearon shot and killed the bear in accordance with a determination by the Skagway Interagency Bear Management Group, which includes representatives from the Skagway Police Department, the park service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. “We wouldn’t normally necessarily intervene with an injured bear, but because it was human-caused we did,” Steidel said. The bear was accidentally shot by an SPD officer during a hazing incident at the Dyea campground on July 16.  Campers attempting to scare it away alerted the officer to the bear. He loaded what he thought was a non-lethal rubber...

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Until the wind blows me back… By Elise Giordano Three years ago, I wrote a column much like this one. I had found Skagway a few months prior and after a summer internship was in love with the valley, the surrounding mountains, an exciting new relationship and a community of giving hearts. Coming to terms with leaving was a tough pill to swallow. In front of The Station, I buried my head in my boyfriend’s shoulder and cried for the town I would miss. I returned to Florida to finish my education, but I couldn’t stay away. One day...

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