Author: Jeff Brady

Under the Boardwalk: Changing north, changing world

BY JEFF BRADY  On a drive up to Whitehorse this week, I was stunned by how early our landscape is transforming this year. At Log Cabin, where the ski race was held just three weeks ago, there is very little snow left. As I came down the hill, I then noticed Tutshi Lake is open, which is not that unusual for late April. A lynx darted across the road as I headed over the next ridge, alerting me to my next surprise: Windy Arm also is open except for a small stretch of ice in the narrows where it...

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Under the Boardwalk: February light, revelations, and remembering Kenny Sailors

  I look forward to February every year. It’s our transition month. January’s dark and usually cold days are behind us, and March lies ahead waiting to finish off winter. Stuck in between, February is short and gives us just enough light to carry on. And then there’s always something to talk and write about. This February, it’s a veteran assembly member who has landed in federal court and pleaded guilty to not filing his tax returns for several years, and not telling the truth on his APOC reports. Dan Henry’s name has lit up statewide media and the local Facebook chatter the past few days, and it’s kind of sad, especially for the family. Despite all his many good community works over the years, Dan should do the honorable thing and resign his seat, so the municipality can carry on unfettered. People in Skagway who have done wrong, and owned up to it, are easily forgiven. Before this all went down, I was reminded of the good works of the great Kenny Sailors, who passed away on Jan. 30 at the age of 95. Sailors is best remembered for being the inventor of the jump shot, leading Wyoming to the 1943 NCAA championship, and a member the College Basketball Hall of Fame. But he has a connection to us. After a stint in the Marines, a short pro...

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UNDER THE BOARDWALK: Rambling Home for the Holidays

BY JEFF BRADY This year’s big Yuletide weekend was something else. The Santa Train set a new record with standing room only crowds on almost every car, and the Yuletide Ball was a rollicking Roaring 20s affair. Men sported gangster suits with wide ties and suspenders, the women were beautiful in their frilly dresses, heels and flapper hats with feathers, and the kids were being kids, dancing and roaming. The ball is always an enjoyable spectator affair for us. After filling up on food and getting in a couple of dances, we headed home in the clear night, and...

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Lady Panthers fall to Eagles

BY JEFF BRADY The Skagway High girls opened their 2015-16 season with a pair of losses to a strong Angoon team last weekend. The Lady Panthers showed a lot of improvement over last year. They were much more active on both ends of the court but just could not stop Angoon’s best player, nor put up enough points to keep up with their opponent. The Eagles beat Skagway 46-20 the first night. SHS gave up a lot of second chance points, but came on in the fourth quarter with better rebounding and a press that almost got them back...

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Under the Boardwalk : Community Taking Notes

BY JEFF BRADY Contributing Writer A lot of people want to know how my “retirement” from running the newspaper is going. My stock answer is that I’m not really “retired.” That’s too strong a word for my current life state. I am as busy as ever with things that interest me, mostly promoting our books, getting our new writers and artists retreat completed, and raising the last child in the household. I do find it refreshing not to have to run off to every meeting in town or stressing over a news deadline every two weeks, but I’m still paying...

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