Author: Jeff Brady

HOW: August 14, 2015

• A carver overheard this from a customer: “If you keep buying that mammoth ivory, they’ll keep killing them.” • A clothing store clerk asked two ladies: “So, where are you from?” “Rhode Island,” one answered. “Have you heard of it?” said the other. And then, from the same woman: “Do women here really wear these kind of clothes (pointing to the nice clothes in the store)? All we’ve seen are boots and Carhartts.” • On a hike through the Denver Glacier valley, a client asked a guide, “Why do you have a miniature fire extinguisher” “No sir, that...

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COMMENTARY: Questions that must be asked, answers that must be heard openly

By JEFF BRADY Before I make up my mind on whether to vote up or down the new tidelands lease with White Pass, I want some questions answered.  These questions were being asked during much of the entire 10-year process leading up to this moment, but no one was willing to answer them openly and truthfully because the negotiations were behind closed doors and there was fear of either tipping off or ticking off the other side. In presenting the ordinance and lease document to the public, the message to the voters so far seems to be, “just vote it up or down. Tell us if you like it or not.” Well, that’s not good enough. For me and the other independent-minded voters in the community – and that’s just about everyone – we want answers and we want them at the series of public meetings being held before the Aug. 25 special election. We want answers from the Assembly and its negotiating team, and we also want answers from White Pass. If you are asking us to approve something so big in our history, then you had better start talking and addressing these questions: 1.    For the assembly: If this lease is as good as you could get out of White Pass, what else were you trying to get and could not achieve? And tell us why, please....

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Skagway News Press Awards

By JEFF BRADY The Skagway News won four awards at the annual Alaska Press Club banquet in Anchorage for stories that appeared in 2014: • First place Sports Columnist for all media again went to Andrew Cremata for his Fish This! column. Cremata has “owned” this category for much of the past decade. • Second place Breaking News Story to the News staff of Katie Emmets, Aimee O’Connor and Jeff Brady for coverage of the WP&YR train derailment at the summit last July.  It was a rare entry and win for the twice monthly News in this category, as the staff scrambled to cover the event on its deadline day. • Second place Best Reporting on Science to Katie Emmets for her “informative, well structured and well written” September story about the study of area bats and their migration patterns. • Third place Best Short Feature to Elise Giordano for her delightful November story, “Arizona pit bull finds solace with Skagway...

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Skagway News sold to PR Services of Whitehorse

By JEFF BRADY Editor & Publisher (last time) As I announced in a letter to readers in the April 10 issue, this newspaper was in the process of being sold. Now that the legal documents have been signed, I’m pleased to announce that The Skagway News will be under new ownership as of May 1. It has been sold to the owners of PR Services in Whitehorse, a Yukon publishing company that already has strong Skagway ties. The next issue will be under the ownership of Alaska Travel Publications LLP, registered in Alaska by PR Services owners Jan Aalt...

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Panthers finish off memorable hoop season

By JEFF BRADY SITKA – There has never been a season like this in my 38 years of covering Skagway High basketball. Occasionally one team may go through a season without a win – they happen once in a while when a lot of players graduate or move on and enrollment thins – but there has never been a season, until now, when both teams put up zeroes in the win column. However, looking at these teams and the way they react after sometimes big-margin losses, you wouldn’t classify them as losers. They remain supportive and they continue to talk about getting better. If there is such thing as a good way to lose, then these 2014-15 Panther teams showed how to do it, with class. And when they look back on this season, after picking up that elusive first win next year, the memories of that season of no wins will be even better. Those wins will come. At the Region V 1A Tourney, the Skagway girls came within three points of claiming a victory in its last game. And both teams, while struggling against bigger and more experienced squads of upperclassmen, played even with or better than the second units of younger players on other teams. The Skagway girls have the tools now, and the boys could use a few more players to help make it happen....

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