Author: Suzanne Ashe

Police and Fire Blotter: Dec. 7 – 19, 2016

December 7 Fire personnel responded to a downtown Fire Alarm, it was determined the alarm was caused by construction. Officer reported a winter watchman light was on at a Municipal building, responsible party was notified. December 8 A Masterbuilt electric smoker was reportedly stolen from a trailer on a residential property. Fire personnel responded to a residential oven fire. It was successfully extinguished. December 9 A complaint of an idling truck was received. Dispatch contacted the responsible party for a residential alarm. December 10 Dispatch contacted the responsible party of a downtown location for a winter watchman light. A report of possible graffiti on Broadway was received. December 11 A request for the On Duty Provider was received. A dog at large was reunited with his owner. An officer unlocked a vehicle in which the owner had locked his keys. A medical insurance card was found and turned in. December 12 A report of a lost wallet was received. December 13 Fire personnel responded to a Sprinkler Alarm at a downtown location. It was determined the alarm was caused by compressor failure. December 14 Officers responded to a report of disorderly conduct at the Clinic. December 15 An Officer provided a courtesy ride for an incapacitated individual. Multiple complaints of fireworks were received. December 16 A complaint of an illegal burn was received. A dog at large was reunited...

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Letter to the editor: Arctic Terns get a little help from their friends

It has come to my attention that White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad recently agreed to allow signage to be placed seasonally on their leased land, for the purpose of helping to protect the Arctic Terns that nest there during the early summer months (approximately late April through late July). As a member of the former Migratory Bird Working Group, I am reassured that the issue was followed-up on, and that a positive solution was reached between both the railroad and the city. Special thanks to Jaime Bricker and Tyler Rose of White Pass, and to Assemblyman Jay Burnham of the Parks & Recreation committee. I would also like to extend my thank you to the Mayor: in June, Mayor Schaefer proclaimed that 2016 marks the centennial anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) and further, that it is appropriate to recognize this Act in Skagway. I believe the new signs, that will be placed near tern nesting grounds, should help deter unintentional disturbance of nests protected under the MBTA. The efforts involved in this action are an excellent example of how communities can collaborate to address threats contributing to the decline of migratory birds, including the loss of crucial nesting habitat. Sincerely, Kim...

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Acclaimed world travel and fiction writer Paul Theroux to keynote 2017 North Words Writers Symposium

After writing nearly fifty books of nonfiction and fiction set in the most exotic of locales, America’s greatest travel writer is finally headed for one of Alaska’s most notorious: Skagway. Paul Theroux will lead a faculty of seven acclaimed authors at the 8th annual North Words Writers Symposium May 31-June 3 in historic Skagway, Alaska. An inordinate percentage of Alaska households (including seasonal cabins) feature a well-worn copy of Theroux on their shelves—travel classics like The Great Railway Bazaar and The Old Patagonia Express, meaty fiction ala The Mosquito Coast, or the cultural satire of Blinding Light. The places, people, and stories which arise from Theroux’s considerable literary talents define a territory in American letters that belong wholly to the master; we are honored that he would consider extending his borders to include North Words, and encourage readers and writers to join us for the celebration. When Theroux lands in Skagway, he will bring his latest published work, Mother Land (Houghton Mifflin, May 2017), “a richly detailed, darkly hilarious novel” about a narcissistic matriarch of a Cape Cod family whose affections and quirks drive the saga of a “vast family that bickers, colludes, connives, and ultimately overcomes the painful ties that bind them.” A maximum of 50 registrants at the 2017 North Words Symposium will also engage with a dazzling faculty of Alaskan writers that includes John Straley, Sherry...

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School Report: Dec. 9, 2016

Student count for school year stays above 100 The official student count for the 2016 -17 year is 113.05 kindergarten through twelfth graders. The academic year started off with about 125 students, the highest enrollment in almost two decades. But official head count is calculated by the State a few weeks into the school year. “A lot of people ask me how you get .05 kids. That’s an average over a 20-day period of [the school’s] enrollment, so obviously we’ve got some fluctuation with the end of the cruise ship season, Superintendent Josh Coughran told the School Board during its regular session on Nov. 29. “I had estimated 105, so that’s good news as well. We are seeing some extra funding [from the State] because of that,” Coughran said. The exact amount of those funds will be announced at the board meeting in January “once the finance division of the state has released the final calculations,” Coughran said. Vocational building RFP update Plans for the school’s Vocational Education building are moving forward in the form of a request for proposals (RFP). The RFP was sent out in November by City Manager Scott Hahn with a deadline to return proposals by Dec. 6. The plan calls for building that will house a modernized automotive shop, maintenance storage area and possibly an emergency generator. The goal for the vocational building is...

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