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A mature bald eagle flies past Juneau’s waterfront harbor on Tuesday.

Affordable housing still planned for Juneau

Despite a failed partnership that paused plans for a new affordable senior housing complex in Juneau, things are moving forward once again. It’s just not how either party originally planned.

General Manager of St. Vincent de Paul Society Dan Austin said when Seattle-based GMD Development pulled out of plans to build a 41-unit complex, it threw a wrench in his 10-year planning process.

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A $750K ride to the glacier

A group of about 20 people took a short tour to the Mendenhall Glacier Tuesday morning. The tour was considerably different than most: The tour bus — not the glacier — was the center of attention.

It was the first glacier tour ever to be run on an electric bus, and it was the first electric bus ever to drive on Juneau roads.

“We live here, and we see how the glacier is changing due to climate change, so we felt a responsibility to do this,” said Dennis McDonnell, president of Alaska Coach Tours, speaking to the passengers who were invited on the ride.

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Photo: Cropley Lake travelers

Eva Bornstein, left, Carolyn Gould, Pam Bergeson, Sondra Stanway and Mary Willson, right, hike to Cropley Lake at Eaglecrest as the destination of this week’s Parks & Recreation Wednesday Hike.

Around town for Thursday, Oct. 8

Juneau Gastineau Rotary Club meeting, 7 a.m., The Prospector Hotel.

Open lab computer training, 9 a.m.-11 a.m, The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry Way.

ALEXsys job search workshop, 10 a.m., The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry Way.

Storytime, 11 a.m., Douglas Library. Details: 586-5267.

Applied Math II Problem Solving, 11 a.m., The Learning Connection.

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Hiker, dog rescued on Mount Roberts

The Juneau Mountain Rescue team helped a stranded man and his dog escape steep terrain on Mount Roberts Tuesday morning after he called Alaska State Troopers for help.

Juneau resident Robert Sauerteig, 53, left for a solo day hike Monday morning. It was while descending at night, using an unfamiliar shortcut with dense foliage, that he realized he needed to wait until sunlight returned to make it home.

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Hurricane Oho headed for Southeast this weekend

Southeast Alaska may be the recipient of a surge of rain this weekend, courtesy of a hurricane now spinning in the Pacific Ocean northeast of Hawaii.

Hurricane Oho, 645 miles east-northeast of Hilo, Hawaii, is forecast to reach the Juneau area by late Friday or early Saturday, according to forecasts from Accuweather and the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.

While it won’t be a hurricane when it arrives — it’s expected to be what meteorologists call an “extratropical storm” — it will still carry high winds and significant rain into the region.

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Photo: Outgoing incumbent

Mayor Merrill Sanford, left, concedes the election to Greg Fisk in the Assembly Chamber Tuesday evening.

Photo: Bald eagle soars over harbor

A mature bald eagle flies Juneau's waterfront harbor on Tuesday.

Familiar, fresh faces for school board

With 12 years of experience, Andi Story returns to Juneau’s School Board, along with newcomers Josh Keaton and Emil Mackey.

Tuesday’s election results showed Story, 500 votes ahead of the second-closest candidate, was the clear favorite of Juneau voters. She received 2,730 votes. Keaton also won a seat on the board with 2,194 votes, as did Mackey, with 2,006, according to preliminary results.

Candidate Jason Hart was a close fourth with 1,633 votes. Jeff Redmond followed with 1,127.

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State plans to lay up more ferries

Anticipated budget cuts are sinking service by the Alaska Marine Highway.

On Tuesday, the state ferry system unveiled a summer 2016 draft schedule that shows four of the state’s 11 ferries laid up for lack of funding.

“Right now, the marine highway system is fighting for its life,” said Robert Venables of Haines, chairman of the state’s Marine Transportation Advisory Board.

The Taku, Fairweather and Chenega will not run from May 1 to Sept. 30, 2016, the peak of the Alaska tourist season. The ferry Malaspina will run only from May 1 to May 25 before being laid up.

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Fisk unseats incumbent Sanford for mayor

Tuesday’s election was an overwhelming defeat for Juneau mayor Merrill Sanford, who was ousted by new challenger Greg Fisk by a whopping 66 percent of the votes.

Fisk secured 2,919 votes, nearly double that of Sanford, who received 1,470 votes, according to preliminary election results announced Tuesday evening.

“I’m pretty astounded,” Fisk said at “Election Center” at Assembly chambers. “This likely reflected that Merrill didn’t have his heart in it, I don’t think. He could’ve made it a hell of a lot closer.”

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Around town for Wednesday, Oct. 7

Computer Basics, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry way.

Parks and Recreation Wednesday hike, 9:30 a.m., Cropley Lake. No dogs or firearms. Details: 586-0428.

Day of quilting, sewing and good fellowship, 10 a.m., Resurrection Lutheran Church. Quilts donated to Lutheran World Relief. Details: 586-2380.

Applied Math II Problem Solving, 11 a.m., The Learning Connection.

Senior ceramics, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Juneau Senior Center. Details: Diane, 463-6176.

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Fairbanks native, three-time cancer survivor shares story

FAIRBANKS — Becky Zaverl is one of those rare people who can make you feel you’ve known her your entire life, even though you just met her. With direct blue eyes and an ever-ready smile, Zaverl is so warm, vibrant and upbeat it would be easy to assume she’s never experienced misfortune.

The truth is that Zaverl is simply in love with life, in the way only a three-time cancer survivor can be.

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Police & Fire for Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

Conditions violation

• At 8:19 p.m. Monday, Dirk Daugherty, 34, was arrested in the 2500 block of Vista Drive for violating conditions of release from jail. He was taken to Lemon Creek Correctional Center.


• At 5:45 p.m. Monday, a 42-year-old man was found deceased in his residence. The cause of death is not believed to be suspicious. An autopsy will be conducted by the Alaska Medical Examiner’s Office in Anchorage. Next of kin has been notified.

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Reynolds repeats as Fur Rondy sled dog race victor

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Feds: No more false starts on Alaska gas pipeline

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Minimum wage initiative makes August ballot

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