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Capital City Metro in Review -- Week of June 30th, 2013

The Whale Project is about to breach from its clay mold in hopes of making it to Juneau early next year. Celebrations of our country’s independence took place Thursday and Friday, but there was no hullabaloo over Alaska’s true birthday. This is CC METRO IN REVIEW for the week of June 30th, 2013:

With parades and fireworks on both sides of the channel, community members celebrated Independence Day with one oversight a week prior: the day the U.S. Senate passed The Alaska Statehood Act on June 30, 1958. The Statehood Act didn’t go into effect immediately — Alaska actually became a state in January 1959. Fireworks did not mark the occasion.

Jo Ann Lockwood questioned city method in deciding when planners should take projects before the Planning Commission for public comment. 

Amy Mead’s first week as City Attorney began on Monday.  

More news on the whale sculpture planned for Bridge Park: the Rasmuson Foundation awarded the project $250,000. Supporters say it should be here next year.

More cruise ships? Maybe. Plans are moving forward on the downtown Seawalk.

The airport wants to hear how you spend your money there as it embarks on a “concessions redevelopment plan.” Current concessionaire contracts expire in December.

And in this week’s most endearing public comment, Capital City Fire Chief Richard Etheridge noted that Cope Park was named in remembrance of local firefighter Bill Cope who died in March 1972. West Juneau Blog: “Mr. Cope had put tremendous effort into organizing sports activities through the Juneau Volunteer Fire Department.”

Got something to add? Send tips/ stories/photos/events/ juicy miscellanea to reporter Kenneth Rosen (kenneth.rosen@juneauempire.com) and follow him on Twitter: @Kennosen

Editor’s note: Capital City Metro is a weekly roundup that culls the news bites of the week. It features news topics that may have fallen through the cracks in our weekly, local news coverage. Check back for more fun each week. And if you’d like to contribute, let us know!

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