Gov. reappoints Sepel of Juneau to boat safety council

Retired Coast Guard commander and Juneau resident Jim Sepel was reappointed to his public seat on the Alaska Boating Safety Advisory Council. The Governor’s office announced Parnell’s reappointment on Monday.

Sepel is the current president of Sepel & Son Marine Surveying Inc. and a board member and past president of the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors.

Terry Buness of Wrangell was also reappointed to the council. Buness is a six-pack captain and 25-year member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary the assistant fire chief at the Wrangell Fire Department and a partner in Buness Bros., Inc.

The two Southeast residents join five other members to make up the council of Alaskan boaters. The council makes recommendations on educational materials and programs for boat safety, proposed boating regulations and state, regional and national boating issues.

“Applicants are selected on the basis of their interest in public affairs, knowledge of boating issues, and good judgment and ability concerning boating safety,” according to the council’s webpage.

For more information on the Alaska Boating Safety Advisory Council visit


Wed, 02/22/2017 - 20:01

Juneau man charged with sex abuse of a minor, called danger to community

A 28-year-old Juneau man is facing trial on several counts involving sexual abuse of a 12-year-old girl, after being called a danger to the community by a prosecutor due to his alleged porn addiction.

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Wed, 02/22/2017 - 20:01

Police & Fire for Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017

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Wed, 02/22/2017 - 08:32

Sealaska summer camp registration

The application period is now open for several Sealaska Heritage Institute camps and workshops for young adults.

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Wed, 02/22/2017 - 12:03

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