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Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down

NPS, Aramark reach agreement; bad news for extreme runner

Posted: August 26, 2013 - 12:03am

Thumbs up to the National Park Service and Aramark for reaching an agreement that ultimately extended the current concessions contract at Glacier Bay Lodge.

This will certainly mean good things for the Gustavus community and the many small businesses that thrive on the tourism the NPS lodge helps to attract.

We hope the ongoing negotiations will result in a long term solution.

Thumbs up to the Juneau-Douglas High School football team. They are 2-0 on the season after a thrilling come-from-behind victory Friday night. Beating a team from out of state makes the victory even sweeter. And kudos also to Thunder Mountain High School for their win over Ketchikan.

Thumbs down to the individuals responsible for the theft of extreme runner Dan Lesh’s raft and survival equipment last week off a beach on Pleasant Island, near Gustavus.

Lesh and his girlfriend went for a day-long run around the remote southeast island and, upon returning, found their raft and equipment missing. They were the victims of a thoughtless crime.

When someone’s supplies are stolen in Alaska, it is the equivalent of stealing a cowboy’s horse in the desert. The situation for those involved could have turned dangerous quickly.

We hope the perpetrators are caught, or maybe they’ll turn themselves in to authorities.

Thumbs up to the first days of another year of classes at Juneau’s educational institutions. Whether you’re just starting out in Kindergarten or moving your way through the University of Alaska Southeast, each day is a chance to open your mind to the opportunities education brings. This is an exciting time of year, embrace it.

Even though they were not entirely finished, it’s nice to see how the beautifully remodeled Auke Bay and Gastineau elementary schools turned out.

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