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Recount has Cordova tax failing
KETCHIKAN - The vote keeps changing on a $5 cruise ship head tax in Cordova.
First the March 6 vote was too close to call. Then absentee ballots counted Tuesday had the initiative winning by one vote. On Thursday a recount of ballots showed 323 in favor of it and 324 against, KRBD radio reported. Cordova's city council is scheduled to meet Monday to certify the recount.
Glory Hole looking for support
JUNEAU - The Glory Hole, the downtown homeless shelter and dining hall, is holding a fund-raising brunch Sunday.
Proceeds will contribute to the Glory Hole's regular services and help it provide new services to homeless teen-agers, such as sack lunches and food at the Zach Gordon Youth Center, said Director Joan Decker.
The fund-raising brunch is scheduled for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at the Elks Lodge at 127 Franklin Street. It will include fruit, pastries, eggs, sausage, and biscuits and gravy. Cost is $10 for adults and $25 for families.
Gift adds acreage to Tongass forest
ANCHORAGE - Conservationists have purchased private land and donated it to the U.S. Forest Service, adding acreage to the Tongass National Forest.
The Nature Conservancy and The Trust for Public Land paid $82,500 for mining claims on Yakobi Island, west of Juneau.
The two parcels total 155 acres and include a pier. Fishermen, hunters and campers have long used the area, called Bohemia Bay, as an access route in the nearby West Chichagof-Yakobi Wilderness. Under the sale terms, the Forest Service will permanently protect the land from development. Pelican will manage the pier for public use.
Eaglecrest seeks food for charity
JUNEAU - Eaglecrest Ski Area will offer discounts Saturday and Sunday in exchange for canned food for the Southeast Alaska Food Bank.
Two cans of food earn an all-day lift ticket or an all-day equipment rental at half the day rate. Four cans of food will earn discounts on both services but not one service for free.