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DOT watching Thane for slides
JUNEAU - The advance exhalation of a minor avalanche put 10 or 11 inches of snow on Thane Road about 9 a.m. today, and snowplows were in the process of removing it at 11 a.m.
The slide rushed down Snowslide Gulch, the first slide ravine visible going south on Thane, said Gary Hayden of the state Department of Transportation.
"What was on the road was the power blast or fallout from airborne debris. The actual avalanche stopped short," Hayden said. "It was stopped by the diversion dike that DOT built there several days ago. Wind-blown snow (blowing over and down Mount Roberts and Gastineau Peak in the gusts of the last couple of days) builds up in pockets. It builds up, starts sliding down, and becomes an avalanche."
The agency will keep an eye out for more build-up, he said. "I would advise people not to linger there because the risk is definitely high right now. The Juneau Police Department had a camper parked there removed."
If the winds abate, DOT probably will use snow guns to bring down possible slides Tuesday, Hayden said.
LeConte ready for basketball fans
JUNEAU - The state ferry LeConte has changed its schedule Thursday and Friday to accommodate fans headed for the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament, which starts Sunday in Juneau.
The vessel will depart all ports from Metlakatla to Kake on time Wednesday and Thursday, depart Angoon at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (15 minutes earlier than the published schedule), bypass Hoonah and arrive in Juneau at 11:30 p.m. Thursday.
To accommodate additional Hoonah traffic, the LeConte will sail round trip from Juneau to Hoonah early Friday. The ship will leave Juneau at 1 a.m., arrive in Hoonah at 4:15 a.m., depart Hoonah at 5 a.m. and arrive back in Juneau at 8:15 a.m.
The LeConte will resume its published schedule with the southbound departure from Juneau at 2 p.m. Friday.
For more information, see the Web site at www.state.ak.us/ferry or call 1-800 642-0066 or 907 465-3941.
Angoon looks at economic development
JUNEAU - Dozens of people from government agencies and private groups interested in development on Admiralty Island are scheduled to meet this week in Angoon.
According to Angoon Mayor Floyd Kookesh, the three-day event is an opportunity to discuss several potential projects, including an airport, marine highway port and a hydroelectric facility.
"One of the things that excites me most about this meeting is that it will bring people to our village who have never been to Angoon," Kookesh said, "and for the residents it will increase their awareness of the resources that are available."
The town meeting is sponsored by the Angoon Alliance - an affiliation of Angoon's city government, tribe and Kootznoowoo Inc., the village corporation - and the Tlingit-Haida Central Council.
Gordon Jackson, director of the Central Council's business development section, said he intends to sponsor similar meetings in other villages.
"What we are trying to do is to bring many of the people whose decisions and actions affect villages to those villages, and to allow the residents to express themselves," Jackson said in a statement.
The meeting was to start today at 2 p.m. and continue through Wednesday afternoon.