District, support staff reach tentative deal
JUNEAU - The Juneau School District and the support staff union tentatively agreed Thursday to a two-year contract.
The parties didn't provide details of the proposed contract pending a meeting of the Juneau Education Support Staff membership scheduled for 6:30 p.m. June 23.
But the parties said in a joint statement that the tentative agreement includes "salary adjustments, changes in the contribution to health insurance, modifications in the health plan and some changes to working conditions."
More details will be available when the tentative agreement is ratified by the JESS membership and the Juneau School Board.
The 282 members of JESS include custodians, maintenance staff, nurses and instructional assistants.
"We're pleased with the settlement," said Superintendent Peggy Cowan. "We think it's fair and just and good for employees."
The district has scheduled nonbinding arbitration with the teachers union on June 29 and is negotiating with the administrators union as well.
Snagging fish to be banned at Auke Creek
JUNEAU - Snagging fish off the mouth of Auke Creek will be prohibited Saturday through Aug. 30 to protect adult sockeye salmon returning to Auke Lake.
Under an emergency order, it will be unlawful to intentionally snag or attempt to snag any fish in the area. Anglers must immediately release and any fish hooked somewhere other than the mouth.
Fish and Game reports that because of the need to protect returning sockeye salmon in the Auke Creek drainage area, all fishing regulations there will be strictly enforced. If any violations of the snagging prohibition or the prohibition on snagging sockeyes area observed, the department will close the mouth of Auke Creek to all fishing.
The order covers the small saltwater shoreline area in Auke Bay off the mouth of Auke Creek.
The no-snagging boundary will be inside a line extending from the Auke Bay Laboratory's boat dock south to the nearest of two white buoys, continuing on to the second buoy and extending to a departmental regulatory marker on the Fritz Cove Road shoreline, just south of the mouth of Auke Creek.
The area already is closed to the retention of sockeye salmon, but many anglers attempting to snag hatchery-released king salmon are incidentally snagging sockeye salmon, according to Fish and Game officials.
Only 2,000 sockeye salmon are expected to return this year to Auke Lake, well below the 5,000-fish goal.
Anglers looking for additional information should call the department's sport-fishing in Douglas at 465-4270.