I was born and raised in Juneau, graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School and went to technical school in Arizona. In the spring of this year, I returned to Juneau after graduating from technical school, in hopes of finding a well-paying job. When I heard the Kensington Mine was hiring mechanics, I applied and was offered employment.
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This was my dream, to be able to move back to Juneau after going off to further my education in the Lower 48. A lot of my friends could not return, due to the high cost of living and not having a job to come home to. The Kensington Mine is the reason I can pay off my student loans and stay in Alaska, a state that I love.
We need to support the mine and remind Southeast Alaska Conservation Council that it is affecting my quality of life by filing a temporary injunction against Kensington and trying to interfere with construction.