Assembly OKs land purchase
JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly on Monday unanimously approved the purchase of 0.3 acres of waterfront property in Auke Bay for a park.
Funding for the $290,000 purchase will come from $500,000 in cruise ship passenger fees set aside for open space land acquisition.
The land is owned by Richard Harris, who was planning to open a restaurant and lodge on the site, but offered to sell to the city. Auke Bay residents asked the city to acquire the property for a park.
Assembly member Jeannie Johnson said a private group is raising funds to contribute toward the park purchase.
Police still looking for robber of teen
JUNEAU - Police have no leads and no suspects following an armed robbery over the weekend in the Fred Meyer parking lot.
Police released the details Monday of a 16-year-old boy who was held up at gunpoint around 9:14 p.m. Saturday.
According to a police press release, the boy was getting out of his vehicle, which was parked between Fred Meyer and Juneau Electronics. A man, about 30 to 40 years old, white, with facial hair and mid-length brown hair, approached him carrying a handgun.
Police said the man ordered the boy to empty his pockets, which held a checkbook and cell phone. The man also told the boy to hand over his socks, police said, which he did. The man then fled the scene by foot across Glacier Highway.
The man was last seen wearing a denim jacket, white shirt, denim pants and white shoes.
The phone was later recovered in the downtown area and turned in to the police. The boy was not injured during the robbery.
JDHS library stays open over recess
JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas High School Library will be open over the winter recess to help students with projects and other assignments.
The library will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 27-28 and Jan. 3-4.
Community Schools supervisor Joyce Kitka said there will be a math teacher and an English teacher available to help students. Students will have access to books, computers and calculators.
Last school year - the first year the library was open over break - about 50 to 75 students attended each day's session, Kitka said.
Students who attend and work a minimum of 10 hours during the break will receive a movie pass. Snacks will be provided.
Assembly's letter to USFS draws fire
JUNEAU - Two people on Monday criticized the Juneau Assembly's decision to send a letter to the U.S. Forest Service with recommendations for helicopter landings on the Juneau Icefield.
The Assembly recommended that the number of allowed helicopter landings stay the same for the next two years, with increases in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
Kim Metcalfe, who voiced objections to growth in aircraft noise, said she was dismayed the Assembly made a decision during a work session and didn't allow the public to comment. "This is a bad first step for a newly elected Assembly," she said at Monday's assembly meeting. "This should have been taken up as a resolution and debated in public session."
Deputy Mayor Ken Koelsch said it isn't unusual for a letter to come out of a work session.
"We have received a lot of input on the helicopter (environmental impact statement)," he said. "What was put forth was a compromise, well-crafted to include many aspects of the community. It passed unanimously."
Compiled from staff reports.