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Ketchikan's Bridge to Somewhere - 04/20/08 02:19 AM
When I go to Haines next weekend, I've got to meet Roger Maynard. For a fresh new look at issues in Alaska, I invite you to visit his website: http://www.rogermaynard.net . It is with Roger's explicit permission I bring you the following. I'm sure you've all read about the supposed boondoggle of the "Bridge to Nowhere". Many of us within the state understand the real story. We've all discussed it at one time or another, but I've got to admit, Roger's got me beat when it comes to telling this story! Alaska: Ketchikan's Bridge to Somewhere Posted on April 5, 2008 by rogermaynard Once (7 comments)
Energy savings – some easy targets - 04/19/08 11:49 PM
Everyone in Juneau is trying to find ways to reduce their energy costs. A catastrophic avalanche took out over a mile and a half of power line from our hydroelectric plant and cut off Alaska's capital city. Everything is operating on huge generators. It's estimated to take 100,000 gallons of diesel every day to keep things running. In turn, our rates are soaring to an estimated 50 cents per kilowatt hour. Needless to say, every little bit helps. If we all conserve enough, maybe we won't need to ship in so much fuel. After all, it takes a lot of time to (9 comments)
More on the Juneau Alaska energy emergency - 04/18/08 11:05 AM
Anybody who lives in Juneau or has been following the story knows our community is in crisis. To catch anybody else up to speed, Wednesday morning at about 4:00 there was a massive avalanche that destroyed over a mile and a half of power line and several towers just a few miles north of our hydroelectric plant which is 40 miles south of downtown. Our electrical rates are expected to increase from about 11 cents per kilowatt hour to at least 50 cents per kilowatt hour and stay that way until everything can be repaired, which could take months. Our community has (5 comments)
It's official - well almost. State of Emergency in Juneau - 04/17/08 04:58 PM
If you didn't already know, Juneau Alaska is having a huge problem. Our electricity is generated 40 miles south of town at a hydro-electric plant. Yesterday, at about 4:00 AM there was a huge avalanche, over a mile and a half wide. This took down our power and the city is currently running on diesel generators. We don't even have enough fuel in town to keep this up for long, and we are thousands of miles away from a refinery. Everyone is being asked to conserve as much as possible. There is more information in my blog. The Assembly will hold an Special Assembly Meeting TONIGHT - (3 comments)
Time to ratchet things down... more on the energy crisis in Juneau. - 04/17/08 12:27 AM
This is basically a continuation of my earlier post, which you can find here: http://activerain.com/blogsview/471789/Honey-Turn-something-OFF . For those of you who don't know yet, Juneau is serviced by a hydro-electric plant south of Juneau. This morning around 4AM there was a catastrophic avalanche that took out over a mile of power line and several substations. Juneau is now operating on diesel generators. We are also a few thousand miles from the closest refinery. It takes weeks to get a fuel shipment here. It's possible the community will run out of fuel completely before another shipment arrives. Everyone has been asked to do their (4 comments)
Honey, Turn something OFF! - 04/16/08 06:07 PM
50 cents per kilowatt hour. I'm reminded of a comedy skit where a father is described, standing by the electric meter, watching it twirl around and around. I think when I get home, I'm going to make sure to use my hot tub because certainly we will be draining everything and shutting it down in the next few days. Here's what is in the local news: UPDATE : Juneau loses Snettisham power for extended period, avalanche to blameJuneau has been choked off from its chief supply of electricity by an avalanche.Gayle Wood of Alaska Electric Light and Power says it happened at about four (2 comments)
Ferry System finally scores a home run with Jim Beedle - 04/16/08 12:24 AM
Like most small towns, Juneau has a short list of family names well known throughout the community. Ones of those surnames is "Beedle". Everybody knows at least one. Many of us know several. Jim Beedle works hard, and has for many years, in various positions throughout the Alaska Marine Highway system. These boats are at times the only link to the outside world from our rural villages, most of which can only be accessed by boat or small plane. High up positions within state government are appointed positions. No qualifications other than a friend in the right place seems to be required. (0 comments)
Juneau Alaska Affordable Housing News - 04/14/08 11:06 AM
Summit Housing will be making a presentation in Juneau on Thursday, April 17th at 5:15pm at the downtown library. Summit Housing Group, which is an affordable housing developer based out of Missoula, Montana. They have been looking at Juneau for several years and have found a potential site that would work for their development model. They typically build developments that range from 25-75 units, but in several places they have over 200 units. They build primarily in Montana and Wyoming and are familiar with building in harsh climates and hard markets. Please join the Affordable Housing Commission at this presentation. (0 comments)
Big words, small child, broken hearts and a plea for help - 04/07/08 11:55 PM
This one is long. It isn't pretty. I don't have any photos on here yet, but I hope you read it anyway. Gabriel was born January 2, 2001. He has two little sisters, Adria and Alaina, born just a few years later. Our entire office lights up when they come to visit their daddy. Everybody loves them. It gets a little loud, but then again, they are little kids. You cannot help but smile when one of those little faces shows up in your office. Gabriel is a ray of sunshine. He's a friendly, outgoing child. Shawn, his father, works in my office. (9 comments)
"But that’s less than what they paid for it!" Is it really a LOWBALL? - 04/02/08 11:34 AM
Yesterday I submitted an offer on a house for my buyers. The listing agent thought perhaps it was an April Fools' joke. It wasn't. The house has been on the market for almost 10 months. The current owners have only had the house for just about two years. So, for almost half the time they've owned the house they've been trying to sell it! The offer was approximately 10% below the current asking price and 5% below the sold price two years ago when the market was hot. The current owners repainted the entire house in very bright colors. I know they've done some (10 comments)
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