SEACC executive director resigns for health reasons

first_imgEnergy & Mining | Environment | Southeast | Syndicated | TimberSEACC executive director resigns for health reasonsNovember 9, 2015 by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News Share:Southeast Alaska’s largest environmental organization is advertising for a new executive director. Malena Marvin has led the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council for close to two years.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2015/11/06SEACCPkg.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Outgoing SEACC Executive Director Malena Marvin poses while kayaking in Juneau’s Mendenhall Lake. (Photo courtesy SEACC)She’s stepping down after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Marvin said her prognosis is good, but she needs time to recover and prevent a recurrence.Under her leadership, SEACC expanded its opposition to British Columbia mine projects near waterways that flow into Alaska.It formed a new group, Inside Passage Waterkeeper, and worked with other environmental, fisheries, tourism and tribal groups opposed to transboundary mining.“We’re a people who survive on fish and seafood and we need clean water for that to continue to be a healthy resource for communities,” Marvin said.It’s also continued work on climate change, forest preservation and transportation.Marvin expects the organization to continue its course as promoters of clean water and healthy forests.“As someone who has cancer and struggles with the seemingly random nature of the disease, it’s just really, really hit me how important it is that we ask the Department of Environmental Conservation to raise our standards,” she said.That includes state rules listing the acceptable rate of cancer, which she said is too low.SEACC began in 1970 as a Tongass National Forest preservation group that fought large-scale logging in the courts.It continues to file timber lawsuits, but it also collaborates with some former foes, such as Sealaska and the Southeast Conference, on food security, sustainability and some other issues.Board President Clay Frick said that will continue under new leadership.“Anytime you collaborate with folks, I think you end with up a better outcome. You end up building more power and I think that’s something this region is very much in need of. So when we can we certainly will,” Frick said.Frick said Marvin moved SEACC in the right direction, citing a new Tongass planning effort and other recent programs.“She’s laid some really important foundation work for us to continue forward. … We look forward to whoever steps to the plate or whoever we find will have a very solid base to spring off of,” Frick said.Marvin continues to do some work for SEACC. Her resignation takes effect Jan. 1st. The job was posted online earlier this month.Marvin said SEACC’s strength is its regional roots.“It isn’t an outside environmental group. It’s not somebody who lives in Anchorage or Seattle or New York. It’s thousands of people, the members of SEACC, who live here and work here and always have,” she said.Before taking over at SEACC, Marvin spent five years with Oregon’s Klamath Riverkeeper. It campaigned to remove dams on the salmon-producing river.SEACC’s prior executive director, Lindsey Ketchel, spent about five years on the job before resigning.SEACC Development Director Emily Ferry is filling in as acting executive director, but said she is not applying for the permanent job.Share this story:last_img read more

Gardentalk – Bolting vegetables

first_imgListen to the July 7 edition of Gardentalk:Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2016/07/garden070716.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Share this story: Gardentalk | OutdoorsGardentalk – Bolting vegetablesJuly 11, 2016 by Matt Miller, KTOO Share:This bolting and flowering mint in an indoor herb garden needs to go. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)Do you have vegetables and herbs that are bolting and flowering because of the long daylight hours? It’s time to harvest them quickly and plant something new in their place.“They have gotten the signal from Mother Nature that the daylight hours or temperatures, whichever triggers the bolting,” said Master Gardener Ed Buyarski. New side shoots will also bolt.Buyarski warns that bolting vegetables like lettuce and Swiss chard tend to get stringy or bitter tasting. He recommends harvesting them completely and planting a new crop of radishes, lettuce, mustard greens, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach and peas now.last_img read more

Homer Tribune back in print with new owner

first_imgBusiness | Economy | SouthcentralHomer Tribune back in print with new ownerAugust 18, 2016 by Dayshea Eaton, KBBI-Homer Share:The Homer Tribune has new owners as well as a new look.The weekly newspaper is issuing a print edition again right in time for its 25th anniversary this August.Jason Evans said that although he and his wife own two other newspapers, they were not in the market for a new one.“We weren’t actually looking for newspapers, but we do have some talented staff that live in Homer and so it was a natural to pick up the Homer Tribune and start publishing it as well,” Evans said.Evans and his wife, Kiana Peacock, owns Alaska Media LLC, the company that recently bought The Homer Tribune.The company already publishes two other weekly community newspapers— the Arctic Sounder and the Bristol Bay Times – Dutch Harbor Fisherman.The Tribune stopped publishing its paper edition June 8 and went to a web-only version. Shortly thereafter Evans and Peacock picked it up. Evans said they want to maintain the local, community flavor of the paper.“We feel it is important to have community voices in a newspaper and did not want to see that newspaper go away,” said Evans.The Tribune will continue its online version along with a printed edition, Evans said.“Online is a really active and important piece of the puzzle, especially in today’s day and age,” Evans said. “But we feel a printed paper is also really important. It is something that people can take with them to their camps. They can cut out photos and hang them on their refrigerator. As a weekly paper we feel like a print edition is still critical to the success of it and also adds to the community.”Evans is Alaska Native, Inupiaq, originally from Nome. Highlighting Alaska Native voices in rural parts of the state is important to the company, he said. He hopes the Tribune will dedicate more coverage to the Native communities on the southern Kenai Peninsula.Longtime Tribune owner and publisher Jane Pascall is working with the paper for a couple more months during the transition to help primarily with advertising. She is very pleased with the sale.“I’m excited and thrilled because we can celebrate our 25th anniversary this month, my employees will have a job – they are getting their jobs back, and Homer will be able to read The Tribune again. So I couldn’t be happier,” said Pascall.Jim Hornaday started the Homer Tribune in 1991. Pascall first worked as a salesperson, but purchased the paper in 1992.Pascall sold the paper because she’s now focusing on a new restaurant business and preparing to become a grandmother. She’s confident that Alaska Media will do a good job.“I think that Homer’s different from the rest of Alaska and I think they understand that,” Pascall said. “With Carey Restino being the editor and the main reporter –she’s been here for many years. She’s written for me, she understands the community.”Carey Restino has worked in the reporting and editing business for years.She first arrived in Homer in 1993 and studied journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage before taking a job for the Homer News as a general assignment reporter.In 2004, she took the position of editor for the Homer Tribune, where she worked for several years. She continued to write freelance articles for the Tribune, while also working as the editor of Alaska Media’s other newspapers in 2011.Restino’s passion is community journalism.“Real community focused – what happens in an elementary school is just as important as what goes on in a city council meeting and ultimately you are responsible to the community that you are serving,” Restino said.At a local grocery store, issues of the new Tribune are flying of the racks.Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center events coordinator Jan Knutson said having the Tribune back in print is good for both the businesses her office serves and for visitors.“We’re just really pleased that its back in print again. It’s very accessible to locals and visitors alike,” Knutson said.The Tribune has been redesigned with a cleaner look: more white space and other style changes that bring it in line with the company’s other papers.Another change that Alaska Media has made is switching the day that the Tribune comes out, from Wednesday to Thursday.That’s the same day that the town’s other weekly newspaper, the Homer News, is issued.Knutson said that’s good.“Yes it may be rare to have two newspapers in each town but business competition is good. Some people prefer the Tribune, some prefer the Homer News, some of us prefer to have access to both newspapers,” Knutson said.Owner and publisher Evans said more news sources will be better for residents.“You know I think place like Homer is really lucky to have two papers,” he said. “It is hard for a community weekly to catch everything that happens in these dynamic communities like Homer and having two papers and more reporters and then a really great radio station as well, writing and creating news for the community –I think just really adds to the community in the long-term and so I think there is a good fit for two papers and we are happy to be one of them.”The Tribune plans to maintain a content-sharing agreement with Alaska Dispatch News, the state’s largest newspaper.The parties have not disclosed the purchase price.Share this story:last_img read more

Sealaska Corp. announces $10.5 million in dividends

first_imgAlaska Native Corporations | Sealaska | Southeast | SyndicatedSealaska Corp. announces $10.5 million in dividendsOctober 31, 2016 by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News Share:Sealaska Plaza, headquarters of the Southeast regional Native corporation, in Juneau. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The Sealaska regional Native corporation will distribute $10.5 million to shareholders in November.That brings the 2016 total payout to $26.4 million.Payments go to the corporation’s approximately 22,000 shareholders, who live or have roots in Southeast Alaska.An announcement on Sealaska’s website said most shareholders who also belong to an urban Native corporation, such as Juneau’s Goldbelt, will receive $597 directly. The same is true for at-large shareholders, who are not members of a village or urban corporation.Most shareholders who also belong to a village Native corporation, such as Saxman’s Cape Fox, will receive $133 directly. The same is true for shadeholders’ descendants. Elders who register for a special program can receive an additional $133.All amounts are based on ownership of 100 shares. That’s the most common number, but some Sealaska members own more or fewer shares because of gifting or inheritance.Juneau-based Sealaska’s earnings come from savings, investments and businesses.About four-fifths of the fall distribution comes from a pool of shared natural-resource earnings made by other regional Native corporations. That makes up the difference between the lower and higher dividend payments.Sealaska President and CEO Anthony Mallott said in a prepared statement that the corporation’s goals include lessening dependence on the resource-income pool.The fall dividends will be distributed Nov. 23.In past years, they’ve been paid in early December.Share this story:last_img read more

Revisiting internment camp near Juneau promotes healing

first_img (Photo by Scott Burton/KTOO) Alaska Native Arts & Culture | Aleutians | Juneau | KRNN | Nation & World | SoutheastRevisiting internment camp near Juneau promotes healingMay 21, 2017 by Scott Burton, KTOO Share:As the raven flies, Funter Bay is less than twenty miles from downtown Juneau. The bay is nooked into the northwest corner of Admiralty Island–if you’ve traveled by boat to Hoonah or Gustavus you’ve passed it.But did you know that was where the U.S. Government interned hundreds of Aleuts, or Unangan people, to protect them from Japanese invasion during World War II?The internees, from St. Paul and St. George in the Pribolof Islands, were moved about 1,300 miles against their will.People died on the way and in Funter Bay over their two-year internment.Agafon Krukoff Jr. and David Katzeek speak on Saturday. The ceremony was held on a Wooshkeetaan village site. (Photo by Scott Burton KTOO) Haretina Krukoff is helped onto the beach by friends and family. Haretina was evacuated to Funter Bay during the war and married Agafon Krukoff while there. (Photo by Scott Burton/KTOO)Martin Stepeton introduces his grandmother Haretina Krukoff while Tlingit elder Marie Olson (in pink) looks on. (Photo by Scott Burton/KTOO)Jill Merculief Schnabel address the importance of forgiveness. (Photo by Scott Burton/KTOO)Russian Orthodox Bishop David Mahaffey of the Alaska Diocese sprinkles holy water on the Aleut graves. (Photo by Scott Burton/KTOO)(Photo by Scott Burton/KTOO). 123456 read more

Former Skagway tribal administrator pleads not guilty in embezzlement case

first_imgCrime & Courts | SoutheastFormer Skagway tribal administrator pleads not guilty in embezzlement caseJune 5, 2017 by Emily Files, KHNS-Haines Share:The former administrator of Skagway’s tribal organization recently pleaded not guilty to four embezzlement charges.Delia Commander is accused of embezzling about $300,000 from the Skagway Traditional Council between 2010 and 2014 while she was working as a tribal administrator.She allegedly used the money to pay for things like personal travel and shopping, federal prosecutors said.The council’s current tribal administrator told KHNS that they do not expect to recover any of the money that was allegedly stolen.At her June 1 arraignment, Commander entered a not guilty plea. She lives in Oregon, so she participated in the Anchorage hearing by telephone.Commander will not be detained as she awaits trial.A judge ordered that she remain released on her own recognizance.Conditions of the release include surrendering her passport.Commander’s trial is scheduled for July 25 in Anchorage.Share this story:last_img read more

Petersburg borough lands will increase dramatically with bill passage

first_imgLocal Government | Southeast | State GovernmentPetersburg borough lands will increase dramatically with bill passageNovember 22, 2017 by Joe Viechnicki, KFSK-Petersburg Share:Alaska Gov. Bill Walker signs Senate Bill 28 on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at Petersburg’s Sons of Norway Hall. Behind him are legislative staffer Melissa Kookesh, Petersburg community and economic development director Liz Cabrera, mayor Mark Jensen, Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, Petersburg harbormaster Glo Wollen and daughter Sigrid, legislative aide David Scott and lobbyist Ray Matiashowski. (Photo by Joe Viechnicki/KFSK)One of only 26 bills passed by the legislature this year, Senate Bill 28 got the governor’s signature last week. It increases a state land allotment for the Petersburg borough to more than 14,000 acres.Audio Playerhttps://kfsk-org.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/21LANDFOLOWEB.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Just a couple dozen people turned out to witness a big moment in the short history of the new borough, formed nearly five years ago. Gov. Bill Walker was on hand to sign the legislation that passed in May.“You know my background is local government,” Walker said. “Anything that I can do I see come through that involves helping local government do a better job of what they’re doing, more land, anything, I’m very excited about that.”One of Petersburg’s arguments for the land increase was that the property will help the municipal government become more self-sufficient.Ninety-six percent of the borough is untaxable National Forest Land, with other small percentages already granted to the Alaska Mental Health Trust, Southeast state forest and the University of Alaska, along with Goldbelt Inc., an urban Native corporation based in Juneau.Only three-tenths of a percent is in private hands, generating property tax for the borough but this bill could increase that.Sam Bunge, a retired land surveyor for the U.S. Forest Service, served on the committee charged with choosing which lands to select. The committee prioritized a shorter list but will have to go back and add to their choices.“We were hopeful but no we didn’t quite imagine it would happen so smoothly and so soon,” Bunge said. “But yeah this is nice. There’s a lot of interesting state parcels out there for the borough to select.”As for land that piques his interest, Bunge mentioned some on Mitkof Island about 10 miles south of Petersburg.“I’m looking at Falls Creek,” he said. “There’s two half sections down there along the creek and the road that are state, unappropriated land, fairly level, got the creek in it, road access, looks ideal for future development.”The committee’s shorter list, totaling 1,321 acres, focused on economic development land, for instance several rock pits and waterfront parcels near existing boat ramps or other facilities.Those parcels are at Cape Fanshaw and Thomas Bay on the mainland, on southern Mitkof Island near little Blind Slough and around Woodpecker Cove as well as eastern Mitkof at Frederick Point.Other top choices are in Kupreanof Island’s Duncan Canal and at Frederick Point on Mitkof Island.Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins sponsored the House version of the bill and is thrilled to see it become law.“It’s a big win for Petersburg,” Kreiss-Tomkins said. “It was a good example of collaboration and getting through I would argue common sense legislation in a year that didn’t see a lot of successes on that front.”With belt tightening at the local level, the additional state land can help. Although borough manager Steve Giesbrecht cautioned it’s help that will come many years down the road.“A lot of this land, it’s long-term propositions,” Giesbrecht said. “It can’t immediately be turned into cash to run the borough, but it is clearly an asset that can be used for development for quality of life things and future revenue potential streams for the borough, so again, not right away but over time this is pretty valuable.”Petersburg’s mayor Mark Jensen noted that Petersburg residents have some historic ties to some of the parcels.“There some areas like Fanshaw, Cape Fanshaw area that’s kinda historical for Petersburg, used to be a fox farm there and a post office,” Jensen said. “In fact my grandmother, Willie, worked there when my mom and Jean Thynes, her sister, were around their 18-ish years so. That’s a pretty special place.”So did the governor have any heartburn increasing the land allotment for Petersburg while the state struggles under huge budget deficits? Doesn’t sound like it.“Really, Petersburg is increasing the opportunities for Petersburg,” Walker said when asked that question. “The good work by Senator Stedman, Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins to make this happen. One of my jobs is to make sure that everybody has every tool to make their area successful and so if that means land being transferred to them that they’re entitled to, I’m only too happy to do that. And again I don’t wanna take too much credit myself for this because a lot of the work was obviously done by Senator Stedman and Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins. I’m just happy to be part of it. It’s certainly a bill that I supported and one that I was very, very happy to sign and very happy to sign it in Petersburg.”Petersburg’s community and economic development director Liz Cabrera and the borough’s lobbyist in Juneau Ray Matiashowski worked to get the bill through the legislature.Both were on hand for the signing.The actual transfer of parcels from the Department of Natural Resources to the borough is expected to take years.last_img read more

Public testimony backs stable or increased state budget

first_imgNorthwest | Southeast | State GovernmentPublic testimony backs stable or increased state budgetMarch 5, 2018 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Former Rep. Charles Degnan, D-Unalakleet, testifies March 2, 2018, in favor of an income tax. The House Finance Committee heard public testimony over three days on the $5.3 billion portion of the state budget that it directly controls. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO)Alaskans who provided public testimony on the budget largely asked lawmakers to maintain or expand state funding.One-hundred-and-one people testified Thursday, Friday and Saturday from across the state to the House Finance Committee. Many testified from legislative information offices.Ninety people focused on funding services. Most of the other 11 asked for spending cuts.While visiting Juneau, Democratic former state Rep. Charles Degnan of Unalakleet said the state should have an income tax to fund services.“One of the things that I know about our people that live in villages,” he said. “We help people. We help all those that need help. And everyone takes turns needing help.”The proposed $5.3 billion budget is $330 million more than the current budget. Most of the increase is from pension payments, Medicaid and permanent fund dividends.Some of the areas that received the most support in public comments were addiction and mental health treatment; the University of Alaska; and the public defender agency.Former U.S. Attorney Robert Bundy said the state should increase funding for public defenders.He said underfunding has caused delays that affect crime victims. He said that’s because public defenders don’t have the time to convince their clients to reach plea agreements.“If the defendant does not trust his or her lawyer, they’re not going to agree to a deal, they’re going to drag it out forever,” Bundy said. “All of this delay is gong to inure to the detriment of every victim and every citizen in this state.”The House Finance Committee is scheduled to discuss the budget Monday. It could send the budget to the full House later this week.Share this story:last_img read more

Boat recovered after sinking in Harris Harbor

first_imgCommunity | JuneauBoat recovered after sinking in Harris HarborOctober 30, 2018 by Adelyn Baxter, KTOO Share:A Bayliner Explorer seen submerged at Harris Harbor on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Harbormaster Dave Borg)A boat sunk in Harris Harbor sometime on Monday. Juneau Harbormaster Dave Borg discovered the vessel capsized during his morning rounds Monday morning. It became completely submerged within about two hours. He said the owner of the Bayliner Explorer was notified and showed up soon after to take charge of the recovery. Some of the boat’s fuel leaked. “The U.S. Coast Guard and state (Department of Environmental Conservation) both responded, and there was a little bit of a sheen but it wasn’t recoverable,” Borg said. “There wasn’t much we could really do about what had been leaked out already.”Borg said the boat was pulled out around 1 p.m. Tuesday. He wasn’t sure what caused it to sink, but he thinks something probably went wrong with the boat’s bilge pump. “We had some real heavy rains. We did put some PSAs out for people to check their boats,” Borg said. “Sometimes when we have rain like that, bilge pumps either can’t keep up or the batteries die.”Borg said he expects the vessel is a complete loss since it was completely submerged in salt water for more than a day. Share this story:last_img read more

From gondolas to ropes courses, Eaglecrest eyes expanding summer attractions

first_imgBusiness | Community | Juneau | Southeast | TourismFrom gondolas to ropes courses, Eaglecrest eyes expanding summer attractionsJuly 25, 2019 by Adelyn Baxter, KTOO Share:Mountain bikers ride the newly-renovated trail at Eaglecrest Ski Area on July 21, 2019. (Photo by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO)Juneau’s city-owned ski area has struggled with low snowfall and rising costs for years. Some people think tapping into the growing tourism sector could be a path to financial stability.Last month, staff unveiled a plan to expand summer operations and turn the beloved local ski mountain into a self-sustaining, year-round recreation destination.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2019/07/25eaglecrest.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Between the chairlifts at Eaglecrest Ski Area, a steep gravel path swoops through the grass and fireweed, ending with a row of small jumps and a sharp turn.General Manager Dave Scanlan was one of the first riders down the trail on Sunday. The dreadlocks tucked under his helmet make him easy to spot.“This is kind of the first real kickoff event and getting a bunch of people up to ride the trail, and it is riding really good,” Scanlan said.The ski area has recently improved this mountain biking trail. The reopening also serves as a sneak peek into Scanlan’s vision for the mountain’s future.“We’re kind of getting the recipe formulated of what we could do going forward,” he said.Since it opened in the 1970s, the ski area has operated at a deficit, depending on the city’s budget to make up the difference. Warmer winter weather over the last five years isn’t helping.One of Scanlan’s first priorities when he took over in 2017 was improving snowmaking on the mountain, which he said helped business this past season. Now he’s getting serious about generating more income for the ski area in the offseason — something Eaglecrest has been trying to do for decades.Last month, Scanlan and Eaglecrest’s board of directors announced a $35 million development plan. It has a slew of new summer attractions, topped by an $11 million gondola to bring tourists to the top of the mountain.“The gondola is sort of the keystone attraction,” said Charlie Herrington, Eaglecrest’s marketing manager. “It helps you get up to the ridge so you can access those panoramic views that go into Stephens Passage and Admiralty Island (and) Seymour Canal.”The gondola would also be ADA-accessible and eventually serve as a permanent replacement for the Ptarmigan Chair, which is more than 40 years old.A graphic describes Eaglecrest’s summer plans and the benefits the ski area hopes they would produce. (Image courtesy of Eaglecrest Ski Area)Other features in the plan include a new summit lodge, a mountain coaster, a ropes course and a new long-distance zip line.Visitors would buy day passes to enjoy all of the activities. Locals could get summer passes, just like in the winter.Bruce Garrison is president of the Eaglecrest board. He was also a member of the first ski patrol. He’s been around long enough to remember a plan to turn Eaglecrest into a tourist destination back in the 1980s — the short-lived bubble chairs. They were bright blue plastic covers on top of regular lift chairs.“It just never was an economically viable alternative,” Garrison said at a recent public meeting.Garrison said the idea was similar to the gondola: Bring summer tourists to the top of the mountain to enjoy the views.“One of the things with the gondola chair, compared to the bubble chairs, is your feet were hanging out of the bubble chair. So on a nice rainy day, your pant legs and feet got soaking wet,” he said.He’s quick to point out that cruise ship tourism numbers then were nowhere near what they are today. These days, Juneau sees more than a million tourists each summer. Part of Eaglecrest’s pitch is to help lower the burden on visitor-strained attractions like the Mendenhall Glacier.The construction price tag is big, but Scanlan said they’ve done analysis that shows that the profits would quickly outweigh the costs. He hopes the extra revenue could help improve winter operations by allowing them to hire and retain more staff, improve infrastructure and, potentially, stay open seven days a week.It’s worked in other places. Like Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, a nonprofit ski resort outside of Boise, Idaho.“Last summer was their first summer with their Adventure Park activities all up for operations. Same sort of suite of activities we’re talking about,” Scanlan said.According to Bogus Basin, they made more than $1 million in gross revenue last summer. Low estimates for Eaglecrest’s new plan show 500 daily visitors spending nearly $7 million total over the course of the summer.Scanlan has been holding community meetings and talking with groups that use the mountain in all seasons. He wants locals to know that free access to the mountain they love will still be a priority.“You know, we’re talking about a lot of big changes, and people are always a little apprehensive of change. And rightfully so,” Scanlan said.So far, he said the overall response has been “cautiously supportive.”This summer, Eaglecrest Ski Area announced a $35 million development plan with a slew of new summer attractions, topped by an $11 million gondola to bring tourists to the top of the mountain. (Photo by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO)Briana Swanson is president of the Juneau Mountain Bike Alliance and runs Cycle Alaska, which has bike tours that leave from Eaglecrest. She’s excited about the plans, but she understands why some locals might worry about accessing their favorite trails.“You know, there’s always a few concerns here and there, especially with some die-hard skiers and stuff,” Swanson said. “So I understand that they want to make sure that the mountain stays for skiing and snowboarding.”Scanlan thinks everyone will feel more comfortable when they find a way to pay for the expansion that allows the ski area to remain city-owned, without burdening taxpayers.“If we could do that, I think would be the ultimate long-term win, because then as the facility grows, we would have control of shaping the user participation numbers and having future profits roll back into more community trails, be it hiking trails, or mountain biking trails,” he said.But they’ll explore all options — that includes private-public partnerships and privatization.Eaglecrest will put out a request for proposals soon.Once they figure out exactly how to pay for it, Scanlan hopes work could begin as soon as next summer.Major grant funds end-to-end work on Treadwell Ditch TrailShare this story:last_img read more