A recent court decision that gives New York City the power to prohibit flightseeing opens doors to limit flight noise in Juneau, according to a group of local attorneys. But local officials say other factors make the ruling less clear.
Mayor Sally Smith confirmed Tuesday that she has asked Gov. Tony Knowles to support completion of an environmental impact statement on Juneau access, a necessary step before a road could be built to Skagway.
Karl Mielke is one of three employees at Alaska Bullet Works, a Juneau business that has been manufacturing high-performance bullets since the early 1990s.
After six years on the Juneau Assembly, Jim Powell has some work he'd like to finish. He envisions Juneau with a new ice rink, a long-range tourism plan, two high schools, a remodeled Capitol campus and safe access at Auke Bay, he said.
...lead a community discussion about alternative heliports this winter. The issue has been assigned to the Assembly's Planning and Policy Committee, chairman Dale Anderson said. Results of a new heliport study will be combined with the city's long-range...
More staff, a public information campaign, enforcement, stronger Dumpster lids and "rules of engagement" are on the city's radar in planning for next summer's bears, according to Mayor Sally Smith.
The city has backed out of flight-noise mediation, opting instead to address long-simmering aircraft noise issues via the Juneau Assembly's Planning and Policy Committee.
A heliport in the Dredge Lakes area is among flight-noise mitigation options being considered by the U.S. Forest Service as it pursues continued mediation among aircraft operators, the agency and public interest groups.
The city is powerless to regulate noise generated by aircraft aloft and may have to continue to rely on flightseeing operators' voluntary compliance to quiet things, at least for the 2000 tourist season.
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