Hatcher Pass opens to motorized vehiclesFriday, March 6, 2015 8:30am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Snow has fallen on Hatcher Pass, prompting state officials to open the area to motorized vehicles. Anchorage television station KTUU reports the area had been closed indefinitely because of a lack of snow this winter. The area typically has about 10- to 12 feet of snow during winter. Alaska State Parks director Ben Ellis says officials made the call to open the area on Friday. Snow fell at Hatcher Pass Thursday evening.
Forest Service wraps up Lena Beach improvement planningFriday, March 6, 2015 6:00am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A planned improvement project at a Juneau area beach is in the final stages of preparation by the U.S. Forest Service. The Juneau Empire newspaper reports that an environmental assessment for Lena Beach includes a plan to improve fish passage to more than 1 mile of spawning habitat and 1 1/2 acres of coho-salmon-rearing habitat. The improvement project planned for the Lena Beach Recreation Area first went out for public comment one year ago. A public comment period on an updated plan has a March 30 deadline. Juneau Ranger District Recreation program manager Ed Grossman says officials have paid close attention to comments that have been received and made some adjustments. The work is expected to begin in the summer of 2016.
DOT seeks feedback about proposed Fairbanks road workFriday, March 6, 2015 5:45am
- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Alaska transportation officials are seeking public feedback about proposed road improvements in Fairbanks. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the state Department of Transportation is presenting five possible solutions aiming to ease traffic congestion on the Old Steese Highway between the Trainor Gate Road and Johansen Expressway. More information is available online from the department. People also can leave comments about the project online.