Month: December 2010

Book sale brings end to Stratton Library story

In the three years since Sheldon Jackson College has closed, there’s been much attention directed on the efforts of the trustees to settle the school’s debts while leaving something behind for some future institution. That legacy will not include a library. Earlier this year SJ’s trustees announced that a transaction was underway to sell the Stratton Library to the state for just over $2-million. The building will join the Sheldon Jackson Museum next door and become part of the state museum system. But only the building is going to the state. The future of the collections inside is a longer story.

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Property sales narrow – but don't close – SJ debt gap

The sale of Stratton Library to the state will go a long way toward paring down debt at Sheldon Jackson, but won’t completely resolve the defunct college’s financial problems. That will likely require a break from the school’s primary creditor, Alaska Growth Capital.

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President's support an "eye-opener" for STA's Widmark

Sitka Tribe of Alaska chairman Woody Widmark was one of 560 tribal chiefs and presidents who gathered in Washington DC last week (12-16-10) for the second White House Tribal Nations Conference. Widmark called the president's support for the UN Declaration the Rights of Indigenous People an "eye-opener."

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"Clusters" to identify economic strengths, opportunities

The Juneau Economic Development Council and the US Forest Service are collaborating on a new tool to guide development in the panhandle. The Southeast Cluster Initiative should help communities and businesses visualize opportunities for sustainable growth based on population, resources, and broad economic trends.

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