NPS selects companies to offer exclusive tours

The National Park Service has selected the businesses that will provide exclusive tours in Glacier Bay beginning in the spring.

Five-year concession contracts were awarded to four businesses: Alaska Dream Cruises, American Cruise Lines, Inc., Un-Cruise Adventures and Lindblad Expeditions, Inc. Contracts will be effective Jan. 1, 2016.

The new contracts will implement a variety of changes to reduce wilderness impacts for off-vessel activities, and through a cost-recovery program will provide National Park Service rangers to be on board each vessel to “enhance the passenger experience,” according to a news release from the park.

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The appointment was approved by the Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs.

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I believe it would be a call to love and trust God and each another.

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Recognitions for Oct. 11, 2020.

Students from Juneau earn acolades.

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“Potatoes are a gateway starch, and take it from me, I’ve done them all…”

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Thank you letter for Oct. 4, 2020

Thank you, merci, danke, gracias, gunalchéesh.

EcoChaplain Roger Wharton is an Episcopal priest from Juneau who returns when possible for spiritual inspiration and a taste of wilderness. (Courtesy Photo / Roger Wharton)
Living & Growing: God satisfies the needs of every living creature

As usual, I write to you about the biblical and Christian nature wisdom tradition.

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Recognition for Oct. 4, 2020

Juneau student named to dean’s list

Living & Growing: It’s time for a new season

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven

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I’ve been watching a lot of TV lately. I’m guessing I’m not the only one.

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I can clearly see I’m not doomsday prepped at all. In fact, I’m doomsday screwed.

Thank you letter for Sept. 20, 2020

Thank you, merci, danke, gracias, gunalchéesh.