This Day in Juneau History: June 4, 1986

On June 4, 1986, an estimated $100,000 was to be used to repair the Lemon Creek Correctional Facility’s electronic equipment. The equipment was used to control the gates and cameras of the facility, but the material has been dysfunctional since its installation two years before.

Senate Bill 138, also known as “the happy hour ban”, was signed into law by Gov. Bill Sheffield. The new law aimed to restrain overdrinking in Alaska and prevent drunk driving incidents from occurring.

Because of the $1 million budget deficit, a controversial plan to replace three municipal Juneau Airport security officers with a private security firm that could save approximately $50,000 was proposed by the City and Borough of Juneau.

Although plans for the budget may include the replacement of Juneau Airport security officers, CBJ announced that it will not include the closure of the Capital School despite agitation expressed by community members. Community members were concerned that the school’s continuance would come at the other educational programs’ expense, and consequently, many pushed CBJ to create a formal closure policy in case the school must shut down in the future.

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