Last night was a special budget work session… The consensus was to pass the same budget that failed last month with no changes, no cuts. I wasn’t exactly thrilled to say the least, but they had their 4 votes going into tonight’s actual assembly meeting. Then… I had been working over the past month on a rather large sale for the fly shop that dropped into our lap unexpectedly. This morning, we discovered that a box of wader boots I shipped south only had ONE boot in it…
The purchase was by a large European yacht that is parked near Pelican. The people needing the boots arrived today in Juneau and flew to the yacht in a floatplane. It was the last flight they would be sending from Juneau, so there was no way to get the missing boot to the boat in any conventional way. So… I had to fly a single boot from Yakutat to Pelican and toss it from the plane window near the boat in a dry bag. Special delivery!
This was the largest order we have ever had at the fly shop and I really didn’t want to screw this up. And I did. At least I was able to get them their complete order, but it meant I had to fly out of here at 2pm, deliver the drop at 4pm, go to Juneau to fill up at 5pm, run into town to grab some things at Home Despot that I really needed and get back to Yakutat. I landed back in Yakutat just after 8pm and ran into town to try and make the assembly meeting.
The parking lot was empty and the lights were off. Boy, they really do have short meetings when I’m not there to babble and drag the meeting on for three hours.
From what I gather, they passed the budget as-is, with a stipulation that we must reopen the budget in 60 days. Not exactly sure what that means, but we’ll see. They also appointed Martha Indreland as Interim Manager until August 21st. We have interviews scheduled with the two Borough Manager applicants over the next couple weeks (July 30th and August 14th).
So I missed my first assembly meeting. Sorry. I had hoped to make it back for at least part of it, but didn’t. If that was the case, I should have spent more time down there and actually loaded the plane with supplies. As it is, I wasted a lot of space on the flight. Weather was pretty poor at Cape Spencer both directions and really low visibility through the channel at Pelican. First time I have ever seen Pelican and it is really gorgeous!
Here are some photos from the trip. I didn’t take many, since the clouds were down on the deck about half of the trip…
Looking up the Dangerous River just outside of Yakutat
The Middle Italio is pretty straight this year with just one jog between my cabin and the mouth
The East River with the tide in
Lituya Bay and Cenotaph Island – see the bathtub ring around the edge from the 1958 wave, the light color on the island is the old growth, the dark green is what the wave wiped out
La Perouse Glacier climbing the walls into the clouds
The scalloped lines looked a lot more impressive in real-life
The isolated coast as we approach Cape Spencer
The Cape Spencer Lighthouse
On our way back home, with the Alsek River on the far right
Akwe Mouth and New Italio River entering on the right – Mark, see how far the Akwe has moved since you were last up here? Over a mile. Getting much closer to the Middle Italio in the distance.