CBJ to look to buy building for shelter

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Close to 500 people have used the CBJ cold weather shelter in recent years and the assembly is interested in providing a permanent solution.

    The assembly decided to solicit proposals to purchase a building for the cold weather shelter.  They intend to use federal CARES dollars to pay for the building.

    The assembly also will consider a donation of $500,000 to Air Northwest to keep their PC-12 airplane in Juneau for the remainder of the year.

    The plane provides medical transports to regional hospitals.

    The company employs four pilots and four nurses in Juneau.

    The company has not qualified for CARES funding.

    The Tlingit and Haida Central Council donated $1 million to keep the plane here.

    It provides medical transport to outlying communities like Haines, Skagway, Hoonah, Kake, Klawock and Craig.  Many of these communities are also considering a donation to assist the company.

    The company said it has taken a huge financial hit from COVID-19.

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