The terminal of Juneau International Airport in 2013. Most airports in Alaska are state owned and operated, but the City and Borough of Juneau owns and operates this one. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)Juneau International Airport is getting nearly $10 million in federal transportation grant money to replace a sand and chemical storage building. The work is expected to address “serious life safety hazards” that local airport and state officials have flagged in the existing facility. It was built in 1966 as a hangar and later repurposed.Listen nowFederal Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced $205 million in grants on Thursday.“Most importantly, these improvements will not only expand airport capacity, but improve safety, as well,” Chao said. “Which as you all know, is my number one priority.”Chao also touted the grants’ economic impact.According to the airport’s grant application, the money will also replace an obsolete fueling facility.John MacKinnon is the executive director of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska. He couldn’t estimate specific economic impacts.“But there’s certainly going to be quite a few jobs created for it,” MacKinnon said. “A lot of building materials are coming from outside, but there’s concrete and a lot of dirt work associated with it and other things. So, you know, anytime you’ve got a $10 million project in a community the size of Juneau, it’s a big help.”Local Airport Manager Patty Wahto and architect Catherine Fritz were in Washington D.C. for the announcement.Juneau’s airport is one of 37 small airports around the country receiving these supplemental airport infrastructure grants. No other Alaska airports were in the mix today.
The way some see it, Fitzgerald would not come back if Palmer walks away, whereas the receiver’s decision may play a role into the quarterback’s. Arians said the two are “probably” intertwined, at least in part.But Fitzgerald, after a bit of a pause, said that’s not really the case, at least for him.“I have to make decisions based on how I feel, but I think as a friend, I think it’s best you just let him make his own decision, do what’s best for him and his family,” he said. “I know last year with the concussion and a new baby, a lot of things go into the decision-making process.“I don’t think it would be my place or anybody’s place to tell him what he should do or what he think he should do.”The way Arians sees it, his veterans have to decide if they want to put in the work that comes with continuing their careers, but that once they get around their teammates and realize what they would miss if they walked away, that triggers a desire to press on.Should both Fitzgerald and Palmer decide to retire, the general manager Steve Keim and the Cardinals would certainly have some considerable holes to fill. Palmer threw for 4,233 yards and 26 touchdowns as a 15-game starter, during a season in which Arians acknowledged the QB “got the hell beat out of him.” Photo by @timringTV 0 Comments Share Arians, who said it would be up to him to help protect Palmer better if he comes back, said the organization would like to know their intentions by the time free agency starts in March. Regardless of what they decide, there are plans in place for all scenarios.“You have to go ahead and make plans,” he said. “We have plans for both ways — them coming back and them both retiring.“All our options are out there. Steve and I — Steve does a great job of having a ‘ready list’ ready to go, so we have our options ready to go.”Follow Adam Green on Twitter Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Larry Fitzgerald said it would take until around Feb. 1 before he would have an idea of how his body was feeling and thus, it stood to reason that the calendar turning could offer a bit more clarity to his status going forward.Turns out, he may not even have needed that much time.Speaking at the Special Olympics putting event at the Waste Management Phoenix Open Tuesday, Fitzgerald said he was feeling good, feeling better. His body is coming back, he added. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling But is he?“Pretty soon,” he said of when he expects to come to a decision.In fact, Fitzgerald said he has pretty much made up his mind, but “I’m going to take a couple days, a couple weeks to figure it out and that’s going to be it.”The Cardinals are certainly hoping the veteran Pro Bowler returns, especially after a season in which he led the NFL with 107 receptions.Talking with the media as part of private reception to benefit the Arians Family Foundation, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he has talked to Fitzgerald as well as quarterback Carson Palmer, who has also reportedly been mulling retirement, every week.“Neither one has come to a decision; it’s up to them,” Arians said. “I feel very comfortable with where they’re at and what’s going to happen. Like everybody else, got my fingers crossed.“I think when the juices start flowing and the injuries go away they’ll both be back, but there’s nothing to confirm yet.”Fitzgerald will be 34 when Week 1 of the 2017 season rolls around, while Palmer will turn 38 in December. Both played well in 2016, and there has been a belief the two are somewhat tied together. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact