Two Southeast Alaska lighthouses on Norton's list

Posted: Tuesday, October 01, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Two historic lighthouses in Southeast Alaska are on a list of 20 nationwide that could be turned over to new owners by the federal government.

Interior Secretary Gale Norton announced the list of 20 lighthouses under consideration to be transferred from the U.S. Coast Guard on Friday.

The Sentinel Island lighthouse near Juneau and the Guard Island lighthouse in the Tongass Narrows north of Ketchikan are among that list of 20.

The lighthouses are being made available under provisions of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act. It authorizes the transfer of up to 300 historic lighthouses to groups or individuals who intend to preserve them.

If no qualified steward is found, the act authorizes the competitive public sale of the property.

That act was sponsored by Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska, and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 2000.

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