PUBLISHED: 4:35 PM on Wednesday, July 4, 2007
The doors to the Juneau-John Rishel Mineral Information Center will officially close to the public July 20. Funding for the Alaska Minerals Program, which includes the JRMIC, was not included in the Bureau of Land Management's budget for 2008. The U.S. Coast Guard will move into the building this summer.
The JRMIC is located on Mayflower Island in Douglas, Alaska. The center houses a specialized mining and geology library with a collection of more than 20,000 mineral-related items, including books, journals, maps, and state and federal government documents. The facility is recognized as a valuable repository of early Alaska mining history.