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Sitka’s Blue Lake dam expansion project will cost about $3.6-million more than expected.
The total project — not including new backup diesel generators — was originally estimated to cost about $142-million. It is now up to about $145-million, Utility Director Chris Brewton told the Sitka assembly Tuesday night (2-25-14).
Brewton later told KCAW that this is the only major cost overrun the project has seen so far.
Most of the overrun will pay for construction of a temporary water filtration plant at Indian River. Sitka will rely on water from Indian River for about two to four months, starting in late August, when work on the dam will shut off access to Blue Lake, the city’s regular water source.
The city had originally budgeted $2-million for the temporary filtration system at Indian River — but, Brewton said, they always knew that number was a rough guess. As the project engineers completed the final design over the last several months, he said, it became clear that the final cost would be much higher. The city now estimates the total cost for the filtration system will be $4.7-million, or $2.7-million higher than expected.
The other unexpected cost is for debris removal. When the dam expansion is complete, Blue Lake will inundate over 360 acres of currently dry land, Brewton said, drowning trees, shrubs and undergrowth that will eventually die and bob up to the surface. That debris then has to be removed.
The city originally budgeted about $1.5-million dollars for the task, but both contractors who bid on the project estimated that it would take longer than the city thought. The total cost is now estimated to be $2.3-million, or about $800,000 more than originally expected.
The assembly approved a contract with Sitka-based ASRC McGraw Constructors LLC, to handle the debris removal.
The assembly voted to approve the increased project cost. Assembly member Mike Reif said he felt fortunate that the cost overrun was so small, given the overall size of the project.
Chris Brewton said he felt city staff were keeping a particularly close eye on expenses:
“We’ve got a big hairy guard dog on the project,” Brewton said.
The assembly authorized the administration to apply for a low-interest loan from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to cover the additional expense.
The committee that’s been looking at modifying the sales tax in Petersburg decided not to recommend any changes to the seniors’ exemption. They did go ahead and support possible changes to the tax cap and looking into taxing tobacco products.
The committee has spent the last several months reviewing current sales tax exemptions as a way to increase revenue. They’ve discussed a variety of options and looked at some taxes that other Southeast communities impose.
Chair Sue Flint started off the meeting Tuesday saying that they have come a long way.
“Well, we’re finally getting down to brass tacks here,” she said.
Committee member, Fran Jones, agreed with Flint saying they’ve considered a lot of ideas and needed to make a recommendation to the assembly.
“I feel like let’s give them something,” Flint said. “Let’s tax rent.”
The idea didn’t get very far and the motion fell with a 3 to 1 vote.
Committee member Hillary Whitethorn said they should consider minor changes that might have a better chance of gaining public support.
“We have to be careful what we propose to the community because we’re at risk for them not accepting anything and so I don’t think our changes should be major because I think it’s less likely that they’ll accept those changes if they’re huge changes,” Whitethorn said.
Borough finances are okay right now but that could change in the next ten years when the population of seniors is expected to grow. Committee Chair Flint said that would mean less people paying sales tax, and in turn, less revenue to the Borough.
“We do know the baby boomers are the biggest group coming through our population,” Flint said. “We’re only in the third year of baby boomers turning 65 and we’ve seen a good increase in our tax exempt population here with the tax cards,”
Currently, 485 residents hold sales tax exemption cards.
A motion to limit the senior’s exemption to just heating fuel and food sales failed with a 1 to 4 vote, Flint being the sole supporter.
Committee member Whitethorn suggested expanding the idea to include not just heating fuel but all fuels.
“If we’re including their vehicle fuel, their boat fuel for their subsistence fishing, heating fuel and food,” Whitethorn said.
She said that would likely cover most expenses.
But Committee member John Murgas disagreed saying a tax break like that wouldn’t help the seniors with their highest cost, which he said was maintaining their homes. He was opposed to what he called, “any major changes” to the exemption.
“Limiting the tax exemption only to food and fuel and so forth really wouldn’t help the typical senior out that much and I think you’re going to see more of an exodus of seniors that will have to be somewhere else,” Murgas said.
The committee moved on from seniors and looked into raising the tax cap, which is a limit on the amount of a sale that can be taxed. Raising the amount is something that the public voted down in 2012 by only two votes and the committee believes it could do better with more marketing. The previous vote would have raised the cap from $1,200 to $1,700. This time, the committee considered a $1,500 cap.
The recommendation passed unanimously.
Finance Director, Jody Tow, informed the committee that after looking into the possibility of taxing alcohol they found out that the Borough cannot because of state laws. While alcohol is off limits, tobacco is not. The committee heard from Mark Banda with Petersburg Indian Association who spoke in favor of such a tax, saying other communities in the state have had success with it. He said it could not only bring in revenue but curb the habit among residents as well.
“What I’m saying is that by raising these taxes or by supporting this we would actually be saving lives and youth initiation with tobacco use,” Banda said.
The committee agreed that it was worth looking into and made plans to bring the idea to the assembly. They said some of the revenue could be used for the hospital and tobacco cessation programs. They said there’s the possibility of creating a committee specifically for pursuing the tax.
A tax on tobacco products would have a long road ahead of it like any change to the sales tax ordinance would. It would first need to be approved by the full assembly and then go out for a public vote.
The committee’s recommendations will be presented to the assembly at their regular meeting March 17.
Two men who pleaded guilty to a string of burglaries at Petersburg businesses last August will be spending the better part of two and a half years in jail. The 20- and 26-year old men were sentenced for those crimes at the Petersburg court house Monday.
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26-year-old Joshua Franklin and 20-year-old Brandon Estes both pleaded guilty to burglary and theft charges following break-ins last summer at several Petersburg businesses, and they agreed to the guilty pleas in return for a cap on their jail time of four years.
Estes was charged with a break in at Waterways Veterinary Clinic that happened earlier in August. Both men faced burglary and theft charges after break-ins were reported to police late that month at the swimming pool, Alaska Power and Telephone, Petersburg Motors, Hammer and Wikan grocery store and Wikan Enterprises. Stolen items ranged from credit cards to video games, to a pry tool, to veterinary medicine.
At sentencing hearings Monday, assistant district attorney Nick Polasky asked for nearly similar jail sentences of almost three years.
“I think Mr. Estes and Mr. Franklin have caused a lot of problems in the community for a little while by this type of behavior,” Polasky said. “I think if the court imposed this sentence it would serve individual deterrence because Mr. Estes and Mr. Franklin would be looking at a sizable chunk of time and realizing if we keep doing this type of stuff we’re gonna be going back to lots of jail time as opposed to a week here two months here, stuff like that. I think it would also serve general deterrence because in a smaller community like Petersburg I think word really gets around here’s what happens if you break into people’s businesses.”
Meanwhile, public defender Dennis McCarty said Estes made bad decisions and agreed he needed to make changes. However, he wanted a lesser sentence for his client. “We have a young man who’s gonna be 21 in about 4-5 months, very young. He’s been dealt a really bad hand. Doesn’t excuse it. He’s made bad decisions in his life. He’s gotta figure out how to get his head squared away or he’s going to be what I call a frequent flyer within the system.”
McCarty characterized the crimes as one night of craziness and along with an earlier break in at the Waterways Veterinary Clinic. Estes did not speak at sentencing hearing.
Superior court Judge William Carey sentenced Estes first but not before asking for more of an explanation for the crimes. “I’d love to hear an explanation from somebody as to what would cause these two young men to engage in this rampage over the course of an evening in which, multiple, a fairly large number of people in the community were impacted by the conduct of these two young men,” Carey said.
Carey sentenced Estes to total jail time of 30 months and 10 days to serve for the burglaries and several other charges against him. Another 46 months is suspended unless he violates probation conditions. He’ll also have to repay the items he stole.
The second defendant, Franklin, did speak during his sentencing and gave the judge more of an explanation. He apologized to the community and told the judge that a heroin addiction was a factor. “Chasing drugs is not really what you wanna really do every single day for the rest of your life,” Franklin said. “I weighed 163 pounds when I was booked in. I weigh 214 pounds right now. That’s insane. Another thing is what I was doing, when you think about it, it was irrational. It was all irrational and indecisive. Who knows which direction it was going. I don’t. I didn’t see any of this happening. I didn’t see nothing coming at me.”
Franklin said he’s taken multiple classes while he’s been in jail and said he would repay the businesses for the damaged and missing property. Franklin also had a couple of charges not related to the burglaries and some of those were included in his sentencing.
Carey thanked Franklin for that explanation and sentenced him a total of 30 months to serve in jail. He’ll have another 28 months jail time suspended on top of that. Both men could serve less of those jail sentences with time off for good behavior.
Ketchikan High School’s longtime Automotive Technology teacher is retiring after this semester. David Sweetman has been teaching students how to do oil changes and repair car brakes for 14 years.
On a recent Tuesday, Sweetman led the seven students in his General Service Technology class into the Kayhi auto shop. They were learning to do a Battery Load Test.
After that, they moved on to checking the brakes on a retired teacher’s Subaru.
“We’re going to bring in a vehicle, we’re going to literally change gears here,” Sweetman said to the sophomores and juniors. “We need to put it on a lift. Let’s get going like the well-oiled team we are sometimes.”
They opened the shop door and one of the students brought in the car, which they rose on a lift. Then they removed the front tires.
Right away, they figured out that the brake pads on the car were worn out, and it needs new rotors. Sweetman said his next, more advanced class, will fix it.
“We treat it like an actual shop and work under the same conditions they learn in the industry,” Sweetman says. “Except a lot slower and more forgiving.”
Sweetman has been teaching at Kayhi for more than a dozen years. It started when he was working for the University of Alaska Southeast. Part of his job was to help improve vocational education in Ketchikan.
“We were very much concerned that there was not enough vocational training opportunities in Ketchikan, and we decided to see if we could revive them,” Sweetman said.
They decided to bring back the auto technology program. They got everything lined up, except the teacher. So Sweetman ended up heading the program. At first, he was reluctant, since he had been out of the auto service business for 20 years. But he ended up enjoying it.
“It’s a fascinating field of study, trying to figure out cars,” Sweetman said. “It’s kind of an adventure. You have to be a really good Sherlock Holmes to find out what’s the matter with the car.”
Because of all the practical experience students get in the auto classes, it ends up being a first step for those who want to get into an automotive career after graduation.
For example, 25-year-old Nick Galloway graduated from Kayhi in 2006. He’s now a mechanic at Karlson Motors.
Galloway took all of the auto technology classes he could when he was at Kayhi. After graduating, he went straight into the field, working at shops in Anchorage and Bellingham before coming back to Ketchikan. Galloway says the training he got with Sweetman gave him the ability to jump into work right after graduating high school.
“It’s really fulfilling to work with kids who don’t know much about something and then see them start to master the technology and solve problems,” Sweetman said.
Some of Sweetman’s current students want to go into auto service too. Junior Jacob Alvey says he wants to be an automotive mechanic in Utah. Sophomore Joe Harris also wants to be a mechanic.
They both want to continue taking auto technology classes next semester, but they won’t be with Mr. Sweetman. Ketchikan High School is looking for someone to fill his steel-toed boots.
“I’m pushing 70, it’s time for somebody younger to get into the field,” Sweetman said.
His youngest daughter is graduating from high school this year. He figured he would “graduate” with her.
“I’m a little nervous about it, but other people seem to retire and enjoy it, so I’m up for it,” Sweetman said.
But for the next couple months, he’s got students to teach and car brakes to repair.
Chemotherapy patients at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center have a brand-new infusion suite for their treatments. The center opened last week with a special ceremony, and the first patients tried it out on Tuesday.
Cancer patients in Ketchikan were receiving chemotherapy treatment before the new suite opened, but the location and the space provided wasn’t ideal. Infusion therapy nurse Deb Davis said it was part of the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, “Which meant anything going on in the Intensive Care Unity, whatever was going on there, you were part of it, whether you liked it or not. It also was down at the far end, hard for some people to find, and to have to walk that far from the elevators.”
In contrast, the new infusion suite is 15 steps from the elevator; it’s a private space dedicated to chemotherapy patients. It has new chairs, plants, a coffee pot, and it’s bigger. Davis said the hospital now can treat four patients at the same time, rather than the previous maximum of three. There’s also a new consulting area.
“If a physician wanted to see a patient, have a conversation with a patient, there was no privacy to do that,” she said. “Now we have a separate space on one side that we can close off, and the physician can actually see that patient, talk to that patient, have whatever conversation they need or the exam they need in privacy, which they couldn’t do before. So that’s nice.”
Davis said the $200,000 needed to renovate the space into a chemotherapy infusion suite was raised through individual donations, some state funding and the annual Solestice shoe auction.
The project is not part of the city-owned hospital’s multi-million-dollar grand renovation, which will be paid for mostly through local voter-approved bonds and state funding.
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski was in town to attend the opening of the chemotherapy suite, and in a separate interview said she’s pleased with the investment Ketchikan is making in its hospital.
“I think it’s really credit to this community that given what you’re faced with from a budget perspective, that this community has made a commitment to say this is a public health service that we want to make sure is provided,” she said. “Not only the infusion center, but all that you’re doing with the hospital. I think it speaks volumes.”
Pre-construction work is starting on the first phase of the hospital’s larger renovation plan. That phase will cost an estimated $62 million, and will include an upgrade of the 50-year-old surgery suite, plus a larger clinic and additional parking.
(Maria Dudzak contributed to this report.)
The University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute is predicting high northern lights activity Wednesday night for the Northern U.S. and Canada.
According to the institute, a very large solar event took place early Tuesday. The flare was located near the east limb of the sun facing away from the Earth, and scientists expect enhanced aurora activity late tonight. Activity also could occur Thursday night.
Auroras are only visible to the unaided eye when it’s dark. So, the best chance to see the aurora is on a clear night away from town.
Unfortunately, the weather forecast for Ketchikan calls for mostly cloudy or partly cloudy skies tonight and tomorrow. But predictions have been known to be wrong, so aurora watchers might want to make plans to stay up for a late-night light show.
Here’s a fun fact: Auroras also form in the far southern hemisphere. For a regular update on aurora activity, visit http://www.gi.alaska.edu/AuroraForecast
To follow the location of the aurora at any given time, go to http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/ovation/
Staff of PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center speak about physical therapy treatments available to cancer patients and about the new infusion therapy suite. CancerRehab
The Sitka Assembly on Tuesday night (2-25-14) once again took up the question of whether children should be prohibited from entering businesses that allow smoking, even during non-smoking events. And, once again, they postponed a decision.
For some assembly members, the question came down to finding the right balance between public health and individual freedom.
The last time this smoking ordinance came before the Sitka Assembly, in January, nearly a dozen members of the public rose to speak against it. This time, everyone who addressed the assembly, spoke in favor.
“It is our obligation towards the great people of Sitka and especially our children who are more vulnerable to spare no efforts in protecting their health,” said Sitka resident Paul Bahna.
“The clarification of this language protects the health of all the minors in Sitka,” said resident Amy Gorn. “Everyone should have the right to breathe clean air.”
“This is an opportunity that the assembly has to support the health of kids in our community, and do that in a way that supports overall public health,” said resident and longtime anti-smoking advocate Ryan Kauffman.
The issue stems from a 2005 referendum passed by Sitka voters, which prohibits minors from entering any business where smoking is allowed.
As it turns out, there was a loophole in that law.
This past December, the American Legion, a private club that allows smoking, held a Christmas party for children. They consulted with City Attorney Robin Koutchak, who said that although the Legion is a smoking club, as long as smoking wasn’t allowed at that particular event, they were within the bounds of the law.
Following the party, Mayor Mim McConnell and assembly member Phyllis Hackett introduced an amendment to tighten the ordinance. The new language clarifies that a business must declare itself either smoking, or non-smoking. If it’s a smoking business, then children can’t enter, even for a smoke-free event.
Kauffman said that he participated in the 2005 referendum, and the new ordinance honors voters’ original intent.
“I know what my intent was as a voter,” he said. “And that was to protect children from the harmful effects of tobacco.”
Those effects were the subject of a presentation by Paul Bahna, who discussed new research into “third-hand smoke” – that is, the residual chemicals from cigarette smoke that can attach to indoor surfaces, like walls or furniture, and remain for weeks or months after a room has been used for smoking.
The last time this issue came up, the assembly referred it to the Health Needs and Human Services Commission. Chairman Ron Fribush said the commission unanimously supports the amendment.
But Deputy Mayor Matt Hunter, who spoke in favor of the amendment last time around, said he had changed his mind.
“I’ve gone back and forth, completely, twice on this issue,” Hunter said. “What it really comes down to for me is not so much the health risks, which are very evident…At some point, I’m having trouble telling people how to choose to raise their kids. I’m stuck on this personal responsibility, personal rights issue, where essentially I’m telling someone, you cannot choose to take your kids into this place for an evening, for a party.”
Assembly member Pete Esquiro agreed. But Mayor Mim McConnell said that Hunter and Esquiro were missing the point.
“The philosophical decision about this, we have no business making that decision, because it was made by voters in 2005,” McConnell said “All that this language does is clarify what the voters intended, what the assembly intended, in 2005…What people are agonizing over, that agony was taken care of at the polls in 2005.”
At that point, the assembly was divided: McConnell and assembly members Mike Reif and Aaron Swanson said they would vote yes. Hunter said he would vote no, and Esquiro appeared to be on the fence. Assembly members Ben Miyasato and Phyllis Hackett were both absent and excused.
At that point, there was an interruption from the audience. Former assembly member Jay Stelzenmuller stepped forward to ask that the decision be postponed until all seven assembly members were present.
“I would like to ask that this issue is important enough to enough people, that I would ask you to postpone the decision until you have a full assembly,” Stelzenmuller said.
Stelzenmuller’s interjection wasn’t allowed under assembly rules, but it did the trick. In the end, all five members agreed to postpone the vote.
“Okay, everybody can breathe,” McConnell said, after the vote.
At least until next time.
Leaders from the private partners in the proposed Alaska LNG project urged lawmakers Tuesday to support the plan that they call a good business venture for everyone involved.
The Senate finance committee is meeting every day this week to grasp the concepts contained in SB138, the bill that would establish a joint public-private partnership to develop a large natural gas pipeline across the state. The pipeline would end at a liquefaction plant where gas could be loaded onto tankers and sold on the world market.
JUNEAU — The House Finance Committee voted Tuesday to remove language from an abortion funding bill that called for the state to provide expanded women’s health and family planning services.
The language had been added to SB49 on the Senate floor last year and offered by Sen. Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage.
The U.S. Air Force announced Tuesday that Eielson Air Force Base and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson are on the short list of potential hosts for 48 new F-35 fighter jets, according to Alaska’s Congressional delegation.
Site survey teams from the Air Force will examine the five sites in the coming weeks before selecting “two or three as preferred and reasonable alternative bases” later this spring, according to a press release from U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska.
JUNEAU — State officials said Alaska’s record pink salmon harvest in 2013 could create a market glut that will drive prices down for several years.
The state Division of Economic Development sees a glut in supply after the 2013 harvest, bringing downward pressure on prices, KFSK-radio reported.
ANCHORAGE — A former Bethel foster parent and day care operator will be sentenced in June after pleading guilty to three counts of sexual abuse of a minor.
Peter Tony, 70, entered the plea Monday in Bethel Superior Court, the Anchorage Daily News reported. He had faced seven felony counts.
In the first case, Tony pleaded guilty to two consolidated counts of sexually abusing a girl in 2012. His wife was baby-sitting the girl.
FAIRBANKS — The Tanana Valley State Fair will not renew its contract for mechanical rides with Golden Wheel Amusement, which sued the nonprofit group last year over what the company said were contract violations connected to competing attractions.
Golden Wheel, the only Alaska provider of large mechanical rides, has moved a Tilt-a-Wheel, Ferris wheel and other rides to the Fairbanks fair for more than 30 years.
The Sitka School district appears headed for some budget cuts next year.
This was the message Monday night (2-24-14) at a public hearing held at Pacific High School. The board has offered no specific cuts, yet. The hearing was one of several planned to help them take the public’s temperature on district programs in the arts and technology.
Starting out the annual budget cycle each spring with a substantial deficit is nothing new. Last year, the board tapped $900,000 of district reserves to balance the budget, and the money — and then some — eventually rolled in through a combination of state and federal sources.
But there is no silver bullet for the 2015. The district anticipates roughly $18.5-million dollars in revenues, and $20-million in expenses.
School board president Lon Garrison said staff cuts were on the table, especially if budget uncertainty continued to the end of the school year, when it is time to send teachers their contracts.
“And that time frame is crucial in a number of ways. And one of those is our ability to decide how many teachers we’re going to retain in the coming year. If we make severe cuts to the budget, we’re going to have to tell some of those teachers that they’re probably not going to have a job next year.”
Superintendent Steve Bradshaw said each teacher costs the district about $100,000, including salaries and benefits. Unclassified staff, like office workers and paraprofessionals cost roughly half that much.
About 70-percent of the district budget comes from the state, through a formula called the Base Student Allocation — or BSA. In what Garrison called an “unexpected about-face,” Gov. Sean Parnell has proposed increasing the BSA by $200 over the next three years. Garrison told the audience in Pacific High that the state would have to increase the BSA to $500 to make ends meet next year.
The city is also considering increasing its contribution to schools — but not to the maximum allowed by law — or “funding to the cap,” as it’s called. Sitka historically has funded schools to the cap, but retreated from that policy around 2008, during the economic recession. City administrator Mark Gorman said his budget next year included a three-percent increase for schools.
Garrison appreciated the gesture, but he said it made for some awkward moments when the board flew to Juneau to lobby for state funding.
“It is more difficult to convince a legislator to spend more on education when we’re not spending the full amount that we can in our own community.”
The city’s contribution to schools is roughly $5-million, or just over one-quarter of the district’s budget.
So, with cuts looking likely, the public wanted to protect the things they valued most. For Bruce Christianson, who attended the hearing with his seven-year-old daughter, it was staff.
“The school system here in Sitka, it’s about people and not computers and apps. So if it really gets tight, and you’re looking at cutting a person, please reconsider. That’s what makes this district a place where I want to raise my daughter.”
The fault line — at Monday’s meeting — ran between technology, and pretty much everything else, with several people weighing in on the importance of the art and music programs.
One person — city finance chief Jay Sweeney, speaking as a parent — urged the board to protect the technology budget “at all costs,” even if it meant cutting art and music.
Senior Courtney Lecrone, however, simply urged the board to keep perspective about what is important in school. She noted that there was a big push to keep teacher-student ratios low in elementary school, while high schoolers were coming up short.
“I just moved here. I came from a school that offered Psychology and Botany and all these different things. And coming here and hearing about classes that aren’t at Sitka High anymore, it’s really sad. I’m a senior, and I won’t have to deal with it. But it’s really sad that people will have to deal with it. When you go on to the big world — if you don’t go to college, it’s your last place to get a good education. If you don’t get a good education, then everybody here is just kinda screwed.”
With that, there was no more insight offered at Monday’s hearing.
There will be one more budget work session on March 5, at a venue to be determined, and a final budget hearing on March 27, before the Sitka School Board sends its budget to the assembly.
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough School Board will vote on contracts for two school principals at its meeting on Wednesday evening.
The board will decide whether to approve hiring David Jones as principal of Houghtaling Elementary School. He would be taking over for Nancy Moon, who decided to resign after two years at Houghtaling. Jones started working for the Ketchikan school district in 2000 as an elementary teacher and most recently served as Dean of Students at Houghtaling.
The board also will vote on whether to retain Bob Marshall as principal of Ketchikan Charter School. Marshall is currently in his second year as principal there.
Danny Robb Jr., a welding and Algebra teacher at Ketchikan High School, has turned in a letter of resignation for board approval. Robb says in the letter that he does not feel Kayhi is the proper fit for him any longer.
The Board also will vote on whether to confirm members of the recently formed Student Safety Committee. Board members Trevor Shaw and Ralph Beardsworth will serve on the committee. Other people who have expressed interest include Shona Hosley, Ginny Clay, Valerie Brooks, Debbie Langford, Sheila Klosterman, D. Jay O’Brien, and high school student Sylvan Blakenship.
Southern Southeast Alaska Technical Education Center (SSEATEC) has submitted a proposal asking the Ketchikan school district to help fund its Basic Construction Course. The School Board will discuss how this might fit into the district’s budget.
The board also will vote on a $29,000 contract with Safe Havens Institute for security evaluation and consulting.
Wednesday’s School Board meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly chambers at the White Cliff building. Public comment will be heard at the start and end of the meeting.
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Sitka Assembly to vote on tightening the community’s smoking law. Audio postcard: Orthodox Diocese installs new bishop in St. Michael’s Cathedral. NPS biologist Tania Lewis makes breakthroughs in the study of Glacier Bay’s bears. Sen. Bert Stedman’s resolution seeking the transfer of Tongass timber lands to the state generates controversy.
Are you concerned about Sitka’s finances? Maybe you have some ideas to share to help the town work better? If so, you can be heard this Thursday, February 27, 6:30 PM at a TOWN HALL meeting with city administrator Mark Gorman and a panel of Sitka’s previous administrators. Attend in person at Harrigan Centennial Hall, or listen live on Raven Radio.
House minority leader Chris Tuck, flanked by most of the House of Representatives Democrats, announced Monday the confirmation of Sam Kito III to fill Juneau’s vacant seat.
Tuck, D-Anchorage, said it was a “quick and unanimous” decision for the Democratic Caucus which met late Monday. Most of the conversation centered on how to go about announcing the decision and the process, he said.