by Pete Ellis
February 10, 2005
Perhaps all, including the assembly, should reflect on the fact that processing tonnage elsewhere in SE Alaska and to the westward continues to increase while Ketchikan processing tonnage declines from year to year.
The salmon capital of the world and the former primary halibut processing center are labels that no longer fit Ketchikan as they once did in earlier years.
Thus a new cold storage, able to process and store far greater quantities of seafood at substantially lower costs, may well be the economic incentive to warrant a renewed effort for local industry endeavors.
The need for strong support
and assembly approval is essential in terms of future grant funding
as to other projects and basically costs the borough nothing
in terms of presently unused land. Once improved it should be
operated in terms of a facility that is placed on the tax rolls
and paying taxes for the betterment of the entire borough.
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