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Open Letter to the KGB Mayor & Assembly
By Johnnie Laird


April 21, 2010

Mayor Dave Kiffer and Ketchikan Assembly, I am disappointed that you passed a resolution in favor of the Legislation and didn't join in solidarity in opposition with Sitka, Port Protection, Point Baker, Edna Bay, Hollis, Whale Pass, Thorne Bay, Craig, Naukati, Kake, The US Department of the Agriculture, The US Department of the Interior and many others.

The residents of SE Alaska, including Ketchikan, have spoken out overwhelmingly opposed to the Legislation. It is on official US Senate record.

Sealaska would still log those 75,000 acres whether it was in the box or out of the box ... that economy would still be in Ketchikan either way. You have just possibly helped them gain ownership of some of the most valuable timber left on Prince of Wales Island that will never see a local mill.

If this legislation passes Sealaska will log heavily Polk Inlet, Mckenzie Inlet and 12 Mile Arm. Areas commonly used by Ketchikan residents. This will impact Sportsmans' Cove Lodge seriously as well as several Ketchikan Guides.

You basically have just thrown the residents of Hollis and Saltery Cove under the bus.

But I'm sure you all realize what you have done.

Johnnie Laird
Ketchikan, AK


Received April 20, 2010 - Published April 21, 2010



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