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The Truth and Encouragement to Check Out the Facts

By Bob Sivertsen


April 11, 2013
Thursday AM

This letter is in response to the following message that was posted into ‘Annoucements’ on SitNews on April 9-10, 2013:

“Our wasted money
Look at this sight and see the two green blocks on the top left and the two red ones at the bottom below them. Those are 2 diesel generators running at bailey power plant and the two green ones are the Swan turbines, not giving us any power SEAPA don\'t care they are not paying for the diesel fuel and not giving us any power at all. Let\'s change a few things if they can\'t provide us at least 75% of the power we need how about they pay for the 25% of the fuel our diesels are running on. And if they have to shut down like they are now after a big rain storm they should pay for all the fuel we use sense it\'s not our fault but theres. You can email me and I will explain it all. This is a public access website.”

The Sitnews Editor appropriately removed the ‘Announcement’ and we requested the content so it could be addressed here in the appropriate forum. Had the individual who wrote the above called SEAPA’s office to get the facts, they would have discovered that after checking the schedules, SEAPA’s generation schedule had in fact called for Swan Lake to operate this week at 7 MW. KPU chose to unilaterally change this schedule so Swan Lake was taken offline.

Anytime any citizen or ratepayer has a question about anything involving SEAPA, they are strongly encouraged to either call SEAPA’s office at 907/228-2281 or stop by the office at 1900 First Avenue, Suite 318 to discuss your concerns. There will also be a SEAPA board meeting in Ketchikan on April 25, 2013 starting at 9:00 a.m. that will be held at the Best Western Landing’s Sunny Point Ballroom. There is a comment period during the meeting for the public to address SEAPA’s board with any comments and/or concerns they may have. Anyone with any credibility will identify themselves and check out the facts for themselves before making a public announcement that has not been verified.

Bob Sivertsen
Ketchikan, Alaska

About: SEAPA Chairman, Ketchikan City Council Member, and long-time resident of Ketchikan, Alaska

Received April 10, 2013 - Published April 11, 2013


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