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Public Radio

By Rep. Dan Ortiz


October 06, 2016
Thursday PM

Public radio is a lifeline for rural communities. It connects our community of islands here in Southeast, and our neighbors scattered across the far and wide villages of Northern Alaska. In many areas of Alaska public radio is the only means of issuing emergency alerts, public safety announcements, and relaying important community information.

Public radio should be an investment of the Department of Public Safety. Public radio currently finds its support from the Department of Administration, but that is not the appropriate category of management for this communication service. For the purpose of more consistent funding, public radio would be better categorized from the budget of the Department of Public Safety than the Department of Administration. Please share your thoughts on this suggestion by emailing me at or calling me at (907) 247-4672.

Dan Ortiz
Ketchikan, Alaska

Received October 05, 2016 - Published October 06, 2016

About: Ortiz is an independent member of the Alaska House of Representatives, who has since 2015 represented the 36th District. He is the only independent in the Alaska State Legislature.



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