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Ketchikan: Officials Address Coronavirus Contingencies & Prepardedness By MARY KAUFFMAN - On the state level, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy submitted a supplemental budget amendment Monday to fund ten additional temporary positions within the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) preparedness and response. 

The governor's supplemental budget would provide the Alaska Division of Public Health with five new public health nurses, three nurse epidemiologists, one microbiologist in Fairbanks to assist with lab testing, and one emergency manager to assist in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). These positions will be based statewide and will be able to travel as needed to rural communities to help monitor and screen for COVID-19.

“The coordination and constant contact between our State departments, and our local, tribal, and Federal partners has been commendable. We have been preparing for the past month-and-a-half and are now looking to bolster our preparedness and response teams by adding these ten new temporary positions,” said Governor Mike Dunleavy. “Common sense protocols that would be applied to any flu or cold season will help Alaskans deal with potential illnesses we may see in the coming months.”

“DHSS is grateful for Governor Dunleavy’s involvement and attention to the COVID-19 response, and his support for this proactive approach. Throughout this response we have had continuous communication with other government agencies and key stakeholders including hospitals and medical providers,” said Adam Crum, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. “To better protect the health of Alaskans from COVID-19, we have asked for these new resources and positions to fortify the DHSS EOC. This will allow public health nursing and epidemiology to have an increased presence around the state to help coordinate with local health care providers and many other partners statewide.”

“While we have not yet seen any cases of COVID-19 in Alaska, our Emergency Operations Center has been in operation for over a month and we continue to work with Public Health, including testing for the disease,” said Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska Chief Medical Officer. “It’s important to remember that there are things we can to help protect ourselves, our families and our communities. Everyday measures, like those that prevent other respiratory illnesses like the flu and the common cold, also work to control the novel coronavirus.”

The governor's supplemental budget amendment would provide $4 million in state funds and allow for the receipt of $9 million in federal support for mitigation and response efforts.

On the local level, Ketchikan City and Borough representatives are working closely with State and local health care agencies to prepare for the evolving Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) threat. At of this date, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ketchikan.

City Mayor Bob Sivertsen says “local entities are monitoring this threat closely and adjusting as new State and Federal guidelines are released.”

Emergency response agencies have implemented updated 9-1-1 dispatch protocols based on Centers for Disease Control guidance, which means calls are now screened for potential Coronavirus.

PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center has reviewed its procedures, trained staff and is screening patients for COVID-19.

Facilities with high public use, such as the Library, Transit, the Ketchikan International Airport, the Gateway Recreation and Aquatic Center, and Museum are reviewing and updating cleaning protocols to prevent the spread of germs.

In light of the Novel Coronavirus threat, local officials are working closely with Cruise Line Agencies of Alaska and Federal agencies in preparation for the upcoming tourist season.

Borough Mayor Rodney Dial is urging residents to make plans for Coronavirus.“You should do your part to prepare your household for a disruptive event, which will in turn allow government to focus on the needs of the vulnerable populations that have a diminished ability to prepare,” he said.

Dial said, “Ultimately the only thing I am sure of is that Ketchikan will face any future difficulties together and will be just fine.”

And today, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) participated in a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee focused on how the U.S. is responding to the emerging threat of COVID-19, the Novel Coronavirus.

The Senate HELP Committee hearing highlighted how the U.S. federal government is responding to the outbreak and actions the administration is taking to ensure that the U.S. is prepared for, and responding to, COVID-19 at the federal, state, and local levels. The hearing delved into what we know about the virus, mitigation, and treatment - hearing from leaders in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

During the hearing, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health explained the need to be prepared, while also not inciting unnecessary panic. - More...
Tuesday PM - March 03, 2020


Alaska: Alaska House of Reps passes operating budget in record time; Now heads to Senate for Consideration Posted & Edited By MARY KAUfFMAN - The Alaska House of Representatives this evening passed a streamlined operating budget that prioritizes public safety, education, and the essential services that underpin our economy and communities. 

Lawmakers approved the budget 23-to-16, and House Bill 205 now heads to the Senate for consideration. This is the fastest that an operating budget has ever passed the Alaska House with only 43 days having passed since the beginning of this year’s legislative session – something that was possible due to collaboration with some members of the House Minority.

“I want to thank the House Finance Committee and all of my colleagues in the House for working hard to pass the operating budget in record time,” said Rep. Neal Foster (D-Nome), co-chair of the House Finance Committee. “I’m proud of the tough choices and fiscal restraint that was demonstrated in the process of crafting this budget, and our values are reflected in our prioritization of public safety, education, and the health and well-being of Alaskans.” 

“In record time, the House has passed an operating budget that reduces state spending and continues to support education, public safety and other essential services,” added Rep. Jennifer Johnston (R-Anchorage), co-chair of the House Finance Committee. “This budget is about $35 million less than the budget passed last year, considering supplemental spending. With the recent market instability and reductions in oil prices, there are many tough choices still to be made. However, this is a huge step in the right direction. I remain committed to working on structural changes that will lead to more permanent solutions.”

However, the House Republican Caucus unanimously voted against the House Majority budget. According to the House Republican Caucus, while there was a healthy debate on the floor, there remains much to be addressed, including the dividend and a meaningful spending cap.

“I appreciate the Governor putting forward a flat budget that the House Majority and Minority could generally agree upon,” said Rep. Cathy Tilton (R-Chugiak/Mat-Su). “As a result, this year’s process was much briefer and far less contentious, which allowed for more productive discussions on the other issues which still divide us. That being said, passing this budget without any appropriation for a 2020 dividend – full or otherwise – has merely delayed the inevitable battle.”

  “This is the first step in a long process,” added Rep. Lance Pruitt (R-Anchorage). “We appreciate the discussion we’ve had on the budget so far this year, but there are still differences we will continue to engage and work through to ensure the concerns of our caucus are addressed.”

“No PFD plus no discussion of a PFD equals a ‘no’ vote. Alaskans expect their legislators to follow the law and fulfill their obligations,” said Rep. DeLena Johnson (R-Palmer). “This budget does neither of those things. The public’s trust in the institution of government has suffered further harm.” - More...
Tuesday PM - March 03, 2020

Lawmakers demand urgent action to restore AMHS; M/V Tazlina back in service this week

Lawmakers demand urgent action to restore AMHS;
M/V Tazlina back in service this week

Posted & Edited By MARY KAUFFMAN
M/V Tazlina
Returns to Service March 5th
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Alaska: Lawmakers demand urgent action to restore AMHS; M/V Tazlina back in service this week Posted & Edited By MARY KAUFFMAN - Today, the House Majority leadership team sent a letter to the Dunleavy Administration demanding swift action to restore the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Coastal Alaska communities face an ongoing crisis that is the result of most state ferries being pulled from operation due to a host of systemic problems. Thousands of people are currently cut off from the outside world, unable to access healthcare, food and essential supplies, and the state’s economy.

“People all over our state are understandably worried about the potential impacts of a coronavirus outbreak. The health of our people could be impacted, supply chains that keep our communities running could break down, and our economy could suffer,” Rep. Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak) said. “Sadly, a human-caused problem – the mismanagement of our ferries – is already causing store shelves to go empty and a broad crisis that is crippling Coastal Alaska. Our letter encourages the administration to treat this situation like the crisis that it is.”

following a visit to AMHS facilities and the Vigor Shipyard in Ketchikan, where a few AMHS ships are being held out of operation. Speaker Bryce Edgmon and Reps. Neal Foster, Jennifer Johnston, Chuck Kopp, Dan Ortiz, and Steve Thompson also signed the letter.

Quoting the letter, Rep. Stutes wrote 10 of 12 ferries are currently inoperable. She stated after her visit to the Vigor's Ketchikan Shipyard last week, it became apparent that poor maintenance, management, and communication by AMHS is, in large part, responsible for the current state of the vessels disrepair. (Read the Letter pdf)

“Lawmakers can’t fund maintenance requests that are never brought forward, and we can’t use repair dollars effectively without thoughtful planning,” added Rep. Dan Ortiz (I-Ketchikan).

Ortiz said, “We’re doing everything in our power to solve this crisis, but we need the administration to meet us in the middle. The system badly needs significant investments to support repairs and adequate operations.”

The Alaska Department of Transportation also announced today the plan to return the M/V Tazlina to service on Thursday, March 5, 2020.

The M/V Tazlina arrived from Ketchikan to Juneau’s Auke Bay Terminal on Feb. 29, 2020, and according to a news release, the crew is preparing for its return to service this week. The vessel will provide regular scheduled service from Juneau to Angoon, Hoonah, Haines, and Skagway.

The Tazlina was at Vigor Marine’s Ketchikan shipyard since mid-January where the vessel received required warranty work and annual inspections for certifications.

This week, the Tazlina’s crew will take her out for required United States Coast Guard certificate of inspection drills. These drills include firefighting and abandon ship operations, along with launching and retrieving Tazlina’s rescue boats. The crew will load Tazlina with fuel and stores and prepare for the ship's return to revenue service. - More...
Tuesday PM - March 03, 2020

Murkowski Visits UAS Ketchikan Maritime Training Center

Murkowski Visits UAS Ketchikan
Maritime Training Center

Murkowski touring the Maritime Center Welding Lab
Photo courtesy UAS Ketchikan


Ketchikan: Murkowski Visits UAS Ketchikan Maritime Training Center - The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) Maritime Training Center in Ketchikan hosted U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) for a tour of the facility on February 21st. UAS Ketchikan has been training mariners for over thirty years. The UAS Maritime Training Center is a state-of-the-art facility that provides maritime programs meeting regional needs throughout Southeast Alaska. Located directly on the water, it houses a comprehensive welding lab, navigation simulator, and a diesel and electronics lab. 

Sen. Murkowski noted that she was impressed with the facility and the labs, specifically the diesel, welding, and ship simulator labs. The tour was led by professors Mike LaBarge, Mariah Warren, and Larry O’Loane, along with campus director Dr. Priscilla Schulte. LaBarge teaches Maritime Studies, Warren teaches Marine Transportation in Security/Safety/Health, and Larry O'Loane is an Assistant Professor of Power Technology.

Sen. Murkowski expressed support for Alaska’s maritime industry as a whole. She thanked each faculty member for providing "valuable training opportunities for Alaskans."

With over 70,000 workers in the state’s maritime industry, nearly all Alaskans depend in one way or another on the maritime economy. The state is highly dependent on shipping for imports of food and other goods, as well as exports for oil, seafood, and minerals. Alaska’s economy is also dependent upon water transport, bringing visitors on cruise ships, managing ports and harbors, traveling on the Alaska Marine Highway ferry system, and maintaining the equipment and machinery essential to villages, towns, and cities.  - More...
Tuesday PM - March 03, 2020



Ketchikan: Legislative Update With Rep. Dan Ortiz By LARRY JACKSON - Monday, I took a few minutes to get updates on several of the issues I covered last week. In this interview, Rep. Dan Ortiz addresses state funding of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation PSP testing for shelf fish, DOT plans or lack there of to rebuild or repair the Tongass Highway, and Alaska Marine Highway funding. - More...
Tuesday PM - March 03, 2020


Ketchikan: Governor Dunleavy Recall's petition signing event - After a initial round of petition signing, the Dunleavy Recall efforts have been approved for a second round of petition signing. I visited the Ketchikan event at the Ted Ferry Civic center Sunday.

Events are happening for the next month around the state. You can get information at the Dunleavy Recall web site. There are also efforts formed or forming to defend the governor as well, nothing local that I know of. - More...
Tuesday PM - March 03, 2020

Ketchikan: Coronavirus' potential economic impacts to geoduck fishery By LARRY JACKSON - Today I talked with Southeast Alaska Dive Fishery Association Director Phil Doherty on the economic impacts to his members and the possible ripple effects of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to the greater regional economy.

I also talked with board member and diver Jeremy Leighton. Stick around to the end, Jeremy shows us his geoduck pump and related equipment. - More...
Tuesday PM - March 03, 2020

Alaska: Alaska Senate Doubles Motor Fuel Tax; First Tax Increase Since 1970 - The Alaska Senate yesterday approved what they called a "modest increase" to the state’s motor fuel tax rates.  

Senate Bill 115, sponsored by Senator Click Bishop, R-Fairbanks, increases the tax rates on highway and marine motor fuels to 16 cents and 10 cents per gallon, respectively, and is estimated to generate approximately $35 million in additional state revenue. 

“This is a meaningful step toward funding the state’s backlog of transportation infrastructure and maintenance needs,” said Sen. Bishop. “A modest increase in transportation funding will improve public safety, stimulate economic growth and provide good-paying jobs for Alaskans.”  

Alaska’s motor fuel tax rates have not changed for 50 years, since May 1970. With this increase, Alaska would still have the lowest marine fuel tax rate in the nation and the ninth lowest highway fuel tax rate. 

Current law sets the per gallon base tax rates for highway fuel at 8 cents and marine fuel at 5 cents. 

Alaska’s highway motor fuel tax rate of 8 cents per gallon was close to those of other states when it was enacted in 1970. Since that time, however, every other state has gradually increased motor fuel tax rates while Alaska has remained frozen in time. Alaska’s 1970 rate, adjusted for inflation, would be roughly 52 cents today, meaning the tax has lost about 85 percent of its purchasing power since 1970. - More...
Tuesday PM - March 03, 2020



TOM PURCELL: THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL RACE: NO LAUGHING MATTER - At least Michael Bloomberg gave it a try.

Having done poorly in a prior debate, he joked during the Charleston, S.C., debate that he was surprised the other candidates showed up – because he “did such a good job beating them last week.”

His poorly timed attempt at humor was ridiculed on social media. So what has happened to humor among our presidential candidates?

Partisanship makes way too many of us way too serious way too much of the time. But the American sense of humor has a deep history and most presidents have used it well.

Barack Obama’s deadpan humor brought the house down during several White House Correspondents’ Dinners.

In 2009, he said: “There was a point in my life when I started palling around with a pretty ugly crowd, I’ve got to be honest. These guys were serious deadbeats; they were lowlifes; they were unrepentant no-good punks. That’s right: I’ve been a member of the United States Senate.”

George W. Bush showed a great sense of humor opening the 2005 event: “I look forward to these dinners where I’m supposed to be funny … intentionally.”

Bill Clinton always had a charming twinkle in his eye, as though we were all in on the joke. At the 2000 dinner, amid investigations targeting him and his wife, he said: “Over the last few months I’ve lost 10 pounds. Where did they go? Why haven’t I produced them to the independent counsel? How did some of them manage to wind up on Tim Russert [news show]?”

George H.W. Bush wasn’t noted for his wit, but tried his best. He told the 1989 Gridiron Club dinner: “People say I’m indecisive, but I don’t know about that.”

In Bush’s defense, he did follow one of our wittiest presidents since Abe Lincoln. Ronald Reagan loved to poke fun at socialism and communism.

He told a story about a Russian wanting to buy a car. The man goes to the official agency, puts down his money and is told his car will be delivered in exactly 10 years.

“Morning or afternoon?” the purchaser asks. - More...
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Reject recall, Keep Gov. Dunleavy By Cynthia Henry- We need your help. Alaska is facing an important political issue that could change the course of our great state. I have followed state and local government in Alaska for more than four decades and have never been more dismayed by the actions of some political activists who didn’t get their way. We need the help of good men and women.

I am referring to the Gov. Mike Dunleavy recall initiative. Nationally and in our state, political entities who are not in power are using impeachment and recall as tools for removing officeholders for political reasons. That was not the intent of the framers of federal and state constitutions.

I urge you not to sign the recall Dunleavy petition for the following reasons.

The grounds cited for the Dunleavy recall are flimsy and politically driven. I followed the 2018 gubernatorial election closely. Gov. Dunleavy’s actions when he took office were completely in line with what he talked about on the campaign trail. Granted, Gov. Dunleavy’s budget cuts in his first budget were dramatic, as he attempted the balance revenues and expenditures. We all hate to have our ox gored. But as the governor knows, and we all know, there are checks and balances in the budget process. The Legislature has funding authority and can change or ignore budget items presented by the governor. Gov. Dunleavy has shown that he is open to compromise and readily listens to constituents from all parts of our state. That was very evident with last year’s compromise he worked out with the University of Alaska’s leaders. Submitting a budget with cuts to meet revenue projections is not a recall offense. - More...
Tuesday PM - March 03, 2020

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DEATH KNELL OF THE GOLDEN GOOSE AND WHAT’S LEFT OF KETCHIKAN, TOO By David G Hanger - Al Johnson is correct that there are a myriad of possibilities in terms of lost tourist sales revenue as consequence of the coronavirus. Since last week several passengers on the quarantined Diamond Princess have died and several dozen exposed to the virus were moved stateside. How many more will die on the quarantined ships? In a week’s time the path of the coronavirus has gone from a “possible” pandemic to a pandemic in all but name. That official branding is scheduled for the not too distant future. Carnival, Norwegian, and other cruise ship stocks have tanked, losing more than 25% of their value, which is depression territory, not recession. - More...
Saturday PM - February 29, 2020

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Let’s Finish What We Started By Eric Muench - One year ago, Alaskans discovered that our newly elected governor had no intention of keeping his promises, but instead was single handedly wrecking essential State programs to fit a personal radical conservative agenda that even most republicans could not agree with.   - More...
Thursday PM - February 27, 2020

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AMHS Reshaping Group By Art Johnson - It certainly seems odd that some of the communities most impacted by the lack of ferry service are not represented on the nine member reshaping work group. People from Anchorage and Fairbanks have very little exposure to the difficulties being experienced in SE Alaska. Ketchikan, Wrangell and Petersburg should be represented, if this is a serious effort to find solutions to providing proper ferry service. - Link to Letter....
Thursday PM - February 27, 2020

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Grow Ketchikan’s Mentorpreneurs Network By Deborah Hayden - Grow Ketchikan enthusiastically announces formation of the Mentorpreneurs Network.  This initiative creates a venue where entrepreneurs can meet, share triumphs, challenges, and expertise, and benefit from mutual support. 

Each meeting will contain a short presentation by Grow Ketchikan’s Executive Director or other local business and finance experts on topics such as business planning, marketing, financing, and resources available to businesses.

The first meeting will be in the Library’s large meeting room, 1110 Copper Ridge Lane, at 12 noon on Tuesday, March 3.  We will connect with entrepreneurs and listen to their needs.  Together with the group, we will evolve initiatives that address those needs and foster successful growth. - More...
Thursday PM - February 27, 2020

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Why I am supporting Prop 13 By Deborah Bonito - Anchorage, Alaska has been my home town since my Army family moved here when I was 12 years old. I’ve always been proud to call this amazing place my home. In Anchorage, we grow our businesses, our families, and our community together. That’s why I want to tell you about an opportunity we have to make Anchorage an even better place to live, and to invest a little right now in something that will have returns year after year.   I know from my many years as a retail business owner and operator that a smart investment today can make a big difference in the future. 

Problems caused by extended homelessness and untreated addiction are plaguing our city.  We know what the solutions are, we just need a dedicated revenue stream to invest in change. 

The Anchorage Assembly voted recently 9-2 in support of putting Proposition 13 on our spring Municipal ballot—a 5% tax on the purchase of alcoholic beverages. I support Prop 13, but I know that some well-heeled folks in the liquor industry will be funding a campaign against it. - More...
Thursday PM - February 27, 2020

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Alaska Municipal League 2020 Legislative Conference By Austin Otos - I recently had the opportunity to attend the 2020 AML legislative conference on the behalf of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough with Mayor Rodney Dial, and KGB Manager Ruben Duran. The conference consisted of various sessions including updates from State of Alaska agency directors, current bills going through the State legislature, overview of the State budget, and a speech by the Governor of Alaska detailing his economic vision. Major themes were: what happens on the state level directly impacts local municipalities, collaboration between other communities can garner new ideas/solutions, and constant communication with your state representatives can produce good policy outcomes. - More...
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An open letter to our Alaska legislators By Michael S. Queen - If we in the owner-state are determined to be giving away the just and fair profits of resource extraction, then the declining revenues we ourselves have crafted dictate that we identify alternative revenue streams. If one is going to live here and enjoy the benefits of established, necessarily maintained, and improved in the future infrastructure, the money has got to come from somewhere. - More...
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The ferry system, lifeblood of S.E. Alaska By Clement Plamondon - What has been done to our ferry system in the past several years by blatant mismanagement and political manipulation is nothing short of criminal. Not to mention the stupidity of simply killing half the small communities of S.E. Alaska. - More...
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No Good Presidential Candidates By Donald Moskowitz - President Trump continued the economic recovery and reinvigorated our military with increases in defense spending. Conversely, he weakened environmental regulations; moved funds from military construction projects to fund the border wall; and hurt our standing in the world, including our relationship with friendly countries. Trump continually lies about events and policies, and demeans the Presidency with his derogatory comments and gutterly uncivilized language. He garners attention with his negativity. - More...
Monday PM - February 24, 2020

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Ketchikan's Port By Janalee Minnich Gage - So we are selling the port? News to me, and I sit on the Ketchikan City Council.

The argument you will hear lately is, why are we selling the docks, why are we giving it away, why are we going to pay someone else to run them, or why can’t we do this ourselves, and why not just keep doing what we are doing? First, let me be very clear here, we are not selling the docks, We are not paying someone else to run them, nor are we giving it away. - More...
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House Finance Public Testimony This Week By Rep. Dan Ortiz - Each session, the Legislature’s biggest responsibility is to pass a budget for the State of Alaska. The House Budget Subcommittees - which examine the details of each department budget - have finished their budget recommendations. I serve as Chair of three budget subcommittees, and we submitted the following budget actions to the House Finance Committee for further review. - More...
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Alaska Permanent Fund Re-Investment Plan (APFRIP) By Robert B. Holston Jr. - Open letter to:  Dan Ortiz, Bert Steadman, Alaska State Senate President -Giessel, Majority Leader -Hoffman, Minority Leader -Begich, House Speaker -Edgmon,  House Majority -Thompson, House Minority -Pruitt and Governor Mike Dunleavy. - More...
Wednesday AM - February 19, 2020

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Waiting for the shoe to drop By A. M. Johnson - Far be from me to believe I am some soothsayer or star reader, yet one does wonder that there has been no inkling or whisper regarding the connection between Cruise ships, tax revenue, and the coronavirus. - More...
Wednesday AM - February 19, 2020

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Stedman should follow local consensus and put ferries first By Joel Jackson and Malena Marvin - As residents of the towns near the proposed Kake Road, we firmly oppose it. The $40 million raised for this “road to nowhere” should instead support the return of the Alaska Marine Highway to our coastal Alaskan communities struggling without ferry service. - More...
Friday AM - February 14, 2020

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Minimum Qualifications for Alaska Police Officers Makes Alaska Safer By Bob Griffiths - Most people are bewildered when they find out people with serious criminal convictions are serving as police officers in rural Alaska.  It truly is shocking to learn that individuals convicted of felonies, sex crimes and violent domestic violence offenses are placed in the highest positions of trust and authority.  Police officers in Alaska, from Anchorage or Alakanuk and beyond, are all given significant authority over the rest of us; including legal authority to search people, vehicles and dwellings with and without warrants; arrest and issue citations; and detain others until arraigned in court.  Those of us working to assure only trustworthy individuals are placed in these critical positions of trust have been acutely aware of this long-standing problem for years.  - More...
Friday AM - February 14, 2020  

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ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MINDS? QUESTIONS ABOUT THE DOCK AND WARD COVE FIASCO By David G. Hanger - It certainly does not surprise me that Dick Coose’s fingerprints are all over this looming disaster. This particular buck-ass private of industry was fundamentally culpable for the train wreck that was Gateway Forest Products, the largest (and most corrupt) bankruptcy in the state’s history, and the wooden bowl scam, etc., and now he wants to sell your future away so he can toy with and burn rapidly through another $35 million of someone else’s money. Forfeiting local control of our docks for 30 years, and who knows how much more, means nothing to Dick Coose because long before then he will be dead and gone, but for many of you both you and your children will still be around. - More...
Friday AM - February 14, 2020

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AMHS Update from the Legislature By Rep. Dan Ortiz - Let’s talk about the prospects of this year’s legislative session and budget deliberations as they relate to the AMHS. Our ferry system has been at the forefront of many legislative conversations: - More...
Monday PM - February 10, 2020

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Museums’ Strategic Long Range Plan By Michele Zerbetz Scott - It’s time to update the Museums’ Strategic Long Range Plan and the Ketchikan Museums are requesting help from the community. Here is some history: - More...
Monday PM - February 10, 2020

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Book Recommended By Rob Holston - ALASKA’S INSIDE PASSAGE by Dale Pihlman is a book I purchased as a “self gift” before Christmas and finished reading it in time to recommend it to several friends for their Christmas. I’ve known Dale for years and have admiration for his insights and I expected a good product yet his book delivers far beyond any expectations. - More...
Monday PM - February 10, 2020

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Standing up for Alaska’s Pioneers By Rep. Dan Ortiz - Last year, I cosponsored and voted for House Bill 96, which reverses massive rate increases at the Pioneer Homes. This bipartisan legislation passed the House 35-4 and now is being considered by the Senate. If the Senate passes HB 96, we can reverse the devastating rate increases and provide critical financial stability both for residents and our Pioneer Home system. - More...
Tuesday PM - February 04, 2020

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