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Alaska: Coronavirus and tourism: Places like Alaska without a severe COVID-19 outbreak could still be devastated By KEVIN BERRY & MOUHCINE GUETTABI - Even if the COVID-19 outbreak in Alaska is limited to the single current confirmed case, its economy may still be at the mercy of the pandemic.

That’s because seasonal tourism plays an outsized role in Alaska’s economy, representing as much as 1 in 10 jobs throughout the state and more in the regions surrounding Anchorage and the capital Juneau. Nearly all of the state’s tourists get there on a cruise ship.

As a result of government warnings and general fears, tourism and travel are expected to plunge in the coming weeks and months, particularly on cruise ships, which have begun temporarily suspending operations.

As economists who specialize in how people respond to risks like infectious disease and the regional impacts of economic shocks, we believe Alaska offers a window into just how far-reaching the impacts of the current outbreak can be even if the pandemic’s spread is well managed. It also could help guide the federal government as it considers an economic stimulus package designed to offset COVID-19.

Canceling trips

There are many reasons to expect people won’t be doing much traveling for a while, if history is any guide.

During the swine flu outbreak in 2009, a substantial number of travelers canceled trips they had already paid for, forfeiting the cost to avoid the risk of infection.

At the moment, the government’s focus is on slowing the spread of the disease. U.S. public health officials are urging people to avoid large gatherings and quarantine themselves if they think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 or are in at risk demographics. Travel is viewed as being particularly risky during the outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently warned against long plane trips or cruises as one way to minimize individual risks of being infected.

As a result, Americans are already canceling or rescheduling trips in response to concerns about COVID-19.

Tourism’s economic impact

Yet, travelers planning a trip to Alaska this summer can easily reschedule for another year, since many airlines are waiving flight change fees. And these airlines and other large companies that suffer losses as a result of the outbreak stand a good chance of receiving a bailout that makes them whole.

But regional economies dependent on seasonal tourism – such as southeast Alaska, where Juneau is located – can’t simply wait for another season or federal aid to recoup their losses. For communities and small businesses heavily reliant on the busy summer months for a significant amount of jobs and business revenue, the damages from an outbreak like COVID-19 could be catastrophic.

Employment in the leisure and hospitality industry in southeast Alaska represents 15.7% of all total non-farm jobs during the busy summer months, when employment is more than double what it is during winter.

Only last year, a regional development organization projected that a record 1.44 million visitors would spend nearly US$800 million while on holiday in the region this summer. And 90% of them were expected to come on cruise ships.

With the pandemic showing no end in sight, the number of visitors coming to Alaska are likely to be be much smaller.

Additionally, many parts of Alaska that are tourism-dependent also rely upon seasonal fisheries. These fisheries have international supply chains and work forces which will likely be interrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Many of their products are marketed overseas, where demand has been hurt by the pandemic.

For example, Alaska’s five salmon species are all harvested by commercial, recreational and subsistence fishermen during brief “runs” during the summer. An outbreak that disrupts supply chains during these runs, or causes tourist fishermen to say home, would be another huge blow to these communities.

In other words, the Alaskan economy illustrates some of the economic costs of what will happen as people minimize their exposure to COVID-19 by “social distancing” and self-isolation. - More...
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Ketchikan: Borough Mayor Rodney Dial talks about borough issues By LARRY JACKSON - I discussed the Ketchikan Borough Assembly's decision on allowing the food trucks on private property for extended hours with KGB Mayor Rodney Dial.

The assembly also decided to have staff investigate affordable housing issues. Mayor Dial discussed with me the setting aside of borough lands near Ward Lake for a possible park and the Emergency Declaration by Governor Michael Dunleavy. - More...
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Ketchikan: Covid-19, Ketchikan media round table with Emergency Operations Committee By LARRY JACKSON - The City of Ketchikan Fire Chief Abner Hoage held a press round table this week at firehouse one. The Local Emergency Planning Committee members were in attendance to discuss questions around the covid 19 outbreak. Members of the press emailed questions and the fire chief had different members address the questions according to their area of expertise. - More...
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Ketchikan: Where do Salmon go when they migrate? By LARRY JACKSON - I talked with Tessa Midicucci, a staff biologist for SSRAA. She is heading out on a international research project to try and discover what is happening with salmon as they migrate through north Pacific. She will be gone for 4 weeks sampling locations in the Gulf of Alaska. We will check in with her as the trip unfolds. - More...
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Fish Factor: Vegan seafood products gaining footholds in marketplace By LAINE WELCH - Genetically tweaked salmon that grows three times faster than normal fish…fillets grown in labs from fish cells…now plant-based seafoods such as “vegan shrimp,” or “Toona” are gaining footholds in the marketplace - and confusing customers. 

A new study by FoodMinds for the National Fisheries Institute  showed that about 40 percent of consumers believed plant-based imitations contain actual seafood. Up to 60 percent thought the products had similar nutritional content as real fish. 

Still, fake seafood producers are pushing back against more accurate labeling, claiming without any evidence that customers know what they are getting. 

“We have to ensure that the labels are educating people about something as simple as what's in the package. A lot of these plant-based alternative makers have even suggested that they have the ‘first amendment right’ to call their products whatever they want. And that's simply not the case,” said Gavin Gibbons, NFI vice president for communications.

Good Catch Foods, for example, positions itself as a “seafood company” and New Wave foods calls itself “shellfish evolved.” 

“During our consumer research, three of the five vegan seafood products we displayed were less nutritious than real fish. They had less protein and more saturated fat and sodium. Yet, almost 60% of the respondents thought that they all had similar nutritional content between actual fish and the highly processed plant based alternatives. So they're actually being misled in some of these particular labeling scenarios,” Gibbons said.

 “In what society is it not a proper government role to ensure that consumers get the food that a label claims is in the package? The government has a legitimate interest in ensuring accurate labeling of foods. Otherwise, why not call ground meat filet mignon?” John Connelly, NFI president, wrote in a March 2 opinion piece.

There’s nothing wrong with the vegan seafood products, Gibbons said, and they can make an important contribution to a growing world. But the makers don’t even want the term “imitation” seafood included on their packaging. 

“Consumers have a right to know what's in the package and what's more, a package has something called a Statement of Identity on it,” he explained. “A lot of these products have labels that tell you what is not in the package. For instance, it says ‘vegan shrimp.’ Well, it's a vegan product that does not contain shrimp. And that is not how a Statement of Identity works. It has to tell you what is in the product. And those labels currently do not do that.” 

Gibbons said that along with the dairy, beef and poultry industry, NFI is working to get a federal labeling fix. 

We have seen time and time again where the Food and Drug Administration does not take action on a labeling issue and then it becomes mainstream,” Gibbons said, using “almond milk” as an example. “Obviously, almonds don't produce milk but they’re right next to cow's milk on the shelf and labeled as milk. We want to get ahead of this now and we are talking to the FDA and folks on Capitol Hill to let them know that this is a problem that has to be fixed through an active regulatory effort.”

Ironically, fake seafood makers brutally bash the seafood industry in their promotions as being unsustainable and cruel and urge customers to “leave fish off their plates for good.”  - More....
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Ketchikan: COVID-19 & Ketchikan Facility Closures and Updates Posted & Edited By MARY KAUFFMAN - Out of an abundance of caution and in an effort to reduce the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus, the following decisions have been made by the Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and its member agencies: 

Facility Closures

The Borough Recreation Center will be closed effective 9:00 p.m. today, March 13, for an anticipated duration of at least two-weeks.  More information will be provided during the two-week period. Partial credits will be issued to customers enrolled in classes or activities affected by this closure, questions can be directed via email to parksandrec@kgbak.us or by voicemail at 228-6650.  

The Ted Ferry Civic Center will be closed effective March 14 through March 31, 2020.

The City Library and Museum will be open for regular business, but are canceling any scheduled groups and events held at their facilities effective March 14 through March 31, 2020. 

The Saxman Community Center and Tribal House will be closed effective March 14 through March 31, 2020.  

School District Update

The Ketchikan School District has announced that Spring Break will be extended by one week. The District will provide breakfast and lunch during the week of March 23-27 for all students.  More information will be provided Monday, March 16, 2020. Watch for information on the District website at www.kgbsd.org.

All District international, out-of-state, and in-state travel has been canceled until the end of this month. Additional trips will be evaluated in upcoming weeks. All scheduled public events in school facilities will be canceled beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, through the end of March 2020. 

However, today Alaska Governor Michael Dunleavy mandated public school days between March 16, 2020 and March 30, 2020 will be non-student contact days in which students will not be attending school and all after school activities will be suspended.

Public Gatherings

We recommend that large public gatherings and events be canceled over the next two-week period. For events that cannot be canceled, we encourage online or telephonic participation. We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as appropriate. - More...
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Alaska: Governor Issues First COVID-19 Health Mandate; Alaska Legislature announces access to State Capitol limited to lawmakers, staff, and journalists Posted & Edited By MARY KAUFFMAN - Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy, with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today issued the State of Alaska’s first COVID-19 Health Mandate following a series of Health Alerts distributed this week.

The mandate suspends and limits general public visitation to the following state institutions until otherwise rescinded by DHSS and the Office of the Governor:

Suspended Visitation

  • Department of Corrections (DOC) Facilities
  • Division of Juvenile Justice Facilities
  • Alaska Military Youth Academy
  • Alaska Psychiatric Institute

Limited Visitation

  • Alaska Pioneer Homes

Additionally, public school days between March 16, 2020 and March 30, 2020 will be non-student contact days in which students will not be attending school and all after school activities will be suspended.

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy, with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) announced March 12th Alaska’s first presumptive positive case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The patient is a foreign national who developed a fever and respiratory symptoms shortly after arriving in Anchorage on March 11. DHSS is coordinating closely with Alaska Regional Hospital where this individual was tested; strict infection control protocols were followed. This is a travel-associated case of COVID-19, not a case of community-acquired infection.

“We do have our first case identified of the COVID-19 virus, which is not unusual given what’s been happening elsewhere with this pandemic. This is no surprise as this is something we in Alaska have been preparing for since January. We feel good about the protocols we have in place and will continue to work our protocols. We continue to work with the federal government, the CDC, other health professionals in this country, as well as fellow Governors to see what they’re doing in their states,” said Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy. 

Dunleavy said, “Again, there is no reason to panic, no reason to get upset. We expect to have more cases as time goes on and Alaska is as prepared as any other state to take on this issue.”

An individual associated with an Anchorage cargo flight tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). According to the Alaska Department of Transportation, the patient is a foreign national who developed a fever and respiratory symptoms shortly after arriving in Anchorage March 11, 2020. The patient immediately contacted their physician and then went to Alaska Regional Hospital for testing.

Quoting an Alaska Department of Transportation news release, cargo flights to Anchorage strictly adhere to guidelines set out by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Cargo flights are completely separate from any passenger flights at ANC. Cargo crewmembers never come into contact with general passengers and they do not access the main terminal. Cargo crewmembers are cleared through U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at ANC’s North Terminal.

Cargo is not considered a health risk according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods and there have not been any cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods.

We understand this news will be concerning to Alaskans, but we have expected Alaska would get the first case of COVID-19 and we have been diligently preparing for this possibility,” said Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink. “Alaska’s health emergency response system has been activated since late January and we have been working with federal, Tribal, state, local and health care partners to ensure we have strong systems in place to limit or prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

The presumptive positive test result was reported by the Alaska State Public Health Laboratory in Anchorage, which has been able to test for COVID-19 since February 27, 2020. The sample is being sent to CDC for final confirmation, which is the current protocol for COVID-19 testing. The DHSS Section of Epidemiology has already begun identifying people who have had close contact with the individual. Those who have been exposed and are considered at risk will undergo self-quarantine for 14 days with public health supervision. The typical incubation period (time from infection to symptom onset) for COVID-19 is 2-14 days.  - More...
Friday - March 13, 2020

Melting glaciers will have mixed effects on Pacific salmon

Melting glaciers will have mixed effects on Pacific salmon

An adult male coho salmon swims in a British Columbia river. Glacier retreat could affect coho across their lifecycle, such as by changing the suitability of spawning habitat when they lay their eggs as well as by changing the temperature and the amount of water that supports the juveniles when they are rearing in freshwaters.
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Alaska: Melting glaciers will have mixed effects on Pacific salmon By ALICE BAILEY - The retreat of glaciers in western North America will lead to positive and negative changes for Pacific salmon, a multidisciplinary team of scientists reported on March 11 in the journal Bioscience.

University of Alaska Fairbanks associate professor Anne Beaudreau, a co-author of the paper, said it’s important to analyze the relationship between salmon and glaciers.

“Glaciers are melting and retreating at really fast rates. Ninety-five percent of Alaska glaciers are retreating, and that’s dramatically changing habitats for salmon,” Beaudreau said. “Glaciers throughout the range of Pacific salmon are expected to lose as much as 80 percent of their ice volume by 2100.”

This is the first study to look at the entire distribution of Pacific salmon and directly connect physical changes from glaciers melting and retreating with the future of the several species.

“As we started to dig into it, we realized that this is a hugely complex subject,” Beaudreau said. “People want to know if glaciers melting will be good or bad for salmon. It’s not so easy to say. There are conditions that will benefit salmon and there are conditions that will make their habitat less hospitable.”

The impacts will vary depending on the phase of glacial retreat, the species of salmon, the specific characteristics of different watersheds and the life stage of the fish.

For example, glaciers in parts of Glacier Bay, Alaska, are in the early stages of retreat on a geological time scale, and many now terminate on land. The edge of the ice is scouring out new river channels, which will open up more salmon habitat. In the second phase of retreat, the river channel becomes more stable and cool glacial water could buffer warmer waters in nonglacial tributaries.

However, the study illustrates how the later stages of glacial retreat could potentially harm salmon as the ice and meltwater disappear. - More...
Friday PM - March 13, 2020



Analysis: The oil shock of 2020 appears to be here – and the pain could be wide and deep By SCOTT L. MONTGOMERY - The world is again undergoing an oil shock.

Prices, already on a downward trend, have collapsed 30% in less than a week, bringing the total fall to nearly 50% since highs in early January. Consumers, of course, can expect gasoline prices to go down, but the story is far more complicated than that.

Having researched energy for decades, I see this as a big deal, not only for the global economy, but for geopolitics, the future of transport and efforts to mitigate climate change, particularly if the world enters into a sustained period of cheap oil.

What happened?

Oil prices have been forced downward due to major influences from both the demand and supply sides.

Demand for crude oil and petroleum fuels has fallen worldwide because of the coronavirus pandemic, nowhere more so than in China. Locking down millions of people closed factories, cut supply chains and reduced transport at home and abroad via trade. This is key, because China is the globe’s largest oil importer and a major driver of global demand. A global downturn in demand from transportation, not least in air travel, has eroded demand further.

On the supply side, an uneasy partnership between OPEC and Russia has turned into a bitter breakup. The resulting war for market share has flooded the world with oil.

OPEC and Russia first got together in 2016 to cut production and raise prices against a river of new oil from shale drilling in the U.S. To a degree, it worked – prices did rise, though in volatile fashion.

But at a meeting on March 6, the Saudis proposed yet another cut to counter muted demand from the coronavirus’ effect on the economy. Russia said it would elevate production instead, and the Saudis responded by saying they would, too. A few days later, the United Arab Emirates said it would also boost output to record levels and accelerate plans to increase capacity.

Russia’s motives seem evident. Suffering under sanctions for its seizure of Crimea, Russia had kept its production relatively muted for years at the bidding of Saudi Arabia, which allowed U.S. shale producers to gain market share at the expense of Russian companies.

There is little doubt, too, that U.S. oil companies are especially vulnerable right now. Many have operated along the edges of profitability and remain deep in debt. With demand falling, an added downward push on prices should bring real pain to the plains of Texas, North Dakota and Ohio. Still, I expect U.S. producers to survive as they have before – by consolidating, finding ways to lower costs, becoming more efficient and innovating. - More...
Friday PM - March 13, 2020



JASE GRAVES: STAGE A MIDLIFE CRISIS INTERVENTION - I turn the “big 5-0” this year, which means I’m at imminent risk of slipping into a midlife crisis.

Some of my friends and fellow AARP invitees are already deep in the throes of “manopause” and have become objects of pity and ridicule – and not just from their wives. I plan to avoid that sad fate, which all too often goes viral on social media, and be prepared when my crisis hits – or bursts from my chest cavity, grows into a hideous alien creature with hair implants, and tries to destroy my dignity and bank account.

My main strategy for defending myself against doing anything that I can’t afford, or for which there is no effective ointment, is to recognize and reject the traps that ensnare many men approaching their “best-if-used-by” date.

First, I am resolved to avoid purchasing any motorized products (or related accessories) from the Harley-Davidson Corporation. These include additions to my wardrobe, like stars-and-stripes bandanas, embroidered vests, or – heaven forbid – leather chaps. Now, I realize that Harley-Davidson is a fine American company deserving of support, but that support should come from men who look more like the dudes from ZZ Top, and less like escapees from a junior high school faculty meeting. Besides, I never really mastered riding my ten-speed Schwinn, so I’m thinking my Softail Fat Boy ship has sailed.

Next, I am determined to refrain from acquiring any permanent or semi-permanent body art. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against folks with tattoos, piercings, brandings, plugs, drains, downspouts, or BeDazzlings. At my age, though, I have to assume that any decorative addition to my epidermis will soon begin a precipitous descent to an unintended area of my body. As the years go by, I’d rather not be tripping over my nipple barbells or trying to explain why I have tattoos of my daughters’ faces between my toes. - More...
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Reform? Reshape? Really....? By Percy Frisby - In regard to the recent press conference with Governor Dunleavy and Commissioner of DOT John Mackinnon

First off we want to Thank the Governor for admitting that this self inflicted wound affects all coastal areas of Alaska and that we need a sustainable system that works.

There are red flags with your working group, the lack of experience in not having representatives from the local communities and not having anyone who has any experience running an Alaskan run shipping company.

Having what you call "other modes of transportation" will not fix this problem, you blame it on old ships, in the next sentence you admit we have had a "lack of regular maintenance" please look at the example of Washington State Ferry's and Blackball ferry and see what they have done with "old" equipment.

You finger point at the Union for the Strike this last summer, for large costs and the disruptive nature, it was your destructive budget in February 2019 that essentially ended service after September. The Strike happened at the end of July and was a "preview of some coming attractions "a clarion call to the damage you would create. Our question now is how much and how disruptive does your "Strike" cost Alaska?

You also blame the legislators but you forgot it was your budget. - More...
Monday PM - March 09, 2020

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The House Passes a Budget By Rep. Dan Ortiz - Earlier last week, the Alaska House of Representative passed the operating budget. It took the House 43 days of session to pass the budget, which is the fastest we have passed one since 1993. I am proud with how quickly, efficiently, and cooperatively we worked to get it done.

The budget is $4.45 billion in Unrestricted General Funds (UGF), which reflects total state spending. It is a relatively flat budget that is similar to last year and within $10 million of the Governor’s proposal.

Despite the limited spending, we were also able to add back funds for services that we prioritize. One of the most important increases was the $18.7 million to our Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS). Pioneer Homes received an additional $5 million. We restored $1 million of the $2.7 million that was vetoed by Governor Dunleavy last year for Public Radio. The Ocean Ranger Program was reinstated. We increased our Village Public Safety Officer (VPSO) program by $1 million and added monies to the Troopers to hire an additional 36 positions. - More...
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Seniors Park Your Money Now By David G Hanger - Rick Santelli was his usual obnoxious self when on CNBC he suggested exposing everyone to the coronavirus, so that the effect on the markets and the economy would be short-lived; and he did in hindsight apologize for his bluntness; but the very clear point he has made is that the impact on the markets and on the economy is unpredictable and apparently long-lasting. The trend on the markets is down, and there is no identifiable bottom currently discernible.

The World Health Organization has emphasized that unlike the flu there is no guarantee that come spring and warmer weather the coronavirus transmission rate will decline.

There is no likely vaccine for 18 to 24 months.

Comparative history of pandemics such as the 1918-19 Spanish flu indicate the likelihood that were the coronavirus to recede during the spring and summer months, the second wave beginning in the fall will be worse than the first wave.

Airlines are forecasting losses for the year of $70 to $120 billion.

Travel, already restricted in many areas around the globe, has become even more self-restricted by the fear response. - More...
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House Bill 62 By John Suter - The state should put in HB 62.  HB 62 is the bill that says when a person calls in another person to the authorities and says that person has guns and you think that person could be a danger to society, then the authorities come in and takes those guns away.  - More...
Monday PM - March 09, 2020

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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. - More...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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...
Monday PM - February 24, 2020

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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...
Monday PM - February 24, 2020

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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...
Monday PM - February 24, 2020

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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...
Wednesday AM - February 19, 2020

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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...
Wednesday AM - February 19, 2020

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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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