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August 15, 2016

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DHSS to close Ketchikan Regional Youth Facility; Youth will be transferred to Juneau; 15 staff members to be laid off - The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services announced today it has made the decision to close the Ketchikan Regional Youth Facility, effective Sept. 15, 2016.

DHSS to close Ketchikan Regional Youth Facility; Youth will be transferred to Juneau; 15 staff members to be laid off

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“This was a very difficult decision for us,” said DHSS Commissioner Valerie Davidson. “Youth in detention will now have to be sent further away from their home communities and hard-working state employees will lose their jobs when the facility closes. Because of those concerns, we considered every possible option. But given the financial realities we face today in our state, we know closing the Ketchikan facility is necessary.”

According to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Youth, the youth from the Ketchikan area who need secure detention services will be transported to Juneau and placed in the Johnson Youth Center. Youth currently in the facility, their families, community leaders and affected staff were notified last week.

Fifteen full-time state employees with the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) received lay-off notices, and the state is working with these employees to help them find new employment. In addition, one facility position will be reassigned to the DJJ probation office in Ketchikan.

The Ketchikan Regional Youth Facility (KRYF) opened in March 2002 as a detention facility. The facility is located within the city of Ketchikan and served the communities of Ketchikan, Saxman, Prince of Wales Island, Wrangell, Petersburg, Kake, Hyder, and Metlakatla.

The Ketchikan Regional Youth Facility function was to receive intakes of youth who have been arrested for criminal charges or probation violations from the Ketchikan District Juvenile Probation Office. - More...
Monday PM - August 15, 2016

Southeast Alaska: Southeast Tribes Hold Transboundary Meetings with Key US Department of State and EPA Officials - Senior officials from the United States Department of State and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) traveled to Southeast Alaska last week to meet with tribes and the State of Alaska on transboundary mining activities occurring in Canada. Serious concerns have been raised regarding the impact mining activities have on the headwaters of Southeast Alaska’s four major river systems of the Alsek, Taku, Stikine and Unuk, the watersheds, and ecosystems. Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Central Council) requested the government-to-government meeting which took place August 9-11, 2016 in Juneau and Ketchikan.

During the Federal official visit, Department of State Director of the Office of Canadian Affairs Christopher Sandrolini, Consulate General Vancouver Lynne Platt, EPA Principal Deputy Administrator of the Office of International and Tribal Affairs Jane Nishida, EPA Region 10 Administrator Dennis McLerran, and EPA Director of the American Indian Environmental Office JoAnn Kay Chase participated in discussions focused on areas of mutual interests and collaboration necessary to identify, analyze, remediate, mitigate, and prevent harm to the ecosystem and watersheds of Southeast Alaska’s major rivers.

“Our efforts will help to reduce or remove existing contamination and pollution from our lands and waters discharged by the mines, prevent the likelihood of an environmental disaster like the Mt. Polley disaster of 2014, and provide a foundation for improving our fisheries and adapting to climate change,” said President Richard Peterson.


Key Federal officials concluded their meetings in Juneau with a final visit with President Peterson and VP’s Sanderson and Micklin.

Plans were also discussed for direct participation with the Dominion of Canada and the First Nations of the British Columbia (BC) and Yukon Territory provinces through a variety of mechanisms, including a Statement of Cooperation with BC led by Lt. Governor Byron Mallott. Efforts to establish international relations are also being made by Central Council. Strengthening the relationship with Canada’s First Nations will unify Central Council's voice and help elevate tribal government relations within their provinces.

“Operators and regulators must recognize the importance of Alaska Native and First Nation traditional knowledge as essential to effectively and meaningfully develop environmental plans and programs,” said First Vice President Rob Sanderson Jr.

Discussions also touched on the Province of BC Auditor General’s May 2016 report, “An Audit of Compliance and Enforcement of the Mining Sector,” that concluded the regulatory compliance and enforcement activities of the Ministry of Energy and Mines and the Ministry of Environment are not protecting the province from significant environmental risks of mining activities.

Throughout the discussions, Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska emphasized there is no opposition to mining projects in Canada or Alaska if appropriately designed, operated, and maintained under a robust regulatory regime. Efforts are underway to identify funding for an ecosystem-wide environmental assessment and adaptation plan to identify a baseline for environmental quality, establish key indicators, and apply appropriate adaptation measures.

Central Council’s Second Vice President Will Micklin stated, “The mining activities in the transboundary area of British Columbia and the Yukon can and must be conducted safely through appropriate operating design in accordance with regulations, standards, and best practices with guarantees of fiduciary responsibility for environmental damage. Environmentally safe and financially responsible mining practices cannot be ignored. Neglect only transfers the burden of pollution and cost to our downstream Southeast Alaska communities.” - More...
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Permanent Fund Corporation Must Follow Law and Transfer Funds Sufficient for Full Payment of Permanent Fund Dividends Says Wielechowski - Senator Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage) sent a letter last week to Angela Rodell, Chief Executive Officer of the Permanent Fund Corporation, requesting the Permanent Fund Corporation follow Alaska law and transfer from the Earnings Reserve Account to the Dividend Fund the statutorily required amount necessary to pay every Alaskan a full Permanent Fund Dividend.

In his letter, Sen. Wielechowski noted the Alaska Statutes, Alaska Constitution and Alaska Supreme Court are definitive, the transfer of funds for payment of the PFD is to be done “automatically”, and is not subject to veto.

“There doesn’t seem to be any gray area here,” said Sen. Wielechowski. “The wording is crystal clear from a legal perspective that the transfer of money ‘shall’ happen. ‘Shall’ is not up for debate, or subject to any Governor’s veto. This is the law that was established pursuant to the Alaska Constitution, and the Permanent Fund Corporation cannot simply ignore the law, especially when the Supreme Court has analyzed this law and stated this transfer is automatic. I urge the Permanent Fund Corporation to follow the law and make this full transfer.” - More...
Monday PM - August 15, 2016

Alaska: Spending Cuts Prompt Closure of AVTEC Anchorage Campus - The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development is closing AVTEC’s satellite campus in Anchorage as a result of a 33 percent cut to the department’s state general funds. Today, August 15th, will be the last day of operations for the campus.

“It is frustrating and disappointing to close a campus that trains Alaskans for rewarding careers in a fast growing industry like health care,” said Labor Commissioner Heidi Drygas. “The department’s and AVTEC’s budgets have seen big cuts in the past couple of years and we simply cannot afford to keep the Anchorage campus open.”

AVTEC’s Allied Health program typically served 100 Certified Nursing Assistant candidates each year. Thirty Alaskans were on the waitlist for the Licensed Practical Nurse program with the hope it would be resurrected. Seventy-nine Alaskans completed a Health Care Academy course last year. - More...
Monday PM - August 15, 2016

Alaska: Alaska Department of Labor Closes Kotzebue Job Center to Reduce Spending - - The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development will close the Kotzebue Job Center on Friday, August 19th. While the department has significantly reduced administrative costs to maintain maximum program and services delivery, a 33 percent cut in the department’s state general funds over the past two years requires a revamp of service delivery and closure of some offices. Efforts to increase efficiency in service delivery include enhancing online services, better coordination with partner organizations, and providing more itinerant services.

Last year, the department closed job centers in Barrow and Seward, which reduced spending by $316,000. The department estimates the Kotzebue Job Center closure will result in an additional savings of $166,000 annually.

“Deep budget cuts and the lack of a sustainable fiscal plan mean cuts in the services we provide to Alaskans,” said Labor Commissioner Heidi Drygas. “I regret that the closure of a rural job center is necessary given our current fiscal situation; however, we will continue assisting Kotzebue residents through our online services.” - More...


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PHIL KERPEN: Taxpayers at Risk as Obamacare Crumbles - The health insurance exchanges that are the beating heart of Obamacare are on the edge of collapse, with premiums rising sharply for ever narrower provider networks, non-profit health co-ops shuttering their doors, and even the biggest insurance companies heading for the exits amid mounting losses.Even the liberal Capitol Hill newspaper The Hill is warning of a possible "Obamacare meltdown" this fall.

Three states -- Alaska, Alabama, and Wyoming -- are already down to just a single insurance company, as are large parts of several other states, totaling at least 664 counties.

UnitedHealth is pulling out completely, Humana is pulling out of 88 percent of counties it was in, and last weak Aetna strongly suggested it will be exiting, too, unless it gets bribed to stay with a huge, annual infusion of direct corporate bailout payments from taxpayers.

Dealing with the wreckage will be at the top of the agenda for the new president and Congress next year, and their options will be limited ---- especially if, as appears likely, we will continue to have divided government.Most Democrats would prefer moving toward a totally government-run system while Republicans continue to favor repeal. - More...
Monday PM - August 15, 2016

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WILL DURST: Bizarre Similarities Between Trump and Clinton - Our quadrennial presidential sweepstakes regularly provides textbook studies in contrast. And 2016 raises the bar in disparity. Red and blue. Left and right. Hot and cold. Up and down. Good and bad. Boy and girl. Pro and con. Loud and soft. Rain or shine. Fish and fowl. Dumb and dumber.

Perhaps the only fact that supporters of both major party candidates can agree is that differences between the two do exist. Donald Trump is a Gemini and Hillary Clinton a Scorpio. He's 70 years old while she doesn't turn 69 until October. And that relative youth obviously goes a long way in explaining why Millennials overwhelmingly favor her.

One is a democrat and the other a demagogue. One is a woman who has big hands and the other isn't and doesn't. And as Michael Bloomberg put it, one of them is not insane.

But this is America, damn it, where yeah, sure, we acknowledge our differences. After all, each and every one of us is special and unique like a baby snowflake. But this is a country that also embraces that which binds us together, and the number of bizarre similarities the Donald and the Hillary share is uncanny. - More...
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letter Taxing Citizens Out of Ketchikan By Rodney Dial - If you have been reading my SitNews letters over the years, you can remember how I correctly reported: 1)That if borough and city governments consolidated it would cost us millions. Proven true less than two weeks after voters defeated the last consolidation attempt (2006). Consolidation would have cost us over 2.2 Million dollars every year since (now over 20 million saved because we did not consolidate). 2) That approval of the library and fire station bonds would result in tax hikes. Proven true when the City manager used them as justification for three tax increases (two property, and one sales tax increase). 3) That the last tax increase (2014) was, in part, to provide for the continued expansion of local government; that would allow the City to renovate the towns 2nd Museum (we have two), without a vote of the people. - More...
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letter PFD Automatic Voter Registration simplifies voting for all Alaskans By Dan Ortiz - Alaska is in the bottom 20% per capita of registered voters. Now, more than ever, Alaskans should exercise their right to vote. In my previous profession as a social studies/current issue teacher at Kayhi, I tried to instill in my students the value of citizen participation within the communities that they live. One of the most significant ways that this can be achieved is by simply voting. - More...
Tuesday AM - August 09, 2016

letter Re-elect Dan Ortiz By Douglas Thompson - A couple of topics have crossed my mind recently. One of them is I have not seen any report on how much Celebrity Cruises have paid the City of Ketchikan for the damage they did to our dock. I am very curious as once again in the on going trend of mismanagement Amylon gave the repair without getting any competitive bids. The pile driving company was sitting idle in Ward Cove and is here for most of the summer. It wasn't that long ago that cruise ships anchored out and shuttled in visiting passengers as a matter of course. Calling the damage an "emergency" seems to be a bit far fetched. Most especially when bids could be let and an special session of the city council could be called in seven days to choose the winning submission. Hardly a time issue. - More...
Tuesday AM - August 09, 2016

letter The Graduation Rate -- Worth Paying Attention By Bobbie McCreary - Thank you Agnes, for researching the information needed to present your challenges to our Ketchikan school district to increase our graduation rate. As you and many others are aware, this is a critically important issue for us to monitor and work for improvement in the district's results in order to positively influence the opportunities for our youth to succeed as they face the obligations of adulthood. The Empowering Youth task force of the Ketchikan Wellness Coalition spent considerable time after its formation surveying our students and determining how to develop meaningful information that addressed the graduation rate for a cohort of ninth graders that were targeted to graduate four years later. We researched what definitions were used in other locales and on the federal level and after determining the 9th grade cohort was the most meaningful analysis, worked with the school district to determine how to report that information, making necessary corrections such as adjusting for students leaving or joining the district during that four year period. - More...
Tuesday AM - August 09, 2016

letter Get a Healthy Start to the New School Year with Vaccinations By Susan Johnson - In August, you’ll see back-to-school ads from virtually every store. These ads will try to convince you that you need to buy clothes, shoes, computers, school supplies, sporting equipment, lunch making materials, cleaning wipes, and a myriad of other products. Children legitimately need some of these items. Other items are in the nice to have category. The average family will spend in excess of $600 per child for back-to-school items—and significantly more for college-bound students, especially when they need to furnish that freshman dorm room. Back-to-school has become the second largest shopping season in the year. - More...
Tuesday AM - August 09, 2016

letter Tansy status? By A. M. Johnson - I recently completed the clearing of the remaining Tansy off our North Tongass property, an annual event. In viewing the adjacent properties some State and others private,this must be a record year for Tansy bloom. Reminds one of the 'Yellow Brick Road" from Wizard of Oz. - More....
Tuesday AM - August 09, 2016

letter Keep Public Lands Public - And the Wildlife They Protect! By Daniel M. Ashe - Woody Guthrie captured something essential about our nation when he penned the classic American song, “This Land is Your Land” more than 75 years ago. He understood that one of America’s best ideas - and one of our defining values - was the decision to set aside some of our most wildlife-rich lands and waters for permanent protection for the benefit of all Americans. - More...
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