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Ortiz says he’s ready to negotiate ASAP

ortizHouse District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz is headed back to Juneau on Monday to complete work on the state budget, but there probably won’t be much work taking place.

Sealaska earnings up, but losses continue

Sealaska CEO Anthony Mallott, right, discusses the regional Native corporation's earnings and losses during a Friday press conference as Chief Financial Officer Doug Morris looks on. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Sealaska, the regional Native corporation for Southeast, upped its income by $50 million in 2014. But it’s still losing money.

TAC OKs timber transition recommendations

Tongass Advisory Committee3On the last day of a three-day meeting in Ketchikan, the Tongass Advisory Committee on Friday unanimously approved a document detailing its recommendations to the U.S. Forest Service for how best to move forward with a transition to second-growth timber.

Council OKs October 3 sales tax holiday

FrontStreet2The Ketchikan City Council voted unanimously Thursday in favor of establishing a sales tax holiday on October 3rd, contingent upon the Ketchikan Gateway Borough agreeing to waive sales taxes on that day, too. The problem is, the Borough Assembly on Monday rejected the idea.

Everyone says no; maybe that’s a good sign?

(USDA photo)The Tongass Advisory Committee kicked off day 2 of its three-day meeting in Ketchikan Thursday with more than an hour of public comment. That input was consistently negative. But some committee members took that as a good sign.

State education cuts impact Southeast schools

800px-Alaska_State_CapitolFunds for Medicaid expansion, ferry service and education could increase when the Legislature reconvenes next week. It’s unclear how much-- if any --funding will be restored to education, so districts are assuming the worst, while hoping for something better.

Council to look at water costs, Fight Club request

The Ted Ferry Civic Center is owned and operated by the City of Ketchikan.The Ketchikan City Council will hold a public hearing Thursday on a resolution that would amend the Ketchikan Public Utilities Water Division budget, appropriating $618,000 to pay for work on the city’s water system.

Tongass Advisory Committee has doubts

The Tongass Advisory Committee kicked off a three-day meeting in Ketchikan on Wednesday.At the start of a three-day meeting in Ketchikan, TAC members said they were confident their recommendations could lead to success, but they weren't confident that the Forest Service will take those recommendations to heart.

TAC could vote on timber recommendations

Remains of a Tongass clear-cut and logging road north of Ketchikan. New growth in parts of the forest could be cut to jump-start a modern timber industry, a report says. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska)The Tongass Advisory Committee will kick off a three-day meeting in Ketchikan Wednesday morning, and on the agenda is the potential adoption of recommendations to the U.S. Forest Service.

Legislative limbo leads to local uncertainty

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough redistricting plan for Southeast does not specify how Juneau's two districts will be split up.The state budget is still in limbo, and lawmakers are in recess for the time being. So, there are no clear answers regarding local budget issues, especially education funding.