For KRBD's listening area: Caucus locations have been chosen on Prince of Wales Island for House District 35 and 36; and in Ketchikan for House District 36.
Those who spoke supported restoring funding for public broadcasting, revenue sharing and senior benefits.
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly spent about an hour talking about a proposed tobacco tax, but then postponed action on the issue. That decision came about four hours into Monday’s meeting, which started with nearly 90 minutes of public comment on school funding.
Ketchikan Public Utilities Telecommunications Division is on track to start selling Verizon-brand phones and other products by this summer, adding a third wireless phone option to the Ketchikan market.
SSRAA facilities rear different species of Pacific salmon to the juvenile stage, and then release millions of young fish into the region’s waterways.
The tobacco tax ordinance was narrowly approved in first reading at the Assembly’s last meeting. If approved on Monday, it still would need to go in front of borough voters for ratification.
Eleven Ketchikan residents participated in Tuesday’s House Finance Committee teleconference related to proposed state budget cuts.
Quarterly funding has been restored for Ketchikan’s Women in Safe Homes emergency shelter, but the state Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault has not lifted the probation.
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker presented a short version of his plan to solve the state’s budget deficit, and then heard input on that plan from Ketchikan residents Monday during a town-hall meeting arranged by Rep. Dan Ortiz.
While there’s no firm agreement in place, local and state officials are closer than ever on how to improve Ketchikan’s access to Gravina Island. Gov. Bill Walker was in Ketchikan on Monday to meet with Ketchikan Gateway Borough and City of Ketchikan representatives on that topic.