Month: April 2008

Sitka as played by Rockport

Filming for the Sitka-based Disney movie “The Proposal” almost began here in Sitka this spring, that is until Hollywood found Rockport …Sitka’s stand in. (Click on "More" once you open the news story for links to pictures and articles.)

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Tax cuts, unions put '09 budget in the red?

Despite a substantial municipal revenue sharing package from the state, Sitka’s budget for next year is starting out in the hole.
The Sitka Assembly heard a first reading of the 2009 municipal budget at a special meeting Thursday (4-24-08) in Harrigan Centennial Hall.
The featured speaker of the evening was city finance director Dave Wolff, who gave a blow-by-blow of the anticipated general fund deficit, which stands now at just over $400-thousand dollars.

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Sitkans recycle more plastics

Sitka’s recycling program logged another milestone this month. Just a couple of weeks before Earth Day the city test-ran a new bailer that will allow Sitkans to recycle more plastics than ever before.

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State financial disclosure excessive for local officials?

Elected officials in Sitka are proposing a ballot question asking voters to exempt them from state financial disclosure requirements.
The Sitka assembly Tuesday night (4-22-08) passed on first reading ballot language that would allow local officials to file the shorter disclosure forms used before the overhaul of state ethics laws last year.
If it passes, the Alaska Public Offices Commission says Sitka would be the largest community so far to opt-out of the tougher rules.

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Assembly passes on national climate action summit

The green movement in municipal government in Sitka lost a little momentum Tuesday (4-22-08) when the assembly declined to spend a thousand dollars to send a representative to an international environmental conference in Albuquerque next month.
As a compromise, the mayor instead will go to a climate change meeting of the Alaska Municipal League in Anchorage.

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