Month: September 2008

Response boat role to be reviewed

Two years after acquiring an emergency response boat, city officials are still at odds over the use of the $200-thousand dollar vessel.
In an effort to resolve the conflict, the assembly may consider taking the boat out of the police department and turning it over to the harbors.

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Assembly backs Takatz hydro, bails on biomass

Sitka has taken a big step forward – and a small step backward – in securing its energy future.
The Sitka assembly last night (9-23-08) authorized the electric department to request $2-million dollars in grant funding for the study of a new hydro project at Takatz Lake, on eastern Baranof Island.
A few minutes later, they overwhelmingly declined to put up $13-thousand dollars in matching funds to study wood heat for city buildings.

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Ocean acidity threatens Alaska waters

The surface layer of the world’s oceans has been acidified by 30% in the last 60 years due to increased atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. Continued unconstrained CO2 emissions may triple ocean acidity by 2100. That’s according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research scientist Jeff Short, addressing a teleconference sponsored by the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy

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Big turnout for International Coastal Clean Up Day

Sitka residents came out en masse to participate in International Coastal Clean-Up Day Saturday [September 20th], beach combing for garbage on a nearby island, in Sitka National Historical Park and even underwater, dumpster diving in one of the local harbors. The event was sponsored locally by the Sitka Conservation Sociey, the National Park Service, The Sitka Global Warming Group, and the Sitka Chapter of Turning the Tides.

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Sitkan named to marine transportation board

Sitka once again has a seat on the Marine Transportation Advisory Board.
Lifelong resident and former Tribal Council member Gerry Hope was named to the panel by Governor Palin last week (9-12-08).
The appointment ends an absence of nearly two years on the Marine Transportation Advisory Board – also known as the MTAB – of a Sitka representative.

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