Month: August 2009

Dubuque offers "plan of transformation" for troubled SJC

Officials from the University of Dubuque in Iowa have pledged to work on a “plan for transformation” with the trustees of the former Sheldon Jackson College.
A delegation from Dubuque concluded a four-day visit to Sitka on Wednesday (8-19-09). They said they could help re-establish Sheldon Jackson College, as long as the effort was “revenue neutral.”

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Medicaid waivers still on hold after PCA moratorium lifted

For Alaskan residents and service providers, the lifting of the federal moratorium on Personal Care Assistance applications this month comes as good news. But it is only partial relief for those who need any of the wide array of Medicaid services offered under the waivers program.
Although the state is required to submit a draft plan of corrective action by September 1st, it could be several months before the moratorium on waivers is lifted.
Sitka is home to one of the largest direct services providers in the state, the Center for Community. KCAW’s Robert Woolsey spoke with the center’s executive director, Connie Sipe, about how the ongoing moratorium on Medicaid waivers is affecting her program:

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Grizzly quadruplets captured after mom disappears

Three brown bear cubs have been captured, and a fourth has died, after their mother was possibly killed in a Sitka neighborhood.
Officials with the state department of Fish & Game decided to trap the cubs on Sunday (8-16-09) after it became apparent that the sow was no longer with them. The cubs have been temporarily housed, but their future is by no means certain.

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Dave Wolff: "The recession is here."

The sky may not exactly be falling, but sales tax receipts in Sitka are down significantly over last year.
In an address to the Sitka Chamber of Commerce Wednesday (8-13-09), city finance director Dave Wolff reported that the national economic recession — which may have peaked last year — has finally shown up on Sitka’s ledgers.

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