Monthly Archives: March 2012
Cultural anthropologists and authors Nora and Richard Dauenhaeur are among the hundreds of people visiting Sitka this week for "Sharing our Knowledge: Clan Conference 2012." Gerry Hope is the executive director of the conference. The three discuss the conference schedule, Mar 29 - Apr 1, and explain why it is important for researchers to connect with culture bearers, and to invigorate the interest of young people in perpetuating Native culture.
Assembly will delay action on senior tax exemption until May budget-time. Amendments to Fish Box tax defeated, revenue allocation to remain unchanged. Despite recusal fireworks, Assembly agrees to fund schools by an additional $300,000, if needed. Sitka Tribe protests high herring harvest with regional publicity campaign.
By the time you read this report we’ll be entering the last 22 days of the session, during which we will be focusing on passage of the bills that we really feel are the most important. The House has passed the Operating Budget, which is our only constitutional duty. Now we’re waiting for the Senate to share the Capital Budget with us, so that we can carefully review and hopefully add to it before adjournment.
SHS Activities director Mike Vieira wraps up basketball, looks ahead to soccer this weekend (vs. Juneau's Crimson bears, beginning Friday afternoon), and baseball, softball, and track in the weeks ahead. In the nearer-future: over 500 students will travel to Sitka for this spring's MusicFest, and 180 remain without housing. To help, call Mike at 966-1956.
Assembly to consider forward-funding for schools, two high-profile tax issues, when it meets in regular session tonight. Sac roe herring fishery to go on two-hour notice today at 11 AM. Sitka High and Mt. Edgecumbe students unite to raise money for Afghani girls' school. NOAA announces "reverse slot limit" for SE guided fishermen; will be able to retain halibut under 45 inches, or over 68 inches. Youth for Environmental Action hold summit in Juneau.
Two-hour notice means when a fishery is called, officials will give the fleet a minimum of two hours to get into position.