Governor Parnell’s proposed capital budget includes no money for major Southeast hydro projects. The budget includes several million dollars for Sitka infrastructure, but more for transportation projects elsewhere. City officials disappointed the budget includes no funding to finish Sitka’s Blue Lake dam. Next year’s king salmon return in the Stikine expected to improve, but not enough for a commercial fishery.
Fri Dec 12, 2013
Utility director Chris Brewton and Blue Lake expansion project manager Dean Orbison discuss the status of Sitka's current generation outage, as a penstock is installed at the new Blue Lake powerhouse. While Blue Lake hydro is down, the city is running on Green Lake hydro, plus a new Solar Titan diesel turbine -- one of the first permanent installations of this unit in Alaska. more