Tag Archives: Bert Stedman

Blue Lake project dedicated with champagne, cheers and speeches

Project Manager Dean Orbison (left) and Mayor Mim McConnell smashed a bottle of champagne against one of the new, blue turbines. (Emily Kwong/KCAW)State and local officials, including Gov. Bill Walker, gathered in Sitka on Friday (5-8-15) to formally dedicate the Blue Lake dam. The largest public works project in city history, it’s projected to meet the city’s electricity needs for the next thirty years.

Stedman: Fixing budget ‘more than a one-year conversation’

Stedman, a vocal opponent of SB21, says Alaska has to find an oil revenue structure "that doesn't change with every governor." (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Stedman may be looking at one of the most difficult legislative sessions of his career. He openly opposed the previous governor’s changes to Alaska’s oil tax structure, anticipating a day of reckoning -- one that's come sooner than anyone expected.

Miss our Town Hall on roads? Listen here!

Car_in_mudDid you miss our live Town Hall Meeting, Driving Us Crazy: How to Pay for Pavement in Sitka? You can listen to the program in its entirety here. Municipal administrator Mark Gorman, public works director Michael Harmon, and a panel of special guests including Hugh Bevan, Max Rule, Gerry Hope, and Sen. Bert Stedman discuss ideas for tackling the millions of dollars in repairs needed for Sitka’s city streets.

Dead tax bill to animate governor’s race?

Stedman, a vocal opponent of SB21, says Alaska has to find an oil revenue structure "that doesn't change with every governor." (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Although his bill died in committee, SB 192’s author, Sen. Bert Stedman, still believes there’s a common-sense adjustment to Alaska’s oil tax structure. The Sitka Republican has become a student of the oil industry, and his ideas are influencing the race for governor.

Stedman: Pushing bills over the line in session’s final hours

State Sen. Bert Stedman speaks at a press conference in March. (File photo)The last five days of the 28th legislature were a scramble to get bills out the door. Two items of particular interest to the residents of Sen. Bert Stedman’s district passed -- literally in the eleventh hour. Stedman met recently with KCAW’s Rachel Waldholz to cover some of the major issues of the session.

Legislature approves Blue Lake loan

Just before it gaveled out on Friday, five days late, the Alaska Legislature passed a bill of particular importance to Sitka: Senate Bill 99, which includes language authorizing the city to apply for a low-cost state loan to complete the Blue Lake dam hydroelectric project.

Sitkans speak out against HB77

About forty people turned out for a meeting organized by the Sitka Conservation Society to discuss HB77, a controversial permitting bill before the Alaska legislature. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)About 40 people turned out in Sitka last week to discuss House Bill 77. The bill is part of an effort by the Parnell Administration to streamline the process for permitting projects on state land. But some Sitkans are joining a chorus of critics who say the bill goes too far, and would curtail public participation in natural resource decisions.

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Sitka celebrates the Chinese New Year. "Save our Schools" rally held in Juneau. Stedman leads Alaska lawmakers in travel expenses. Trial of former Blatchley Middle School principal set for May.

Prop 1 opponents say it’s too soon to roll back oil tax reform

The Vote No on 1 Coalition argues that Alaska's old tax structure made it less competitive than other oil producing areas in the US and around the world.Supporters of the state’s new oil tax regime have launched a major campaign to defeat a citizen initiative which would restore the old tax. Former Sitkan Rocky Elerding traveled from Ketchikan this week (1-22-14) to speak to Sitka’s Chamber of Commerce on the issue. The 1995 Sitka High graduate's 20-minute Powerpoint echoed much of the tax reform debate that dominated the Alaska legislative session last year.

Stedman says hydro funds tight, otter bill will change

State Sen. Bert Stedman signs his name to a petition to repeal Senate Bill 21, as his wife, Lureen, and daughter Susan look on. If successful, the petition would put the question before voters in August 2014. Organizers must gather more than 30,000 signatures from across the state. (KCAW photo by Ed Ronco)There won’t be many appropriations for Southeast Alaska projects this legislative session. That’s the word from Sitka Senator Bert Stedman, who represents most of the region.