Tag Archives: Deputy Mayor Matt Hunter

Assembly passes anti-smoking law

The Sitka Assembly passed a controversial amendment Tuesday night, tightening the city’s anti-smoking laws. The question before the assembly was whether children should be prohibited from entering any business that allows smoking -- even for a non-smoking event. In the end, the decision came down to different interpretations of what voters intended nearly a decade ago.

Sitka kicks off major trash study

During a work session on Tuesday night, the Sitka Assembly heard from contractors tasked with creating a top-to-bottom assessment of how the city handles trash and recycling. Representatives of the firm CB&I outlined the process that will, they hope, lead to a new master plan by September.

Assembly postpones smoking decision – again

The Sitka Assembly once again took up the question of whether children should be prohibited from entering businesses that allow smoking, even during non-smoking events. And, once again, they postponed a decision. For some assembly members, the question came down to finding the right balance between public health and individual freedom

At Assembly, smoking law stirs controversy

Should children be prohibited from entering a business that allows smoking -- even during a non-smoking event? That was the question before the Sitka Assembly on Tuesday. A holiday party for some Sitkans represented, for others, a threat to public health – and a violation of the voters’ intent.