John Welsh is a product of the West. Born in Wyoming, he moved Alaska to work in education. Along with his wife and three kids, he’s lived in Sitka for the past five years as a driver for Sitka Cab. And this year, he’s putting his name forth as a write-in candidate for the Sitka Assembly.
My main concern is support for our businesses, in a framework of economic development. My interest in running for the assembly began with a focus on the schools and the hospital. These remain priorities.
For Sitka to remain strong into the future, we need to take advantage of our gifts: water, the sea, our world-class location and beauty, and our regional medical center. These are the keys to our future. I'll do whatever I can to allow these pieces of the economy to flourish, which in turn, employ our citizens.
The ALPS Federal Credit Union in Sitka is going back to the drawing board. The Sitka assembly denied the credit union’s request for a conditional use permit to expand its facility into an adjacent lot.
The Sitka Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is no more. The Sitka assembly last night (Tue 9-8-15) voted to dissolve the organization and transfer its responsibilities to the Chamber of Commerce, at a cost of $225,000 for the rest of the year.
The saga of Sitka’s Convention and Visitors Bureau continued Tuesday night, as the assembly moved one step closer to fully dissolving the bureau and hiring an outside contractor to do its work -- likely the Sitka Chamber of Commerce.
The Sitka Assembly received an update on last week’s diesel spill at the city’s Jarvis Street Power Plant.
At the first meeting of the Sitka Assembly since last week’s landslides, city officials spoke emotionally about the loss of three local men -- and said they had been overwhelmed by the response of city staff, volunteers, and ordinary citizens.
Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau director Tonia Rioux withdrew her name from the race Friday. She says a combination of events in the last week means she needs to focus on her family.
How much debt can a community of 9,000 people bear? The assembly this week (8-11-15) spent some time on this issue, dissolved the hospital board, and listened to citizen concerns about the future of visitor marketing.