Ben Grussendorf, a former speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives and a former mayor of Sitka, died Friday morning. He was 69.Read More
Month: June 2011
As communities brace to see which of this year’s state capital projects survive the governor’s veto pen, a proposed energy development on Chichagof Island is already generating controversy. Pegmatite Mountain is a geothermal site on the island. While it’s not yet known how much hot water there is, and how much electricity it could produce, proponents believe Pegmatite is ideally situated to serve three villages with this new, renewable, and relatively inexpensive form of power. The trouble is, Pegmatite – though green – is still development, and Chichagof Island residents are divided over whether the benefits are worth the risks to their remote lifestyle.Read More
The Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center is parting ways with the National Park Service. The cultural center has been located in a wing of the visitor center at Sitka National Historical Park for 42 years.
But the center’s agreement with the park will not be renewed when it expires next week. And both cultural center and park officials have confirmed an investigation into mismanagement of funds at the center.
Rethinking the relationship between the federal government and Alaska’s Tribes may muddy the waters for Sealaska lands legislation pending now in congress. Tribal leaders statewide met last month in Anchorage to assess what the state’s indigenous population may have gained — and may have given up — with the passage of Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act in 1971. To begin a statewide conversation about ANSCA on its fortienth anniversary, two of those leaders appeared Tuesday morning (6-14-11) on Talk of Alaska: Larry Merculieff, a former commissioner of the Department of Commerce and Economic Development, and David Harrison, the executive director of the Alaska Intertribal Council.Read More
You might’ve seen a reconstructed animal skeleton on display at a museum. A group of students in Sitka is working on an orca skeleton that was recovered near Sitka in March. They’re learning about the work that goes into preparing those remains for display.Read More
During his Tuesday visit, Sir Nigel Sheinwald attended a Rotary Club lunch and toured popular attractions, including Castle Hill and Sitka National Historical Park. But the bulk of Sheinwald’s Alaska trip on the United Kingdom’s connections to Alaska – political and commercial. That includes the proposed Pebble Mine in Southwest Alaska.Read More