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Lodge concerns prompt assembly to vote down bed tax ordinance for now

The Petersburg Borough assembly passed a six-percent, borough-wide sales tax in the second of three reading Monday. However, Concerns from a local lodge owner prompted the Assembly to vote down a borough-wide bed tax in its second reading. As a result, the borough will have to start over with that ordinance, which would extend the four-percent levy on transient accommodations to the broader borough area. Matt Lichtenstein reports: Click here for mobile-friendly audio

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Southeast Conference looks at several models for reformed ferry system

Alaska Department of Transportation deputy commissioner Mike Neussl addresses the Southeast Conference annual meeting September 21, 2016.
Business and community leaders in Southeast Alaska are looking into how other ferry systems are operated around the world and a different way of managing Alaska’s ferries. The annual meeting of Southeast Conference in Petersburg in September focused on the first steps of a project to reform the state ferry system, find efficiencies and keep ferries running between coastal communities despite the state’s budget crisis. more

Mallott discusses Mental Health logging, BC mines

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Alaska’s Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott was the keynote speaker at this week’s annual meeting of Southeast Conference in Petersburg. During his speech Wednesday, September 21, Mallott addressed climate change and fisheries, this year’s failed pink salmon runs, mining concerns on the transboundary rivers in Southeast Alaska, the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission and the Alaska Marine Highway System. Joe Viechnicki spoke with Mallott Tuesday about some of those topics, along with logging of Alaska Mental Health Trust Land near Petersburg. more