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Recycling ordinance passes first vote, more assembly news

The borough assembly took the first formal step towards implementing an expanded recycling program Monday by passing a new sanitation ordinance in its first reading. Customers at the lowest level of garbage service would see a rate increase if they choose not to recycle. Also Monday, the Assembly retained the library board, approved a long-term contract for the borough manager and agreed to spend sixty-thousand dollars for geo-technical and survey work on the dilapidated Sing Lee Alley Bridge. Matt Lichtenstein has more from Monday’s meeting:

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Planning commission speaks against federal logging plan

Trees on Mitkof Island in the Tongass National Forest. Photo/Angela Denning
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