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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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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