SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. - Forget distinctions like tropical storm or hurricane. Don't get fixated on a particular track. Wherever it hits, the rare behemoth storm inexorably gathering in the eastern U.S.
Although the Legislature recently found $20 million to restore the Marine Highway Fund, the Southeast Conference is proceeding with a study of how the management of the ferry system might be changed to ensure financial viability over the long term. "That extra $20 million won't last them too long," said Loren Gerhard, executive director of the private, nonprofit organization that advocates for transportation needs in the Panhandle. "I think it buys them a couple of years."
Mayor Dennis Egan and Juneau Assembly member Dwight Perkins say a proposed 50 percent cut in the municipal grant to JEDC, followed by a complete phase-out in a year, wouldn't kill the business-assistance organization.
With Executive Director Charlie Northrip gone, the Juneau Economic Development Council is being escorted to the plank by cash-strapped city leaders.
The Alaska Symphony of Seafood is about to conquer a new frontier outside the state. This winter, the popular contest for new food products based on Alaska-caught fish will be held in "a large metropolitan area" in the Lower 48, said Marc Jones, executive director of the private, nonprofit Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, sponsor of the event. The city won't be selected for another couple of weeks, he said.
Early education advocates have armed themselves for the 25th Legislative session with a 31-page report, that, for the first time ever, gives a snapshot of child care in Alaska.
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