CHEER SECTION – Sitka High and Mt. Edgecumbe High School cheerleaders react to a successful free throw Tuesday night at Sitka High during the cross-town boys basketball game. Edgecumbe boys and girls teams each won their games against Sitka High. Stories on the hard-fought games are on page 4 of today’s Sentinel. The region tournament takes place in Sitka in mid-March. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

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Resignation, Fund Transfers On Assembly Agenda

By SHANNON HAUGLAND

Sentinel Staff Writer

Acceptance of Rebecca Himschoot’s resignation is on the agenda of Tuesday’s Assembly meeting, setting the stage for another appointment to fill the vacancy until next October’s municipal election.

Also on the agenda are approval of several transfers among city’s departmental funds for two major infrastructure projects: the Gary Paxton Industrial Park boat haulout and construction of a seaplane base on Japonski Island.

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. at Harrigan Centennial Hall.

The October 2022 Revised “Full Build-Out” concept plan for a float plane facility is shown. The project is estimated to cost $34 million with $2.1 million coming from the city. (Image from PND Engineers)

The unofficial count of the Nov. 8 general election shows Himschoot with more than the 58 percent of the vote for House District 2 seat in the Legislature, but the results won’t be official until the Nov. 23 final ballot count.

“Effective Nov. 24 and pending the certification of the recent election for state House on November 23, I am resigning my seat on the Sitka Assembly,” Himschoot said in her resignation letter. She has one year left on her Assembly term.

“While I understand that I will not have a vote in how to fill the seat left by my resignation, I hope the Assembly will follow a letter of interest process,” she wrote. “As we have seen following Dave Miller’s resignation, this process allows a number of Sitkans to apply for the seat.”

She said today that she would be happy to talk with anyone interested or needing information on the position. She said she will be in Sitka until December 26. Members of the next session of the Legislature will be sworn in on Jan. 17.

When Dave Miller resigned for health reasons on October 11, the Assembly asked for letters of interest and selected Sitka High teacher Tim Pike, to fill the position.

The Assembly will consider on final reading the ordinance transferring $2.1 million in matching funds for the seaplane base project from the general fund to the harbor fund.

The matching funds will help cover the cost of acquiring the land needed for the seaplane base, and to proceed forward with the “full buildout concept.” The federal grant is expected to cover $34 million – 93.75 percent – of the cost of the project.

Also on the agenda is final reading of the transfer of $8.18 million from the Sitka Permanent Fund into the GPIP capital project fund for a haulout and shipyard at the industrial park.

The item passed on first reading October 25 and will up for final reading on Tuesday.
Voters in the October 4 election overwhelmingly approved dedicating the funds from the sale of the old hospital properties toward a haulout and shipyard.

Other items include proclamation honoring the late Mike Motti, permits at Centennial Hall, a liquor license renewal and city participation at the SeaTrade Cruise Global event.

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AK COVID-19

At a Glance

(updated 9-12-2023)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 8:57 a.m. Tuesday, September 12.

New cases as of Tuesday: 278

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 301,513

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,485

Case Rate per 100,000 – 38.14

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "Low.'' Case statistics are as of Tuesday.

Case Rate/100,000 – 152.50

Cases in last 7 days – 13

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,575

Deceased (cumulative) – 10

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.

 

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20 YEARS AGO

February 2004

Photo caption: White Elephant Shop treasurer Ginny Cushing presents a $1,300 check to Monica Bettis, Sitka Community  Hospital long-term care activities director, and Kathy Inman, long-term care manager at the hospital. The donation is to be used to buy a wide-screen TV for the long-term unit.


50 YEARS AGO

February 1974

Photo caption: Gov. William Egan presents trophies to the all-tourney team in the Sitka American Legion Invitational Basketball Tournament. From left are Brad Sele, Klukwan; Gene Short, Ketchikan; David Harnum, Sitka Arrowhead Truckers; Terry Friske, Klukwan; and Jay Levan, Sitka American Legion.

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