I regret to announce that the M/V Tustumena, which was originally scheduled to be out of the Vigor Shipyard in Ketchikan and back into service on May 27th, has had its return to service delayed until July 18th. The delay is due to the discovery and necessary repair of additional extensive steel wastage in the engine room.
The Finance Committee adopted its amended versions of the FY18 Operating and Mental Health Budgets this morning. The FY18 Operating Budget reduces agency spending by $61 million compared to FY17 spending. The bills likely will be debated on the House floor for passage early next week.
ANCHORAGE – Representative Dan Ortiz (I-Ketchikan) will be attending the Southeast Conference Annual Meeting next week in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. The meeting will feature researchers, business owners, and political leaders from across Southeast Alaska and Western Canada.
Given the increased activity in the home stretch of the session, I’ll be posting more frequent editions of Southeast Spotlight. Please also check out my Facebook and Twitter pages for daily updates and postings.
This week, I was honored to join the rest of the Juneau Legislative Delegation and other members of the Juneau community in celebrating the “soft” groundbreaking on the State Libraries, Archives and Museum (SLAM) project adjacent to the current State Museum. Though the project has not yet been completely funded, enough design work has been done to start some groundwork to get the project underway. In this newsletter, I’ll share with you some thoughts about SLAM and some photos from the ceremony.
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