The Alaska Federation of Natives Convention got underway this morning in Fairbanks. The keynote speaker today was Nelson Angapak, retired as Senior Vice President of AFN. He urged young people to work hard to achieve success, to listen to their elders and for Native people to come together to confront big challenges like threats to subsistence and federal cuts to programs.
Governor Sean Parnell announced at AFN today that he’s preparing to launch demonstration projects to allow tribal courts to process more alcohol and domestic violence cases. He said tribes “can often provide local, culturally relevant justice services.”
Jerry Isaac is President of the Tanana Chiefs Conference, which has one of the most active tribal court systems in the state. APRN’s Lori Townsend asked for his reaction to Governor Parnell’s announcement:
The theme at AFN this year is Traditional Native Family Values. KUAC’s Emily Schwing was at the convention this Thursday morning and found out the Native value of subsistence is very much on attendees minds.
The United Fishermen of Alaska’s Board of Directors is meeting in Sitka this week.
President Jerry McCune says the board will work on priorities for legislative and government-agency action.
“We’re always looking for little tweaks in the (state) Division of Investments or things that would be more helpful to fishermen for their loans, especially with a lot of young folks getting online now,” McCune says. “That was one of the reasons we fought so hard to up the (loan) limit for permits to $200,000, because prices nowadays are a lot higher today than when it started out.”
The United Fishermen of Alaska is an umbrella organization of about 35 commercial fishing and processing groups.
McCune is also president of Cordova District Fishermen United.
He says the UFA board will discuss Alaska Board of Fisheries appointments. It’s been a hotbed of controversy over the balance among gear-group, subsistence and sport representatives.
“Right now it’s pretty much up to the governor to pick who’s going to be on the board of fish. Sometimes you end up with really, really good board members and other times people realize it’s way over their heads with what they’re talking about statewide,” he says.
Some governors’ nominations have been blocked by the Legislature.
The UFA board meets Oct. 23-25 at Sitka’s Harrigan Centennial Hall.
The organization won’t take up election endorsements during this meeting.
Board President McCune says it’s too early because the latest redistricting plan is being challenged in court.
“Of course that might be just down in Southeast and north. But it would make a change in who’s running against who and who would end up where. So I don’t think we’ll probably bring up any of that until (next) fall,” he says
The UFA is urging its members and others in the business to attend another meeting later this month.
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is holding its “All Hands” Meeting October 28th through 30th in Anchorage.
It will include updates on marketing efforts as well as species-specific sessions.
Yachting Magazine’s readers originally nominated Alaska’s Little Norway for the title during the publication’s 3rd annual “50 best towns” competition. Editors narrowed the nominees down to a list of ten this summer and readers then voted for their favorite in an online poll.
“Petersburg pretty much ran away with the competition,” says Yachting Magazine Associate Editor Dan Harding. He says 410 people chose Petersburg which was 44 percent of the votes. Petersburg is named as number one in the magazine’s November edition. Oxford, Maryland and Beaufort, North Carolina were previous contest winners.
Petersburg had some tough competition this year, including Seattle and New Orleans. Harding was glad to see so much support for a smaller community.
“Anytime we get a location like Petersburg or even Oxford, it’s a real treat for us. I think it’s a real treat for the readers because these are great locations that don’t get the recognition that maybe they deserve. Sure, they’re not as popular or might not have a dozen marinas with a triple digit number of slips but I mean what they lake in amenity is made up for in natural beauty and I think that’s really what the competition’s all about. We set out to hopefully find a gem of a town and so far we’ve done that and I think we found a real great destination in Petersburg,” Harding said.
Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and the Petersburg Economic Development Council tried to encourage voting with frequent facebook postings. PEDC coordinator Liz Cabrera was excited to hear that Petersburg won.
“It’s really neat to see people get behind their home town and make this happen. So, it was kind of a community wide effort. Plus I think it was friends and family around the country all voting for Petersburg that made it happen.” says Cabrera.
That was in competition with much larger towns that had the same opportunity to get out the vote.
“Somehow we pulled ahead of much bigger towns like Seattle and New Orleans. So, Petersburg had something special about it that encouraged people to vote. So, its really nice to see that,” she says.
Cabrera was hopeful the publicity would translate in more boaters choosing to visit Petersburg, maybe stay a while, and spend some money in town.
Harbormaster Glo Wollen was also happy about the news. She says Petersburg has seen an increase in private pleasure boats stopping here in recent years.
“Probably more noticeable is the fact that they want to spend a little more time so a lot of us get contacted all along the southeast area [by boaters interested in] spending the winter so they can take a couple of summers to look at Southeast,” says Wollen
She says about 50 percent of the pleasure boats that stop in town each year are coming here for the first time.
Petersburg is located on Mitkof Island about a hundred air miles south of Juneau in the heart of the Tongass National Forest. Some of the local attractions include sport fishing, watching whales and other wildlife, hiking, sea kayaking, and trips to nearby LeConte Glacier. Petersburg’s harbor has space for about 500 vessels, large and small. While it accommodates many pleasure boats, its primarily a fishing town. There is no deep water port, which means it does not get visits from the giant cruise ships that bring tens of thousands of tourists to some of southeast’s other towns.
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A multi-year, international investigation into illegal bear and goat hunts has resulted in the sentencing of a longtime big game guide from Haines.
Seventy-two-year-old Ronald Martin pled guilty and was sentence Tuesday in U.S. District Court after admitting to multiple illegal hunts, falsifying documents and importing illegally taken wildlife between Canada and the U.S.
Martin has been a big game guide in Haines for more than 30 years. On Thursday morning he was at a downtown bar discussing the case with friends and patrons, but he wouldn’t comment to KHNS for this story.
According to assistant U.S. attorney Jack Schmidt, the joint U.S. and Canada investigation was dubbed “Operation Bruin,” the Old English word for brown bear.
Law enforcement documented 10 illegal brown bear hunts, three illegal black bear hunts and four illegal mountain goat hunts. The violations involved Martin allowing his Canadian and U.S clients to take brown bears after illegally baiting them, hunting without proper licenses and failure to be present with the clients during some of the hunts.
Schmidt said it was also discovered Martin and his clients would then falsify records to smuggle wildlife hides, furs, horns and meat between the two countries. The violations spanned nine years, from 2002 through 2011.
Transporting illegally taken game across state and international borders triggers a violation of federal law, known as the Lacey Act. That’s when the U.S. Attorney’s office got involved, Schmidt said.
“The Lacey Act is to prevent the commercialization of wildlife trafficking. Lacey violations can occurred in several different ways. In this particular case there was underlying state law violations. When those state law violations include the trafficking of those illegally harvested wildlife then it becomes in the purview of the federal government,” Schmidt said.
Besides Martin, the investigation resulted in 17 Canadians being charged with 55 violations. Some of them have also been charged in the U.S., Schmidt said.
State law enforcement worked with federal and Canadian officials for several years, says Alaska State Trooper spokesperson Beth Ipsen. She called it one of the most extensive wildlife investigations she has seen at the state level.
As many as 10 wildlife troopers from across the state worked on the case, including serving state and federal search warrants and conducting interviews in Alaska and the Lower 48.
“This was a big operation and the different federal, state and Canadian entities were pretty interwoven and worked well to put this together, because this was huge,” Ipsen said.
Martin was sentence to four years probation and fined $40,000.
During his probation he can’t hunt in the U.S. or anywhere else in the world for two years or provide any guiding- related services.
The investigation also brought about state charges.
As part of that conviction earlier this year, Martin forfeited his Piper airplane, a pickup, an ATV, several weapons and he surrendered his guide license for life.
Another Haines guide is also facing charges in the investigation. Martin’s half-brother, John Katzeek, and three of his Canadian clients have been indicted in U.S. District court also charged with conspiracy and smuggling violations related to illegal hunts. That case is ongoing.
Enrolling in the new federal marketplace is off to slow start in the capital city. Ongoing technical issues with the insurance website have made it difficult, but those charged with helping Juneau residents enroll expect interest will pick up.
Tyann Boling, Enroll Alaska’s chief operating officer, says, “I’ve stopped enrollments.”
But that hasn’t stopped Alaskans from trying – four have been successful on the federal marketplace.
“We have well over 1,700 individuals that we will be working with to get enrolled once the marketplace is up and going,” Boling says.
Of the 1,700, more than 75 are from Juneau.
The Affordable Care Act allows each state the opportunity to build its own marketplace. Governor Sean Parnell opted not to do this, so Alaskans are dealing with the same difficulties as others dependent on the federal website.
Enroll Alaska currently has one agent in Juneau. Boling hopes to eventually add two more.
“We will have more join that team there; however, we are not deploying agents to our locations because the marketplace is not functioning. We don’t want to discourage the consumers. We’re definitely in a holding pattern,” she explains.
When the Marketplace is functioning properly, Boling says Enroll Alaska agents will be placed at Bartlett Regional Hospital and Wal-Mart.
“We’re ready,” says Boling. “Our spaces are ready and we’d love to be there today, but we don’t want it to be a service that we’re not able to provide.”
United Way navigator Crystal Bourland has been stationed at the National Alliance on Mental Illness office in Juneau since earlier this month. Bourland has been educating people on the marketplace, eligibility for subsidies, and the difference between insurance plans. Each week, she’s getting more and more calls.
“The interest is growing especially as people are finding their way to me. Even today, I’ve set up several appointments for the coming week,” Bourland says.
Bourland has not enrolled anyone from Juneau in a healthcare plan yet, but she’s not discouraged.
“There may be some frustration out there, but I’m finding in the interactions that I’ve had that people are really in the information-gathering stage and they just have a lot of questions about the marketplace and what options are available to them,” says Bourland.
Alaska has 140,000 uninsured residents – more than 5,000 are in Juneau – and Bourland’s main job right now is reaching out to those people.
“We’re still getting started so just continuing to create awareness and outreach opportunities to see what that need is,” she says. “There are thousands of people in Juneau and thousands of people in Alaska that are uninsured so knowing that there are new healthcare options out there, I think the interest is strong.”
Bourland says the majority of calls she gets are from people looking for individual plans, a few have asked about plans for dependents, but there’s been no interest in Juneau from small businesses, businesses with fifty or less full-time employees.
Bourland hopes this will change.
It costs more than $1,000 to rent a one bedroom apartment in Anchorage according to the most recent rental survey by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation.
That number has convinced the city to make affordable housing the main priority in its 2014 Housing and Development Plan.
That means money that used to go to social services agencies that serve the poor and homeless will be redirected to projects to help lower rental prices in the city.
Two kinds of federal funds are distributed by Anchorage: Those that fund building projects and those that fund public service projects, mostly helping the poor.
Every year, the city writes a plan for how it’s going to spend that federal money. In 2014 there is just one priority: affordable housing.
In past years’ plans, planner James Boehm says the city would fund all kinds of projects.
“So we did projects like neighborhood parks,” Boehm said. “We gave money to Catholic Social Services for Claire House, Covenant House for their Shelter, Salvation Army for their shelter.”
The way things look now, Boehm says, such projects will not be funded this year or anytime soon.
“Well, right now our direction is programming most of our funding for rental housing development,” Boehm said. “We’ve changed complete direction.”
In 2013 the city got about $2.5 million in federal grant money.
In a survey the city conducted, residents ranked affordable housing right behind homelessness projects and those that help victims of domestic violence. The city made affordable housing the priority because access to housing can help reduce homelessness and make it easier for domestic violence victims to leave difficult situations.
Britteny Matero works on homelessness issues with the Department of Health and Human Services. She’s happy the municipality is finally responding to the need for affordable housing.
“It’s been obvious from the data that’s been collected and from the community and their responses to us that affordable housing is very, very important and that that’s the direction that we need to go,” Matero said.
But the new priority for the city will come at the expense of some social service providers. Catholic Social Services is set to receive $30,000 in public service grant money from the municipality to fund the overflow facility for Brother Francis Shelter this winter.
Susan Bomalaski, with Catholic Social Services says if public service funding is eliminated, they’ll have to stop some services.
“We’ll cut the overflow shelter to Brother Francis Shelter which currently operates out of Beans Café,” Bomalaski said. “If we don’t receive the funding we can’t take it from our regular donations.”
“We have too much to raise just to keep our core programs running.”
But Bomalaski says if the money is reallocated for supportive housing it might not be such a bad thing. She says it may give homeless people who can’t find appropriate, affordable housing a chance to get out of the shelter cycle.
“With more supported housing we could likely move people of Brother Francis Shelter and then we wouldn’t have to use the overflow and that would be a good situation,” Bomalaski said.
Officials with the Municipal Department of Health and Human Services say the funds would likely be used to build and operate supportive housing projects.
The Assembly will consider the Municipality’s 2014 Action Plan for how federal grant money will be used soon.
Specific projects will likely go before the body for approval in early 2014 and can be designated or chosen through an application process. Municipal officials say NeighborWorks Anchorage and RuralCap are likely choices for funding affordable rental developments.
In June, the Choggiung Limited board of directors voted to restrict wood cutting on the corporation’s lands to shareholders only. The board further decided that harvest would be for personal use only, denying others the chance to buy cut wood from a Choggiung shareholder.
Those decisions left some area residents concerned about their home heating options this winter.
Several began calling and emailing Rep. Bryce Edgmon and Sen. Gary Stevens, and DNR’s Forestry office in Palmer as well.
“The newly announced policy of Choggiung LTD as well as the closure of state lands to firewood cutting is leaving a number of families totally without options to heat their homes,” reads one email copied to all three offices. “The ultimate result of these policies is that some families are feeling their basic well being deeply threatened.”
The pressure may have paid off. DNR’s Forestry Division office in Palmer said some state lands north of Dillingham and near Aleknagik should be open in time for winter.
“We’ve been working with [DNR's] Division of Lands,” said Rick Jandreau, a forestry officer based in Palmer. “Lands that were designated for settlement, that at one time they did not want any trees harvested from, we were able to talk to them about doing some dead wood harvest there.”
He could not yet specify exactly how many acres of state land will be open for harvest, but did indicate he thinks it will be enough to cover those who need wood this year.
“I hope so,” he said, “because that’s most of the lands DNR has juridiction over.”
Jandreau said the open lands will be north of Dillingham, predominately to the west of Lake Road.
He said his office is finalizing the agreement and working on printing maps to prevent confusion or accidental trespassing.
Jandreau expects the land to be open within a week or two. No word yet on whether or not a permit will be required to cut the firewood on state lands.
Nine people were arrested in Unalaska Wednesday during a day-long drug bust.
Deputy Police Chief Michael Holman says the operation started around 12:45 p.m. and concluded around midnight. Officers executed ten search warrants, following up on new leads from an undercover investigation into drug sales over the last few months.
With assistance from a police dog and K-9 officer flown in from Sand Point, Unalaska police searched Radiant Heating Fuel Services and the offices Tradewinds Apartments. They also combed through a private residence at Tradewinds.
Officers mostly found meth, along with some heroin and bath salts. In addition, Holman says police seized “multiple firearms and a substantial amount of cash.”
The department is still processing evidence from yesterday’s searches. Holman says have eight more warrants to serve today, which could result in more arrests.
The nine defendants from Wednesday’s will make their first appearances in court today at 1 p.m.
The Alaska Board of Fish voted to set up two new state-managed fisheries in the Aleutians at their meeting in Anchorage this week.
A Pacific cod fishery will open up in the Bering Sea north of Cape Sarichef each year starting a week after the federally managed parallel fishery, and stay open until the harvest is taken or August 28. The fishery will only be open to boats under 60 feet.
The state will also set up a new Atka mackerel fishery for purse seiners under 60 feet. That fishery will start in the Bering Sea on January 1 and run through the end of the calendar year, or until vessels take the available harvest.
The board voted to set the harvest limit at 10% of the total biological limit for mackerel in the federal Bering Sea district.
Alaska State Troopers seek the public’s help in getting information about the musk ox found shot dead Oct. 20 across the river near Bethel. The poaching has also been on the mind of Bethel city council member Mark Springer.
“I am going to put on my qiviut hat and say how sad I am that someone would be callous enough and thoughtless enough and heartless enough to shoot a 3-year-old musk ox across the river,” Springer said.
Springer spoke about the incident at the council’s regular meeting Tuesday night.
The animal was determined to be a 3-year-old bull. He was shot once approximately three days before he was found near fish camps by the old airport.
Alaska State Troopers and a biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game conducted a necropsy. Nothing had been salvaged and the meat had spoiled.
Springer went on to say that he hopes whoever killed the animal is caught and that it’s an embarrassment to that person’s community wherever he’s from.
“You know these musk ox are cool animals,” Springer said. “I’m a qiviut addict, I’ll admit it. A lot of people make a good living from utilizing their wool. And you don’t even have to shoot them to get their wool, you just pick it up off the ground. If you see a musk ox, admire them and leave them alone.”
Even though there is no hunt on the Kuskokwim River at this time that could change if the population grows.
Ken Acton is a Seargent with the Alaska State Troopers.
“We need to get those herds to build,” Acton said. “You know, we’re lucky to have this herd come in here. They wintered here last year and if we can leave these animals alone and have that population we could have, you know in the future, a sustainable hunt for these animals.”
Troopers are asking anyone who might have seen the animals alive or knows about the shooting to contact them.
“We’re just asking for their cooperation. They can remain anonymous,” Acton said. “Wildlife Safeguard does offer a reward so there is a potential reward surrounding this incident.”
The reward would be given out after someone was prosecuted for the crime.
Wildlife Safeguard’s toll-free number to call is 1-800-478-3377.
Six-thousand homes in Alaska are not connected to a central water and sewer system – and the state may want to keep it that way.
The Department of Environmental Conservation has spent decades working with communities to build water and sewer system.
They’re expensive, complicated, and the statewide funding has dropped by half over the past decade, according to Bill Griffith, a project manager with the agency.
That could spell trouble for the 40 communities with no centralized service and for dozens of towns with existing water and sewer.
“Those systems are getting old, they’re falling apart, they may not meet current regulations, they’re undersized, there’s a lot of problems with existing systems,” Griffith said. “It’s also very expensive to try to upgrade and keep those systems running.”
The state thinks it can meet the needs by developing decentralized systems. To kick start that, the state is launching the Alaska Water and Sewer Challenge to bring together experts to design a functional and affordable decentralized system. Instead of a huge community sewage lagoon and treatment plant, each household would be capable in some way of separating waste streams and recycling water.
“There’s ways that you may be able to treat that wastewater, of either kind, on site and dispose of it on site, depending on where you and what kind of environment you’re in. And finally, if you’re able to reduce the amount of waste water that has to be removed from the house, it may become affordable to haul it away,” Griffith said.
Griffith says that rural Alaska presents a unique challenge with its climate and remote locations, but he notes that there is existing technology that can do the job.
“We want to see all of it put together for a whole household system. A lot of the things we’ve see that we think are promising we just haven’t seen them combined with other technologies to create that household system,” Griffith said..
The state is also looking for teams with engineering experience as well as expertise from sociologists and health scientists.
There’s been interest from teams as far away as the Philippines and Bangladesh. Up to six teams will receive money to write proposals and present them to the project committee.
The Alaska legislature set aside a million dollars for the project.
If more funding comes in, then in 2014 and 2015, three teams would develop prototypes and test them in a lab setting.
Passengers aboard an Era Alaska flight got quite a scare Wednesday when their aircraft’s landing gear collapsed shortly after landing at the Homer Airport.
In a statement, Era Alaska officials said the airplane – a 16-passenger Beechcraft – experienced a malfunction of the landing gear and came to a stop in the middle of the runway. The aircraft remained on the runway until all 13 passengers and two crew members were able to evacuate. No one was reported injured in the incident, which occurred at about 3:30 p.m.
The accident is under investigation form the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.
Shishmaref’s alcohol ban stands. Voters on Tuesday defeated a move to end the community’s three decade alcohol ban.
According to unofficial results, the move to allow alcohol to be sold in the village was defeated 124 to 98. That’s about 56 percent of the vote against the ballot initiative. Voters also cast ballots for city officials. An election canvass is set for Monday.
Protesters gathered in Anchorage on Wednesday in support of Vic Fischer and Bella Hammond.
The crowd was demanding the state call off its efforts to recover $1 million in legal fees from Fischer, Hammond, and their co-plaintiffs in case over the Pebble Mine.
Chants from a crowd of about 50 protesters gathered near the Atwood Building could be heard from a couple blocks away. They held signs that read, “Shame on Parnell, Don’t Evict Bella Hammond,” and, “Real Alaskans Don’t Bully Their Elders.”
The issue stems from a case Bella Hammond, Vic Fischer – and a group of other plaintiffs – brought against the state regarding the public’s right to know about the Pebble Mine’s exploration work in advance.
The court ruled in favor of the state, and the state and the Pebble Partnership are now trying to collect about $1 million dollars in attorney fees.
State Senator Hollis French, a Democrat from Anchorage and a candidate for Lt. Governor, was among the protesters. He says the action is purely discretionary on the state’s part.
“The attorney general could stop it today if he signed a piece of paper, and I hope he does,” French said. “I hope he rethinks his position and I hope the governor tells him to rethink his position, because going after Bella Hammond and Vic Fischer for legal fees is just wrong.”
According to state attorney Steve Mulder, under Alaska’s “loser pay” law, the state and the Pebble Partnership can seek repayment of up to 30 percent of their attorney fees. But, if a certain set of criteria are met, the group might not end up having to pay.
“If a claimant raises constitutional issues and they don’t have otherwise have a sufficient economic incentive to bring the issue, then they might get relief for having to pay fees,” Mulder said. “There’s also a separate provision that if an award would cause undue hardship, that the judge can give relief.”
Hammond, Fischer and the other plaintiffs are seeking relief, and Mulder says whether or not they meet the necessary criteria is in question.
“In this case, the judge has decided, ‘well, there are fact issues about whether they qualify under either of those two avenues,’ and the judge wants to have a hearing about that,” he said.
The decision to be made next is whether or not Fisher, Hammond and their co-plaintiffs will have to furnish any more information in advance of the hearing.
Senator Bill Wielechowski, a Democrat from Anchorage, says the state’s actions have a chilling effect and could set a dangerous precedent for lawsuits of a similar nature in the future.
“The message that it sends is, ‘if you’re an ordinary Alaskan, don’t you dare stand up and try to challenge what’s happening in the state, because if you do, we’re gonna whack you with a million dollars in legal fees,’” Wielechowski said.
Nick Moe agrees. He ran a write-in campaign for the Anchorage Assembly last spring and says if the group is forced to pay up, it might make Alaskans hesitant to speak up in the future.
“I would definitely think twice, because, you know, I don’t make a lot of money working at a non-profit, yet, you know, our voice should count just as equally as somebody with a lot of extra money that could spend [it] on legal fees,” Moe said.
The case will go before the state Supreme Court in December, where a judge will eventually decide how much money, if any, the group will have to pay.
Three organizations that have come out in opposition to the proposed Pebble Mine – have formed a new group to lobby for permanent protections for the natural resources of the Bristol Bay region.
The Elders and Youth Conference, a precursor to the Alaska Federation of Natives convention wrapped up Wednesday at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks.
On the eve of the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention, a free concert to promote native subsistence rights is happening in Fairbanks tonight.
ANB harbor is usually packed with commercial fishing vessels, but this week, it’s empty. Its regular occupants have moved to other harbors around Sitka, as the city prepares to demolish all of the existing structures and replace the harbor entirely. Construction is scheduled to start in early November.
ANB harbor was first built in 1956, and though it has been renovated over the years, it’s showing its age.
“We’ve got timber elements that are rotting,” says city engineer Dan Tadic. “We go to replace deck boards, and there’s nothing to nail the deck boards to, everything’s mush.”
Tadic points to a laundry list of problems. There’s grass growing out of the wood decking. The ramps are slippery, and ice over in the winter. The floats are slowly sinking into the water.
So this winter, Sitka will completely replace ANB harbor. Plans call for larger slips and wider entrances to accommodate today’s longer and wider boats. It will have galvanized steel pilings instead of creosote-soaked wood. The new floats will sit higher up out of the water. A new gangway will be longer, better lit, and handicap accessible. And the contractor will also excavate rocks that currently obstruct parts of the harbor.
“You’re not just getting a harbor,” says Deputy Harbormaster Chuck Hackett. “You’re getting, in a sense, a new facility downtown.”
The full project is expected to cost $7.7 million. The city won a grant from the state, which will cover half of construction costs, up to $4 and a quarter million dollars. Hackett says the investment is more than worth it.
“Sitka’s the largest small boat harbor system on the west coast,” Hacket says. “We just have a huge fishing fleet and they bring a lot of money time, we’ve got to take care of them. That’s what holds Sitka together, that’s the glue, the fishing industry. If we don’t look to take care of them now, with the docks, we’ll never have anything in the future.”
Contractors will have until mid-March to complete the project. The city wants the new harbor ready in time for the spring herring run.