EMERGENCY RESPONSE – Members of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood this week organized a city-wide food drive for residents of Angoon and other villages affected by the lack of Alaska Marine Highway System ferry service. Hundreds of pounds of food were collected at Sitka High School and other drop off sites. Thursday night about three dozen people attended a meeting at ANB Founders Hall to discuss the ferry situation and prepare food for shipping. Laurie Serka, outstation manager for Alaska Seaplanes, said Alaska Seaplanes, Sitka Custom Marine and Dr. Sul Ross Thorward donated shipping costs for the perishable food donated by AC Lakeside. Tom Gamble is planning to take a load of food to Angoon aboard his boat. Donations for shipping food to Kake are currently being sought. Contact for the donations is Nancy Furlow, ANS Camp 4 president, 907 227-9102. PHOTOS: clockwise from top left, Laurie Serka, Steve Schmidt and Marjo Vidad of Alaska Seaplanes load food bound for Angoon this morning. Tom Gamble and Chad Titell  deliver boxes of food from Sitka High School to ANB Founders Hall Thursday night. Paulette Moreno, ANS Grand Camp president, addresses volunteers Thursday night. Sitkans gather in a circle at ANB Founders Hall Thursday to brainstorm responses to the lack of state ferry service. (Sentinel Photos by James Poulson)

Gov: Special Session To Continue in Juneau

    ANCHORAGE (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy says the state legislature can return to deliberations at the Capitol.
    Dunleavy announced today he’s amending his call for a second special legislative session to change the location from Wasilla to Juneau.
    He’s also adding the state construction budget as a topic for business.
    Dunleavy says progress is needed and work can’t be done while lawmakers meet in two locations.
    Dunleavy originally called for legislators to gather in Wasilla, his hometown. Legislative leaders instead met last week in Juneau and said it was their prerogative to choose the location.   
   
    About a third of the 60 lawmakers followed Dunleavy’s order and instead went to Wasilla.
    Dunleavy says he’s aware that time is short to capture federal funding for road and other projects.   

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