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)

Judge Vacates Order Halting Recall Effort

Associated Press
    JUNEAU (AP) — A state court judge Wednesday said he had “inadvertently” put on hold a decision that would have allowed the recall effort against Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy to proceed.
    In a written order Wednesday, Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth in Anchorage said additional briefs were due Thursday.
    Earlier this month, Aarseth said petitions should be issued by Feb. 10, so recall supporters could begin a new signature-gathering phase. He indicated then that he did not intend to halt that process. Then Tuesday, after receiving written arguments from Stand Tall With Mike, a recall opposition group, he issued a decision staying the matter pending resolution of the case in the Alaska Supreme Court.
    Wednesday, he said he “inadvertently” granted the request and vacated Tuesday’s decision. He said he’d received filings opposing a stay and said reply briefs are due Thursday.
    Brewster Jamieson, an attorney for Stand Tall With Mike, said he thinks a stay should be granted and intends to file a response.
    Scott Kendall, an attorney for the Recall Dunleavy group, said Aarseth recognized he made an administrative mistake. Absent a stay by the judge or Alaska Supreme Court, the state Division of Elections is under an order to issue petitions by Feb. 10, Kendall said.

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