Alaska Digest

Posted: Sunday, February 11, 2007

Saxman voters approve land sale

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KETCHIKAN - Residents of Saxman voted to sell land to the Cape Fox Corp., which plans to build a technology training center on the parcel near its headquarters.

The vote in Tuesday's special election was 57 in favor of the sale and 6 against. The land the corporation has leased for its headquarters building also was in the sale.

The technology training center will train workers operating federal contracts such as light assembly, manufacturing, information technology, data management and other areas, according to Cape Fox Chief Operating Officer David Landis. He said the corporation will start actively seeking contracts.

The 2007 assessment of the land is $371,600, which is the same as the 2006 estimate, according to Borough Director of Assessment Dennis Finegan. Landis said the corporation will have the land professionally appraised and start working on a final sales agreement.

He said the corporation will apply to have the 2.5 acres rezoned and subdivided, with the corporation headquarters becoming parceled separate from the technology center.

Landis said construction of the center is expected to start in late summer.

State organizations say funds go unused

DILLINGHAM - A recent panel of funding organizations reported that some money available for projects in rural Alaska isn't spent because nobody asks for it.

"We didn't get any applications last year for our housing for seniors program," said Colleen Bickford of the Alaska office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Jeff Jesse, director of the state's Mental Health Trust Authority, said some of its grant programs are also underused. Specifically, a grant program designed to fund small costs of no more than $10,000 goes largely ignored in rural Alaska.

"We chronically have an undersupply of rural projects," he said.

The federal Natural Resources Conservation Service offers an emergency watershed protection program. Applications are due within 60 days of the natural disaster.

SEARHC's Sutton earns fellow status

SITKA - Frank Sutton, vice president of hospital services for the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation's leading professional society for healthcare leaders.

To earn fellow status, Sutton reached the highest of the three board certification levels awarded by the college.

Sutton has been associated with Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital for 35 years. He is a retired captain in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. He spent 28 years with the public health service.

He holds a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy and a master of science degree in health-care administration.

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