The Ketchikan Daily News http://www.ketchikandailynews.com/ www.ketchikandailynews.com Ketchikan Daily News Headlines Copyright The Ketchikan Daily News 2008. All Rights Reserved. urn:publicid:ketchikandailynews.com:111655616 Boro to mull park contract 2017-02-21T17:18:53Z 2017-02-21T17:18:10Z Copyright Ketchikan Daily News 2008. All Rights Reserved. By NICK BOWMAN Daily News Staff Writer The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly will consider a contract to replace playground equipment at Triangle Park, also called the Totem Heritage Park, on Tuesday. The regular meeting was delayed by Presidents Day on Monday. Assembly members are set to consider a $88,856 sole-source contract with Gametime for new playground equipment at the Deermount Street park near the Totem Heritage Center. The contract is being approved on a sole-source basis because of a special deal organized by U.S. Communities, a “nationally recognized purchasing cooperative for us by all publicly funded agencies in Alaska, Oregon and Washington,” according to the agenda. The Assembly had previously budgeted $140,000 for the replacement project. There has been one injury at the park as a result of the aging equipment, and several pieces have already been removed because of safety concerns, according to the borough. Also on Tuesday, the borough will consider setting a recommended minimum for its cash on hand and four items related to land sales. Resolution 2698 would set the recommended target for borough reserves at $3.6 million — or 30 percent of its annual general fund expenses of $12 million. The figure is slightly higher than national recommendations for a municipality with the borough’s population because of the uncertainty created by the state’s financial crisis, according to the agenda. The four items related to borough land all deal with relatively small pieces of property. Resolution 2693 would sell a 4,000-square-foot easement on Stanley Road in North Tongass to Timothy and Alita Kuharich, who say the easement hasn’t been used for 46 years. The couple mistakenly built a rock retaining wall on the easement in 2013 and as a result want to purchase the property from the borough, according to their proposal. Resolution 2695 would sell 8,000 square feet of borough property in North Tongass  to Joe and Darby Mainardi, who hope to convert the trail that exists on the property into a driveway. Resolution 2696 would surplus a  6.5-acre parcel upland of the 12800 block of North Tongass Highway and put the lot on the market for $115,200. Resolution 2697 would surplus two parcels adjacent to the 12800 block of North Tongass Highway adding up to 26.4 acres. The two individual properties are near Strawberry Road and Cranberry Road, and their combined value is approximately $280,000, according to the borough. There will be time for public comment near the beginning of the 5:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting at 1900 First Ave. Southern Alaska Staff Writer Boro to mull park contract The Ketchikan Daily News urn:publicid:ketchikandailynews.com:13659830 Change 0 Usable urn:publicid:ketchikandailynews.com:111655641 U.S. senator speaks with Trump protesters 2017-02-21T17:19:55Z 2017-02-21T17:19:14Z Copyright Ketchikan Daily News 2008. All Rights Reserved. By NICK BOWMAN Daily News Staff Writer A contingent of demonstrators from the Ketchikan Women’s March, worried about actions being taken by the Trump administration, met Sen. Lisa Murkowski at The Plaza mall on Monday. Fifteen women and men had a civil, but tense, exchange with Murkowski about President Donald Trump and his new administration for about half an hour outside the mall. Some carried signs they made for the downtown protest organized on Jan. 21 — part of the national Women’s March on Washington network that took place the day after Trump’s inauguration. They asked Murkowski about her stance — and her response to Trump — on immigration, race relations, education, ethics rules and other issues related to the Republican president. Pressed on what demonstrators described as unlawful actions on immigration on the part of Trump, Murkowski said creating “uncertainty about your laws — it kind of goes to the very fundamental of who we are. If we cannot trust that the laws we have in place are going to be followed, and followed fairly — this is a problem whether you are new to this country or whether you are somebody who has been here for generations.” Murkowski continued by saying that “making sure that we follow our laws — that we don’t have alternate facts,” before she was cut off by cross talk from demonstrators. Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway stirred controversy early in Trump’s administration when she pushed “alternative facts” related to crowd sizes at Trump’s inauguration. Other demonstrators said Trump’s rhetoric about the three-judge panel on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals was “very scary” and asked why Congress wasn’t more involved in checking him. “I’m not going to condone what he said about the judges. I think that was beyond unfortunate,” Murkowski said. Asked what Congress can do to respond to him, Murkowski said, “I don’t know that there’s any way to get a handle on it,” later adding that “it’s not as if there’s a level of consultation” between Congress and the executive branch. One of the demonstrators, Garrett Abbott, who captured video of the encounter between the group and Murkowski, said he was disappointed in her answers about Trump’s international business dealings, which Abbott said should disqualify the new president. Another demonstrator was Laura Knight, who was born in Mexico but is married to a Ketchikan man and is now a U.S. citizen. Knight said she was satisfied with many of Murkowski’s responses. She noted that she’s a conservative voter, but has been worried by Trump’s first few weeks in office. Knight, who has lived in Ketchikan for 17 years, said that she supported securing the border, but both legal and illegal immigrants “have to be treated as human beings,” and those who are already in the country should be given legal status. She’s traveling to Mexico in July, and, despite being an American citizen, Knight is worried about the return trip because of her heritage. “Many of the immigrants are getting worried,” Knight said. “They’ve heard rumors. I don’t know how it will be. I will fight for my rights.” After meeting with demonstrators, Murkowski talked about Social Security and Medicare policy with the local branch of AARP and, on Monday evening, spoke at the Ketchikan Lincoln Day Dinner, a Republican fundraiser. Southern Alaska Staff Writer U.S. senator speaks with Trump protesters The Ketchikan Daily News urn:publicid:ketchikandailynews.com:13659839 Change 0 Usable