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There are many ways one could feel about the warning Standard and Poor’s issued to the Alaska Legislature last week, stating that the state’s credit rating might drop if Alaska politicians can’t reach a deal on budget reforms.

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May is an extraordinary month in Ketchikan. We transform overnight from a quiet town in April to become host to thousands of visitors each day by mid-May. Local waters see commercial troll fishermen take advantage of spring fishery opportunities while the commercial net fleets begin preparing for their season. Sport anglers are readying their gear for the May 28 start of the Ketchikan CHARR Educational Fund King Salmon Derby.

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2/8/2014
Legislation looks to revise air ambulance

JUNEAU (AP) — Southeast Alaska lawmakers have introduced legislation that would allow air ambulance providers to offer medevac services in membership programs.

Rep. Cathy Munoz, in her sponsor statement, said such programs can save Alaskans out-of-pocket costs.

She says more than 3,200 Alaskans in southeast Alaska took advantage of that type of program, before the state Division of Insurance last year found the business model no longer met legal exemptions.

The bills, introduced in the state House and Senate, would set out terms under which the programs could continue.

Joining Munoz on the House bill are Reps. Peggy Wilson and Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins. The Senate bill is by Sens. Bert Stedman and Dennis Egan.