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State cuts could close one Sitka harbor

first_imgA summer sunset colors the waters of Sitka’s Crescent Harbor in 2014. Municipal officials want to improve three harbors using a state grant program that may be at risk. (Shaleece Haas/KCAW)Sitka will have to close one of its five boat harbors if a state matching-grant program is eliminated.The 10-year-old program funds half the cost of local harbor replacement or repair.Sitka Municipal Administrator Mark Gorman says it’s among state programs that could be reduced or eliminated as the Legislature looks for ways to balance the budget.“If that goes away, we’re going to have some very serious challenges maintaining our current infrastructure,” Gorman says. “In fact, we may have to drop one of our harbors in the next decade if we don’t have support from the state.”He says the issue came up at a recent staff meeting. No one harbor is being targeted for closure.The municipality hopes to receive up to $28 million in harbor matching funds during the next 10 or so years. Work would be done on Crescent, Eliason and Sealing Cove facilities.Gorman says harbor rates are already rising and further hikes would not cover the loss of state grants.The harbor issue came up during discussion of Sitka’s municipal priorities for the Legislature, which resumes meeting in January.They include airport upgrades, education funding, and water- and sewer-system improvements.One $6.3 million project would build a backup drinking-water source in Starrigavin Valley. Municipal Administrator Gorman says the state requires a secondary water source.“We know that we could activate a temporary filtration system for Indian River, but that’s prohibitively expensive,” he says.Sitka used that approach during construction of the Blue Lake Dam, which affected the water supply. He says that cost about $3 million over two months.“So if we can get a secondary water source for $6 million that we can use makes a lot of sense,” Gorman says.The legislative priority list was discussed Tuesday evening during a work session with school board and assembly members. It’s not finalized.Sitka officials also hope to win about $4.3 million in state funding for smaller projects, including waterline replacement, sewage lift stations and heating improvements.“We’re more optimistic about those programs being maintained because they’re tied to a lot of federal funding. And I think Gov. Walker recognizes that that’s money well-invested by the state to get the federal matching grants,” he saysMarine Service Center repairs, energy improvements and restored state-park funding are also on the list. So is funding for the ferry system, which faces deep cuts, especially in Sitka.last_img read more

HPD Investigation Makes A Dent On The Kush Epidemic That Affects Houston

first_img X Share Al OrtizHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner (center) announces the results of an investigation by the Houston Police Department about the sale of Kush on the city. Houston Police DepartmentKush is typically packaged in shiny and visually appealing bags. Houston Police DepartmentRafeeq Panjvany is one of the two men HPD arrested as a result of this investigation. Houston Police DepartmentNaushad Pradhan is the other man HPD arrested as a result of this investigation.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Monday the results of an investigation about the sale of synthetic marijuana, which has become an ongoing mission for the Houston Police Department, HPD.Accompanied by HPD’s acting chief Martha Montalvo and Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson, Turner held a press conference at HPD’s headquarters to inform about the arrest of two men, Naushad Ramzan-AliPradhan (58 years-old) and Rafeeq Panjvany (54 years-old), who have been charged with delivery of synthetic cannabinoids in the 208th State District Court.The investigation began in early July through an anonymous tip and culminated with the arrest of the two men on September 14th.HPD recovered more than 4,000 packages of Kush—the common name of the drug— with a street value of over 400,000 dollars.HPD Sergeant Marsha Todd said they are making progress in the fight against Kush and detailed that “the Narcotics Division right now has made approximately 46 total arrests from various stores and other locations since our Kush initiative began in late June.”“We’ve seized hundreds of pounds of Kush, along with various assets of the proceeds from the sale of these synthetic drugs,” Todd added.Kush has been in the news recently after an incident at Hermann Park, when about ten individuals were taken to local hospitals for overdoses of synthetic marijuana.Turner said Kush has become a national epidemic and Houston is no stranger to its effects.“In the four months since it was created,” the Mayor noted “HPD’s public intoxication team has responded to approximately 600 calls, resulting in nearly 500 individuals taken off the streets and admitted to the City’s sobering centers.”HPD officials emphasize they are trying to go after the suppliers to have a long term effect in their fight against this drug.The public can submit anonymous tips through the website www.stopdrugshouston.org. 00:00 /01:19 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Unmanned US frigates to stalk submarines w Video

first_img Citation: Unmanned U.S. frigates to stalk submarines (w/ Video) (2010, February 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-02-unmanned-frigates-stalk-submarines-video.html (PhysOrg.com) — In the U.S. the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is planning to introduce unmanned frigates for long missions shadowing diesel-electric submarines. The vessels, dubbed Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessels or ACTUVs, are designed to be unmanned, with only intermittent communication from operators on shore or on a ship, and to require no maintenance for months. They will also obey navigational rules and be able to avoid collisions at sea.The three main objectives of the program are to build an “X-ship” that operates without anyone stepping aboard at any point in its operating cycle, secondly to demonstrate the technical viability of the system under “sparse remote supervisory control”, and thirdly to demonstrate the anti-submarine capability of the vessel and its “novel suite of sensors”. The ACTUV is unlike other unmanned vessels in that it is designed for global, independent deployment for months at a time.Proponents claim crewless vessels would save the U.S. Navy money and free the expensive crewed ships from the routine work of continuously cruising the oceans shadowing submarines. The unmanned frigates would locate a submarine by “pinging’ with active sonar to detect the submarine’s echoes, which means those on the submarine would know they have been detected. While nuclear submarines may be fast enough to escape the stalking frigate, fast and quiet diesel-electric submarines would not. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further More information: FBO announcement (pdf)center_img Two Boeing X-45A Unmanned Jets Continue Coordinated Flights Other unmanned vessels are already in use, with Israel deploying Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs), mainly for surveillance purposes, and the U.S. Navy deploying unmanned drones from its submarines.DARPA is the research and development section of the U.S. Department of Defense, which is charged with the job of maintaining the U.S. military’s technological superiority and avoiding technological surprises that could threaten the nation’s security. It will host an unclassified “Industry Day” conference on the ACTUV program at the Liberty Conference Center in Arlington, Virginia on February 16 to discuss the program and address any questions. U.S. Navy combat ship Freedom (LCS 1). This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more