The cost saving proposal has drawn major criticism since being introduced by UA President Jim Johnsen last week.
“We think it’s relatively low-exposure work,” said Deputy City Manager Mila Cosgrove. “It’s really a great job opportunity for folks. So, you know, we essentially are not going to have a normal tourism season that we would normally have this summer. And I know a lot of people look to that type of seasonal work. And I think that this type of work will be very similar.”
The total number of nonresident coronavirus cases now stands at 41. The majority of those have been seafood workers.
The two men are asymptomatic and were moved to isolation in Unalaska testing positive for the virus.
So far, the state has recorded a total of 505 cases among residents, with 373 recoveries. There are 22 cases among nonresidents, 15 of them are seafood workers from out of state.
Alaska’s seafood industry sprawls across dozens of communities and thousands of miles of coastline. But one common theme is that this summer’s fishing season represents uncharted waters.
The Bristol Bay borough is the epicenter of fish processing during the short sockeye fishery, and its population grows exponentially as seafood workers and fishermen come to the region.
Alaska’s fishing industry was allocated $50 million in CARES Act funding in early May
At least one passenger trying to purchase a walk-on ticket reports being turned away from the ferry.
Leadership at Ketchikan’s University of Alaska Southeast campus on Monday asked the Ketchikan Gateway Borough to oppose a proposed campus merger. Priscilla Schulte leads the Ketchikan UAS campus. She says the proposed cost-cutting move to merge UAS with University of Alaska campuses in Anchorage or Fairbanks won’t serve students in Southeast Alaska. “There’s quite a…