Legislators are considering a special audit of the Alaska Mental Health Trust and how the trustees are investing its money.
The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority is advancing plans to mine Gulf of Alaska beach sands about 75 miles northwest of Yakutat.
Alaska Mental Health Trust and Trust Land Office representatives got an earful Tuesday during informational meetings in Saxman and Ketchikan regarding the decision to potentially log Deer Mountain.
Petersburg’s borough assembly Tuesday agreed to send a letter urging a land exchange rather than logging on Alaska Mental Health Trust lands on the steep hillside above Mitkof Highway south of downtown.
A bill before Congress would speed a timberland trade between the federal government and the Alaska Mental Health Trust. It’s part of a larger legislative effort to increase logging in the Tongass National Forest.
“I don’t see why the state would want to forward fund a festival built around consumption of alcohol,” said Jeff Jessee, CEO of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.
The two sides say the agreement is a milestone in a long process of swapping some Tongass land for acreage near a half dozen Panhandle communities.
An Alaska Mental Health Trust investigator is headed to Wrangell to look into what some claim is improper logging on its land.