Business in Brief

HEA schedules work 

in McKeon Flats area

Homer Electric crews will be making system improvements in the McKeon Flats area in October that will require scheduled power outages for residents in the Halibut Cove, Peterson Bay and China Poot Bay areas in order to conduct the work safely.

Once HEA determines the exact day and time for the planned outages, contact will be made with the affected HEA members so that they can take proper precautions to protect sensitive electronic equipment.

For additional information, please call Joe Gallagher at 283-2324.


John Tracy returns to TV

with a ‘Reality Check’

ANCHORAGE – KTVA 11 news announced today that veteran journalist and former KTUU news director, John Tracy, will be returning to television. Tracy will be producing a weekly segment, “Reality Check with John Tracy,” airing on KTVA’s Sunday night newscast “Nightcast” at 10 p.m.

Tracy was a multi-Emmy award-winning journalist during his 23-year tenure at KTUU. His documentary on the Exxon Valdez oil spill won the first of several national Edward R. Murrow Awards for the station. He left KTUU in 2008 to become co-owner of Brilliant Media Strategies, formerly Bradley Reid + Associates. He’s also a member of the Alaska Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame.

“Research doesn’t lie,” said KTVA Executive News Director Bert Rudman. “After a seven year absence from the Anchorage airwaves John Tracy is still among the most popular television personalities in the market.”

“Reality Check with John Tracy” will feature Tracy into topics that are on the minds of Alaskans. 

“My goal here is not to tell Alaskans what to think, but simply give them something to think about,” Tracy said. “I’m looking forward to re-connecting with viewers and can only hope they still recognize me after seven years!” 

“Reality Check with John Tracy” premiers Oct. 18.


State asks U.S. high court to review Roadless decision

JUNEAU (AP) — The state of Alaska wants the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appeals court decision that reinstated prohibitions on road-building and timber harvests in roadless areas of the Tongass National Forest.

In July, a divided appeals court found the U.S. Department of Agriculture did not give a reasoned explanation for reversing course and creating a special exemption to the “Roadless Rule” for the Tongass. The change in course followed a change in administrations. The majority opinion stated that even when reversing a policy after an election, an agency cannot discard prior factual findings without a reasoned explanation.

The state argues that different values and priorities are a legitimate reason for a new administration to change policies of its predecessor. A separate state challenge to the Roadless Rule is pending in federal court.