Groceries vs. utilities: Assembly debates tax breaks Groceries vs. utilities: Assembly debates tax breaks

Groceries vs. utilities: Assembly debates tax breaks

Groceries or electric rates? The Assembly is trying to decide which living cost is a greater burden to Sitkans. During their Tuesday night meeting (08-23-16), the Sitka Assembly considered two ordinances: one to eliminate the sales tax on groceries (Ord 2016-30) and the other to annually subsidize the electric fund to moderate rates (Ord 2016-31). Their idea is to put one of these ordin … more

Gagnon withdraws application for city attorney Gagnon withdraws application for city attorney

Gagnon withdraws application for city attorney

Carey Gagnon is an attorney with BakerHostetler, an energy firm, in Denver, Colorado. She received the highest marks during the city’s attorney interviews on Sunday (08-24-16). (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo) The Assembly last night (08-23-16) approved two more marijuana business licenses, and learned that one of their top picks for municipal attorney has withdrawn her name. Jeremy Erickson appl … more

Local News

Hanson top candidate for the city attorney job

Attorney Brian Hanson has applied to the city attorney position full time. He is now the top candidate for the job, after Denver-based attorney Carey Gagnon withdrew her application last week. more
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Fulton hands in his school board resignation

Tim Fulton has served on the board since 2008. (KCAW photo, Robert Woolsey)

Fulton submitted his letter of resignation for consideration by the board at its first meeting of the new school year on August 25th. Fulton has been tending the needs of his aging parents in Idaho. more
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Two Sitkans indicted on weapons charges

Two Sitkans were indicted last Friday (8-19-16) on felony charges involving weapons. 32-year old Brandon D. Ledbetter was charged for stabbing a man in the leg in a bar fight. 32-year old Walter Boyd allegedly stole a handgun from a boat in Sealing Cove Harbor. more
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State News

Westlake widens lead in District 40 primary

The unofficial results of a tight House primary race are in. Dean Westlake of Kotzebue appears to have won the Democratic nomination for House District 40 from incumbent Rep. Benjamin Nageak of Barrow.

Two men found dead at Valley of the Moon park, police say homicide

In Anchorage, two men are dead in what appears to be a double homicide over the weekend at a popular park.

Petersburg schools open with an increase in enrollment

Students headed back to class Monday, August 29, in Petersburg as the new school year gets underway.

The Morning Interview

UAS’s Fish Tech program ‘a class in an iPad’


Reid Brewer, Associate Professor for Fisheries Technology, talks about the fisheries technology program at the University of Alaska Southeast. Downloadable audio. more
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Station Highlights

The Raven Radio Raffle is on!


Raven Radio’s Alaska Airlines Raffle is going on now. This is your opportunity to win two round-trip tickets anywhere Alaska Airlines flies with no blackout dates. Tickets are $10 and available weekdays at the station, at the Sitka Farmers Market September 3rd and 10th, and occasionally at Sea Mart. Outside of Sitka? Give us a call at (907) 747-5877. The drawing will be on air Friday, October 21. Thank you to Alaska Airlines for donating the tickets for this station fundraiser, all proceeds benefit Raven Radio. more
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Southeast News


Students head back to class Monday, August 29 in Petersburg as the new school year gets underway. Enrollment numbers have increased in two of the three schools and the district welcomes several newcomers to its faculty. more

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It’s not often that a tight housing market boasts the largest average home size in the region coupled with home prices 40 percent below the regional average and the lowest rental prices in the state. But, Wrangell also has the … more


Deer Mountain

Two longtime Ketchikan residents have formed a new organization to stop recently announced plans to log Deer Mountain. more

NPR News

They're Caught In A Crisis That Isn't Hitting The Headlines

The number of malnourished people in northeastern Nigeria could be as hlgh as half a million. Boko Haram shoulders much of the blame.

Traffic Deaths Climb By Largest Increase in Decades

Federal transportation officials have issued a "call to action" to researchers, experts and the public to analyze fatality data and suggest solutions.

Poisonous Algae Blooms Threaten People, Ecosystems Across U.S.

Serious algae outbreaks have hit more than 20 states this summer. Algae blooms aren't unusual. But the frequency, size and toxicity now are worse than ever, and changes in climate are partly to blame.