Local News

Silver Bay wins board approval for waterfront purchase

In just eight years, Silver Bay has already acquired a substantial portion of the park, including the plant and dock at lower left, and nearby bunkhouses.

A Sitka-based seafood processor has cleared the first hurdle toward a major expansion -- in its hometown. The board of Sitka’s Gary Paxton Industrial Park on Wednesday (12-17-14) approved the sale of a significant portion of park waterfront to Silver Bay Seafoods. Plans for a joint venture in a marine services center remain on hold for the time being.
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Sitka High activities budget: A ‘perfect storm’


The activities budget for Sitka High School may have reached a tipping point -- and it could force the end of some programs. The Sitka School Board heard a report from activities director LieuDell Goldsberry earlier this month. Between the recent addition of several new activities and a reduction in district spending, most programs have seen a cut of at least 40-percent over two years.
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Coastline search leads to first residents’ camps

A computer-generated map of Southeast Alaska shows additional land (in brown) beyond today's shoreline. (Courtesy Jim Baichtal)

Understanding the rise and fall of Southeast Alaska's landscape is helping scientists learn more about the area’s early human settlements.
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Southeast News

Canada OKs KSM mine’s environmental plans

Seabridge Gold's Brent Murphy points to a valley to be dammed to hold tailings from the KSM mine during a July tour. The project just won federal environmental approval. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

A controversial mine near Southeast Alaska’s border won approval from Canada’s federal government. Critics say it could pollute salmon-bearing rivers.

Petersburg committee opposes Dungeness closures

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Proposals to close commercial Dungeness crabbing in many areas of Southeast Alaska got no support from the Fish and Game Advisory Committee in the commercial fishing town of Petersburg. As … more

940,000 cruise visitors predicted for 2015 season

The Volendam was the first cruise ship to stop in Ketchikan in 2014.

More than five months before the 2015 season is due to start, the City of Ketchikan has released a draft of next summer’s cruise ship schedule.

State News

Canada Approves Controversial Mine Near Southeast Alaska’s Border

A controversial mine near Southeast Alaska’s border won approval from Canada’s federal government on Friday.

Alaska News Nightly: December 19, 2014

Grand Jury Indicts Man in Alaska Prosecutor's Shooting Death; Walker Considers Delay in Legal Marijuana Sales; University President: Budget Cuts Will Require Downsizing to ‘Core’ Missions; Omnibus Spending Bill Increases Money for Wildfire Management; Coastline Search Leads To First Residents’ Camps; How the Alaska Native Brotherhood Changed Alaska History; Lonnie Dupre Makes Fourth Winter Solo Attempt on Denali; AK: Hockey Homecoming; 300 Villages: Kipnuk Download Audio

AK: Hockey Homecoming

Anchorage has a close knit hockey community, but if players want to continue on to college hockey or eventually play professionally, they have to move away from Alaska at a fairly young age - leaving friendships behind. They use their short breaks back home to re-live some of those childhood memories on the ice. And, the 5th Annual Christmas Classic gives them that opportunity. Download Audio

NPR News

Why Does It Take A Movie Robot To Show What Nurses Really Do?

If TV and movie nurses took care of us when we're sick, we'd be in a heap of trouble. Those images of nutty, slutty and clueless nurses are bad news for the profession, and for patients.

For Norwegian-Americans, Christmas Cheer Is Wrapped Up In Lefse

For many Norwegian-American families, the most anticipated Christmas treat isn't chocolate or sugar-dusted cookies. It's a simple potato-based pancake, spread with butter and sugar or jam.

Muhammad Ali Hospitalized With Mild Pneumonia

A spokesman said Saturday that the 72-year-old boxing great is in stable condition, and that his prognosis is good because the pneumonia was caught early.