Hanley’s departure comes at critical time for Mt. Edgecumbe Hanley’s departure comes at critical time for Mt. Edgecumbe

Hanley's departure comes at critical time for Mt. Edgecumbe

Mike Hanley has served as Commissioner for the Department of Education and Early Development since 2011. In that time, he has defended maintaining Mt. Edgecumbe High School. (Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska) Mike Hanley will be stepping down as Alaska’s education commissioner. Governor Bill Walker announced the change in leadership in a press release this morning. Commissioner Mike Hanley … more

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Schools serve breakfast, feed brains

Some of Sitka High School’s breakfast offerings. (Brielle Schaeffer/KCAW photo) It’s often called the most important meal of the day but sometimes kids don’t get the chance to eat breakfast before heading to class. Sitka School District wanted to change that this year and started offering breakfast for all students. http://www.kcaw.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/04BREAKFAST.wav Downloadable audi … more

Bumps likely in the long road to a new Tongass plan? Bumps likely in the long road to a new Tongass plan?

Bumps likely in the long road to a new Tongass plan?

Sec. Vilsack’s direction to produce a plan that is “ecologically, environmentally, and economically sustainable” is a significant challenge, as managers reckon with a forest that is huge, but also fragile. (Flickr photo, Joseph) The Forest Service is planning to shift its focus from old-growth to young-growth timber harvests in the Tongass National Forest. The transit … more

Sitka School Board rallies behind Mt. Edgecumbe (again) Sitka School Board rallies behind Mt. Edgecumbe (again)

Sitka School Board rallies behind Mt. Edgecumbe (again)

The Mt. Edgecumbe Cheerleaders leave the floor at halftime during the 1A/2A Basketball tournament in 2013. (KCAW Photo/Robert Woolsey) The Sitka School Board is going on record in support of Mt. Edgecumbe High School — again. The board on Tuesday night (2-2-16) directed superintendent Mary Wegner to draft a letter in opposition to a proposal from the Alaska Native Science and En … more

Local News

Coast Guard rescues six stranded at White Sulfur

Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard Parra, a rescue swimmer at Coast Guard Air Station Sitka, stands with a party of boaters safely returned to Pelican after inclement weather stranded them at the White Sulfur cabin on Chichagof Island. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

A helicopter from Air Station Sitka rescued six people who had become stranded at White Sulfur Hot Springs, on Chichagof Island, on Tuesday (2-2-16). more
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Sitka man sentenced to 40 years for sexual assault

A Sitka man has been sentenced to over 40 years in prison for sexual assault. more
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Schools to Task Force: ‘We don’t have any more fluff’

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On Monday night (02-01-16), the Citizens' Task Force heard from the Sitka School District, which is beginning their budget process this month. more
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NPR News

#MemeOfTheWeek: Bernie Or Hillary. Sexist or Nah?

A series of fake campaign posters locking Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton was just supposed to be funny, said the meme's creator. Except a lot of people thought it was sexist.

Twitter Says It Has Shut Down 125,000 Terrorism-Related Accounts

The announcement comes just weeks after a woman sued Twitter, saying the platform knowingly let ISIS use the network "to spread propaganda, raise money and attract recruits."

Families Near The Huge Gas Leak Wonder: Is Home A Safe Place To Be?

Most health officials say the small amounts of benzene and other components of the natural gas still leaking in Southern California are probably not a health threat. Still, some parents worry.

Commentary

‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’

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As of 2013, 84% of Edgecumbe’s graduates already go on to attend universities or technical schools. Edgecumbe might need a little more funding, but we don’t need an entirely new system. more
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The Morning Interview

Jazz Festival has returning favorites, new schedule

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The Sitka Jazz Festival kicks off tomorrow, including a return by vocalist Barbara Morrison and shorter evening concerts. Downloadable audio. more
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Southeast News

Petersburg to seek larger land grant through legislation

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Petersburg is hoping for legislative help to boost the size of a state land entitlement that comes with the formation of a new municipality. A local committee is recommending the borough seek all of the un-spoken for state land within Petersburg’s boundaries. more

Mitkof Mummers scale back for mini murder mystery

Kaitlin DuRoss and other Mitkof Mummers rehearse this week for "Ole and Lena's Three Doors to Death". Photo/Angela Denning

The Sons of Norway has partnered with the local acting troupe to fund raise for both groups. more

City mayor talks pot at Chamber presentation

Mayor Lew Williams III speaks to the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)

City of Ketchikan Mayor Lew Williams III talked pot during his annual State of the City presentation at Wednesday’s Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce lunch. more

State News

Price tag on LIO sale: $37M

The developer says the sale would save the state $2,052,000 over the next nine years of the existing lease, and eliminates the potential for lawsuits if legislators walk away from the agreement. Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

State seeks to charge Bill Allen in federal sex case; Alaska DOC to be reviewed; public testimony: keep state hands off of dividends; Alaska Native’s discuss what ‘Eskimo’ means to them; slumping Canadian dollar means big loss for Haines, Skagway; AK local start-up leverages social media to bring beard oil to Alaskans; 49 Voices, EJ David of Anchorage Download Audio

State seeks power to prosecute Bill Allen on federal trafficking charge

Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards says the state wants authority to pursue charges against former VECO boss Bill Allen for allegedly transporting a young woman across state lines for sex. The state has tried before, but in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch today, Richards cites a new law that requires her to allow the state to pursue the federal case, or provide a detailed explanation why she won’t. Download Audio