A force awakens: Sitka High ’16 graduates A force awakens: Sitka High ’16 graduates

A force awakens: Sitka High '16 graduates

Sitka High School graduated its 86th class on Monday (5-23-16). Among the crowd are state champions in athletics, music, and DDF. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo) In a packed gym of beaming family and friends on Monday night (5-23-16), 70 students became alumni of Sitka High School. Speeches were given. Selfies were taken. And while students and staff reflected on the journey ahead, many paid homage to thei … more

City to repair seaplane dock City to repair seaplane dock

City to repair seaplane dock

After the piling broke, the main dock began to drift out into Sitka Sound. (Photo courtesy of Stan Eliason) During their regular meeting Tuesday (5-24-16), the Assembly authorized funding to repair Sitka’s public seaplane dock, which was condemned this winter after one the pilings crumbled. The repair will cost $170,000 and will be completed by local contractor, WS Construction. A new seaplane dock has been pro … more

Assembly explores utility assistance program Assembly explores utility assistance program

Assembly explores utility assistance program

On first reading Tuesday night (5-24-16), the Assembly passed an ordinance to create a utility subsidization program. Eligible Sitkans would have part of their monthly utility bill paid for by the city. (Photo by Lorenzo Scheda, Flickr Creative Commons) The centerpiece of Tuesday night’s (5-24-16) Assembly meeting was the cost of living in Sitka. Specifically, how some Sitkans are strug … more

Bear attack survivor: ‘Grace was extended to me’ Bear attack survivor: ‘Grace was extended to me’

Bear attack survivor: 'Grace was extended to me'

Survivor Ken Steck says he “did not anticipate a bear threat” in his party’s camping area in Disenchantment Bay. “I could have done more to warn this bear,” he says. (Flickr photo/sach1tb) The survivor of a brown bear mauling near Yakutat 10 days ago (5-13-16) says the animal was startled, and attacked instinctively. Ken Steck is recovering from his wounds with … more

Post-crisis, hospital works to pay back city Post-crisis, hospital works to pay back city

Post-crisis, hospital works to pay back city

During a special budget meeting on Thursday (5-19-16), the Assembly had the chance to take the financial pulse of Sitka Community Hospital. The financial picture at Sitka Community Hospital is like the tortoise: slow and steady, but determined. The city-owned hospital is still recovering from the discovery of a cash flow problem in 2014. That crisis was brought up several times during Thursday ni … more

News extras

Sitka lab issues shellfish advisory across Southeast

The STA Environmental Research Lab believes that the toxins detected in butter clams at Starrigavan this week may be residual from last summer. A new bloom of alexandrium, which produces the Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning toxin, was recently observed in the area. (Flickr photo/Walter Lin)

Shellfish in Southeast are showing a high risk for biotoxins, specifically those that cause PSP. On Monday (5-25-16), the Sitka Tribe of Alaska's Environmental Research Lab (STAERL) found elevated levels of toxins at beaches in Sitka, Petersburg, Klawock, and Craig. more
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Local News

Sitka upgrades to silver level for bicycle friendly streets

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On Wednesday (5-18-16), the League of American Bicyclists designated Sitka a “Silver Level” Bicycle Friendly Community. Only 73 other communities in the United States have earned this honor, including Anchorage. more
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Meeting federal regs, Sitka treats water with UV light

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Some of the best drinking water anywhere may be just a little bit better now. Sitka officials on Thursday (5-19-16) cut the ribbon on a new, $8-million dollar ultraviolet disinfection plant for the town’s water supply. more
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School board approves $300,000 English curriculum purchase

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The Sitka School Board has authorized the purchase of nearly $300,000-worth of new reading and writing curriculum for the elementary grades. more
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State News

Meeting federal regs, Sitka treats water with UV light

Some of the best drinking water anywhere may be just a little bit better now. Sitka officials on the 19th of May cut the ribbon on a new, $8 million dollar ultraviolet disinfection plant for the town’s water supply.

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, May 27, 2016

In stalemated Legislature, 'Musk Ox' may hold the key; attorneys in Sockeye fire case ask for more time to prepare, granted; Young, Murkowski to do 'double whammy' on energy bill; researchers study economics of permit ownership, loss; Ruby Marine purchases Inland Barge Service as barge season begins; AK: Young 'Bio Blitzers' explore and examine the Arctic environment; 49 Voices: Bret Connor of Anchorage

Young, Murkowski to do ‘double whammy’ on energy bill

Alaska Congressman Don Young will have a say in drafting the final version of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s energy modernization bill. That’s because the U.S. House passed its own energy bill this week, to match the Murkowski bill already passed in the Senate. House leaders then picked Young to serve on the conference committee that will negotiate a compromise between the two bills. Download Audio

The Morning Interview

All-night walk raises money for cancer research

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Sitkans are invited to participate in Relay for Life, a world-wide event to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The time to register your team is now. Downloadable audio. more
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Southeast News

Hate graffiti found at gravel pit near Petersburg

Whether the person intended to use "hail" meaning ice pellets or "hale" referring to a person is unknown. Photo/Angela Denning

The police department is looking to get more information about who’s responsible. more

Grumman Goose may have found a home

Historic signs and photos on the walls of the Goose hangar.

Since 1992, volunteers with Ketchikan’s “Save the Goose” project have been working to restore a historic amphibious plane. The Grumman Goose restoration is about 85 percent complete and now those involved are trying to find a permanent home for the plane. They believe they may have found the right place. more

ANILCA change opens up USFS job opportunities

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Until now, local residents have been preferred for certain positions, because of their local knowledge. But they weren’t able to transition into permanent jobs with the U.S. Forest Service. more

NPR News

WATCH LIVE: Obama Lays Wreath At Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier

The Memorial Day ritual serves to commemorate the sacrifices of U.S. service members who have fought and died in foreign wars.

WWII Veteran, Who Fought To Expose Secret Mustard Gas Experiments, Dies

Charles Cavell spent decades fighting for VA compensation, even after he and others — who had been sworn to secrecy by the U.S. military — helped bring the testing program to light. He was 89.

Kidnapped Mexican Footballer Is Safe, Following Government Rescue

Local and federal authorities worked together to rescue Alan Pulido, who plays for the Greek soccer club Olympiakos.