For property taxes, Assembly considers 2 mill bump For property taxes, Assembly considers 2 mill bump

For property taxes, Assembly considers 2 mill bump

The Assembly wants to pose a ballot question to voters in October that would raise the millage rate to 8 mills. For twenty years, the mill rate has been capped at six. The Sitka Assembly is making a bid to increase property taxes in by two mills, raising the cap from six mills to eight. At their regular meeting last night (07-26-16), the group settled on that figure in response to $2.5 million budget ga … more

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Diesel stove likely cause of boat fire

The American Express caught fire early Monday morning, tied up at the transient float dock of ANB Harbor. Photo by Katherine Rose/KCAW A 32-foot commercial fishing boat caught fire early Monday morning (07-25-16) in ANB Harbor. The F/V American Express, a gillnetter, was tied up on the outer side of the transient float. Fire Chief Dave Miller says the department received a 911 call at 1:04 AM. “The boat was totally … more

Zika patient treated in Sitka Zika patient treated in Sitka

Zika patient treated in Sitka

A man who contracted the Zika Virus in Central America was treated at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital on July 18. Photo/SEARHC The state department of Health and Social Services announced the first known case of the Zika Virus in the state today belonging to a patient treated at SEARHC’s Mt. Edgcumbe Hospital in Sitka. The patient, a male from the Midwest, was traveling in Central America. He then came to Alaska, where … more

Don Young visit sparks protests Don Young visit sparks protests

Don Young visit sparks protests

Congressman Young was met with demonstrators calling for climate change legislation and gun control. This angered some Sitkans, who staged a pro-gun rally at the roundabout. (Emily Kwong, KCAW photo) Yesterday (07-21-16) was the last day of the Republican National Convention. And in Sitka, the longest-serving Republican came to visit. Representative Donald Young was scheduled to speak to the Chamber of Co … more

Local News

Sitka Seafood Festival issues SOS

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The Sitka Seafood Festival has issued a call for help. The 2016 festival was placed on hold earlier this year. Alicia Haseltine, vice-president of the festival board, says the decision was made after the event lost several of their leaders. more
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Pokemon swarm Sitka streets

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Pokemon GO is based on an incredibly popular Japanese franchise. There are video games and trading cards, TV shows and toys. And now, there’s a game for smart phones that’s taking the world - and Sitka - by storm. Downloadable audio more
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Coast Guard rescues charter fisherman

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A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 69-year-old man from a charter vessel Tuesday morning (07-19-16) from Snipe Bay, 40 nautical miles south of Sitka. more
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State News

Why a Bahamas tanker is carrying North Slope crude

A foreign-owned tanker is expected to transport North Slope crude to Asia in the coming weeks. BP has shipped its oil overseas before, but it’s been decades since it was on a tanker built and managed outside the U.S.

Ketchikan School Board OKs abuse/assault program policy

The Ketchikan School Board quickly approved a new policy Wednesday establishing programs to help reduce child abuse and sexual assault.

Senior tax exemption will go to Kenai Peninsula voters

Kenai Peninsula Borough voters will have their say on whether the borough’s optional senior property tax exemption will be phased out.

The Morning Interview

Sourdough Day to honor pioneers and elders

Panelist Lisa Busch also made this observation: "Sitka isn't gentrifying. It's getting older. And that actually represents an economic opportunity." (Flickr photo/Germán Parra)

This Saturday (07-30-16), Braveheart Volunteers is hosting an event at the Pioneer Home that invites "sourdoughs" - elders and pioneers - to tell stories while eating sourdough pancakes. more
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NPR News

Iranian-Swedish Researcher Among Winners Of Top European Math Prize

Sara Zahedi was one of 10 mathematicians — and the only woman — to win one of this year's European Mathematical Society prizes, which are awarded once every four years.

Ancient Bone Shows Evidence Of Cancer In Human Ancestor

At about 1.6 million years old, the bone is the oldest known example of a malignant tumor in a human ancestor, and it reinforces what scientists already knew: that cancer isn't a modern scourge.

These Old-Timey Philly Candies Offer A Taste Of Politics Past

Clear toy candies are a centuries-old local tradition. With the Democratic convention in town, an old-school candy maker is peddling some with a political bent. Think lollipop meets Mount Rushmore.