Governor declares disaster in Sitka, freeing up relief funds Governor declares disaster in Sitka, freeing up relief funds

Governor declares disaster in Sitka, freeing up relief funds

On Friday, Governor Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration for Sitka, in response to seven landslides on August 18th. The slides killed three men and caused extensive damage to private and public property, including city roads and utilities. In a letter to the legislature, Walker said he would cap relief at $1 million for the moment. Individual assistance is also available. … more

Source of large oil spill in ANB Harbor identified Source of large oil spill in ANB Harbor identified

Source of large oil spill in ANB Harbor identified

A diesel spill from a commercial vessel traveled from Sitka Sound into ANB Harbor yesterday (08-31-15). Marine Safety Detachment supervisor Mike Wortman said the culprit has been found and that the spill was over 50 gallons. (Photo courtesy of Mike Wortman) The Coast Guard has determined the source of a large diesel spill that spread from Sitka Sound into ANB harbor yesterday morning (0 … more

Local News

Sitka organizations offer free counseling in aftermath of slides

From left, John Raasch, of Youth Advocates of Sitka; Marita Bailey, Amy Zanuzoski and Carol Berge, of Sitka Counseling and Prevention Services; and Parcae Soule, of SEARHC, spoke about counseling resources available to Sitkans. (Rachel Waldholz, KCAW)

As the city continues to cope with the aftermath of last week’s landslides, Sitka's emergency responders had one key message on Thursday: take care of yourself, and make sure to ask for help if you need it. more
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Nine days in, landslide response starts to scale back

City crews continued to focus Thursday on removing debris from the Kramer Avenue landslide site, working on a cleanup that officials estimate could take a month or more. more
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School board launches search for a new member

The Sitka School Board formally accepted the resignation of president Lon Garrison Wednesday evening (8-26-15), starting a 30-day clock in which they must name a replacement. more
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State News

Obama on Exit Glacier: ‘We want to make sure our grandkids see this’

President Obama is in Seward today. He landed early this afternoon in his helicopter, called Marine One and then hiked to Exit Glacier to highlight how much the rivers of ice in the state are retreating because of global climate change. Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

Obama on Exit Glacier: 'We want to make sure our grandkids see this'; Reactions to GLACIER trickle in; Medicaid expansion begins in Alaska; Kotzebue prepares for a presidential visit; Fed judge subpoenas ex-EPA official in Pebble case; Governor declares disaster in Sitka, opening new lines of relief funds; Bird flu monitoring underway as waterfowl season opens; Presidential enthusiasm touches down in Seward Download Audio

Medicaid expansion rolls out

The state began enrolling newly eligible residents in the Medicaid program today. That's after the Alaska Supreme Court refused, yesterday, to temporarily block the state from expanding Medicaid. Download Audio

Southeast News

Hydro challenges: Permitting, money, terrain

Artist rendering of the Susitna-Watana project. (Alaska Energy Authority image)

The Alaska Power Association met last week in Ketchikan, and among the topics covered was hydroelectric power projects in the state. more

California man found dead on boat in Wrangell

A California man was found dead Tuesday morning on a fishing vessel in Wrangell. Wrangell Police Chief Doug McCloskey said police were notified around 6 a.m. and recovered the body from Wrangell’s downtown harbor. more

Heavy rainfall damages fish weir and road on POW

Sandy Beach Road near Coffman Cove on Prince of Wales Island eroded from recent rainfall. Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

A forest service road eight miles South of Coffman Cove is closed indefinitely due to erosion. more

NPR News

Kentucky Marriage License Dispute 'Up To Courts,' Governor Says

"I have no legal authority to relieve her of her statutory duty by executive order or to remove her from office," Gov. Steve Beshear says of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis.

Trial Begins For Alabama Officer In Encounter That Paralyzed Indian Man

The Madison Police Department officer is charged with violating the civil rights of Sureshbhai Patel, who was slammed into the ground face-first after not responding to English-language commands.

U.S. Stock Markets Tumble By Nearly 3 Percent As China Worries Renew

The Dow Jones index is now down nearly 10 percent in 2015, after falling 469 points Tuesday to close at 16,058.