Why are rates increasing this year? Why are rates increasing this year?

Why are rates increasing this year?

Of the moorage rate increase, Kevin Knox, Chair of the Port and Harbors Commission told the Assembly, “We didn’t build our capital in the past by leaving our rates flat for such a long time.” (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo) At their regular meeting on Tuesday night (07-26-16), the Assembly approved increases in harbor, waste, and wastewater rates for the coming year. Permanent and temporary moorage rates … more

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

Local News

Zika patient treated in Sitka

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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. more
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Don Young visit sparks protests

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Congressman Don Young was scheduled to speak to the Chamber of Commerce at noon yesterday (07-21-16). But he first had to pass through a group of pretty disgruntled constituents. more
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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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State News

Opioids in Alaska

Opioid abuse and addiction is a national crisis and Alaska is suffering the impacts of prescription and illegal drug problems right along with the rest of the country. An upcoming summit on opioid abuse will take place in Palmer next week and the nation’s top Health and Veterans officials will be here for it.

Anchorage moves forward on downtown road plan

Officials in Anchorage have taken the first step in what could be a major transformation to a vital piece of the state's transportation system. Listen now

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, July 29, 2016

State Democratic officials look to create bipartisan House; Alaska Ocean Acidification Network seeks to inform public of ocean acidity; new atlas maps Alaska's surface; Seattle company seeks to build senior housing in Juneau; AK: Sawmill Farm, Tongass farm country; 49 Voices: Traci George of Eagle River

Station Highlights

The Raven Radio Raffle is on!

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Raven Radio’s Alaska Airlines Raffle is going on now. This is your opportunity to win two round-trip tickets anywhere Alaska Airlines flies with no blackout dates. Tickets are $10 and available weekdays at the station, at the Sitka Farmers Market July … more
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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

From 'The Water's Edge To The Cutting Edge': Fish Skeletons, CT Scans And Engineering

Professor Adam Summers is a "fish guy." He uses fish to get engineering ideas. His latest project is to CT scan every type of fish — all 33,000 of them.

'Picturing Children' Documents African-American Childhoods

The National Museum of African American History and Culture's founding director Lonnie Bunch talks about a new book that features photos from the museum's collection. The museum opens in September.

Volleyball Plus Soccer Makes Footvolley

Footvolley is a sport played like it sounds: A volleyball is kicked around like soccer with no hands. The U.S. and other countries are sending teams to Brazil, but it's not an Olympic sport yet.