Month: April 2008

Senator Stedman recaps legislative session

Sitka Republican Bert Stedman is calling this year’s legislative session a “success”. The Southeast Senator helped bring in close to $170-million dollars in capital funding for his district. He also counts among lawmakers’ biggest accomplishments the passage of legislation that will help school districts and municipalities. Still, he thinks the abbreviated session shortchanged the legislative process.

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Labor unrest, rowing voyage inspire "The Big Both Ways"

Sitka resident and Alaska Writer Laureate John Straley’s newest novel will be on store shelves in May.
“The Big Both Ways” is Straley’s seventh book, and his first departure from contemporary crime fiction. Gone are down-and-out detective Cecil Younger and the rest of the cast who have populated Straley’s earlier stories set in modern Southeast Alaska. Instead Straley locates his noir thriller on the troubled streets of Everett and Seattle circa 1935, as the pre-World War II labor movement comes to a head. The protagonists make their getaway to Southeast Alaska in a rowing dory, inspired by Bob DeArmond's real life journey.

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Mark Begich speaks to Sitkans before declaring his candidacy

Anchorage mayor Mark Begich stopped in Sitka earlier this month, on a pre-campaign circuit that took him around the state. He spoke before the Sitka Chamber of Commerce about his potential run for U.S. Senate, including his unorthodox "Senate Exploratory Committee". He has since declared his candidacy.

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Neighbors share views on affordable housing plan

A proposed affordable housing development on the old city shops property in Sitka has gotten a little smaller, but has yet to win the unconditional support of the neighborhood. About twenty-five Sitkans attended last Wednesday’s (4-16-08) presentation by Trapline, the architectural firm developing preliminary plans for the site. Most seemed glad to see a revised concept for the site that involves only two-story duplexes, rather than the three story multi-unit buildings originally envisioned.

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