Month: July 2008

Fiber-optic cable lands in Sitka, heads to Angoon

A barge that appeared to have run aground near Magic Island in Sitka on Sunday (7-27-08) was in no danger – it was laying fiber-optic cable.
Telecommunications company GCI is midway through running a 750-mile fiber-optic cable between Southeast Alaska’s major communities. Sunday was Sitka’s turn.

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Audio Postcard: An young Aussie bagpiper serenades Sitka

On an otherwise quiet Sunday afternoon at Raven Radio, Celtic sounds drifted down from Castle Hill into the windows of the Cable House. The music lured reporter Andi McDaniel up there with her recording equipment, and she returned with this audio postcard.

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Roundabout revived

The Sitka roundabout is back – possibly as a public advisory question, or possibly as a straight assembly decision – depending on how the vote breaks at the next regular assembly meeting.
The roundabout issue resurfaced during a special meeting of the assembly early Tuesday evening (7-22-08) – this time as much a cost-savings measure as a matter of traffic safety.

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Cove board pulls dock ballot question

Sitka voters will not see an advisory question regarding a multi-purpose dock on the ballot this fall.
The Sitka assembly last night (Tue 7-22-08) rejected a proposed ballot question that would have asked the voters to give the go-ahead to plan for a dock at Sawmill Cove industrial park.
In an eleventh-hour meeting on Monday, Cove board members endorsed the “no” vote in order to have more time to involve and educate the public about the project.

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Online onboard: Alaska Airlines plans Wi-Fi service

Alaska Airlines plans to experiment with onboard broadband internet service starting next month. The carrier will charge for the wireless service, although rates have not been set. Passenger advocates say Wi-Fi will be welcomed … with limits.

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