Month: May 2009

School is out for another summer in Sitka

Sitka High School students celebrated the end of another school year with an ice cream social on Friday afternoon and kids are busily making plans for the next three months. Emily Schwing stopped by the high school to find out who’s doing what this summer.

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SJ Hatchery releases continue without college

Despite the closing of Sheldon Jackson College two years ago, the education program at the former college hatchery is still in full swing. An organization called the Sitka Sound Science Center has been releasing fish from the hatchery all week. (5-27-09)

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Marine Highway to dock fast ferries this winter

The Alaska Marine Highway system plans to take both fast-ferries out of service this winter.
The move will leave Sitka with only two mainline ferry calls a week from October through June 2010.
Sitka city and school officials registered their objections to the proposed schedule in a teleconference on Wednesday (5-27-09).

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Assembly hammers out island cabin definition

After six months of wrestling with the issue, local government has finally settled on a definition of “private recreation cabin” in the island zoning districts. The Sitka assembly voted last night (5-26-09) to limit the structure to 650 square feet, and to non-paying guests only.

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Holocaust survivor to students: "The hate must end."

Middle-school students in Sitka learned about life during the Holocaust from someone who was not much younger than they were when Hitler developed his “Final Solution.”
Peter Metzelaar was five-years old in 1940 when Nazis rolled into his native Amsterdam. Now in his seventies, Metzlaar is an active member of the speaker’s bureau of the Washington State Holocaust Education Center.
He was in Sitka this week (5-20-09) to speak with students about his life, his narrow escape from death, and his regrets during the Holocaust.

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