Month: June 2010

SEDA report shows an aging Sitka

Sitka’s unemployment rate in March 2010 was 7.6 percent – lower than the state average but still on the rise compared to the same months in years past. That’s according to a quarterly report from the Sitka Economic Development Association. The report also shows that the community’s population is aging. In 2010, seniors over the age of 65 make up approximately 12 percent of Sitka’s population. That number is expected to be around 21 percent in the next 20 years.

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Bears vs. trash trial program nixed

A proposal to set up bear-resistant trash cans along part of Cascade Creek Road, as a trial program, was voted down by Sitka's Assembly at its regular meeting on Tuesday (6-22-10).

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Open-water clinic to prep swimmers for adventure race

Local adventure racers will have a chance to get their feet – and the rest of their bodies — wet this weekend during an open-water swim clinic.
The clinic is designed to help residents prepare for the first-ever Sitka Sound Adventure Swim, scheduled for August 8.
Open-water swimmer Claudia Rose has done the 21-mile Catalina swim and the 12-mile crossing of the Santa Barbara Channel in southern California. She’s also swum 12 miles across Lake Tahoe.

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Mediation offers resolutions (and solutions) without court

There is an alternative to going to court when individuals or businesses are in conflict.
Mediation can be not only less expensive and divisive than traditional lawsuits, but also carry the weight of a court ruling.
Two attorneys in Sitka are among the many statewide who are involved in mediation. They met with the Sitka Bar Association and local service providers this week (6-23-10).

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