Monthly Archives: August 2010

Orphaned cubs may remain in Sitka

Three brown bear cubs captured in Sitka this August will remain here indefinitely. Officials with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game report that several out-of-state zoos initially interested in the cubs have found bears elsewhere. Sitka’s Fortress of the Bear is making arrangements with the state to house the bears permanently if no other homes are found.

Christianson: Current assembly "charging too hard"

Thor Christianson says the current assembly may be “charging a little too hard.” The former two-term assembly member has thrown his hat into the ring – reluctantly – for another try. He says he would like to make city hall more friendly to small business in Sitka.

Remembering Alice

Chances are good that if you live in Sitka, you already know this story, about Alice Machesney. At 83 years old, Alice had wavy white hair, and a permanent grin on her face. She lived on an island, and to get into town she would row a small boat to shore, then hop on a bike and pedal the rest of the way.

Extended Audio: Thor Christianson

Thor Christianson is a candidate for Sitka assembly. The municipal election is Tuesday, October 5th.

Shurtleff: McAdams could beat Miller in November

Sitka Mayor Scott McAdams spoke at a Democratic Party dinner in Anchorage the night after the primary election. He told the crowd that when the election results came in, “the universe changed.” KCAW’s Ed Ronco talked with Democratic strategist David Shurtleff about how the universe changed for McAdams on election night.

Extended Audio/Video: McAdams meets the Press

Hear extended audio (approx. 14 min.) of Sitka Mayor Scott McAdams's press conference in Anchorage, recorded the day after he won the state's Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. McAdams will face either Joe Miller or Lisa Murkowski in the fall. Right now, with absentee ballots waiting to be counted, Miller has a lead over Murkowski and is widely thought to be the GOP nominee. A note: The reporters' questions will sound faint on this tape.

Blown tire causes (another) AK Air jet to abort takeoff

Another Alaska Airlines jet has suffered a mishap in Sitka. Flight 67 was taking off from Sitka Wednesday evening at about 6:45 when a tire blew out. Airline spokesperson Bobbie Egan says the incident occurred when the Boeing 737 was about one-third of the way down the runway. The 120 passengers were transported back to the terminal aboard three Sitka Tours buses. Egan says the cause of the blowout remains a mystery.

Plan to merge departments on hold

A plan to combine two city departments is on hold. The Sitka Assembly postponed a request to merge the Planning and Building departments, during last night’s regular meeting. The plan would put city building inspector Preston O’Connell in charge of the new “Community Development Department.” It’s a move that put the city’s planning director in the position of defending his job performance during a public meeting – a situation both he and the assembly admitted was awkward.

Sitka voters favor Murkowski, McAdams

As they often have in the past, Sitka voters bucked statewide trends during Tuesday’s statewide primary. If Sitkans had their way, incumbent Senator Lisa Murkowski would be the Republican nominee for the US Senate, rather than Fairbanks attorney – and Tea Party candidate – Joe Miller. But it would have been close. Murkowski edged out Miller by only 28 votes on election day, 479 to 451. In Petersburg and Wrangell, a little nearer to Murkowski’s hometown of Ketchikan, the margins were significantly greater in Murkowski’s favor.

Extended audio: Michelle Putz

Michelle Putz is one of four candidates running for two seats on the Sitka Assembly. The municipal election is Tuesday, October 5th.