Monthly Archives: November 2011

Sitka GOP cites seniority in backing Thomas

Bill Thomas will likely have the support of Sitka’s local Republicans when the party holds its primary next August. more

Thomas relies on experience to bring in Sitka voters


Sitkans took their first look this week at Bill Thomas, the Haines legislator who hopes to represent Sitka when district boundaries are redrawn in the Alaska legislature next year. Thomas, a Republican, has been in the legislature since 2004, where he’s currently the co-chair of the House Finance Committee. He addressed Sitka’s Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday (11-30-11). more

Assembly to vote on Centennial Hall plan

An architect's rendering depicts changes proposed for the front of Centennial Hall. Greenspace is modified, parking is added, and a pedestrian plaza is put in place to the left of and behind the building. (Image from MRV Architects)

The design includes green space, one-way bus lanes, and even some additional parking – all changes that city officials say will keep pedestrians safer. The plan also factors in expansions to both Kettleson Memorial Library and Centennial Hall. more

“Alaskan Nutcracker” opens Friday

Melissa Hantke, co-choreographer and stage manager, and dancers Ben Gordon and Ruby Gale, discuss some of the Alaskan twists in this year’s Nutcracker. The ballet will be staged 7 PM Fri Dec 2, 2 PM and 7 PM Sat Dec … more

Wed Nov 30, 2011

Assembly to go into overtime to decide cruise passenger projects. Among the items to be discussed when the meeting continues on Thursday (12-1-11) is the reconfiguration of traffic and parking at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Former SCAPS director sues for defamation. … more

Spending cruise tax money prolongs Assembly meeting

Last night’s regular meeting of the Sitka Assembly is not over. The Assembly went into recess at 11 p.m., as required by city code, after finding itself without enough time to work through the agenda. The meeting will resume at 6 p.m. on Thursday. more

Region V wrestling tourney opens Friday at MEHS

Mike Kimber and Andrew Friske outline the plans for this weekend’s Region V wrestling tournament this Friday and Saturday at the BJ McGillis Gym at Mt. Edgecumbe High School. Sitka High senior Will Patrick is the top seed at 132 … more

Tue Nov 29, 2011

Sitka assembly to meet in regular session tonight; will consider diesel surcharges for electric power. Weekend snowfall breaks the modern record for the month of November. Historic totem pole returns to downtown Sitka.… more

Controversial totem pole returns to Sitka square

As the pole is re-installed in Totem Square, a ceremony begins with prayer. From left to right: Lutheran Church pastor Rev. Sandra Rudd, ANB Camp No. 1 President Gerry Hope, Master carver Tommy Joseph, Pioneer Home manager Philip Welsh, state Sen. Bert Stedman.

The pole was removed last year while state workers rebuilt a seawall and changed landscaping to the greenspace across from the Sitka Pioneer Home. It underwent restoration and was put back in place during a small ceremony Monday afternoon. more

November snowfall hits new record

More snow over the weekend brought Sitka’s total snowfall for November to over 32 inches – a modern record for the month.The snowpack on the Gavan Ridge measured at 53 inches on Sunday afternoon. That’s more than the 44 inches reported at the base of the Eaglecrest ski area in Juneau. more