SJ campus revitalization: How Alaskans get things done
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In Alaska, we know it’s not always easy to just bring in help. If you want to fix something you often have to do it yourself. This is especially true on an island, where the nearest town is hours away by ferry. This past year in Sitka, inhabitants learned just how much they could accomplish as a community.
Diana Saverin is a Kingsley Trust Fellow from Yale University who spent last summer examining Sitka’s distinctiveness. She produced the following story for the “AK” feature on Alaska News Nightly, about the largely volunteer-driven revitalization of the Sheldon Jackson Campus.
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Yesterday evening (09-01-15), a wooden seiner ran aground in the vicinity of the Twins Island, roughly 0.5 to 0.75 nm off the mouth of Indian River. The F/V Pacific Venture later sunk. Marine Safety Detachment Sitka estimates 5 gallons of diesel fuel was released in that grounding. more
Today (09-02-15) , a state team sat down with Sitkans affected by last month’s landslides. Now that Governor Bill Walker has declared a disaster, new lines of relief funds are available for the next 60 days.
Six staff with the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and one state geologist will be in Sitka for two days, to walk city officials and citizens through the process of procuring disaster aid. more