Monthly Archives: February 2012

Wed Feb 22, 2012

New SEARHC CEO Charles Clement reports a $4-million loss for 2011; writes employees that "heartwrenching" changes are on the way. Sitka High DDF sweeps state tourney. House majority caucus introduces new Coastal management legislation that may pre-empt citizen initiative.

Sitka High DDF sweeps state tourney

BenGeorge_smThe Sitka High Drama, Debate, and Forensics team was successful at the state tournament in Anchorage over the weekend. Though “success,” in this case, sounds like an understatement. Sitka won the 3A team titles in each of the three categories of the competition – drama, debate, and forensics -- won the overall team title, won nine individual championships, and outscored even the closest large 4A school by over twenty points.

SEARHC faces $4M loss from 2011, CEO says

clement_smallDifficult changes are on the way, says new SEARHC Chief Executive Charles Clement. But he also says he's "incredibly optimistic" about the long-term future of the nonprofit healthcare organization, which employs nearly 1,000 people in Southeast Alaska.

Sitka DDF team, performers take state titles in… everything!

Sitka High DDF coaches Stacey Woolsey and Stefanie Ask discuss their team's success at the state Drama, Debate, and Forensics tournament in Anchorage over the weekend. Sitka won the 3A team titles in each category (Drama, Debate, and Forensics), the overall team title, and nine individual championships. Sitka High senior Zephyr Feryok was named "Student of the Year" and awarded a $500 scholarship.

Tue Feb 21, 2012

Coast Guard admiral breaks silence on airman's court martial on a Juneau radio program; Leone's lawyer cries foul. Sitka school board, assembly review district's upcoming budget crunch. Young fishermen gather for Juneau summit.


Heavyweights_smThe Sitka High DDF team celebrates its four state titles in the Cuddy Center at the University of Alaska Anchorage on Saturday (2-18-12). The Sitka team won the 3A Drama, Debate, and Forensics titles, as well as the overall team title, and nine individual championships. Twenty-three teams from across the state competed head-to-head in the three-day event. Sitka outscored all schools by over twenty points, including the large schools (4A) winner South Anchorage High School.

Sitka scientist wins ocean leadership award

IMG_0674 feaJan Straley will receive an Ocean Leadership Award from the Alaska SeaLife Center. The honor is given out annually to people who have made "significant contributions to awareness and sustainability of the state’s marine resources.”

Fri Feb 17, 2012

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Pension bill advances in legislature. Native American tribal enrollment growing in Pacific Northwest. Anchorage man named vice chair of UA Board of Regents.… more

Forest Service looks to update shoreline framework

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The U.S. Forest Service is looking to update their framework for outfitters and guides. The shoreline document spans four districts — Juneau, Hoonah, Sitka and Admiralty — and is eight years old. Officials will … more

Leone’s attorney takes issue with admiral’s radio comments

Read Adm. Thomas Ostebo is interviewed in February of 2012. The former Coast Guard Alaska commander will head up the cruise industry, which the agency regulates. (KCAW file photo)Lt. Lance Leone’s attorney says comments Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo made on a Juneau radio station compromise his ability to be fair in the Coast Guard's case against his client. Ostebo appeared on KJNO’s Action Line program on Feb. 10.