Monthly Archives: May 2012

Sitka marks ‘World No Tobacco Day’

Ryan Kauffman and Amanda Roberts discuss Sitka’s role in World No Tobacco Day. The event takes place around the globe and is sponsored by the World Health Organization. more

Thu May 31, 2012

Feds grant Sitka’s license for Blue Lake expansion. Kake looks to alternative energy. Begich discusses Southeast issues in Petersburg. Washington state fishermen sound off on Pebble Mine. more

Stedman: Could Southeast be support center for Arctic?

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Imagine Southeast Alaska as a support center for Arctic energy development. State Sen. Bert Stedman is hoping Sitka and Ketchikan can one day be just that. more

Hi, you’ve reached Keith…

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Sitka resident Keith Nyitray was a contestant on NPR’s “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” earlier this spring. And he won! You can hear his prize: the voice of longtime NPR newscaster Carl Kassel on Keith’s voice mail. more

National Parks offers ‘prescriptions’ for exercise

Penny Lehmann and Kelly Smitherman describe ‘Park Prescriptions.’ It’s a partnership between the National Park Service and local health officials to encourage exercise in the parks. more

SHS softball to states; baseball season ends

It was a good year for Sitka High softball, whose players clinched the No. 1 seed at states from Southeast. Baseball’s season ended in Petersburg over the weekend, but SHS Activities Director Mike Vieira says the team will come back strong next year. more

Wed May 30, 2012

Assembly relaxes senior exemption rules, postpones tax cap changes. Vaughn leads Sitka derby after 1st weekend. Sitka land sales lawsuit back in court. Climate change: Man’s hobby becomes scientific legacy. more

Tue May 29, 2012

Assembly to consider tax changes. ‘Stream Team’ puts 7th graders in charge of research. As village sinks, elders weigh options. Ketchikan midwife pleads guilty to Medicare fraud. more

Kake checks out wind, solar, wood options

Guy-wires are adjusted for a test tower raised near Kake. Equipment on the tower measured wind, showing potential for energy production. Photo courtesy SEACC.

The Southeast village of Kake is taking a serious look at alternative energy. It’s one of five Alaska communities in a federal program providing technical assistance to speed clean energy development. more

Assembly relaxes income limit on senior tax break

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The Sitka Assembly changed the income level needed for seniors to be exempt. Instead of twice the federal poverty level, it’s now three times. Assembly members also will allow those with the exemption to keep it, regardless of income. more