Kotzebue resident and recent Mt. Edgecumbe High School graduate Teressa Baldwin (center) is congratulated by NY Giants quarterback and 2012 Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning (l) on winning a Prudential Spirit of Community Award at a ceremony in Washington, DC on Sunday (5-6-12). Baldwin and Keefer Brown, of Wasilla (r) were Alaska’s honorees: Baldwin, for starting a nonprofit to combat teen suicide, and Brown, for fundraising work to rehabilitate seals at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward. In addition to the all-expense paid trip to DC and face time with a sports superstar, Baldwin and Brown each took home $1,000.
Sitka’s electric rates are going up, but not as much as they might have. The Sitka Assembly on Monday chose the smaller of two potential rate hikes, by a vote of 4 to 3. A household using about 1000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each month will see their electric bill go up by about $8 a month. more
Sitka fifth-graders turned out to watch a trio of captive brown bears destroy a small tent that had been “baited” with fried chicken. The larger lesson: Let's avoid having captive brown bears in the future. more