Monthly Archives: June 2012

Whereas, Raven Radio rocks!

ProclamationThe Sitka Assembly recognized Raven Radio's 30th anniversary this Tuesday (6-26-12) with an official proclamation. The document cites the station's news services to Sitka and surrounding communities, live assembly broadcasts, and "variety of music styles and entertainment for all Sitkans." General manager Ken Fate accepted the proclamation on behalf of the station, along with his three predecessors. In his remarks, Fate outlined all that the station has accomplished for Sitka over the past three decades -- and all the accomplishments to come!

Author discovers humanity while achieving climbing record

Francis Slakey, author of To the Last Breath, holds the record for climbing the highest peak on every continent, and surfing every ocean. His book, published in May by Simon & Schuster, is really a story about conquering his own sense of withdrawal after losing important people in his life. He'll speak tonight (Wed 6-27-12) at Kettleson Library in Sitka.

Wed Jun 27, 2012

Assembly approves new electric rate structure on first reading; hopes to promote conservation by large consumers. Sales tax ceiling raised to $1,500, will go into effect in September. Appointment of assembly replacement delayed after newspaper editorial points out a possible procedural error. "To the Last Breath" author finds his humanity on the world's highest peaks.

Assembly advances new electric rates, auto tax

fea_electricElectrical customers in Sitka could soon pay more, although some might see a decrease in their bill. It's part of an effort to encourage conservation. Also last night: A motor vehicle tax moved forward, and an increase to the sales tax cap was finalized.

Newspaper editorial prompts delay in assembly appointment

The Sitka assembly has delayed the appointment of a new member, after a newspaper editorial pointed out a possible procedural error. Thad Poulson, the editor and publisher of the Daily Sitka Sentinel, published an editorial Monday night citing the Sitka charter, which states that “A vacancy shall be filled by the Assembly which shall elect a qualified person within 20 days after the vacancy occurs.”

Record climber finds humanity on world’s oceans, peaks

An author who holds a combined record for mountain climbing and surfing says he’s found more meaning in teaching and family, than in adventure. Francis Slakey is a professor of Physics at Georgetown. His new book, To the Last Breath, describes the challenges of becoming the first person to summit the highest peak on every continent, and to surf every ocean. But the story is also a memoir of how Slakey overcame his deep, personal isolation and learned to make meaningful connections with the people in his life.

Reports of bear mauling just a rumor

There was a rumor swirling around Sitka last week that someone had been mauled by a bear. But according to Phil Mooney, the area wildlife biologist with the Department of Fish and Game, it was a false alarm.

Running (and wheeling) fools head to start line on Saturday

Phyllis Hackett, Sitka program director for SAIL, and ORCA coordinator Patrick McMahon outline this Saturday's (6-30-12) "Only Fools Run at Midnight" event. The costume party/race starts at 11:59 PM from the Sitka Firehall. Advance registration ($20 individuals, $10 youth, $50 families) is available at First Bank or Old Harbor Books. Same-day registration is $5 additional, beginning at 10:30 PM. Costume judging at 11 PM.

Tue Jun 26, 2012

Rumor of bear mauling in Sitka unfounded; ADF&G reminds public to be careful with garbage, and to not approach town bears. Sitka motorists could pay more to register vehicles in order to fund road repairs. Sealaska shareholders return incumbents to board, reject term-limits measure. Warm summer weather promts shellfish advisory from state Dept. of Health.

Assembly to consider adding vehicle tax

IMG_0133-1For the average family vehicle, it would be an additional $200 every two years. Commercial vehicles would pay $400 every two years. For non-commercial trailers, it’s $100, and motorcycles are $50.