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AK voters to decide on coastal management

Former DEC Commissioner Kurt Fredriksson, center, makes a point during a July hearing on Ballot Measure 2 in Juneau. Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho, left, and Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell, right, listen. (KTOO photo/Casey Kelly)

Ballot Measure 2 could reinstate Alaska’s coastal zone management program.

KTOO’s Casey Kelly reports that it’s crunch time for the hotly contested issue, and those funding each side. You can also listen back to a report by KCAW’s Robert Woolsey, on a July coastal management debate at Sitka’s Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

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As dam rises, Sitka moves to temporary water supply

Sitka environmental superintendent Mark Buggins looks over the temporary filtration  plant at the Indian River. Buggins says August is "not the best time" to drink from the Indian River, but "it is what it is." (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)
Sometime in August crews working on the Blue Lake hydro project in Sitka will shut off the old penstock from the dam and connect a new one -- work that will leave the town without its drinking water supply for up to four months. In the meantime, the city is returning to its former water plant on the Indian River, but it’s not a matter of turning a few valves. Because of higher drinking water standards, Sitka has rented a temporary filtration plant -- at a cost of about $1-million per month. more

Restoration program pulls ‘Smokestack’ building from the brink

Sitka Fine Arts Camp director Roger Schmidt and development intern Melissa Campbell discuss the camp's Restoration Internship Program. Twenty-six college students from around the country are working to save the former Sheldon Jackson College laundry, aka "Smokestack Building." Learn more about the Save It or Lose It campaign online. Also, check out a video of the project here. more