Monthly Archives: September 2012

Putz: Assembly a tall order, but ‘I am up for it’

Michelle Putz Sitka Assembly candidate headshot"I hope to help Sitka as an Assembly member through passion, experience and hard work. My passion is working with others and coming up with creative ideas and solutions to difficult problems. My greatest strength is strategizing solutions."

Alaskan cartography influenced by Native mapmakers

NorthwesternAmerica-1“Aha moments” probably come more often in the sciences than in social studies, but every once in a while an historian makes a find that changes everything. Recently, a researcher combing through the National Archives made just such a discovery. In this case, while working on a project to scan some of the very first maps of Alaska, he learned how early cartographers so accurately depicted places they had never been.

Wed Sep 26, 2012

Sitka asks state for $43M to help Blue Lake. Police warn of coupon scam. Dive surveys track invasive sea squirt. Sprinkler saves downtown restaurant. Cruise season ends early.

Westover: Service has given a broader appreciation for issues

fea_westover"At this pivotal juncture, I am poised to meet the challenges ahead. While serving our community as mayor, I have had the opportunity to meet and forge effective working relationships with our congressional and state delegations, and other partners important to our success."

Sitka asks state for $43M to help with Blue Lake

The request tops the list of legislative priorities for the city, which Assembly members unanimously approved last night. Sitka annually sends its priorities to Juneau as sort of a wish list for state funding.

Dive surveys help to track D. vex distribution

IMG_0460-1The data gathered will help Fish & Game map the distribution of an invasive sea squirt in Sitka's Whiting Harbor. Knowing that will help in eradication efforts.

Last two ships of year cancel Sitka stops

fea_westerdamThe cancellation doesn’t do any favors for Sitka’s visitor industry. Numbers were already down 17 percent this year, to just over 106,000 people. In 2011, approximately 129,000 visitors came to Sitka aboard cruise ships.

Sitka’s fake coupons part of national problem

A nationwide consumer scam has hit Sitka. It involves online sales of counterfeit coupons.

Cross-country heads to state meet after strong regional finish

Mt. Edgecumbe High School took first place at the cross country regionals last weekend. Sitka High finished second. Now, both are headed to the state meet in Anchorage.

Tue Sep 25, 2012

Blue Lake tops legislative priority list. Sea squirt's bizarre biology could hold keys to eradication. Cruise wastewater report nears completion. MEHS gets voice on university student government.