Monthly Archives: January 2013

Housing homeless youth takes trust, love

hands2Taking care of the homeless is an ongoing problem, and it’s not limited to adults. There is also a large, and less visible, population of homeless kids. A Sitka family shares about their experience with a program that places homeless youth in community homes. It's the only one in Alaska, and one of very few in the nation.

Sitka High Drama, Debate team poised for state

Sitka High DDF team members Ryan Apathy (Jr) and Celia Lubin (Soph) talk about the team's performance in Ketchikan last weekend, and about their defense of their state title in Anchorage next month.

Wed Jan 23, 2013

Assembly agrees to bond for $40-million for additional Blue Lake funding; advances 15-percent hike in electric rates. SEARHC buys Sitka Medical Center, no changes in services planned. Court sentences two domestic violence offenders to serve 4, 5 years respectively.

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City to borrow up to $45M for Blue Lake, rates could go up

Blue Lake overflows its spillway in September. Work on raising the dam's height is scheduled to begin this week. (Photo: Ted Laufenberg)Electric bills in Sitka could go up this summer. The Assembly advanced a plan last night to raise electric rates for all customers by 15-percent. The boost is to help the city pay for the millions it’s borrowing to fund the Blue Lake dam.

Sitka Medical Center sold to SEARHC

Sitka’s last remaining private medical clinic has been sold. Sitka Medical Center announced on Monday (1-21-13) that it had finalized the sale of its operations to the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, or SEARHC. Representatives on both sides of the transaction say the sale means no visible changes in staff, and no planned changes in care, for patients of either organization.

Renewable Energy Alaska: “Efficiency is our first fuel”

Chris Rose, the executive director of the Renewable Energy Alaska Project, and Shaina Kilcoyne, energy efficiency director, discuss three pilot projects they're working on in Sitka, Kake, and Craig.

Tue Jan 22, 2013

Electric rates may go up 15-percent this summer. Assembly, Tribe discuss Blue Lake, tsunami preparedness during annual govt-to-govt dinner meeting. NOAA says "no way" to electronic monitoring of halibut fleet for at least two years.

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NOAA says “no way” to electronic monitoring for two years

After refusing to implement an electronic monitoring program developed by fishermen, NOAA Fisheries is moving forward with a plan of its own to test cameras on boats this spring. But a top official who met with Sitka fishermen this week (1-16-13) said too many questions remain about the system, and there’s no way a functional electronic monitoring program could be ready in the next two years.

Norm Campbell banished to a dessert-ed island

IMG_2314Norm Campbell was the guest "Castaway" on Earbones on Friday, January 18th, 2013. Norm selected the ten songs that he would choose if stuck on a deserted island. He also selected his home made banana bread for the one sweet he could bring to his "Dessert-ed" island. Listen Here and see his list of songs and the banana bread recipe. Thanks Norm!

City, Tribal governments share dinner, issues

sta cbs dinner smallThe Assembly and the Tribal Council meet twice a year in what’s known as a government-to-government dinner. And the relationship between the two groups of elected officials appears to have grown in recent years.