Monthly Archives: June 2013

Fri Jun 28, 2013

Charles “Chuck” Baker, 82, dies from injuries sustained in Sitka ammonia leak. A more holistic approach to chronic disease prevention. Public comment period open for halibut catch share plan. SEAPA updates Petersburg on proposed Kake power line. more

Bauer: Creating the environment for good health

Ursula_Bauer_115If you are sick and not feeling well, Dr. Ursula Bauer can’t do anything to make you better. But she IS doing a lot to help shape the policies and programs that may keep you from getting sick in the first place. Bauer works at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia, where she’s head of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention. She was in Sitka this week (6-26-13) to visit SEARHC and to assess the impact of the $2.4-million the CDC grants to prevention programs like Women’s Health, cancer screening, tobacco cessation, and diabetes prevention. more

Ammonia leak victim was longtime fisherman

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Charles “Chuck” Baker, of Auburn, Wash., died Tuesday after exposure to ammonia aboard the Eigil B, which was tied up in Sitka on Monday. more

Yakutat gold boom goes bust

The Yakutat forelands just east of the city. Gold claims were staked for similar areas. Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News

An Oklahoma company’s plan to mine gold from a large area around Yakutat is dead and buried. But there’s still interest in smaller operations near the northern Southeast community. more

Backyard boatbuiding in Sitka

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Sitka’s rich history of wooden boat building began with the sturdy, ocean-going dugout canoes of local Natives, and peaked in the early 20th Century, when the harbors were filled with wooden trollers, seiners, and seal boats. But Sitkan Mark Howey sees wooden boats differently. more

Melissa Kraut: Cello for the cool

Sitka Summer Music Festival cellist Melissa Kraut says performers who choose her instrument are cool, and tend to get along well together. Kraut is on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music. She’ll be performing this Friday. more

Thu Jun 27, 2013

Backyard craftsman connects to Sitka’s historic boat-building tradition. Sitka Assembly approves deals with two unions representing city employees. Supreme Court ruling on Defense of Marriage Act welcomed by same-sex Juneau couple. Sentencing delayed for Petersburg man accused of assaulting police officers. Leonard Nimoy visit aboard cruise ship excites Ketchikan Trekkies. more

Contracts approved, but called ‘unsustainable’

City of Sitka employees belonging to two unions have a new contract. The Assembly approved deals with the Alaska State Employees Association and the Public Safety Employees Association, five days before their contracts were set to expire on June 30. more

Assembly nixes further Sitka street closures

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The Sitka Assembly voted Tuesday to uphold a suspension of the pedestrian mall plan, after the first street closure brought controversy and public complaint. more

‘Jazz on the Waterfront’ a blast from the past

Sitka Fine Arts Camp director Roger Schmidt says he’s ready to “party into the night” at this year’s Jazz on the Waterfront (7 PM Sat Jun 29, Allen Hall, $65 at Old Harbor Books or online). A twenty-piece orchestra featuring Kyle Athade on trumpet will play jazz classics from the 1930s. more