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As usual, KCAW traffic reporter Bill Foster is first on the scene when there's a threat to the smooth flow of cars & trucks. (Daily Sitka Sentinel photo/James Poulson)

As usual, KCAW traffic reporter Bill Foster is first on the scene when there’s a threat to the smooth flow of cars & trucks. (Daily Sitka Sentinel photo/James Poulson)


Think about this: If you really need accurate, timely information about a major news event in Sitka, where do you turn? On Friday, September 13, 2013 — or “Brown Friday,” to those lucky enough to have any water pressure! — Sitka’s water main broke in two places under Sawmill Creek Road, drying out much of the town. In addition to our immediate on-air information, KCAW also posted updates to our website and Facebook page. Over the course of the afternoon, public works director Michael Harmon began posting updates directly to our Facebook page. Even the Public Works Department phone greeting referred callers to KCAW’s Facebook page. That day, KCAW’s posts were viewed over 7,000 times. How do YOU make a difference when disaster calls? Please support community broadcasting in Sitka. Contribute now.

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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