Month: January 2014

A new commander for the Maple

Lt. Commander Michael Newell formally took charge of the Sitka-based Coast Guard cutter Maple today, in an Assumption-of-Command ceremony held on the ship. The Maple’s previous chief, Lt. Commander Fred Seaton, was relieved of command this fall, after the Coast Guard received reports of a “poor command climate.”

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Clement: After two hard years, SEARHC ‘turning outward’

The CEO of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium says it’s been a rough couple of years, but the organization’s finances have stabilized. Charles Clement is only 39 years old, but he told the Sitka Chamber of Commerce this week (1-29-14) that the experience had cost him some gray hairs and about 25 pounds. After taking the top job at SEARCH in early 2012, he had the unpleasant responsibility of reporting a $4-million dollar loss the previous year.

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A little bike shelter with big ambitions

Sitkans this week (Tue 1-28-14) dedicated a new bike shelter downtown. The small, timber-framed structure is actually the culmination of a large undertaking to help develop an industry around young-growth trees in the Tongass.

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Wed Jan 29, 2014

Assembly postpones action on tightening smoking ban; passes rules on local purchasing; and applies for AEA loan to complete Blue Lake project. LeConte breakdown complicates travel plans for fog-bound Haines/Skagway residents. Ketchikan “cash mob” lands on local bookstore.

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At Assembly, smoking law stirs controversy

Should children be prohibited from entering a business that allows smoking — even during a non-smoking event? That was the question before the Sitka Assembly on Tuesday. A holiday party for some Sitkans represented, for others, a threat to public health – and a violation of the voters’ intent.

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