Monthly Archives: February 2014
Youth Advocates of Sitka are looking for more families to volunteer for their therapeutic foster care program. Executive Director Annette Becker and Program Coordinator Jessica Clarke discuss the details.
Representative Sam Kito III, replacing Beth Kertulla, was sworn in Wednesday. A vessel sank during an oil spill response drill. A Ketchikan automotive teacher is retiring. There's a new infusion suite for chemotherapy patients in Ketchickan.
Sitka's Blue Lake Dam expansion project will cost more than expected, by several million dollars. A bill sponsored by Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins to establish a Walter Soboleff day in Alaska cleared the state House Committee last week. Republican Senator Bert Stedman submitted his own bill aimed that fixing SB21.
Sitka’s Blue Lake Dam hydro expansion project will cost about $3.6-million more than expected. The total project -- not including new backup diesel generators -- was originally estimated to cost about $142-million. It is now up to about $145-million, Utility Director Chris Brewton told the Sitka assembly Tuesday night. Brewton later told KCAW that this is the only major cost overrun the project has seen so far.
The Sitka Assembly once again took up the question of whether children should be prohibited from entering businesses that allow smoking, even during non-smoking events. And, once again, they postponed a decision. For some assembly members, the question came down to finding the right balance between public health and individual freedom
The Sitka School district appears headed for some budget cuts next year. This was the message Monday night (2-24-14) at a public hearing held at Pacific High School. The board has offered no specific cuts, yet. The hearing was one of several planned to help them take the public’s temperature on district programs in the arts and technology.
Sitka Assembly to vote on tightening the community's smoking law. Audio postcard: Orthodox Diocese installs new bishop in St. Michael's Cathedral. NPS biologist Tania Lewis makes breakthroughs in the study of Glacier Bay's bears. Sen. Bert Stedman's resolution seeking the transfer of Tongass timber lands to the state generates controversy.
Jessica Gill, with the Sitka Tribe of Alaska, and Jeff Budd, with the Greater Sitka Arts Council, outline plans for Sitka's first-ever Herring Festival, March 23 - April 25.
On Sunday(2-23-14), the Orthodox Dioceses of Sitka and Alaska installed Fr. David Mahaffey as its 16th Bishop. Dressed in golden ceremonial robes, Mahaffey paraded from the Russian Bishop’s house to St. Michael’s Cathedral, alongside other Orthodox bishops and clergy. Over a century has passed since America’s first Orthodox Bishop, St. Innocent, walked the same route for his installation ceremony.