Month: February 2014

Teachers, technology in spotlight as board closes $1.5-million budget gap

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.

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Tue Feb 25, 2014

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.

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LISTEN: Town Hall Meeting on Sitka’s finances

Are you concerned about Sitka’s finances? Maybe you have some ideas to help the town work better? Listen here to the February 27 TOWN HALL meeting, where city administrator Mark Gorman, a panel of Sitka’s previous administrators, and a live audience debated Sitka’s future challenges.

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Orthodox Bishop of Alaska installed in Sitka

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.

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