The defense opened its case Wednesday(5-15-14) in the trial of former Blatchley Middle School principal accused of sexual assault of three female teachers in his building. The police department updated the Sitka Assembly on the problem of illegal drugs in Sitka. Ketchikan City Council considers a citywide smoking ban. Risk of fires in the Tongass National Forest has dropped. State wildlife officials have closed moose hunting north of the Brooks Range because of decline in the population.
Thurs May 15, 2014
Yesterday evening (09-01-15), a wooden seiner ran aground in the vicinity of the Twins Island, roughly 0.5 to 0.75 nm off the mouth of Indian River. The F/V Pacific Venture later sunk. Marine Safety Detachment Sitka estimates 5 gallons of diesel fuel was released in that grounding. more
On Friday, Governor Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration for Sitka, in response to seven landslides on August 18th. In a letter to the legislature, Walker said he would cap relief at $1 million for the moment, but that the incident is ongoing and total recovery costs are unknown. According to Gorman, the cost of emergency response alone is estimated to be over half a million dollars. Individual assistance and family grants are also available, at a cap of $16,450 per household. more