Author: Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News

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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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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