Author Archives: Rachel Waldholz, KCAW

Latest Kettleson design envisions library for 21st century

The Sitka Assembly unanimously approved the latest design for the expansion of Kettleson Memorial Library, at their regular meeting on Tuesday night. more

Thurs Dec 12, 2013

Assembly approves latest design for Kettleson Memorial Library. Questions about the Affordable Care Act answered. New regulatory system for halibut charter boat operators. more

Assembly votes to raise moorage fees

The cost of keeping a boat in Sitka’s harbors will likely increase next year, by about 6%. The Sitka Assembly voted to raise moorage fees at its regular meeting on Tuesday night, and the increase is probably the first of many. more

Ocean floor sensors yield clues on seismic activity

Researchers dropped seismometers from a ship in late April; the instruments settled onto the ocean floor along the Queen Charlotte - Fairweather faults, and recorded data for a month. (Photo courtesy of Emily Roland)

In January, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake shook up Southeast Alaska, and sent scientists scrambling to study the fault where it originated. Researchers placed sensors on the ocean floor, hoping to better map the fault system, and better predict the size and location of future earthquakes. more

Sales tax holiday set for Friday and Saturday

The Sitka assembly gave final approval Tuesday night for a sales tax holiday this Friday and Saturday, the two days after Thanksgiving. The assembly also passed on first reading a proposed ordinance that would require the city to make the decision about sales tax holidays earlier in the year. more

Sitka assembly to send paychecks to Philippines

The Sitka assembly on Tuesday night was asked to make a donation on behalf of the city to disaster relief in the Philippines – and said no. Instead, members volunteered to donate part of their own paychecks. more

In Sitka, watching typhoon’s devastation back home

Myrna Cirera and her husband Felix have a house and relatives in the Philippines city of Tacloban, which was hit hard by Typhoon Haiyan. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

A Sitka family is rebuilding in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, which tore through the Philippines in early November. Sitka mailman Felix Cirera traveled back to his hometown of Tacloban this week to find out what is left of the beach-side home that he and his wife, Myrna, had built in the city and planned to retire to. Several of the Cireras’ relatives rode out the storm in the house. more

As boats sink, Coast Guard issues warning

The F/V Skeeter was hauled out of the water on November 22 after sinking in Eliason Harbor earlier in the month. (Photo courtesy of Stan Schoening)

The Coast Guard is asking local boat owners to check their vessels after a spate of sinkings this fall. The F/V Skeeter was hauled out of the water on Friday, after it sank at its mooring in Eliason Harbor in early November. It is one of five boats that have gone down in area harbors since August. more

New map shows likely tsunami flood zones

Matt Goff takes a look at the new tsunami inundation map created by the Alaska Earthquake Information Center. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

In the back of most Sitkans’ mind is this question: When the big wave comes, will my house be under water? Researchers at the Alaska Earthquake Information Center have an answer, of sorts. This month, they released a new map outlining which parts of Sitka would be affected by a major tsunami. more

After a warm autumn, winter comes in a hurry


The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Sitka and Port Alexander, in effect until 6am Thursday. The forecast calls for 7 to 11 inches of snow Wednesday night, turning into rain on Thursday. more