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Sitka High DDF wins at regional meet in Juneau

Sitka High senior Owen Fulton took first place in speaker points at last weekend's regional Drama, Debate, and Forensics meet in Juneau. He an his partner Annemarie Pike were the top debate team. The Sitka High DDF team will hold a Showcase on Friday, February 13 in the Sitka Performing Arts Center, before heading to the State Tournament the following weekend. This audio temporarily unavailable.

City to gather opinion at Marijuana Town Hall

Municipal attorney Robin Koutchak and Police Chief Sheldon Schmitt discuss their plans to hold a Marijuana Town Hall meeting, on Monday, January 19 at 6:30 PM. Voters approved the legalization of marijuana in November; the law takes effect on February 24, and municipalities may set up local ordinances to regulate recreational consumption. This audio temporarily unavailable.

Special_ProgrammingRaven Radio will be bringing you some special programming the week of January 19th-22nd. A Townhall Meeting about marijuana, the President's State of the Union, and the Governor's State of the State and Budget address. Click here for details.

Blatchley crowns a spelling bee c-h-a-m-p-i-o-n

Iona Burdick looks on during the Blatchley Middle School Spelling Bee. Her sister Esther competed, along with 32 other students. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)Minuscule. Hydroponic. Spoonerism. These and over 100 other words of escalating difficulty were posed before participants at the Blatchley Middle School Spelling Bee.

Sitka processor sells ownership stake to Starkist

Silver Bay CEO Rich Riggs told the Chamber that even though his company has operations all along the coast, "Our home is here in Sitka." (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Sitka-based Silver Bay Seafoods has sold a twelve percent stake to Dongwon, the Korean owners of Starkist Tuna. The news of the sale has been public since November, but Silver Bay CEO Rich Riggs added details during a presentation to the Sitka Chamber of Commerce today (Wed 1-14-15).

GPIP board to review, finalize land proposals

Garry White, executive director of the Gary Paxton Industrial Park, says that his board will give further consideration to a pair of competing proposals for land lease/purchase at the park, in a public meeting tonight at 6 PM in Harrigan Centennial Hall. This audio is temporarily unavailable.

Alaska Bar offers free advice on MLK Day

Christine Pate describes a joint effort by the Alaska Bar Association and other agencies to offer free legal services in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 19. This audio temporarily unavailable.

Structural concerns bring library project to a standstill

The Harbor Drive site is quiet after the discovery of structural deficiencies. Construction is suspended for one month and the library opening delayed one month, for early November 2015. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)The expansion of Kettleson Memorial Library was put to a halt last Monday, after a local engineer raised serious questions about the structural integrity of the new building.

No deal yet for interim hospital CEO

The Sitka Hospital Board has not yet come to terms with their candidate for interim CEO, and has turned negotiations over to their attorney. The board last week met to offer the interim post to Rob Allen, who was their second-pick for the top job when it became open last summer.

Wearable artists wanted!

Jeff Budd, with the Greater Sitka Arts Council, says now is the time to get started if you're interested in participating in the Wearable Art Show during this year's ArtiGras Festival. This audio temporarily unavailable.