Author Archives: Brielle Schaeffer

Assembly and Tribe talk finances, future

It was a meeting of the minds for the Sitka Assembly and the Sitka Tribal Council on Wednesday night  (5-11-16). The bodies got together for their twice yearly government-to-government dinner at the Westmark to discuss the city’s finances  and the tribe’s future.

Safety to be the focus of Bike-to-Work Week

BTW_posterSitka Community Hospital director of health promotion Doug Osborne, and National Bike-to-Work Month spokesman Aaron Prussian discuss events on tap the week of May 16-21 in Sitka, as well as safe riding practices. Learn more here. Downloadable audio.

City takes stock of municipal lands

Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 11.25.58 AMThe Sitka Assembly held a work session Tuesday night (5-10-16) to review a land use inventory recently conducted by the Planning Department, mapping how Sitka lands are used and plotting future use.

Beach, sky, *sigh*

A minus-1 foot tide Wednesday morning (5-11-16) proves that Sandy Beach really is sandy. (KCAW photo/Chris Todd)Some very low tides and very blue skies produced excellent beachcombing conditions in Sitka Wednesday (5-11-16). Sitka experienced only 8 days without rain since April 1.

Tribal concerns ‘acknowledged’ in updated land use plan

Commissioners agreed that settling outstanding Tribal land concerns -- particularly for seizures during WWII -- were the responsibility of the federal government.The Sitka Planning Commission has postponed approval of a revised historical chapter in Sitka’s Comprehensive Plan, until language can be added acknowledging that there are outstanding issues with Tribal claims.

Amid revenue crisis, Assembly places their chips on property taxes

SitkaPropertiesAt their regular meeting last night (5-10-16), the Assembly heard the pros and cons of adjusting Sitka’s property taxes from Assessor Wendy Lawrence. The Assembly wants to uncap the 6 mill rate, but they aren't sure how to make their case to the public.

Sitka’s K-8 teachers back new English curriculum

The school board will make a final decision about the English Language Arts curriculum later this summer. The cost for K-8 materials could run as high as $250,000.The Sitka School District is moving ahead with plans to implement a new English Language Arts curriculum in the elementary grades -- at a cost expected to be somewhere around $250,000.

Slayers ready for grudge match versus Juneau Rollergirls

The Sitka Sound Slayers celebrate their state tournament win in Wasilla on April 23, 2016.Sitka Sound Slayers Double DeckHer (Betsy Decker), Barb Gored'em (Carlene Gagnon), and Risky Mistress (Sarah Newhouse) discuss this weekend's state championship rematch against Juneau, 7 PM Sat May 14, Hames Center, tickets $15 at Old Harbor Books. In April the Slayers defeated Juneau in the finals of the state roller derby tournament. Juneau is returning in a grudge match. Downloadable audio.

Sealaska invests in Seattle fish processing plant

Sealaska Plaza is the regional Native corporation's Juneau headquarters. Officials say winter dividends will be paid around Dec. 5. (Heather Bryant/KTOO)Southeast Alaska’s regional Native corporation is back in the seafood business. Sealaska announced the purchase of a minority share of a Seattle processing plant Monday.

A silly family tries for normal in ‘You Can’t Take It With You’

James Stewart and Jean Arthur star in Frank Capra's 1938 screen adaptation of the hit comedy.Zak Wright, Quinlyn Holder, Elias Erickson are featured in next weekend's comedy 'You Can't Take It With You.' 7 PM Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21, and 2 PM Sunday May 22, Sitka Performing Arts Center. Downloadable audio.