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Sitka’s water: Smelly, temporary, safe

Sitka's environmental superintendent Mark Buggins says Sitka's water smells more strongly of chlorine -- because there's more chlorine in it. The temporary filtration plant at Indian River has much different disinfection requirements than Blue Lake, including higher chlorine. Disinfection standards are higher now than when the Indian River was last used as Sitka's water supply in 1984. The city should go back on Blue Lake water in mid-October.

Home-buyers class a first-step toward ownership in Sitka’s new land trust

Randy Hughey and Michael LaGuire are board members with the Sitka Community Development Corporation, which has established a community land trust. The first property in the trust will be available for sale sometime next year. Anyone interested in applying must first take a free Home Choice class from the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Sep 10 & 11, 6-10 PM. To register visit the AHFC online, or call 1-800-459-2921

Citing fatigue, Parmelee leaves Assembly race

Richard "Dick" Parmelee. Though exhausted this year, he said "Next year, I may feel differently." (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Assembly candidate Richard “Dick” Parmelee notified Sitka’s municipal clerk Thursday (9-4-14) afternoon that he is withdrawing from this October’s election. However, since voting is less than 60 days away, Parmelee’s name will still appear on ballots, which are already being printed.

Raven Radio Raffle

Raffle PosterTickets for Raven Radio's Raffle will be available this Saturday at the Farmer's Market from 10am to 1pm and Sunday at Sea Mart starting at 11am. The winning ticket holder will win 2 tickets on Alaska Airlines to any destination Alaska Airlines flies to with no blackout dates. Tickets are $10 each and the drawing will be held Tuesday, October 21. Please contact Amy at 747-5877 with questions.

McConnell: Being proactive about affordability in Sitka

McConnell says Alaskans have grown accustomed to state funding -- "spoiled" -- over the last couple of decades, and hard decisions are in our future. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Mim McConnell served on the Sitka Assembly for three years before she ran for mayor the first time. Now, she’s hoping to serve a second term in the mayor’s seat. McConnell now says it’s about getting it right, and finishing what she started.

Not my town! ‘Grizzly Trade’ ambles through places, personalities of SE

Grizzly_Trade_250 It’s got a Vietnam vet with a big heart and anger management problems, a small-town newspaper reporter, and a hippie radio station. Throw in some meth-fuelled wildlife crime and a few cruise ships and you have the makings of an adventure mystery set in Southeast Alaska.

Blue Lake generation outage: Out with the old, in with the new

Utility director Chris Brewton and Blue Lake expansion project manager Dean Orbison discuss the status of Sitka's current generation outage, as a penstock is installed at the new Blue Lake powerhouse. While Blue Lake hydro is down, the city is running on Green Lake hydro, plus a new Solar Titan diesel turbine -- one of the first permanent installations of this unit in Alaska.

SAFV community training begins Sep 6

Martina Kurzer, with Sitkans Against Family Violence, outlines plans for SAFV's Community Training, Saturdays 9 AM - 4 PM and Mondays 6 PM - 9 PM, September 6 - 26, Unitarian Fellowship Hall. Find a schedule here.

Industrial park to consider offers on remaining property

According to park director Garry White, the sale of the remaining GPIP properties will not affect the city's plans to build a $7.5-million bulkhead dock.Sitka’s industrial park has attracted the interest of a couple of potential buyers -- who may be interested in offering to purchase outright all remaining property at the site. The Gary Paxton Industrial Park board of directors was hoping to see a pair of proposals Thursday afternoon (8-28-14) at its regular monthly meeting, but park director Garry White said the busy fishing season had caused a delay.

Care-A-Van rolls on HPR, driver injured

The Care-A-Van had no passengers at the time of the accident. (Center for Community photo)A Sitka man is recovering after the bus he was driving rolled into a ditch on Halibut Point Road Thursday afternoon (8-28-14). Tom Conley was driving the Southeast Senior Services’ Care-A-Van outbound along the 3300 block of HPR when he swerved to avoid construction personnel and put the van in the ditch just past Sollar’s Trailer Court at about 12:30 PM. There were no passengers in the van at the time.