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Sitka Cirque stretches its offerings

Cirque1-600x400Frances Donohoe, the director of Sitka Cirque, gives updates about the program. Downloadable audio.

Sitka’s homeless get help

Project-Homeless-Connect-Jan-26-16-Pic-2Dozens of Sitkans showed up to the Salvation Army on Tuesday (01-26-16) to get help applying for their Permanent Fund Dividends, blood pressure checks and warm clothes. The fair was part of the nationwide event called Project Homeless Connect that brings services to those in need.

STA to receive $2.8 million from settlement

The Sitka Tribe of Alaska is expected to receive $2.8 million, following a landmark Supreme Court case. (Photo from '' Sitka Tribe of Alaska is awaiting a $2.8 million dollar check, the result of a historic class action lawsuit against the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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How a deer can cause a plane crash

IMG_5046Throughout this year’s hunting season, Sitka’s airport has been contending with an unusual issue: dead deer. Carcasses have been washing up on the runway since November, attracting birds. And this has posed a big problem to business as usual.

Assembly backs local proposal for marijuana tax remittance

6355404323_cf97f9c58e_zOn Tuesday (01-26-16), the Assembly distributed several awards of recognition and heard a proposal from the Marijuana Advisory Committee regarding taxations on marijuana products.

Medicaid isn’t just for seniors

Stethoscope-300x236Under Medicaid expansion, thousands of more people are now eligible for health care from the state.

High schoolers battle with bots

IMG_4510 (1)High schoolers from around Southeast met in Sitka on Wednesday (1-27-16) to duke it out with their robots at a regional First Tech Challenge.

Telemedicine expands patient care at SCH

Sitka Community Hospital. (Photo courtesy of the Sitka Community Hospital Foundation)Patrick Williams, Sitka Community Hospital's injury prevention coordinator and Steve Hartford, Director of Operations, discuss the new telemedicine programs at the hospital. Currently the hospital uses services from Providence and Alaska Psychiatric Institute.

Task Force proposes “Grand Bargain” budget model

The Citizens' Task Force has been shouldering investigating budget questions for the Assembly, and plans to make it's final recommendations in the next two months. (Photo credit: night (01-26-16), the Sitka Assembly met with the Citizens’ Task Force for a work session to discuss the city’s financial future and make recommendations for future budgets. For that, the Task Force has a three-part solution called “The Grand Bargain.”