Author Archives: Robert Woolsey, KCAW

Hospital CEO alleges assault, leaves Sitka

A scheduled discussion on hospital issues with CEO Jeff Comer Friday night (1-2-15) was sidetracked when Comer didn’t appear. Instead, he sent hospital board president Celeste Tydingco to read a statement describing an alleged assault, and his intention to leave Sitka immediately.

Gender, experience weighed in Sitka assembly appointment

Michelle Putz is Sitka’s newest assembly member. Putz was appointed by the assembly in a special meeting Friday evening (1-2-15), to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Phyllis Hackett. Members considered Putz’s previous experience on the assembly in making the appointment, and also her gender.

Putz wins assembly appointment

Michelle Putz takes the oath of office from deputy municipal clerk Sara Peterson. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)The Sitka Assembly tonight (1-2-15) name Michelle Putz to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Phyllis Hackett last month. Putz was elected on the second ballot by members Tristan Guevin, Ben Miyasato, Mayor Mim McConnell, and Steven Eisenbeisz. Runner-up in balloting was former three-term assembly member Thor Christianson.

‘Pick, Click, Give’ turns PFD dollars into charitable good

PickClickGiveHeather Beaty, with the state's Permanent Fund Dividend program, reminds listeners that they can "Pick, Click, Give" when applying for their 2015 PFD. Filing opened January 1 and runs through March 31. Over 500 non-profit organizations statewide are registered for Pick, Click, Give. Dowloadable audio.

Hospital board to consider CEO resignation

Jeff Comer speaking to the Sitka Chamber of Commerce in November 2013, prior to disclosures about the hospital's financial straits. (KCAW Photo/Rachel Waldholz)The Sitka Hospital Board will meet in special session 12 PM Monday, January 5, 2015 to "decide the proposed resignation of the CEO." Jeff Comer took over as CEO of Sitka Community Hospital in October after an extensive search, but reportedly inherited an organization in serious financial jeopardy. The meeting will take place in the hospital classroom on the lower level. The public is welcome to attend.

Holiday cheer!

photo 2A decorated tree alongside one of Sitka's trails...this one is in the muskeg along the recently renovated Cross Trail section between Indian River and the Gavan Trail. The holiday season continues through Russian Orthodox Christmas on Wednesday, January 7th.

Assembly to fill vacancy today at 5:30 PM

Four Sitkans have applied to fill the assembly seat vacated last month by Phyllis Hackett. The assembly will hold a special meeting Friday evening (1-2-15) at 5:30 PM in Harrigan Centennial Hall to select someone to serve the remaining 10 months of Phyllis Hackett’s term. Note: the meeting time was erroneously listed as 6pm in previous reports.

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Sitka’s 2014: Buckets o’ fun!

Sitka School Board members Jen Robinson, Tim Fulton, Lon Garrison, Cass Pook, Tonia Rioux, and superintendent Mary Wegner take a dunking for ALS. In turn, the board challenged the Kodiak school board, former Sitka superintendent Steve Bradshaw, and the Sitka Native Education Program. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)2014 in Sitka will be remembered for water: Water piling up behind a brand new dam, and water falling from the sky that brought down a mountain and made a major highway construction project nearly impassable. And if that wasn’t enough, there was something about ice buckets.

Mining, timber, elections top 2014 Southeast news

Oxidized rock colors a valley where one of Seabridge Gold’s KSM project’s open pit mines will be dug. (Ed Schoenfeld/ CoastAlaska News)One of 2014’s largest Southeast Alaska issues didn’t even start in the state.