Author Archives: Rachel Waldholz, KCAW

JKT: Budget a “fair deal,” Walker should expand Medicaid

Sitka Democrat Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins speaking about Native language immersion schools.When all is said and done, Alaska’s budget for the coming year is a “fair deal.” That’s the verdict from State Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins . KCAW spoke with the lawmaker, who is eager for action on Medicaid expansion and “wonking out,” on a proposed natural gas pipeline.

Southeast trollers frustrated with low king salmon quota

About 70 people gathered in Sitka's Harrigan Centennial Hall to hear from Dale Kelley, of the Alaska Trollers Association. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)Harbors emptied throughout Southeast this week as fishermen headed out for the beginning of the summer troll season. And signs point to a banner year for king salmon -- but Southeast fishermen say they’re not getting their fair share.

Putz won’t run for full assembly term in October

Sitka’s municipal elections are still three months away, but candidates are already deciding whether to run -- or not.

Summer king season to open July 1, but not without protest

Southeast Alaska salmon trollers will open their season on schedule this Wednesday -- but under protest. The state says this year’s quota for Alaska fishermen under the Pacific Salmon treaty is too low.

Assembly considers absorbing Convention and Visitors Bureau

A screenshot of the Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau website. The assembly has voted to dissolve the bureau. (Screenshot June 24, 2015)The Sitka Assembly on Tuesday night directed the city to explore how it might take on the functions of the Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau. The assembly voted in February to dissolve the bureau.

Repeal senior sales tax exemption? Assembly says…maybe

The Sitka Assembly on Tuesday night postponed action on a proposal to repeal the senior citizen sales tax exemption. The measure would replace the exemption with a rebate program for low-income seniors.

Silver Bay Seafoods to pay $75k environmental fine

Sitka-based fish processor Silver Bay Seafoods has agreed to pay a $75,000 penalty for improperly discharging fish waste in the Valdez harbor.

Deadlock at salmon commission leaves Southeast fishermen waiting

A troller in Sitka's ANB Harbor. The annual troll closure starts at midnight on Saturday. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)With less than two weeks to go before the traditional start of the summer king salmon trolling season, fishermen in Southeast don’t yet know how many kings they’ll be allowed to catch.

Sitka man found dead in Thomsen Harbor

A 52-year-old Sitka man was found dead in Thomsen Harbor Monday morning (6-8-15).

With cuts and hikes, Sitka passes a (mostly) balanced budget

The Sitka Assembly approved a combination of budget cuts and tax hikes Tuesday night, bringing the city within spitting distance of a balanced budget for 2016.