Author Archives: Joe Viechnicki, KFSK and Rachel Waldholz, KCAW

Sitka backs oil tax repeal

Sitkans vote in the August 19, 2014 Primary Election (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Ballot Measure 1 may be failing statewide, but in Sitka and the rest of central Southeast Alaska, it was a clear winner on Tuesday. Seventy-five percent of Sitka voters backed the measure, with 1315 “yes” votes to just 448 “no” votes.

Drawing with smoke, with Sitka Fellow Rachel Baxter

Sitka Fellow Rachel Baxter discusses her work as a multimedia artist and printmaker. Baxter will host a free experimental drawing workshop on Wednesday, August 20th, at 7:30p.m. The workshop will focus on fumage, the act of drawing with smoke.

Young voters

Maggie Gallin brought her son, Theo, to the polls on Tuesday, to vote in Alaska's primary election (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)August 19th is primary day in Alaska, and several hard-fought races will come to a head. But in Sitka's Harrigan Centennial Hall, the election came down to this: neighbors chatting, ballots marked with blue ink, kids introduced to the polls for the first time. At not yet six weeks old, Theo Gallin (pictured with his mother, Maggie) took the prize for perhaps the youngest Sitkan to make it into a voting booth today.

Primary to decide candidates, oil taxes

Poll worker Kathleen Brandt greets voters at primary day in Sitka's Harrigan Centennial Hall. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Tuesday, August 19th, is primary day in Alaska. Sitka voters will be choosing candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor, U.S. House and Senate, and State Representative, and deciding the fate of the state's oil tax structure.

Democrat Dunbar hopes to challenge Young

Democrat Forrest Dunbar campaigned in Sitka on August 7, 2014. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Anchorage Democrat Forrest Dunbar is hoping to challenge Don Young for Alaska’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Dunbar visited Sitka last week, and talked about creative campaigning, his vision for the state -- and the virtues of 80’s rock.

Murkowski talks Senate race, reproductive rights

Republican U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski spoke with Sitkans on August 7, 2014. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Senator Lisa Murkowski visited Sitka last week and spoke to a packed house at the Chamber of Commerce about gridlock in Congress, reproductive rights, and her work with the women of the Senate. And while she wouldn't say who she’s supporting in the Republican Senate primary, it's pretty clear who she won’t be voting for.

Assembly awards contract for water treatment facility

The assembly voted to award a $5.5-million contract to Dawson Construction to build a new UV Disinfection Facility, which will bring Sitka’s primary source of drinking water into compliance with federal regulations.

Sitka Assembly debates legislative priorities

Assembly members agreed that the Blue Lake hydro project is a top priority for state funding, along with the city’s road and harbor systems. Members also suggested focusing on a secondary drinking water source and improved ferry service.

Sitka begins switch-over to Indian River water

A text message alert sent out from the city on Monday warned residents that they might see yellow water coming out of the tap -- but the water is safe to drink, and meeting all drinking water standards.

Assembly, School Board filing deadline Friday

The filing deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, August 8 for candidates running for mayor, assembly and school board in Sitka. So far, four candidates have filed to run for assembly and two for school board. Mayor Mim McConnell is running for reelection. No other candidate has yet filed to challenge her.