Author Archives: Rachel Waldholz, KCAW

Sitka ended FY2014 with surplus, but rate hikes likely

The city ended the last year with a million dollar surplus in its primary operating budget. But finance director Jay Sweeney told the assembly that several of the funds that pay for utilities are in worse shape, and will likely require more utility rate increases.

Want to watch the World Series? Good luck.

Baseball fans in Sitka trying to watch the World Series on DirecTV ran into some technical difficulties. (KCAW photo/Rich McClear)Tonight is Game Six of the World Series, and fans across the country have been glued to their TVs. But in Sitka, viewers trying to watch the World Series on DirecTV ran into some major technical difficulties -- sending some baseball fans on a mad scramble for a better way to watch.

Mystery epidemic hits sea stars in Sitka Sound

Taylor White is the aquarium manager at the Sitka Sound Science Center. Since sea star wasting disease hit Sitka a month ago, the aquarium has lost 35 sea stars and now, only two remain in the touch tanks. (KCAW photo/Anne Brice)A mysterious disease has been wiping out the sea star population along West Coast. Researchers hoped Alaska would be spared, but scientists at the Sitka Sound Science Center detected the first mass die-off in the state.

HD35 candidates debate in Sitka

Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (l) and Petersburg Republican Steven Samuelson debated a range of issues before the Sitka Chamber of Commerce (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)The two candidates for House District 35 met in Sitka for a sometimes testy exchange before the Chamber of Commerce. Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and Petersburg Republican Steven Samuelson took questions Friday on topics from fishing to healthcare. But the debate sometimes revolved more around age and experience.

Sitka Sound Science Center presents new face to the public

Gil Truitt (left) cuts the ribbon on the newly renovated Sage Building, while Research Director Tori O'Connell applauds. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz).After a summer cocooned in scaffolding, the Sitka Sound Science Center shed its tarps for an Alaska Day unveiling ceremony. The three-year, $1.4-million dollar effort overhauled the exterior of the 1930-era Sage Building, which once housed the science programs at Sheldon Jackson College.

Sitka Sound Science Center opens renovated doors

The Sitka Sound Science Center celebrated the newly renovated Sage Building on Saturday morning. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Sitka's Alaska Day celebrations got underway early Saturday morning (10-18-14) with a ribbon cutting at the Sitka Sound Science Center to celebrate the renovation of the center's Sage Building. The building has a new roof, new windows, and a newly repaired exterior -- the glass for the front doors arrived late Friday night, just in time to open them to the public on Saturday morning.

Gubernatorial tickets lay out differences in Sitka

Democrat Byron Mallott (left) and Independent Bill Walker shook up the gubernatorial race when they merged campaigns. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker and his running mate, Democrat Byron Mallott, came through Sitka on a recent campaign swing, overlapping with Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, Dan Sullivan. And on issues from healthcare to oil taxes, the two tickets provided a study in contrasts.

Candidate Forum: Thurs, Oct. 9 @ 7 p.m.

Republican Steven Samuelson is challenging incumbent Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins in the race for State House.KCAW will air a live call-in forum with the candidates for State House District 35. Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and Republican Steven Samuelson will take your questions TONIGHT, Thursday, Oct. 9, from 7 to 8 p.m. Submit questions to joe@kfsk.org, or call in during the show: 888-772-3808.

Voters choose new faces for assembly, veterans for mayor, school board

Voting during Sitka's 2014 municipal election. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Sitka voters returned incumbent Mayor Mim McConnell to office for a second term, but chose two newcomers for the Sitka Assembly. If the results hold after absentee votes are counted on Friday, Sitka may have one of the youngest assemblies in recent memory.

Tues, Oct. 7: Election Day!

Sitkans vote in the August 19, 2014 Primary Election (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Sitka voters are choosing a mayor, two assembly members and two school board members. Not sure who you're voting for? We've gathered links to all of our coverage, including full candidate profiles, candidate statements, and audio from our three live, on-air forums.