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Landslide update from the City of Sitka

Emergency response crews plan to continue search and recovery operations at the site of the Kramer Avenue landslide today, once it’s determined that the area is safe enough for workers and equipment.

Gov. Walker to visit Wednesday, three missing after Sitka landslides

The early morning slide on Kramer Avenue, visible here in the center of the photo, destroyed one house and damaged another. (Rachel Waldholz, KCAW).Three people are still missing after heavy rain triggered a series of landslides in Sitka Tuesday morning. Governor Bill Walker plans to be in the city Wednesday to visit the affected areas.

Sitka building official, two construction workers, missing in Sitka slide

A new home under construction on Sitka's Kramer Avenue was totally obliterated in the slide. A neighboring new home stands unscathed. Four people remain missing . (NOAA/NWS photo, Joel Curtis)The City and Borough of Sitka has declared a state of emergency after heavy rain triggered at least three different mudslides this morning, including one on Kramer Avenue that has damaged at least one house. Four people are confirmed missing in the incident.

Sitka diesel spill now estimated at 2500 gallons

Fire Chief Dave Miller on Eagle Beach at 7 a.m. on Monday, August 17. Diesel from the Jarvis Street Power Plant spilled onto the beach from the storm water drainage system. (Photo courtesy of Mark Gorman, City of Sitka)That’s significantly less than the 7,000 gallons feared on Sunday. By Monday evening (8-17-15), much of the spill had been cleaned up or dispersed, and officials were hoping that a storm would help finish it off.

Up to 7,000 gallons of diesel spilled from Sitka power plant

An estimated 4,000 to 7,000 gallons of diesel leaked from the Jarvis Street Diesel Plant, with some portion of it reaching Sitka Sound, though it's not yet clear how much. (KCAW graphic)A storage tank at Sitka’s Jarvis Street Diesel Plant failed over the weekend, spilling an estimated 4,000 to 7,000 gallons of diesel into Sitka Sound near the mouth of Indian River.

Fire destroys Sitka home

The home at 2026-D Halibut Point Road was completely destroyed in Saturday's fire. (Rebecca LaGuire/KCAW)A fire on Saturday night (8-3-15) destroyed a Sitka trailer home, but all three occupants escaped unhurt. The blaze was apparently sparked by fireworks.

Garrison to step down from school board

The April 15 meeting was billed as a "final" budget hearing, but the School Board postponed a final vote until after the legislature makes its decisions on education funding. From left: Sitka Schools Superintendent Mary Wegner, and School Board members Tom Conley, Jennifer Robinson, Lon Garrison, Tim Fulton, Kaya Duguay, and Cass Pook. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)Sitka School Board President Lon Garrison is stepping down, after eight years on the board and five as its head. He’ll be moving to Juneau to take a position with the Association of Alaska School Boards.

So far: 2 running for school board, 1 for assembly

Cass Pook and Ed Gray have filed to run for the Sitka School Board. Matt Hunter will run for a second term on the Sitka Assembly. The candidate filing deadline is Friday, August 7.

Sitka Assembly explores taking over Halibut Point Rec

Sunset from Halibut Point State Recreation Area in Sitka. This park -- like others in Sitka -- will transfer into private management on July 1.Sitka will likely take over management of the Halibut Point State Recreation Area. But that doesn’t mean the city is happy about it.

Assembly meets in new temporary home at UAS, livestream available

Raven News will broadcast the meeting live, as usual. There is also a livestream available on the city website.