Author Archives: Rachel Waldholz, KCAW

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.

With final mission, Kluting says goodbye to SAR

Don Kluting resigned from Sitka Mountain Rescue on July 30, 2014, after 29 years as a SAR volunteer. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)When search and rescue responded to a call on Harbor Mountain last Friday, the mission marked the end of an era: it was the final outing for Don Kluting, who served as Sitka’s search captain for two decades. Kluting resigned last week, after the city decided to move SAR back into the Fire Department.

Four-day troll closure starts this weekend

A troller in Sitka's ANB Harbor. The annual troll closure starts at midnight on Saturday. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)The Southeast troll fishery for all salmon will close starting at midnight on Saturday, August 9. It will reopen at 12:01 AM on Thursday, August 14.

Raising the bar

Alan Maloney competes in the sheaf toss at Sitka Seafood Festival's 2014 Highland Games, sending his bale over the 15 foot bar. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Alan Maloney competes in the men's open sheaf toss at the Sitka Seafood Festival's 2014 Highland Games. The bale, which weighs 16 pounds, easily cleared the 15-foot bar on this toss.

Kettleson bids $1M higher than expected

The bids are in for Sitka’s Kettleson Memorial Library expansion -- and contractors are estimating that the project, as currently envisioned, would cost about $1-million more than the city had expected. At a special assembly meeting Thursday, city staff proposed cuts to the project.

GCI completes purchase of 3 Southeast TV stations

GCI has completed its purchase of three television stations in Sitka, Juneau and Ketchikan. The deal means the telecom giant now owns almost every commercial TV station in Southeast Alaska.

Injury prevention month: saving your sight

Patrick Williams and Elizabeth Sutton of Sitka Community Hospital discuss best practices and prevention -- and what to do in case of an eye injury.

How many people can the planet hold?

Alan Weisman is one of the faculty at this year's Sitka Symposium. (Photo courtesy of the Island Institute)What would the world look like if every human on the planet suddenly vanished? Alan Weisman set out to answer that question, traveling the globe to find out what would happen if nature were suddenly left to its own devices.