Author Archives: Rachel Waldholz, KCAW

Eyak salvaged, back in Sitka

The Eyak bids goodbye to the tugboat Marauder, which brought it into Sitka Channel. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Ten days after the 80-foot fishing vessel and mail boat ran aground and sank just north of the Goddard hot springs, it is back afloat -- after a virtual alphabet soup of state and federal agencies and local companies worked together to salvage it.

Assembly passes marijuana law on first reading

The personal use of marijuana becomes legal in Alaska on Feb. 24, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Pixaby)As written, Sitka’s law would forbid marijuana consumption in public places, including restaurants and bars. But it leaves the door open to private cannabis clubs or cafes and allows the Assembly to consider exemptions for special events.

Sitka to sell several properties to Silver Bay Seafoods

Selling off the park is within the GPIP board's mission: “Unlike other property owned by the 
municipality, the former Alaska Pulp Corporation mill site was acquired not for governmental 
purposes from the state or federal government, but for economic development and disposal."  (GPIP photo)Sitka will sell off a significant portion of its land at the Gary Paxton Industrial Park. The Assembly approved the sale at its meeting Tuesday night. It’s the first of what may be several sales at the former pulp mill site.

Trying to figure out the future of Tongass timber – by February

At 17 million acres, the Tongass National Forest, pictured here near Sitka, is the country's largest. (Photo by Mike Hicks)What is the future of timber on the Tongass? That's the daunting question before the Tongass Advisory Committee, which is holding its fifth meeting in Juneau this week. But for some, the most important issues on the Tongass are the ones the committee isn’t supposed to address.

Four rescued as F/V Eyak sinks near Sitka

Sitka search and rescue volunteer Jake Denherder took this photo of the sinking F/V Eyak from the Alaska State Trooper vessel Courage, early on January 19, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Jake Denherder.)The F/V Eyak ran aground near Calligan Island, just north of Goddard Hot Springs. Four people were rescued, including the Eyak's captain.

New administrator for Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital

Sitka’s other hospital has a new chief. The Southeast Regional Health Consortium announced Thursday that Jeff Prater has been hired as the new administrator at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital. He took over this week from Interim Administrator Noel Rea.

Sitka Democrat prepares for bleak budget outlook

Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins addresses the Alaska House of Representatives, March 12, 2014. The Sitka Democrat is running for a second term. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins thinks the state’s financial situation will mean a new reality for the state legislature in the upcoming session. The Sitka democrat is starting up his second term in the legislature.

Sitka to hold marijuana town hall

Should marijuana be regulated like alcohol? Or like cigarettes? Or in some altogether new way? Those are some of the decisions facing the City of Sitka, and they have to be settled soon.

Assembly considers dissolving Visitors’ Bureau

The Sitka Assembly voted Tuesday night to dissolve the city’s Convention and Visitors' Bureau. The bureau plans to reconstitute itself as an independent nonprofit, one that could bid for city contracts to do much of the marketing and convention planning it does now.

Mt. Edgecumbe superintendent resigns

J Thayne turned in his resignation on Friday afternoon, after just six months as head of the state-run boarding school. He will be replaced for the rest of the school year by Bill Hutton, who held the post from 2008 to 2010.