Author Archives: Rachel Waldholz, KCAW

Meet Sitka PD’s new second-in-command

Sitka's newest police lieutenant, Jeff Ankerfelt, is sworn in. (Photo courtesy of the Sitka Police Department)

Lieutenant Jeff Ankerfelt started work on June 2. He comes to Sitka from Minnesota, where he served in the Brooklyn Park Police Department for 23 years. But, he says, Sitka already feels like home. more

Bear killed after reaching into kitchen window

The young male brown bear shot by Wildlife Troopers on June 11, 2014 had been collared just a few weeks earlier. Here it recovers after being tranquilized and collared in Starrigavan Bay. (ADF&G photo/Phil Mooney)

Wildlife troopers shot and killed a bear Tuesday afternoon, after it tried to reach through the window of a trailer home. more

Assembly OKs float homes, honors baseball champs

The Sitka Assembly voted Tuesday night to allow float homes in Sitka’s harbors. It was one of two pilot projects on the agenda aimed at increasing affordable housing. more

Assembly votes to raise pay for city workers

The Sitka Assembly gave final approval Tuesday night to an ordinance overhauling the pay-scale for non-union employees. The changes were prompted by a study that found some city salaries lagging well behind what is paid in other, similar communities. more

HPR detour in effect Tuesday

Drivers on Halibut Point Road should be prepared for detours Tuesday, because of road work. Starting at 8 a.m. Halibut Point Road will be closed to outbound traffic from the roundabout to Kashevaroff Street. Drivers will be routed along Lake Street to Edgecumbe Drive. The detour will be in effect until Wednesday morning. more

No primary challengers for Sitka house seat

Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and Petersburg Republican Steven Samuelson will face off in November for the District 35 House seat. Kreiss-Tomkins would be returning for a second term, while Samuelson is hoping his third try at a house seat is successful. more

Paddling to the party

Three canoes left Kake this morning, starting a week-long trip to Juneau for Celebration 2014. (Photo courtesy of Dawn Jackson)

Three canoes left Kake this morning; a week from now, they’ll land in Juneau ten canoes strong. The week-long trek to Celebration 2014 is organized by the One People Canoe Society. Paddlers from Kake, Ketchikan and Wrangell will be joined by canoes from Sitka, Angoon, Hoonah, Yakutat and Haines. So what prompts people to pick up a paddle? It’s about “getting back to their roots,” says Alicia Chilton, who is skippering the Wrangell canoe. “Or maybe finding them.” more

Sitka man sentenced to 12 years for drug offense

A Sitka man has been sentenced to more than twelve years in prison after being convicted of two counts of possessing a weapon, one count of possessing heroin with the intent to sell it and one count of possessing methamphetamine. more

Mother-daughter team wins Sitka Salmon derby

Eight-year-old Gemma Diehl beat her mother to win the top prize in the 2014 Sitka Salmon Derby. (photo courtesy of the Sitka Salmon Derby)

Eight-year-old Gemma Diehl won the derby, with a 51.4-lb king salmon. Her mother, Sherry Diehl, took second place. more

Sitka considers pay raises for city employees

A proposal aims to bring pay for non-union employees in line with the professional market, after a study found that some city salaries are well below average. more