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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

SCIP named for Paxton; city gives land to SCDC

The Sitka Assembly voted Tuesday night to rename the Sawmill Cove Industrial Park after former city administrator Gary Paxton, and to give land to the Sitka Community Development Corporation, to start a community land trust. more

Assembly defends rate hikes in 2015 budget

Water, sewer and electricity rates will rise. So, most likely, will garbage and harbor rates. But, says finance director Jay Sweeney, “Sitka’s utility costs are not seriously out of whack with the national average.” more

Music festival kicks off Saturday

Kayla Boettcher, Executive Director of the Sitka Summer Music Festival, discusses the festival’s kick-off event, “Wine & Music with Friends,” this Saturday, May 31, at 6 p.m. more

8-year-old leads Sitka Salmon Derby

After three days, 8-year-old Gemma Diehl led the Sitka Salmon Derby (photo courtesy of the Sitka Salmon Derby).

After three days, the current leader in the Sitka Salmon Derby is a grade-schooler. On Monday, eight-year-old Gemma Diehl landed a 51.4-lb king salmon nearly as tall as she is – and took the lead from her mother, Sherry Diehl. more

Studying what whales leave behind

Joe Roman Whale researcher and conservation biologist Joe Roman loves whale poop. He loves it so much he travels around the world’s oceans, scooping it up in plankton nets and studying it. Why? Because Roman believes that what whales leave behind, can tell us a lot about how oceans are connected, and may even help us tackle climate change. more

Sitka Kitch: A kitchen for everyone

Suzan Brawnlyn and Marjorie Hennessy talk about Sitka Kitch – an effort to create a community kitchen in Sitka. First proposed in 2013, Sitka Kitch recently partnered with the First Presbyterian Church, which has donated the use of its kitchen. more