Author Archives: Rachel Waldholz, KCAW

Sitka to increase moorage rates for third year in a row

The new ANB Harbor, at the June, 2014 ribbon-cutting. (KCAW photo/Greta Mart)Rates for both transient and permanent slip holders will go up by 6.68%. The increase is effective immediately for transient users. For resident vessels, it will go into effect on April 15.

No longer in crisis, hospital status still ‘urgent’

Rob Allen was hired as interim CEO at Sitka Community Hospital in January. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Two months after a financial crisis forced it to request an emergency loan, Sitka Community Hospital has a new CEO, about a million dollars on hand and no plans to ask for more money from the city.

Power outage UPDATE – 3PM THURS FEB 5

Power went out in Sitka at 2:47 p.m. (2-5-15). The Electric Department reports that a tree is down on Green Lake Road, cutting off power throughout Sitka. Linemen are responding now. The city is hoping to restore service within the hour. We'll post more updates as we have them.

At City-Tribe meeting, frank talk on industrial park, transit

The Sitka Assembly and Sitka Tribal Council met on January 30, 2015. From left, Tribal Council member Wilbur Brown, Sitka Community Hospital CEO Rob Allen, Assembly member Aaron Swanson, Assembly member Matt Hunter, City Administrator Mark Gorman, Mayor Mim McConnell, Tribal Council member Bob Sam, Tribal Chair Mike Baines, Assembly member Michelle Putz, Assembly member Steven Eisenbeisz, STA General Manager Lawrence SpottedBird, Assembly member Tristan Guevin, Tribal Council member Harvey Kitka, and Tribal Council member Rachel Moreno. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)The Sitka Assembly and the Sitka Tribal Council met Friday. The twice-a-year dinner is billed as a chance for the city’s two governments to speak freely -- and Friday night’s meeting featured some frank talk.

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.