Author Archives: Rachel Waldholz, KCAW

Baines: STA must expand services

Michael Baines is seeking a second term as Tribal Chairman. KCAW photo/Rachel WaldholzMichael Baines has served on the Sitka Tribe of Alaska Tribal Council for nearly a decade: seven years as a council member and the last two as Tribal Chairman. Baines is now running for a second term as chair, and he says, if elected, he’d work to expand services.

Sitka hunter medevacked from Verstovia

Twenty-one-year old Scott Kennedy was out hunting alone on Mt. Verstovia when he fell and his pistol discharged. The bullet lodged just above the knee. A helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka hoisted Kennedy aboard and delivered him to medical care.

Sitka back on Blue Lake water, hydro project end in sight

Workers pouring cement at the Blue Lake dam in June, 2014 (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Sitka, pour yourself a glass of water -- tap water. As of Wednesday, we are officially drinking from Blue Lake.

Kreiss-Tomkins reelected by wide margin

Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins celebrates with campaign manager Berett Wilber. Kreiss-Tomkins beat back a challenge from Petersburg Republican Steven Samuelson in state House District 35. (KCAW photo/Emily Kwong)Sitka Democrat Kreiss-Tomkins beat Republican Steven Samuelson of Petersburg, 60-percent to 40-percent, in the race for State House District 35. It was a far cry from his first race, in 2012, which he won by 32 votes.

Today is Election Day!

Maggie Gallin brought her son, Theo, to the polls on Tuesday, to vote in Alaska's primary election (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Alaskans will be deciding some of the closest -- and most closely watched -- races in the country today. We've pulled together our past coverage of the candidates and issues, along with some general info that might come in handy as you head to the polls.

Edenshaw says he wants to reach out

Cliff Edenshaw is running for Tribal Chairman. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Cliff Edenshaw is one of two candidates running for Tribal Council Chairman. And he says he wants the council to reach out more to tribal citizens.

Sitka to replace transient float

Sitka plans to replace the transient float at Thomsen Harbor, which was originally built in 1973. (Image courtesy of the City and Borough of Sitka)The Sitka Assembly on Tuesday night authorized a $180,000 design contract. The full project, which will replace the 40-year-old transient float in Thomsen Harbor, is expected to cost about $6-million and be completed by March 2016.

Where to go when you need a taste of home

Mt. Edgecumbe High School student Korbin Storms chows down on salmon caviar.(KCAW photo/Rich McClear)For some Mt. Edgecumbe High School students, living far from home also means living far from familiar foods. That’s where the culture room comes in. It’s a place where students can learn to prepare traditional foods, exchange treats sent by family in far-flung corners of the state – and, when homesick, get a taste of home.

Sitka ended FY2014 with surplus, but rate hikes likely

The city ended the last year with a million dollar surplus in its primary operating budget. But finance director Jay Sweeney told the assembly that several of the funds that pay for utilities are in worse shape, and will likely require more utility rate increases.

Want to watch the World Series? Good luck.

Baseball fans in Sitka trying to watch the World Series on DirecTV ran into some technical difficulties. (KCAW photo/Rich McClear)Tonight is Game Six of the World Series, and fans across the country have been glued to their TVs. But in Sitka, viewers trying to watch the World Series on DirecTV ran into some major technical difficulties -- sending some baseball fans on a mad scramble for a better way to watch.