Author Archives: KCAW News

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

Candidate Sullivan proposes “Great Teacher Fund”

Dan Sullivan Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan is running for Lieutenant Governor. He came through Sitka last week — and he’d like to get one thing straight, right off the bat. “Of course, I am the original Dan Sullivan,” he says. more

ATV rider found dead on Tenakee beach

A 34-year-old Juneau man was found dead on Sunday (5-18-14) in Tenakee Springs, after his ATV apparently flipped while he was riding on the beach. more

Blue Lake dam now 75% done

City Engineer Dean Orbison told the Chamber of Commerce that the city will have to rely on Indian River for drinking water in September and October, while the Blue Lake project is completed. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

City officials updated the Chamber of Commerce on the Blue Lake hydro project this week. Engineer Dean Orbison reminded the Chamber that Sitka has continued to rely on Blue Lake for drinking water through the construction. But for about two months this fall, the city will have to switch to Indian River. more

HPR residents warned of Monday water shut-off

Residents are being warned that because of the road work on Halibut Point Road, water service will be shut off from the Channel Club out to the end of the road on Monday, May 19. The shut-off will last from 8:30 AM to 3 PM, said project manager Mike Ashton, of ASRC McGraw. more

Meth, heroin problem ‘hasn’t gotten better’

Detective Kyle Ferguson told the Sitka Assembly Tuesday night that nearly every crime investigated by Sitka police has some connection to drug abuse, if alcohol and marijuana is included. In the past year, abuse of heroin and methamphetamines in Sitka “hasn’t gotten noticeably worse, but it hasn’t gotten better either,” he said. “That in and of itself isn’t a good sign.” more

Assembly approves contract to bottle Blue Lake water

The Sitka Assembly approved a contract Tuesday night with a California company that hopes to bottle water from the Blue Lake reservoir. The contract gives the company, I Water, the right to buy up to 200-million gallons of city water a year. But I Water must start exporting water soon — or risk losing its water rights. more

Sitka budget calls for utility rate increases

The City and Borough of Sitka's 2015 draft budget. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

It’s budget season in Sitka. On Thursday night (5-1-14) the Sitka Assembly held a work session to hash out the proposed 2015 budget drawn up by city staff. KCAW’s Rachel Waldholz was there, and she spoke with Robert Woolsey about what’s coming down the pike. more

‘Never again’

Sitka residents gathered in Totem Square to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah.

Monday, April 28th, was Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah. About thirty people gathered in Sitka’s Totem Square in a light rain as St. Michael’s Cathedral tolled its bells. Residents paid tribute to the victims of the Holocaust, but also remembered more recent genocides, in Cambodia, Rwanda and Bosnia — and spoke about the struggle to keep the vow that came out of the ashes of World War II: never again. more

Legislature approves Blue Lake loan

Just before it gaveled out on Friday, five days late, the Alaska Legislature passed a bill of particular importance to Sitka: Senate Bill 99, which includes language authorizing the city to apply for a low-cost state loan to complete the Blue Lake dam hydroelectric project. more