Author Archives: Rachel Waldholz, KCAW
Senator Lisa Murkowski visited Sitka last week and spoke to a packed house at the Chamber of Commerce about gridlock in Congress, reproductive rights, and her work with the women of the Senate. And while she wouldn't say who she’s supporting in the Republican Senate primary, it's pretty clear who she won’t be voting for.
The assembly voted to award a $5.5-million contract to Dawson Construction to build a new UV Disinfection Facility, which will bring Sitka’s primary source of drinking water into compliance with federal regulations.
Assembly members agreed that the Blue Lake hydro project is a top priority for state funding, along with the city’s road and harbor systems. Members also suggested focusing on a secondary drinking water source and improved ferry service.
A text message alert sent out from the city on Monday warned residents that they might see yellow water coming out of the tap -- but the water is safe to drink, and meeting all drinking water standards.
The filing deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, August 8 for candidates running for mayor, assembly and school board in Sitka. So far, four candidates have filed to run for assembly and two for school board. Mayor Mim McConnell is running for reelection. No other candidate has yet filed to challenge her.
When search and rescue responded to a call on Harbor Mountain last Friday, the mission marked the end of an era: it was the final outing for Don Kluting, who served as Sitka’s search captain for two decades. Kluting resigned last week, after the city decided to move SAR back into the Fire Department.
The bids are in for Sitka’s Kettleson Memorial Library expansion -- and contractors are estimating that the project, as currently envisioned, would cost about $1-million more than the city had expected. At a special assembly meeting Thursday, city staff proposed cuts to the project.