Author Archives: Rachel Waldholz, KCAW

Democrat Dunbar hopes to challenge Young

Democrat Forrest Dunbar campaigned in Sitka on August 7, 2014. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Anchorage Democrat Forrest Dunbar is hoping to challenge Don Young for Alaska’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Dunbar visited Sitka last week, and talked about creative campaigning, his vision for the state -- and the virtues of 80’s rock.

Murkowski talks Senate race, reproductive rights

Republican U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski spoke with Sitkans on August 7, 2014. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)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.

Assembly awards contract for water treatment facility

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.

Sitka Assembly debates legislative priorities

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.

Sitka begins switch-over to Indian River water

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.

Assembly, School Board filing deadline Friday

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.

With final mission, Kluting says goodbye to SAR

Don Kluting resigned from Sitka Mountain Rescue on July 30, 2014, after 29 years as a SAR volunteer. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)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.

Four-day troll closure starts this weekend

A troller in Sitka's ANB Harbor. The annual troll closure starts at midnight on Saturday. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)The Southeast troll fishery for all salmon will close starting at midnight on Saturday, August 9. It will reopen at 12:01 AM on Thursday, August 14.

Raising the bar

Alan Maloney competes in the sheaf toss at Sitka Seafood Festival's 2014 Highland Games, sending his bale over the 15 foot bar. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Alan Maloney competes in the men's open sheaf toss at the Sitka Seafood Festival's 2014 Highland Games. The bale, which weighs 16 pounds, easily cleared the 15-foot bar on this toss.

Kettleson bids $1M higher than expected

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.