On Tuesday night, Sitka passed one of the first marijuana ordinances in the state. The ordinance passed on the day that marijuana use became legal in Alaska -- and just hours after the state issued its own emergency regulations.
Police departments across the state have been taken aback by a Department of Corrections proposal to end funding for local jails. Sitka is one of several local departments who say the cuts are so deep, it could force their jail to close.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.