Arctic adviser: Rigid regs worsen climate change impacts

Craig Fleener, Gov. Walker's Arctic policy adviser, addresses the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society at Juneau's Centennial Hall on Wedensday. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Craig Fleener, the governor's Arctic policy head, says communities could better adjust to climate change if hunting and fishing rules become more flexible.

Centennial Hall declared asbestos-free

Harrigan Centennial Hall was re-opened this afternoon (Wed 5-20-15), after an asbestos scare forced an emergency closure on Tuesday. Building Manager Don Kluting said a gray substance was found on spare door and a sample sent to a lab in Washington state, with negative results.

With an eye on legislature, Sitka schools move ahead with hires

The Sitka school board wants to develop a more strategic budgeting process in the next couple of years -- assuming the state government is functioning and lawmakers fund education.

Two sustain minor injuries in Sitka duplex fire

Sitka fire chief Dave Miller says firefighters used an "interior attack" to quickly put down the blaze. (Danny BigD Delgado photo)Two people were treated for minor injuries after their home caught fire Monday afternoon (5-18-15) in Sitka. Fire chief Dave Miller says heavy smoke was pouring from the house, but the fire was confined to one bedroom.

Feud, courtroom outburst lead to felony charges

A Sitka grand jury has indicted two Sitkans on felony charges, after they allegedly made verbal and physical assaults during child custody proceedings.

Delta touches down in Sitka

3-IMG_1209Look out Alaska Airlines. Delta announced last fall it would begin operating non-stop flights from Seattle to Sitka for the summer season. And at 7:25 last Friday (05-15-15), the first flight landed. Delta also began operating one daily flight from Seattle to Ketchikan. The season will end on September 7th.

Climate change, subsistence on Native group’s agenda

NAFWSThe Native American Fish and Wildlife Society meets in Juneau May 20-22. Tribal experts will discuss climate change, subsistence and Arctic policy.

Despite high costs, Sitkans optimistic about the future

Sitka's Crescent Harbor is one of many recent capital projects. Moderator Thad Poulson said, "Sitka's infrastructure is first-rate." But there were still serious concerns that Sitka was too expensive for young families. (Flickr photo/Kool Kats)How bad are things in Sitka? For a group of about 30 Sitkans who turned out for a town hall meeting to discuss the community’s future, the mood was optimistic.

In pursuit of other lives in ‘This is How it Really Sounds’

ThisIsHowItReallySoundsJuneau novelist Stuart Archer Cohen writes about the intersections of people’s lives, and the realities we create for ourselves. Nevertheless, his latest book is an action-packed, jet-setting thriller that takes off and lands in Alaska.

Thirsty California a potential market for bulk water

30-IMG_1053With a contract deadline looming that could terminate its exclusive rights, Alaska Bulk Water hopes to deliver on long awaited promises to ship tankers of water and to make California its first customer.