Ferry fares rise for third time in a year

Passengers board the ferry Malaspina while vehicles wait to load at the Auke Bay terminal in Juneau. Travelers will no longer be able to take advantage of some discounts, due to budget cuts. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)It’s costing 10 percent more to take the ferry to and from the Lower-48. The higher fare is part of another round of tariff increases aimed at boosting income and equalizing rates across all routes.

Sitka schools tap reserves to restore teaching jobs next year

kgh sign feaThe Sitka School Board has balanced its budget and returned two teaching positions to the payroll, but the district’s finances are far from secure.

STA manager resigns

IMG_7124Lawrence SpottedBird worked with the tribal government for two years and announced his resignation to STA on Tuesday (4-26-16). His last day will be June 30.

Residents past HPR’s 4000-block advised to boil water

The city's Water Division repaired a water main break on Halibut Point Road today (4-28-16). (Photo courtesy of Public Works Department)The city will begin repairs on a 12" water main that is leaking on Halibut Point Road on Thursday, April 28th and shut off water at 10 a.m. until further notice.

What’s happening at tonight’s Assembly meeting?

4434354492_8e440d4999_oTonight (4-26-16), the Assembly will consider legalizing bed & breakfasts on boats, cracking down on texting while driving, and hear a report from the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Sitka Tribe opens biotoxin lab to monitor PSP

IMG_4794At the end of the month, the Sitka Tribe of Alaska will open an environmental research laboratory to test shellfish for paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP). The lab hopes to give both subsistence diggers and commercial divers peace of mind.

Most cruises docking on Sitka’s shore this summer

cruise ship pic for 06cruiseThe majority of cruise ships making stops in Sitka this summer will be docking out the road. Holland America Line has agreed to tie all its ships up at the Old Sitka Dock, meaning 45 ships will be bringing tourists directly to shore. This is a big change from years past, where Holland America ferried their passengers to town via tender boat.

City Attorney to resign after evaluations

Robin Koutchak (photo provided)At her annual evaluation on Tuesday (4-19-16), City Attorney Robin Schmid was asked by the Assembly to resign.

Assembly gives Gorman ‘exemplary’ review

FullSizeRender (3)During his annual evaluation, the Assembly praised the leadership of City Administrator Mark Gorman during a challenging year for Sitka, while offering advice on how to improve public outreach.

New assistant DA serves in stride

IMG_5020Christopher Orman is the new assistant district attorney for Sitka, Petersburg, and Kake. He replaced Jean Seaton in February, who held the position since 2009. Originally from Southern California, Orman had a winding road to get into law, but he says he’s ultimately happy to be serving the community.