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Sitka man facing felony charges for sex-related crimes

A Sitka man is facing fifteen felony counts on sex-related crimes.

Sitka’s disaster response bills approach half-million mark

Sitka has spent almost a half-million dollars since August on emergency cleanup, and is counting on having most of that reimbursed by the state.

Jennifer McNichol appointed to Sitka School Board

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Sitka School Board has a new member. Jennifer McNichol was appointed last night (Monday 9-21-15) to serve a one-year term. McNichol is a doctor with two kids in the district.

Seven apply for school board vacancy

The Sitka School Board will have a full deck to draw from, when it selects a new member Monday night (9-21-15).

Basketball in Memory of the Diaz Brothers

DiazbrothersToday marks the one month anniversary of the August 18th landslide, which claimed the lives of three men in Sitka. Two of them were brothers. Elmer and Ulises Diaz were 26 and 25. And last week (09-08-15), the gym opened it’s doors for friends to play in their honor.

Geo Task Force looks for answers in Sitka landslide

A screen capture of a 3-D image of the Kramer Avenue slide area, produced by the state Division of Geophysical Survey.One month after a deadly landslide struck in Sitka, the Sitka Sound Science Center's Geo Task Force is starting the complicated task of learning what happened.

With six months on the clock, citizens’ task force gets to work

IMG_4097Soon after passing the 2016 budget, the Assembly directed the city to create a citizens' task force. The seven-member group will have six months to take a deep dive into city finances and if successful, emerge with a path forward for Sitka. At least, that’s the plan.

Lawyers advocate to keep politics out of judge selection

Justice Not Politics formed shortly after the introduction of SJR 3 in January of this year.A proposal to change the way judges are chosen in the state is getting some pushback -- from the legal profession. Justice Not Politics opposes giving the governor greater power in selecting judges.

Community Schools to move under private management

Filipinos make up 9% of the Sitka School District, yet there is no Tagalog-speaking staff member or formal support group to help new students. In her own way, Jasmine has taken up that cause. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)Sitka’s Community Schools program will be under private management starting October 1. The Sitka School Board had hoped for proposals this summer. When none came in, they put the program out to bid.

Feds: B.C. mines won’t go before international commission

Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Anchorage Aug. 30. Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, in suit, and First Lady Donna Walker are among those greeting the secretary. (Photo courtesy Office of Gov. Walker)The U.S. State Department will not propose putting Southeast Alaska’s transboundary mine conflict before the International Joint Commission. That’s the U.S.-Canada panel that addresses cross-border water issues.