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Bomb squad to investigate Sitka Firehall ‘donation’

Sitka Fire Chief Dave Miller says the device looks like "something you'd see on the television news." (SVFD photo)The Sitka Fire Department has taken an apparent explosive device under its protection, until military ordnance experts can investigate.

Lowly no more, chum salmon center stage in allocation dispute

Chum salmon, which develop distinctive striping as the reach spawning maturity, have increased steadily in value over the last decade. (Flickr photo/Watershed Watch)Southeast trollers want a larger share of hatchery-produced chum salmon. Trollers on Wednesday (2-25-15) asked the Board of Fish for more access to this increasingly valuable species.

Mt. Edgecumbe High School cuts off the table

Sitka’s Mt. Edgecumbe High School has escaped the chopping block -- for now. Lawmakers dropped talk of cuts after hearing it would cost more to educate students in their home districts.

State considers B.C. mines as promoters plan visit

2-25-15 Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott sits at his desk, beneath the state seal 1 fullA new Walker-Mallott administration working group is addressing British Columbia's mining boom near its border with Alaska.

Springing into action! New floor installed at Hames

After several weeks of waiting and 100+ hours of man power, the Hames Center opened operation of it's new spring floor for gymnastics and silks students.

Individual, commercial fishing interests clash in board testimony

A seiner purses up as a tender pulls alongside to start pumping herring, during the fourth and final opening in the 2014 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Many of the players and stakeholders in Southeast Alaska’s salmon and herring fisheries laid out their positions Tuesday morning (2-24-15), as the Alaska Board of Fisheries opened its spring meeting to public testimony.

Sitka’s first marijuana law makes it onto the books

Marijuana consumption is now legal in Alaska, but public consumption is prohibited. Sitka's first marijuana ordinance defines what counts as "public." (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)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.

Tlingit-Haida Central Council OKs same-sex marriages

2-12-14 THCC PodiumTlingit-Haida’s seven-member governing board voted unanimously to define legal marriage without a gender requirement.

Navigating “the new normal” of legal marijuana

4-IMG_3543As the recreational use of marijuana becomes legal in Alaska today, the changing laws surrounding pot have already created a ripple effect in Sitka. Law enforcement is ironing out the details and businesses are catering to new clientele, with mixed opinions.

Blatchley ditches classes for a week of discovery

IMG_7100At Blatchley Middle School, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders spent last week experimenting with classes off the curricular path. It’s called Discover Your Potential Week.