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Putz won’t run for full assembly term in October

Sitka’s municipal elections are still three months away, but candidates are already deciding whether to run -- or not.

4th of July to celebrate American innovation

Sitka’s Fourth of July celebration is right around the corner, with some of the same festivities from years past -- and a few surprises.

Summer king season to open July 1, but not without protest

Southeast Alaska salmon trollers will open their season on schedule this Wednesday -- but under protest. The state says this year’s quota for Alaska fishermen under the Pacific Salmon treaty is too low.

Harbor Mountain road open to public again

Harbor Mountain Road in Sitka is open again after a long closure. Starting Friday, 6-26-15, vehicles and pedestrians will have full access to the recreation area and trailhead at the top of the mountain.

Sitkans react to gay marriage ruling

Image courtesy Mel Green/FlickrAlthough same-sex marriage has been legal in Alaska since last October, residents of Sitka and visitors alike had thoughtful reactions to Friday's (6-26-2015) landmark decision by the US Supreme Court.

School board backs administrator job-share, raises pool fees

The Sitka School Board endorsed the hiring of co-assistant superintendents, raised fees at the Blatchley Pool, and accepted the resignation of ailing member Tom Conley.

SAR responds to fourth call in four days

Sitka Search and Rescue responded to yet another call this week -- the fourth in four days. Family members reported two campers who didn’t return on time. The couple were found unhurt, but as KCAW’s Vanessa Walker reports, the summer search and rescue season is officially underway.

Lael Grant declared dead, homicide suspected

An image from the "Help Find Lael Grant" Facebook page, which now has 1,426 followers.A Sitka woman missing for nearly three years has been declared dead. Police are now investigating her disappearance as a homicide.

Assembly considers absorbing Convention and Visitors Bureau

A screenshot of the Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau website. The assembly has voted to dissolve the bureau. (Screenshot June 24, 2015)The Sitka Assembly on Tuesday night directed the city to explore how it might take on the functions of the Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau. The assembly voted in February to dissolve the bureau.

Administrative team doubles-down on Sitka school district

Sarah Ferrency and Phil Burdick at Pacific High. Ferrency says she puts job sharing in context: "When you're one person, you can't be in two places at once." (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)It’s a two-for-one deal that’s likely unprecedented in Alaska. This fall when students and teachers return to the Sitka School District they’ll be greeted not by one assistant superintendent -- but two.