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With four more burglaries, week’s total is ten

Callers reported possible burglaries on Observatory Street, Kincaid Street, Edgecumbe Drive and Halibut Point Road. That brings the total number of burglaries reported this week to ten.

USFS: Transition means fewer unmilled logs

Robert Bonnie, the U.S. Agriculture Department’s undersecretary for natural resources and the environment, talks about the Tongass transition during a press conference Nov. 19, 2014. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)A top Forest Service official says fewer unprocessed logs will be sold overseas under a transition to harvesting younger trees.

Police report spate of home burglaries

Burglaries were reported on Biorka, Etolin, and Charteris Streets, Petersen and Moller Avenues and Tlingit Way. (Map by Multiplottr)Sitka police are investigating a spate of home burglaries since Monday. Police received reports of four home burglaries between midnight and 3AM today (11-20-14), all within walking distance of downtown.

Obama highlights Sitka Schools on technology

Obama ConnectED SpeechThe Sitka School District got a major shout-out from President Barack Obama on Wednesday. Sitka Schools Superintendent Mary Wegner was in Washington D.C. for a White House summit on technology and education.

Delta will start flying to Sitka

An Alaska Airlines jet touches down in Sitka. Both runway approaches are over ocean. (Flickr photo/Pat Groves)Alaska Airlines is about to get some competition in Sitka: Delta Airlines announced on Wednesday that it is launching daily, nonstop flights between Sitka and Seattle, beginning May 15, 2015.

MEHS girls volleyball crowned state champions

The team went into the state championship undefeated and secured their victory in a tie breaking match. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo).On Saturday afternoon (11-15-14), the Mt. Edgecumbe Girls’ Varsity Volleyball team won their State Championship after a nail biting tie-breaker against the Monroe Catholic Rams.

Coast Guard rescues stranded Sitkan

A Coast Guard helicopter rescued a hunter stranded south of Sitka on Wednesday morning (11-19-14), after his boat sank.

Tongass Advisory Committee meets in Sitka

Part of the Tongass National Forest, on mainland between Wrangell and Petersburg, is seen in this view from an airplane. A Senate measure calls for the state to take over some Tongass timberlands. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Representatives from across Southeast and the country will meet in Sitka this week to hash out timber issues on the Tongass, as the U.S. Forest Service tries to switch its focus from old-growth logging to harvesting smaller, younger trees.

Teaching Tlingit tradition, culture — and pride

Chuck Miller performs at a memorial. Miller says when he dances, he can feel his ancestors all around him. (Photo courtesy of Chuck Miller)With elders in the community growing older or already gone, Chuck Miller of the Sitka Native Education Program says it's his responsibility to pass along the teachings to the younger generation so they can grow up proud to be Tlingit.

Sitkan charged for possesion of fentanyl

A Sitka man is being held on drug charges in the state prison in Juneau, pending $12,000 in bail.