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Is Southeast Alaska safe for sea stars?

Sunflower star losing arms in Sitka aquarium. (Photo by  Taylor White/EarthFix)Sea stars, commonly known as starfish, have been vanishing from North America’s Pacific shoreline. Whatever is killing them has spread as far north as Sitka.

Man drowns in ANB Harbor

ANB Harbor (KCAW photo/Greta Mart)Sitka police say the 41-year-old fell off the main float at ANB harbor last Thursday afternoon.

Campaigning in Sitka, Dunbar takes on fisheries, mining

Democrat Forrest Dunbar campaigned in Sitka on August 7, 2014. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Congressional candidate Forrest Dunbar says he will push to protect a key federal fishery law if he’s elected. He also voiced concerns about transboundary British Columbia mines during a Sitka campaign visit.

Sitka Sound Science Center presents new face to the public

Gil Truitt (left) cuts the ribbon on the newly renovated Sage Building, while Research Director Tori O'Connell applauds. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz).After a summer cocooned in scaffolding, the Sitka Sound Science Center shed its tarps for an Alaska Day unveiling ceremony. The three-year, $1.4-million dollar effort overhauled the exterior of the 1930-era Sage Building, which once housed the science programs at Sheldon Jackson College.

In run-up to Nov. 4 election, Chamber forum questions Samuelson, Kreiss-Tomkins

PHOTOHouse District candidates spoke at the Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Friday (10-17-14). Incumbent Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and challenger Steven Samuelson fielded a mix of questions, some provided in advance by the Chamber and others sourced from the audience.

Magic or therapy? Tarot a guide to the possible

Aufrichtig says it almost doesn't matter what cards are drawn -- they all speak to some aspect of our lives. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Earlier this year Sitka had a tarot card reader in residence -- he read over seventy people’s cards in a downtown coffee shop. The Tarot, it turns out, is mystical -- but not magic. Like professional therapy, it's really about looking into a mirror, as KCAW’s resident tarot skeptic, Robert Woolsey, discovered.

As spree rolls on, police urge Sitkans to lock cars

Cars travel down Lincoln Street earlier this summer. (KCAW photo/Ed Ronco)Sitka police are advising residents to take more care in locking their cars, after a rash of recent break-ins.

Sitka’s Alaska Day: New audiences captivated by old magic

Odette asked the Baranof students, "What's the magic word?" "Abracadabra?" they reply. "I thought it was Please!"David Odette is a barnstorming magician participating in a one-man revival of historic magic. KCAW’s Robert Woolsey followed him to Baranof Elementary School to see how well very old illusions hold up with a very young audience -- and sent this audio postcard.

Brewton: Bad transformer ends Blue Lake’s hot streak

Sitka utility director Chris Brewton, with the hundreds of pages of planning documents for the Blue Lake project. (KCAW photo/Ed Ronco)Hopes were dashed this week that the Blue Lake Hydro project would come online weeks ahead of schedule. Utility director Chris Brewton delivered the news that one of the step-up transformers -- which convert the 12,000 volts produced by the hydroelectric turbines to 69,000 volts for transmission into town -- is defective.

Dadburnit! Historic weapons ousted from Sitka airport

10-IMG_2979Sitka’s military past brushed elbows with present day security last Friday (10-10-14). At 11am, a TSA official called the police to report there was a man with a gun in the airport. but it wasn’t just any type of gun.