The contenders to represent Sitka and its neighboring communities in the Alaska legislature met in a forum this week (10-17-16) at Sitka High School. The issues ranged far beyond the state's budget crisis.
The Green Lake Hydro plant was shut down late Monday night (10-17-16) after a hydraulic ram failed. The 16.5 MW (megawatt) plant works in tandem with the Blue Lake Power plant to provide hydropower to Sitka.
In Sitka, the Gary Paxton Industrial Park Board has chosen a contractor to build a multi-purpose dock at the facility, to be completed by January 2018. The dock would primarily support the freight and fishing industries.
Jeff Ankerfelt will be Sitka’s Chief of Police, effective November 1st. City Administrator Mark Gorman announced the news Tuesday (10-17-16) in a press release. Ankerfelt has been the Acting Police Chief since September, after Sheldon Schmitt took extended family medical leave.
Sitka experienced a few outages this weekend that severed power and Internet access.
Homes in Port Alexander are getting new water faucets this month. It’s part of an effort to minimize lead contamination in the community’s residential drinking water.
Cass Pook, Yaxthlaahaat Daxthlawadi, is the new president of the Sitka School Board. During Wednesday night’s (10-12-16) special meeting, Pook was chosen by a blind election by her four fellow school board members. The board also elected Dr. Jennifer McNichol as Vice President and Eric Van Cise as Secretary.
On Tuesday night (10-11-16), nearly everything changed about the Sitka Assembly. They swore in a new mayor: Matthew Hunter. New members: Kevin Knox and Aaron Bean. All in a new building. The Assembly chambers were revitalized in the remodel of Harrigan Centennial Hall.
Representatives from United Way spoke at the Chamber of Commerce meeting in Sitka on Wednesday (10-12-16). The national organization supports nonprofits across the country, by partnering with local businesses to give money and volunteers.
The Sitka Assembly is raising electric rates for the second time this year, by an average of 7% across the customer base. That will close the gap in the electric fund for FY17. But the relief is short-lived. To address future shortfalls, the Assembly wants to dip into other pockets in the city’s wallet before raising rates again.