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Clowns, chain saws, and zombie brides…oh my!

IMG_8354Most days, the Maple Cutter is a beacon of safety in Southeast. But on the night before Halloween, the the crew members transform the Coast Guard vessel into a haunted ship.

Katlian kick-off meeting talks sidewalks and first steps

01-IMG_3346With planning underway to revitalize Katlian Street, the steering committee organized a town hall meeting to present the four major facets of the project.

Sitka man faces major theft charge

A Sitka man has been indicted on charges of stealing more than $25,000 in cash from a business, True Value Hardware store.

Sitka to replace transient float

Sitka plans to replace the transient float at Thomsen Harbor, which was originally built in 1973. (Image courtesy of the City and Borough of Sitka)The Sitka Assembly on Tuesday night authorized a $180,000 design contract. The full project, which will replace the 40-year-old transient float in Thomsen Harbor, is expected to cost about $6-million and be completed by March 2016.

B.C. mines concern some, not all, candidates

British Columbia mines are slated to be built close to transboundary rivers. That worries some candidates for the Legislature.British Columbia mines are slated to be built close to transboundary rivers. That worries some candidates for the Legislature.

Sam says he’ll put tribal citizens first

4-IMG_3343Bob Sam is one of five candidates running for the Sitka Tribe of Alaska Tribal Council. At age 60, he returns to the ballot an older man and, if elected, he says, a more wise and prudent council member.

Where to go when you need a taste of home

Mt. Edgecumbe High School student Korbin Storms chows down on salmon caviar.(KCAW photo/Rich McClear)For some Mt. Edgecumbe High School students, living far from home also means living far from familiar foods. That’s where the culture room comes in. It’s a place where students can learn to prepare traditional foods, exchange treats sent by family in far-flung corners of the state – and, when homesick, get a taste of home.

Sitka ended FY2014 with surplus, but rate hikes likely

The city ended the last year with a million dollar surplus in its primary operating budget. But finance director Jay Sweeney told the assembly that several of the funds that pay for utilities are in worse shape, and will likely require more utility rate increases.

Want to watch the World Series? Good luck.

Baseball fans in Sitka trying to watch the World Series on DirecTV ran into some technical difficulties. (KCAW photo/Rich McClear)Tonight is Game Six of the World Series, and fans across the country have been glued to their TVs. But in Sitka, viewers trying to watch the World Series on DirecTV ran into some major technical difficulties -- sending some baseball fans on a mad scramble for a better way to watch.

Construction on Blue Lake dam is complete

3-IMG_8862Sitka marked a major milestone on Monday: construction on the Blue Lake dam is done. Contractors poured the final layer of concrete onto the top of the dam, which now rises 83 feet above its original level.