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Assembly looks to ‘budget-driven’ property tax

The Sitka Assembly is taking a hard look at raising property taxes. In an hour-long special meeting Tuesday night (6-28-16), assessor Wendy Lawrence outlined the pros and cons of increasing Sitka’s millage rate.

One injured in Sitka four-plex fire

Despite the heavy smoke, residents will be able to return to 2 of the 4 units, says Fire Chief Dave Miller. (Nick Galanin photo)One man sustained minor injuries after a four-plex caught fire on Lance Drive in Sitka on Sunday afternoon (6-26-16).

Behnken to represent Alaska on halibut commission

Linda Behnken with her sons, Halen and Rio. Behnken lives the small-boat fishing life she advocates for, but she's no stranger to IPHC politics. She's chaired the 84-member IPHC Conference Board for the last several years. (ALFA photo/Mim McConnell)Longtime Sitka resident and fisheries advocate Linda Behnken has been appointed to the six-member International Pacific Halibut Commission.

In a month of pride, life after Orlando

Artist Ricky Tagaban organized a Two Spirit Pride Reception to begin Juneau's pride week, held on June 11th. Speakers included Freda Westman, former Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand Camp President. The next day was the Orlando shooting. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)In gay communities all over the country, there is a before and an after. A before June 12th, and an after.

USCGC Maple changes command

IMG_6560The Coast Guard held a change of command ceremony aboard the Cutter Maple in Sitka yesterday morning (06-23-16). Beneath blue skies, Lieutenant Commander Mike Newell transferred command of the 225-buoy tender to Lieutenant Commander Patrick Armstrong.

‘Invasives Week’ efforts still focused on Sitka’s D.vex

D. vex grows in dense colonies. Although each individual is microscopic, together they form a dense mat resembling a sponge. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)It's Invasive Species Awareness Week in Alaska. KCAW’s Robert Woolsey caught up with one of the state’s top invasive-fighters, Tammy Davis, as she coordinated a dive team in Sitka’s Whiting Harbor.

Sitka schools catch quarter-million budget break

After months of meetings and wrangling over the 2017 budget, the Sitka School board learned that fiscal year 2016, which ends in a week, will close out with a quarter-million dollar surplus.

Volunteers retrieve injured hiker from Verstovia Trail

39188ef9-f000-4bd9-af73-fb45e77f31a6Early Sunday evening, Sitka Mountain Rescue received word of an injured hiker on the Mt. Verstovia trail. Gregory Raschick of Sitka injured his knee at 1600 feet, while descending the mountain with a group of family and friends. Raschick is a longtime volunteer for Sitka Mountain Rescue, so he knew exactly what to do.

Hoonah Native corporation names new CEO

Russell Dick will take over as Huna Totem CEO this fall. The Native corporation for Hoonah operates the Icy Strait Point tourist attraction. (File photo)Huna Totem Corp. will soon have its first shareholder CEO. Board of Directors Chairman Russell Dick will become the corporation’s CEO and president Oct. 1.

Grocery mural tells farm-to-table story

13321809_1132783143409836_4054324007516417229_nThe paint is finally dry on a new mural in Sitka. Cara Jane Murray’s new work, Everything Comes to Life, adds a splash of color to the corner of Baranof and Oja Street, encompassing an exterior wall of a local grocery store.