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UPDATE: Body of missing hiker found

Michael Hansen was last seen leaving his apartment at 10:30 a.m. Monday. His vehicle was found at the trailhead, off Sawmill Creek Road, at noon today , 9-20-16. (Courtesy Sitka Search and Rescue)The body of Michael Hansen was found by searchers earlier today (09/23/16). Hansen’s family has been notified of his death and the investigation is ongoing.

Three apply for school board vacancy

Brent Edwards, Jennifer Carter and Dionne Brady-Howard have applied to fill a vacancy on the Sitka School Board.

Kentucky man mauled by brown bear on Admiralty Island

Adkins and his Juneau-based guide were hunting in Chaik Bay near Angoon, about 35 miles northeast of Sitka.Mauling victim Douglas Adkins and his Juneau-based guide were hunting in Chaik Bay near Angoon, about 35 miles northeast of Sitka.

Sitka’s hospitals consider integrating operations

Sitka Community Hospital. (Photo courtesy of the Sitka Community Hospital Foundation)A consultant’s plan recommends Sitka Community Hospital combine operations with the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium’s Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital.

School district takes on poor attendance

The Sitka School Board met Tuesday (9-20-16) at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School to discuss absenteeism.Sitka’s School District is beginning a new effort to target absenteeism.

New SNHP superintendent has spent a lifetime in parks

David Elkowitz started his career as a 10-year-old volunteer. (KCAW Photo/Emily Russell)There’s a new superintendent at Sitka National Historical Park, and he may not mind a rainy weekend. David Elkowitz just wrapped up two weeks on the job, after arriving from west Texas.

Stormy weather diverts three Sitka cruise ships

The Holland America Cruise Ship Westerdam prepares to dock in Juneau July 16, 2012. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)Gale-force winds and high seas on the outer coast are keeping about 4,500 cruise ship travelers from seeing Sitka this week.

Dead Sitka Sound whale probably killed by ship

Researchers collect samples from a beached humpback whale carcass Saturday on a Sitka Sound beach.A dead whale found floating near Sitka last week was probably killed by a ship. That’s the conclusion of a pathologist who inspected the carcass.

Assembly divvies up $45,000 to non-profits

160920_nonprofitawards_kwongThe Sitka Assembly held their first meeting in their new chambers yesterday night (09-19-16), dedicated to non-profit contributions. The Assembly awarded $45,000 from the general fund to eight non-profit organizations.

Columbia damage means less ferry service to Sitka

The M/V Columbia, recently re-powered, is not one of the three ships which could possibly be retired soon. (Flickr/Gillfoto)Sitka will have no Alaska Marine Highway service Sept. 26 to Oct. 9. The two-week gap comes because the ferry Columbia will soon head to a drydock for repairs.