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‘Wired Wolves’ go hands-off in Robotics competition

1-150220_SHS_Robotics_woolsey-500x442A dedicated team of Sitka students is competing in Anchorage this weekend (February 20 - 21). The “Wired Wolves” are headed to their first state championship -- in Robotics.

Tongass transition plan may run short on timber

2-17-15 CROPPED Fisherman Kirk Hardcastle and Juneau Assemblymember Kate Troll review a report during the Tongass Advisory Committee meeting Feb. 17 in Juneau.A new forecast says current plans for logging younger Tongass trees will not provide enough wood to maintain the region’s timber industry. But a more aggressive approach might.

In committee: Mt. Edgecumbe a choice in public education

Mt. Edgecumbe students Candace Schaak and Jerry Active cheer for the Braves during the Region V Basketball tournament in 2010. (KCAW photo/Ed Ronco)Mt. Edgecumbe High School went under the microscope for the second time in two weeks, as legislators look for ways to reduce state spending.

Discovery Week: Marching alongside the spirit of Elizabeth Peratrovich

01-IMG_6934Elizabeth Peratrovich attended Sheldon Jackson School as a teenager in Sitka and on Monday (2-16-15)-- not far from campus -- a parade marched from Crescent Harbor Shelter to ANB Hall in her honor. As part of Discover Your Potential Week at Blatchley Middle School, students in the radio class interviewed marchers at the starting line.

Sitka board urges state to maintain Mt. Edgecumbe HS funding

The Mt. Edgecumbe class of 2012. (Photo Chris Todd/KCAW)The Sitka School District has gone on record in support of continued funding for Mt. Edgecumbe High School, but has no interest in taking the institution off of the state’s hands.

State budget cuts threaten local jails

Sitka Police Officer Noah Shepard serves coffee to inmates in Sitka's jail, while supervisor Dave Nelson looks on. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Police departments across the state have been taken aback by a Department of Corrections proposal to end funding for local jails. Sitka is one of several local departments who say the cuts are so deep, it could force their jail to close.

Alaska House committee tussles over MEHS funding

Mt. Edgecumbe gym 1The battle over education funding in Alaska this year may have an unexpected casualty. This Tuesday (2-10-15), the House Education Finance Subcommittee began a conversation about ongoing state funding for Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka.

Activities at risk as Sitka’s school budget hits deficit ‘wall’?

Sitka High freshman David Wilcox blazes across the finish line Saturday morning (9-28-13). Faced with its largest projected budget deficit in recent memory, the Sitka School Board may consider dramatic cuts to sports and activities programs in 2016. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)The Sitka School Board -- as usual -- is entering its annual budget cycle facing a significant deficit. But unlike past years, there’s no silver bullet from either the state or federal governments that’s likely to save the day.

Sitka to increase moorage rates for third year in a row

The new ANB Harbor, at the June, 2014 ribbon-cutting. (KCAW photo/Greta Mart)Rates for both transient and permanent slip holders will go up by 6.68%. The increase is effective immediately for transient users. For resident vessels, it will go into effect on April 15.

No longer in crisis, hospital status still ‘urgent’

Rob Allen was hired as interim CEO at Sitka Community Hospital in January. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Two months after a financial crisis forced it to request an emergency loan, Sitka Community Hospital has a new CEO, about a million dollars on hand and no plans to ask for more money from the city.