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Blatchley crowns a spelling bee c-h-a-m-p-i-o-n

Iona Burdick looks on during the Blatchley Middle School Spelling Bee. Her sister Esther competed, along with 32 other students. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)Minuscule. Hydroponic. Spoonerism. These and over 100 other words of escalating difficulty were posed before participants at the Blatchley Middle School Spelling Bee.

Sitka processor sells ownership stake to Starkist

Silver Bay CEO Rich Riggs told the Chamber that even though his company has operations all along the coast, "Our home is here in Sitka." (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Sitka-based Silver Bay Seafoods has sold a twelve percent stake to Dongwon, the Korean owners of Starkist Tuna. The news of the sale has been public since November, but Silver Bay CEO Rich Riggs added details during a presentation to the Sitka Chamber of Commerce today (Wed 1-14-15).

Sitka Democrat prepares for bleak budget outlook

Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins addresses the Alaska House of Representatives, March 12, 2014. The Sitka Democrat is running for a second term. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins thinks the state’s financial situation will mean a new reality for the state legislature in the upcoming session. The Sitka democrat is starting up his second term in the legislature.

Sitka to hold marijuana town hall

Should marijuana be regulated like alcohol? Or like cigarettes? Or in some altogether new way? Those are some of the decisions facing the City of Sitka, and they have to be settled soon.

Assembly considers dissolving Visitors’ Bureau

The Sitka Assembly voted Tuesday night to dissolve the city’s Convention and Visitors' Bureau. The bureau plans to reconstitute itself as an independent nonprofit, one that could bid for city contracts to do much of the marketing and convention planning it does now.

Structural concerns bring library project to a standstill

The Harbor Drive site is quiet after the discovery of structural deficiencies. Construction is suspended for one month and the library opening delayed one month, for early November 2015. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)The expansion of Kettleson Memorial Library was put to a halt last Monday, after a local engineer raised serious questions about the structural integrity of the new building.

Mt. Edgecumbe superintendent resigns

J Thayne turned in his resignation on Friday afternoon, after just six months as head of the state-run boarding school. He will be replaced for the rest of the school year by Bill Hutton, who held the post from 2008 to 2010.

No deal yet for interim hospital CEO

The Sitka Hospital Board has not yet come to terms with their candidate for interim CEO, and has turned negotiations over to their attorney. The board last week met to offer the interim post to Rob Allen, who was their second-pick for the top job when it became open last summer.

Sitka man arrested after stand-off with police

The 34-year-old had barricaded himself and another man inside a boat parked on the 1300 block of Halibut Point Road early Sunday morning. Officers fired a canister of tear gas to force him out.

Sitka debates whether to sell GPIP land or keep it public

Selling off the park is within the GPIP board's mission: “Unlike other property owned by the 
municipality, the former Alaska Pulp Corporation mill site was acquired not for governmental 
purposes from the state or federal government, but for economic development and disposal."  (GPIP photo)Should Sitka sell off its remaining land at the Gary Paxton Industrial Park, or keep the land in public hands? That’s the question currently bedeviling the GPIP board. On Thursday night, board members brought the issue to the Sitka Assembly for guidance.