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Assembly talks furloughs, contract policy

IMG_4435At their regular meeting Tuesday night (04-12-16), the Assembly reviewed policies that would change how the city administrator carries out official business.

Sitka blesses fleet; Mills among those remembered

IMG_7071Sitka held its Blessing of the Fleet last Sunday (4-10-16). The blessing came days after a local kayaker, Jesse Mills, went missing and the Coast Guard called off the search.

Sitka teacher named to state education board

29473_profileSitka science teacher Rebecca Himschoot secured a spot on the State Board of Education & Early Development, when a joint session of the legislature confirmed her appointment Friday (4-15-16).

Emergency personnel, delivery drivers may be included in cell phone ban

FedEx_Express_truckDuring its regular meeting on Tuesday night (4-12-16), the Assembly expanded a cell phone ban to include delivery drivers, cab drivers, emergency personnel, and other specialized drivers.

Rules for marijuana permits in Sitka take shape

scup_pic02.jpg4aa196a1-05b9-456c-8109-def248cd26d1LargerAt their Tuesday night meeting (4-7-16), the Assembly unanimously approved, on first reading, a resolution that would require marijuana businesses to obtain conditional use permits (CPUs) before setting up shop.

King quota is up

Salmon_tote-300x132The Southeast Alaska king salmon quota for 2016 is out and it’s already looking better than last year.

Building official’s memory lives on at library

IMG_0939On Saturday (4-09-16), city staff, friends, and family of William Stortz installed a brass memorial plaque at Sitka Public Library in his memory. The plaque rests on a stone with a story behind it.

City seeks state land

StateLandDuring its regular meeting on Tuesday night (04-12-16), the Assembly voted to request the state sell some of its land parcels in Sitka.

Bears more active than normal, official says

bears500Bear activity around Sitka has picked up recently. And wildlife managers want to remind people to be safe around their homes and on their hikes.

Assembly supports community-wide landslide mapping

The South Kramer landslide tore through the Benchlands subdivision, claiming the lives of three men and destroying property. (Credit: US Coast Guard)At their meeting last night, the Sitka Assembly broadened the city’s commitment to landslide risk assessment.