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Sitka’s homeless get help

Project-Homeless-Connect-Jan-26-16-Pic-2Dozens of Sitkans showed up to the Salvation Army on Tuesday (01-26-16) to get help applying for their Permanent Fund Dividends, blood pressure checks and warm clothes. The fair was part of the nationwide event called Project Homeless Connect that brings services to those in need.

STA to receive $2.8 million from settlement

The Sitka Tribe of Alaska is expected to receive $2.8 million, following a landmark Supreme Court case. (Photo from 'StockMonkeys.com' www.stockmonkeys.com)The Sitka Tribe of Alaska is awaiting a $2.8 million dollar check, the result of a historic class action lawsuit against the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

How a deer can cause a plane crash

IMG_5046Throughout this year’s hunting season, Sitka’s airport has been contending with an unusual issue: dead deer. Carcasses have been washing up on the runway since November, attracting birds. And this has posed a big problem to business as usual.

Assembly backs local proposal for marijuana tax remittance

6355404323_cf97f9c58e_zOn Tuesday (01-26-16), the Assembly distributed several awards of recognition and heard a proposal from the Marijuana Advisory Committee regarding taxations on marijuana products.

Medicaid isn’t just for seniors

Stethoscope-300x236Under Medicaid expansion, thousands of more people are now eligible for health care from the state.

High schoolers battle with bots

IMG_4510 (1)High schoolers from around Southeast met in Sitka on Wednesday (1-27-16) to duke it out with their robots at a regional First Tech Challenge.

Task Force proposes “Grand Bargain” budget model

The Citizens' Task Force has been shouldering investigating budget questions for the Assembly, and plans to make it's final recommendations in the next two months. (Photo credit: http://401kcalculator.org)Last night (01-26-16), the Sitka Assembly met with the Citizens’ Task Force for a work session to discuss the city’s financial future and make recommendations for future budgets. For that, the Task Force has a three-part solution called “The Grand Bargain.”

Wegner accepts two more years, cell phone

Mary Wegner was the Sitka School District's director of Special Education from 1997-2001. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)The Sitka School Board has offered a two-year contract extension to superintendent Mary Wegner. She won’t get a pay raise in the coming year, but she will get a cell phone.

Power blips traced to transformer at SPC

The Seafood Producers' Cooperative had a faulty transformer, which caused periodic blips in power in the downtown area today (01-25-16).Sitka experienced small blips in power this morning (01-25-16), likely due to a failing transformer owned and operated by the Seafood Producers Cooperative.

Portion of float plane dock deteriorates

IMG_3542On Saturday afternoon (01-24-16), one of the pilings supporting Sitka’s floatplane facility crumbled.