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Community Schools to move under private management

Filipinos make up 9% of the Sitka School District, yet there is no Tagalog-speaking staff member or formal support group to help new students. In her own way, Jasmine has taken up that cause. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)Sitka’s Community Schools program will be under private management starting October 1. The Sitka School Board had hoped for proposals this summer. When none came in, they put the program out to bid.

Feds: B.C. mines won’t go before international commission

Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Anchorage Aug. 30. Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, in suit, and First Lady Donna Walker are among those greeting the secretary. (Photo courtesy Office of Gov. Walker)The U.S. State Department will not propose putting Southeast Alaska’s transboundary mine conflict before the International Joint Commission. That’s the U.S.-Canada panel that addresses cross-border water issues.

Sitka man indicted on drug and weapon charges

A Sitka man is facing felony charges for misconduct involving a controlled substance. The three charges include delivering and possessing methamphetamine, as well as knowingly possessing a weapon during the commission of an offense.

Bear vs. chicken: How to protect your hen house

Crupi electrifiesTKE crowd 050815-02pm (1)A killer is on the loose in Sitka and he’s hairy, stinky, and walks on all fours. For the past two and a half weeks, a juvenile brown bear has been breaking into Sitka backyards and nursing an appetite for chickens.

Sitka woman indicted for brandishing a knife

A Sitka woman is facing felony charges for allegedly threatening her husband with a knife in a domestic dispute. This is a class C felony.

Climbing 2200 steps in memory of fallen firefighters

IMG_1491The 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb commemorates the lives of the 343 firefighters lost in the twin towers on September 11th. Participants take a symbolic walk once a year in the shoes of the fallen, climbing 110 stories. Although Sitka’s tallest building is only seven stories high, the local fire department has found a way to bring this emerging tradition home.

Fish biologist spawns new career in education

Lon Garrison (Sitka Sound Science Center photo)The newest employee of the Alaska Association of School Boards knows a thing or two about rearing young creatures. Lon Garrison has spent 30 years in aquaculture.

Alaska’s top crime novelist hangs up his real-life gumshoes

John Straley, in his office at the Sitka Public Defender. With up to 50 cases in play at any given time, Straley says the work "can be rewarding, but also heartbreaking." (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)One of Alaska’s most well-known writers is quitting his day job. John Straley has published nine novels, a book of poetry, and numerous essays. He's also been a criminal defense investigator for 31 years.

Wildlife violations accumulate in Sitka

Alaska Wildlife Troopers responded to several wildlife violations in Sitka this month. They included an attempt to sell a big game trophy, smashing spawning salmon in Indian River, and killing a doe prior to the September 15th opening.

New Southeast, Southwest transportation chief named

Mike Coffey takes over as Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Southcoast Region director Oct. 1. (Photo courtesy DOTPF)Mike Coffey, a longtime Department of Transportation manager, will soon be in charge of the agency’s Southeast and Southwest Alaska operations.