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Magic or therapy? Tarot a guide to the possible

Aufrichtig says it almost doesn't matter what cards are drawn -- they all speak to some aspect of our lives. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Earlier this year Sitka had a tarot card reader in residence -- he read over seventy people’s cards in a downtown coffee shop. The Tarot, it turns out, is mystical -- but not magic. Like professional therapy, it's really about looking into a mirror, as KCAW’s resident tarot skeptic, Robert Woolsey, discovered.

As spree rolls on, police urge Sitkans to lock cars

Cars travel down Lincoln Street earlier this summer. (KCAW photo/Ed Ronco)Sitka police are advising residents to take more care in locking their cars, after a rash of recent break-ins.

Sitka’s Alaska Day: New audiences captivated by old magic

Odette asked the Baranof students, "What's the magic word?" "Abracadabra?" they reply. "I thought it was Please!"David Odette is a barnstorming magician participating in a one-man revival of historic magic. KCAW’s Robert Woolsey followed him to Baranof Elementary School to see how well very old illusions hold up with a very young audience -- and sent this audio postcard.

Brewton: Bad transformer ends Blue Lake’s hot streak

Sitka utility director Chris Brewton, with the hundreds of pages of planning documents for the Blue Lake project. (KCAW photo/Ed Ronco)Hopes were dashed this week that the Blue Lake Hydro project would come online weeks ahead of schedule. Utility director Chris Brewton delivered the news that one of the step-up transformers -- which convert the 12,000 volts produced by the hydroelectric turbines to 69,000 volts for transmission into town -- is defective.

Dadburnit! Historic weapons ousted from Sitka airport

10-IMG_2979Sitka’s military past brushed elbows with present day security last Friday (10-10-14). At 11am, a TSA official called the police to report there was a man with a gun in the airport. but it wasn’t just any type of gun.

Goodbye, hello: Assembly seats elex winners, greets newcomers

Colleen Ingman (l) administers the oath of office to new Assembly member Tristan Guevin. Another new assembly member, Steven Eisenbeisz, was out of town. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)It was an evening of farewells and greetings in Sitka’s assembly chambers Tuesday night, as the reins of local government were transferred to the winners of last week’s municipal elections. It was also an occasion to greet newly-arrived permanent city hires, and welcome some enthusiastic, temporary residents.

Ban lifted, Sitka couple’s long marriage recognized

8-IMG_2933The first same-sex couple to head to Sitka's courthouse on Monday following the reversal of Alaska's 16-year long ban on gay marriage didn't have to bother. The judge ordered Alaska to recognize Heidi and Karla Horner Raffaele's legal marriage in California.

Gubernatorial tickets lay out differences in Sitka

Democrat Byron Mallott (left) and Independent Bill Walker shook up the gubernatorial race when they merged campaigns. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker and his running mate, Democrat Byron Mallott, came through Sitka on a recent campaign swing, overlapping with Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, Dan Sullivan. And on issues from healthcare to oil taxes, the two tickets provided a study in contrasts.

Sealaska closes Kake satellite office

Kake, in central Southeast Alaska, lost three jobs when Sealaska subsidiary Managed Business Solutions closed its satellite office last month.A Sealaska subsidiary has closed its office in Kake, laying off three people. That's because Colorado-based Managed Business Solutions lost a large contract.

No change in muni elex results after absentee counting

You can please some of the people some of the time.... Municipal clerk Colleen Ingman holds up a ballot on which a voter has written "Don't like any of these." Absentee counting did not change the outcome of Tuesday's (10-7-14) election. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Mim McConnell solidified her lead in the mayor’s race -- but other than that there were no changes in the outcome of Sitka’s municipal elections following the counting of absentee ballots Friday afternoon (10-10-14).