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Assembly votes to dissolve Sitka Community Hospital board

Sitka Community Hospital. (Photo courtesy of the Sitka Community Hospital Foundation)The Sitka Assembly voted this week to dissolve and restructure the board of the city-owned Sitka Community Hospital, in the aftermath of the hospital’s financial crisis this winter.

Assembly tries, again, for alternative to CVB

A screenshot of the Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau website. The assembly has voted to dissolve the bureau. (Screenshot June 24, 2015)Sitka will try, again, to find an alternative to the existing Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Sitka Assembly on Tuesday directed the city to reach out to local contractors who might take over the CVB's work.

Chautauqua brings music to unexpected places

The New Old Time Chautauqua's "Concert For Our Ancestors" at the Russian Orthodox Cemetery, 7/13/15. KCAW photo/ Vanessa WalkerThe New Old Time Chautauqua ended its Southeast Alaska tour in Sitka on Monday (7-13-15) with a performance at the Russian Orthodox Cemetery

Blue Lake Dam spills, months ahead of schedule

The Blue Lake dam spilled for the first time this weekend, several months ahead of schedule. (Photo courtesy of Lance Ewers).Sitka’s Blue Lake hydro project reached another milestone this weekend, as water began spilling over the lip of the Blue Lake Dam.

As clean-up ends, Chichagof mine goes wild

09boomer featured image. Photo courtesy Forest Service.Although Alaska’s Gold Rush never really paid off in the Sitka area, that didn’t stop people from trying. On neighboring Chichagof Island, thousands of prospectors are thought to have combed the valleys and mountain sides looking for gold in the late 1800s.

Silver Bay Seafoods to deal for more Sitka waterfront

Sitka's industrial park board has more faith in seafood than in bulkwater at the moment. At its last meeting (6-25-15) the board opened negotiations to provide Silver Bay Seafoods with more land.

King opening to close July 8, after eight days

Sitka's ANB Harbor, home to many local trollers. (KCAW photo/Greta Mart)Southeast commercial trollers will soon take a break from the king salmon harvest, but the final target this year remains anyone’s guess.

JKT: Budget a ‘fair deal,’ Walker should expand Medicaid

Sitka Democrat Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins speaking about Native language immersion schools.When all is said and done, Alaska’s budget for the coming year is a “fair deal.” That’s the verdict from State Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins . KCAW spoke with the lawmaker, who is eager for action on Medicaid expansion and “wonking out,” on a proposed natural gas pipeline.

Farmers market returns for 8th season

Locally harvested produce, artisan crafts, and live entertainment can all be found in one place this summer: the Sitka Farmers Market.

‘Visiting Hours’ makes sense of the senseless

Visiting_Hours_CoverCan a man be a victim of his own crime? Sitka Fine Arts Camp writing teacher Amy Butcher's debut memoir unpacks the trauma of homicide -- when a good friend is the perpetrator.