Local News

New Mt. Edgecumbe Superintendent can relate to rural students

New Mt. Edgecumbe  superintendent Janelle Vanasse.  (KCAW Photo/Emily Russell)Mt. Edgecumbe High School has a new superintendent. Janelle Vanasse moved to Sitka from Bethel, where she worked in rural education for twenty years.

Aggressive bears concern Sitka Police

bearsIt’s not uncommon for bears roam neighborhoods in search of trash, especially in the months leading up to hibernation, but all the usual tricks for keeping Sitka’s bears at bay haven’t been working. Downloadable audio.

Linda Behnken honored by White House as “Champion of Change”

Linda Behnken spoke about the importance of mentorship in the fisheries industry while at the White House. Photo from a White House video.Behnken was one of 12 people the White House honored as “Champions of Change” in seafood sustainability. The Obama White House created the Champions of Change awards as part of the president’s “Win the future” initiative.

How should Sitka solve the housing crunch?

IMG_8209Housing was the big theme for Wednesday night’s (10-06-16) meeting of the Sitka Planning Commision.

Yakutat ANB leader calls for more youth involvement

Yakutat ANB Camp President Devlin Anderstrom delivers the keynote speech Wednesday at the Alaska State Brotherhood and Sisterhood Grand Camp Convention in Juneau. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The ANB-ANS convention's 19-year-old keynote speaker praised efforts to support and expand Native rights and culture. But he said they need to grow.

Canoe steaming carries on Tlingit and Haida tradition

Jerrod Galanin gets help lowering a basket of hot lava rocks into the canoe.  (KCAW Photo/Emily Russell)Earlier this week the skies over Eagle Beach in Sitka were filled with smoke and steam, as a carving team worked to transform a cedar dugout into an elegant, seaworthy canoe.

FEMA to fund landslide mapping for Sitka

An aerial image of the Kramer Avenue slide, from a stack in the Fire Hall where a state team is helping affected Sitkans apply for aid. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)FEMA will be stepping in to fund landslide mapping in Sitka. The Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, who will be leading the research project, announced the news on Tuesday.

Bear sighting forces temporary park closure

A sow and her twin cubs scout a creek bed near Sitka for pink salmon. (Hugh Bevan photo)Sitka National Historical Park's trails were closed for about an hour while park staff and the police responded. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game also tried to locate the bear.

Hoonah hunter mauled, medevacked to Juneau

The mauling in Neka Bay over the weekend is the fifth bear attack in the "ABC Islands" (Admiralty-Baranof-Chichagof) since August 7. (KCAW image)A helicopter from Air Station Sitka medevacked a Hoonah man to Juneau on Saturday afternoon (10-1-16), after he was mauled by a brown bear. It was the 5th brown bear attack since August in the area.

Kennicott ferry fills in while Columbia is repaired

The M/V Columbia, recently re-powered, is not one of the three ships which could possibly be retired soon. (Flickr/Gillfoto)Alaska’s largest ferry will be down for repairs longer than expected. Another ship will fill in, but it’s smaller and some travelers will have to make other arrangements.