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Reckless driver takes out pole, cuts power to Sitka

The 2002 Honda Pilot rests in the bushes next to the pole it broke in half. Up above are Sitka's 69kV transmission lines. (Sitka Electric Dept. photo)Much of Sitka was without power Sunday night (5-15-16) after a car smashed into a utility pole at about 11 PM. The 2002 Honda Pilot hit the pole in the 1300-block of Sawmill Creek Road, more or less severing it.

Looking for ‘The Big Long’ at Sitka Economic Forum

Creative thinking by the inspiration for "The Big Short," Michael Burry, has inspired Garry White and the Sitka Economic Development Association.The Sitka Economic Development Association is counting on residents to put their heads together to create innovative possibilities for growth in Sitka, during a forum May 17.

Aggressive sea lion harasses fishermen

FullSizeRenderA 2,500-pound terrorist has been surprising sport and commercial fishermen outside Sitka harbors. There’s one thing he’s after—fish -- and the season is just ramping up. This federally-protected mammal is causing more trouble than his weight for the city.

Clement seeks a shared vision for SEARHC, Sitka Community Hospital

SEARHC CEO Charles Clement. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium has no active plans to merge with Sitka Community Hospital, but SEARHC CEO Charles Clement believes the two organizations should discuss a shared vision.

Assembly and Tribe talk finances, future

It was a meeting of the minds for the Sitka Assembly and the Sitka Tribal Council on Wednesday night  (5-11-16). The bodies got together for their twice yearly government-to-government dinner at the Westmark to discuss the city’s finances  and the tribe’s future.

City takes stock of municipal lands

Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 11.25.58 AMThe Sitka Assembly held a work session Tuesday night (5-10-16) to review a land use inventory recently conducted by the Planning Department, mapping how Sitka lands are used and plotting future use.

Tribal concerns ‘acknowledged’ in updated land use plan

Commissioners agreed that settling outstanding Tribal land concerns -- particularly for seizures during WWII -- were the responsibility of the federal government.The Sitka Planning Commission has postponed approval of a revised historical chapter in Sitka’s Comprehensive Plan, until language can be added acknowledging that there are outstanding issues with Tribal claims.

Amid revenue crisis, Assembly places their chips on property taxes

SitkaPropertiesAt their regular meeting last night (5-10-16), the Assembly heard the pros and cons of adjusting Sitka’s property taxes from Assessor Wendy Lawrence. The Assembly wants to uncap the 6 mill rate, but they aren't sure how to make their case to the public.

Sitka’s K-8 teachers back new English curriculum

The school board will make a final decision about the English Language Arts curriculum later this summer. The cost for K-8 materials could run as high as $250,000.The Sitka School District is moving ahead with plans to implement a new English Language Arts curriculum in the elementary grades -- at a cost expected to be somewhere around $250,000.

Sealaska invests in Seattle fish processing plant

Sealaska Plaza is the regional Native corporation's Juneau headquarters. Officials say winter dividends will be paid around Dec. 5. (Heather Bryant/KTOO)Southeast Alaska’s regional Native corporation is back in the seafood business. Sealaska announced the purchase of a minority share of a Seattle processing plant Monday.