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Native language bill has personal meaning for Sitka family

Jessie Johnnie's speech was recorded by X̱'unei Lance Twitchell in September 2011. He asked her what students of the Tlingit language need in order to succeed.Twenty Native languages, including Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian, became official state languages on Thursday, Oct. 23. For Sitka resident Heather Powell, the signing marked a personal victory for a member of her family.

Is someone poisoning Sitka bears?

Cin-blond sow+cub082713_9998PM-sSomeone appears to be poisoning bears near Sitka’s Sawmill Creek Road. A young male found dead last week may be the latest victim.

HD35 candidates debate in Sitka

Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (l) and Petersburg Republican Steven Samuelson debated a range of issues before the Sitka Chamber of Commerce (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)The two candidates for House District 35 met in Sitka for a sometimes testy exchange before the Chamber of Commerce. Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and Petersburg Republican Steven Samuelson took questions Friday on topics from fishing to healthcare. But the debate sometimes revolved more around age and experience.

Consultant: Tourism branding needs to be different

Tourism consultant John Kelsh of Great Destination Strategies discusses community branding at a Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)Sitka can’t boost tourism by waiting for consensus. That’s the message from marketing consultant John Kelsh, who addressed the Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

147 years later, a changing of the flags on Castle Hill

Keeley LaRose came with her family to watch the ceremony (KCAW photo/Emily Kwong)Sitka celebrated the 147th anniversary of the Alaska transfer on Saturday (10-18-14) with a big parade and a period reenactment.

Is Southeast Alaska safe for sea stars?

Sunflower star losing arms in Sitka aquarium. (Photo by  Taylor White/EarthFix)Sea stars, commonly known as starfish, have been vanishing from North America’s Pacific shoreline. Whatever is killing them has spread as far north as Sitka.

Man drowns in ANB Harbor

ANB Harbor (KCAW photo/Greta Mart)Sitka police say the 41-year-old fell off the main float at ANB harbor last Thursday afternoon.

Campaigning in Sitka, Dunbar takes on fisheries, mining

Democrat Forrest Dunbar campaigned in Sitka on August 7, 2014. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Congressional candidate Forrest Dunbar says he will push to protect a key federal fishery law if he’s elected. He also voiced concerns about transboundary British Columbia mines during a Sitka campaign visit.

Sitka Sound Science Center presents new face to the public

Gil Truitt (left) cuts the ribbon on the newly renovated Sage Building, while Research Director Tori O'Connell applauds. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz).After a summer cocooned in scaffolding, the Sitka Sound Science Center shed its tarps for an Alaska Day unveiling ceremony. The three-year, $1.4-million dollar effort overhauled the exterior of the 1930-era Sage Building, which once housed the science programs at Sheldon Jackson College.

In run-up to Nov. 4 election, Chamber forum questions Samuelson, Kreiss-Tomkins

PHOTOHouse District candidates spoke at the Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Friday (10-17-14). Incumbent Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and challenger Steven Samuelson fielded a mix of questions, some provided in advance by the Chamber and others sourced from the audience.