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Few ballots cast for primary election

IMG_8664Voter turnout for the primary election was low yesterday (08-17-16), as Sitkans chose their party candidates for the U.S. Senate, House, and Alaska state legislature.

A city responds to a landslide: ‘It was a loss of innocence’

2016-08-15-020For much of Sitka, the August 18, 2015 landslide was a wake-up call that even the most settled parts of Alaska remain dynamic -- and sometimes dangerous -- places. Local leadership found itself in an unprecedented situation.

Corrosion found on Blue Lake turbines

02-IMG_9093-500x333The Sitka Electric Department has discovered corrosion in the three new blue lake turbines.

A weather forecaster returns to Sitka’s slide: ‘We were snakebit’

National Weather Service Meteorologist Joel Curtis (left) speaking with reporters in the aftermath of the 2015 slide, along with DOT geologist Mitch McDonald and Deputy Fire Chief Al Stevens (right). Curtis served as the incident meteorologist for the recovery effort. He describes it as one of the "major events" of his three-decade career.  (Robert Woolsey, KCAW)In part 1 of a 5-part series looking back on the Sitka landslide, National Weather Service meteorologist Joel Curtis returns to the scene of “one of the major events” of his professional life.

Who is on Tuesday’s Southeast primary ballots?

Southeast Alaska's House districts are 33, 34, 35 and 36. The Senate districts, which each include two House districts, are Q and R. (Map courtesy Alaska Redistricting Board)Southeast Alaska's four House and two Senate districts have no primary contests this year. Two have no contests at all.

SE Conference brainstorms a fix for Alaska’s ferries

Robert Venables is the former city manager of Haines. He says that the legislature understands that "there's a true sense of crisis" in the system. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Governor Bill Walker earlier this year empowered the Southeast Conference to look for solutions to the Alaska Marine Highway’s ongoing problems. Robert Venables explains how.

Miller appointed acting police chief

0715firetrucksFire Chief Dave Miller was appointed Acting Police Chief today (08-11-16) by municipal administrator Mark Gorman. Sitka’s Police Chief Sheldon Schmitt will be out on extended family medical leave until further notice.

Property tax question to appear on October ballot

Voters this fall will also be asked a ballot question that, if passed, would raise the mill rate for the first time in 20 years. (Photo by Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)On Tuesday night (08-10-16), the Sitka Assembly (08-10-16) approved placing a question on the October 4th ballot to raise the property tax cap from 6 mills to 8 mills. They also adjusted a loan payment plan for Baranof Island Brewing Company.

Right, left brains meet at Sitka Arts & Science Fest

Where do art and science intersect? Anna Weitelmann's notes on water quality illustrate an obvious answer.The Sitka Fine Arts Camp, along with the Sitka Sound Science Center and the Island Institute, hosted the first ever Arts & Science Festival, straddling the right/left brain divide.

Sitka Assembly narrows city attorney selection

8025297285_4d7343a3f8_oTwelve individuals have applied to be Sitka’s next city attorney. During a special meeting last night (08-10-16), the Assembly voted on their top picks for follow-up interviews.