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Water(borne) issues float short assembly meeting

A July sunset from the Sea Walk "spur" on Crescent Harbor. The city's insurer requires a guardrail to be built here. (KCAW photo/Shaleece Haas)

If the dream of bulk water sales in Sitka ever becomes a reality, the city will be ready. The Sitka assembly last night (Tue 7-8-14) revised the way revenues from water sales will be handled, in order to avoid flooding any single department with money. The water ordinance, a guardrail along the sea walk, and floathouses were the highlights of an unusually speedy assembly meeting. more

French: Trading up to the 3rd floor of the capitol

Sen. Hollis French says Gov. Parnell's refusal to accept 3 years of federal Medicaid expansion "would have Ted Stevens rolling over in his grave." (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

Sen. Hollis French is making another bid for the executive branch, this time as Lt. Governor. The 12-year veteran of the Alaska state senate ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2010. French was in Sitka Monday (7-7-14) as part of a 10-day campaign swing through Southeast Alaska. He’s been instrumental in organizing a citizen initiative to repeal the governor’s oil tax bill — SB 21 — and says he’ll make a good team with Byron Mallot. more

New ferry schedule has few changes

The ferries Malaspina and Columbia tie up at the Ketchikan Shipyard in February of 2012. The winter ferry schedule is built around maintenance and repair work.

The ferry schedule for this fall, winter and spring is now available online. It’s similar to last year’s sailing calendar. more

After the crash: Searching for accountability in the Coast Guard

At the 2011 dedication of the Sean Krueger softball field in Sitka. Krueger was in command of CG6017. (KCAW photo/Emily Bender)

Four years ago, on July 7, 2010, a Coast Guard Air Station Sitka helicopter crashed off the coast of La Push, Washington, taking the lives of the aircraft’s commander and two crewman. The deaths of the Sitka airmen were three of 14 fatalities in the Coast Guard in a two-year period. Late last month, the Center for Investigative Reporting released an in-depth story examining the culture of safety — and accountability — in the Coast Guard. more

Sitka’s Fourth festivities

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Sitkans celebrated their independent spirit on Friday with another fabulous town-wide Fourth of July party. KCAW’s Greta Mart files this audio postcard. more

John Littlefield’s legacy: Teaching subsistence as advocacy

John Littlefield. (Family photo)

Sitkans this week will mark 40 days since the passing of John Littlefield with a traditional celebration of his life. The food will be wild, local, and plentiful — thanks in large part to his legacy. John Littlefield was a clan uncle, a father, a husband, and electrical contractor. But most of all, he was a passionate advocate for traditional subsistence rights. more

Despite higher fees, Sitka’s ANB Harbor a welcome upgrade

The newly-rebuilt ANB Harbor (KCAW photo/Greta Mart)

Construction was completed on the new ANB Harbor in Sitka in early 2014, but it wasn’t until the last week in June when local officials held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the project’s success. more

New Sealaska leaders promise growth, changes

Sealaska CEO Anthony Mallott addresses shareholders at the Sealaska annual meeting near the SeaTac Airport. (Photo courtesy Sealaska)

Sealaska’s new board chairman and CEO say the regional Native corporation is gearing up for growth. They’re following a direction set by their predecessors. But they promise some changes. more

Summer king fishing opens with record hopes

This is a salmon troller fishing near Petersburg in the 1930s. (Flickr photo/born1945)

If you’ve noticed a lot of empty slips in local harbors today, there’s a reason for that: Tuesday is the summer troll opening for king salmon — and Southeast fishermen are looking at a record high target harvest — 171,300 fish in two to three weeks of fishing. more

Begich talks climate change, veterans in Sitka

Alaska Senator Mark Begich, with his wife Deborah Bonito, visited Sitka on June 26, 2014. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

Senator Mark Begich is criss-crossing the state during Congress’s 4th of July recess. He arrived in Sitka last week having just escaped the swampy weather in Washington D.C. But a big part of his job right now is getting Alaskans to send him back into the heated politics of the capital. more