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High schoolers battle with bots

IMG_4510 (1)High schoolers from around Southeast met in Sitka on Wednesday (1-27-16) to duke it out with their robots at a regional First Tech Challenge.

Task Force proposes “Grand Bargain” budget model

The Citizens' Task Force has been shouldering investigating budget questions for the Assembly, and plans to make it's final recommendations in the next two months. (Photo credit: http://401kcalculator.org)Last night (01-26-16), the Sitka Assembly met with the Citizens’ Task Force for a work session to discuss the city’s financial future and make recommendations for future budgets. For that, the Task Force has a three-part solution called “The Grand Bargain.”

Wegner accepts two more years, cell phone

Mary Wegner was the Sitka School District's director of Special Education from 1997-2001. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)The Sitka School Board has offered a two-year contract extension to superintendent Mary Wegner. She won’t get a pay raise in the coming year, but she will get a cell phone.

Power blips traced to transformer at SPC

The Seafood Producers' Cooperative had a faulty transformer, which caused periodic blips in power in the downtown area today (01-25-16).Sitka experienced small blips in power this morning (01-25-16), likely due to a failing transformer owned and operated by the Seafood Producers Cooperative.

Portion of float plane dock deteriorates

IMG_3542On Saturday afternoon (01-24-16), one of the pilings supporting Sitka’s floatplane facility crumbled.

Police looking for convicted felon

Police are looking for Jeremy Beebe, age 42, after he failed to report to the Sitka jail to serve a 21-month sentence. (Photo courtesy of SPD)Police are looking for Jeremy Beebe, age 42, after he failed to report to the Sitka jail to serve a 21-month sentence.

Kreiss-Tomkins previews session, proposes license plate design contest

The Alaska legislature gaveled in Tuesday (01-19-16), in what will be the fourth session for Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins of House District 35. In sharing his goals for the session, Kreiss-Tomkins has a few policy ideas up his sleeve.

Suspected drunk driver crashes into Sitka post office

In addition to crushing the storefront, the SUV hit a parked car, a street sign, and ran over the mailbox. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Police are investigating a woman for drunk driving, after she plowed her SUV into the Sitka’s downtown postal substation Tuesday night (1-19-16).

‘Olfactory’ smells like victory at Blatchley bee

Romy Bekeris with her trophy, a Merriam-Webster dictionary. KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey.It was a duel to the finish, in the annual Scripps Spelling Bee at Blatchley Middle School Tuesday night (1-19-16). Eighth-grader Romy Bekeris took the prize.

Wegner asks for no raise; school board talks budget

Mary Wegner, during her job interview with the Sitka School Board. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Tonight, the Sitka School Board will meet in special session to finalize contract negotiations with Superintendent Mary Wegner. At their meeting last Monday (01-11-16), the board also revised the FY16 budget and reviewed its legislative priorities.