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Dadburnit! Historic weapons ousted from Sitka airport

10-IMG_2979Sitka’s military past brushed elbows with present day security last Friday (10-10-14). At 11am, a TSA official called the police to report there was a man with a gun in the airport. but it wasn’t just any type of gun.

Goodbye, hello: Assembly seats elex winners, greets newcomers

Colleen Ingman (l) administers the oath of office to new Assembly member Tristan Guevin. Another new assembly member, Steven Eisenbeisz, was out of town. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)It was an evening of farewells and greetings in Sitka’s assembly chambers Tuesday night, as the reins of local government were transferred to the winners of last week’s municipal elections. It was also an occasion to greet newly-arrived permanent city hires, and welcome some enthusiastic, temporary residents.

Ban lifted, Sitka couple’s long marriage recognized

8-IMG_2933The first same-sex couple to head to Sitka's courthouse on Monday following the reversal of Alaska's 16-year long ban on gay marriage didn't have to bother. The judge ordered Alaska to recognize Heidi and Karla Horner Raffaele's legal marriage in California.

Gubernatorial tickets lay out differences in Sitka

Democrat Byron Mallott (left) and Independent Bill Walker shook up the gubernatorial race when they merged campaigns. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker and his running mate, Democrat Byron Mallott, came through Sitka on a recent campaign swing, overlapping with Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, Dan Sullivan. And on issues from healthcare to oil taxes, the two tickets provided a study in contrasts.

Sealaska closes Kake satellite office

Kake, in central Southeast Alaska, lost three jobs when Sealaska subsidiary Managed Business Solutions closed its satellite office last month.A Sealaska subsidiary has closed its office in Kake, laying off three people. That's because Colorado-based Managed Business Solutions lost a large contract.

No change in muni elex results after absentee counting

You can please some of the people some of the time.... Municipal clerk Colleen Ingman holds up a ballot on which a voter has written "Don't like any of these." Absentee counting did not change the outcome of Tuesday's (10-7-14) election. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Mim McConnell solidified her lead in the mayor’s race -- but other than that there were no changes in the outcome of Sitka’s municipal elections following the counting of absentee ballots Friday afternoon (10-10-14).

District 35 Candidate Forum: Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and Steven Samuelson

Republican Steven Samuelson is challenging incumbent Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins in the race for State House.Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and Republican Steven Samuelson took questions from constituents during a live call-in forum last night [10-10-14] at KFSK in Petersburg.

Southeast cities hot and cold on ballot measures

Southeast Alaska voters shot down some tax changes and construction projects during the Oct. 7 municipal elections. Here’s a quick look at what passed and what didn’t.

How is a health initiative born? (Hint: It involves stickers)

IMG_4939In it's 8th year, enrollment at the Sitka Health Summit Planning Day was at a record high. Last Friday (10-03-14), 82 participants generated hundreds of ideas to improve health and wellness in the community. Their goal? To vote and commit to two ideas by the end of the day.

Mock election at SHS reflects millennial priorities

IMG_5094On Tuesday (10-7-14), not all the voting in Sitka happened at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Up the street at Sitka High School, students headed to the polls in a mock election. While the student voters may not have completely agreed with the electorate at-large, their opinions were—mostly! —based on thorough research.