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Update: Ferry engine damage could affect Sitka service

The fast ferry Fairweather sails Chatham Strait, between Admiralty and Chichagof islands in 2010. One of its four new engines broke March 7 while sailing Prince William Sound. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)One of the Alaska Marine Highway’s new ferry engines is down. That could affect service in Southeast, including Sitka, and Prince William Sound.

Sitka Wolves, Lady Wolves claw their way to regional titles

The Lady Wolves celebrate their regional win in Ketchikan, before heading to state in Anchorage. (Ingfrid Olney-Miller photo)Both of Sitka High's basketball teams recovered from opening -game losses and claimed 3A Region V Basketball titles today (Sat 3-7-15).

1A Championship Slideshow: Small schools play big basketball

150306_25_1A_woolseyThe Kake Lady Thunderbirds are the 1A Region V Basketball champions. Kake beat the Angoon Lady Eagles 53 - 37 in the title game Friday night in Sitka. The Klawock Chieftans took the boys title, defeating Kake 56 - 40.

Hospital on the mend, as permanent CEO Rob Allen takes the wheel

1-IMG_7710After six weeks on the job, Rob Allen - the interim CEO of Sitka Community Hospital - has agreed to take on the position permanently. He announced his decision during the hospital board’s last meeting in February (2-26-15) and expects to negotiate for a contract soon. He says the hospital’s financial panic has subsided, thanks in large part to the staff members who rode the wave.

Overdose suspected in death of Sitka 24-year old

Ian_Blair-001Dispatch received a call Friday morning (3-6-15) that a man was not breathing at a Monastery St. apartment. Once on scene, responders attempted to resuscitate 24-year old Ian Blair, but were unsuccessful. Police suspect Blair died of a drug overdose.

‘Dead Reckoning’ tackles the realities of fishing

DEADRECKONINGIn Dead Reckoning, Alaskan author Dave Atcheson revisits his introduction to commercial fishing -- and the harrowing near-disaster that changed the lives of everyone on his crew.

Kake, Angoon, Klawock match up in 1A championships Friday

Tournament play starts Thursday at 1:30 PM when the Mt. Edgecumbe Lady Braves meet Nikiski.It’s a big night for basketball in Sitka, even though no Sitka team is playing. This week Mt. Edgecumbe has been hosting the Region V Basketball tournament for 1A schools, and the championship games are tonight. Meanwhile in the 3A tourney in Ketchikan, both title games will be played tomorrow (Sat 3-7-15).

Sitka, Mt. Edgecumbe to meet in rematch for conference title

The Sitka Lady Wolves may have eliminated Mt. Edgecumbe, but they'll have to beat Petersburg twice to win the Region V title. (KCAW photo/Ingfrid Olney-Miller)The Sitka Wolves earned a re-match with the Mt. Edgecumbe Braves Friday, with the 3A Region V Basketball championship on the line. The Sitka Lady Wolves eliminated the Mt. Edgecumbe Lady Braves Thursday, and will challenge Petersburg for the title.

Top-seeded Wolves lose opener to MEHS Braves

The Wolves lost to Mt. Edgecumbe, despite a first-round bye. (KCAW photo/Ingfrid Olney-Miller)Like the Lady Wolves, the Sitka High boys yesterday (Wed 3-4-15) lost their first game of the Region V Basketball tournament in Ketchikan, to Mt. Edgecumbe, 46-55.

Kreiss-Tomkins unpacks Alaska’s ‘budget apocalypse’

Kreiss-Tomkins' news was not all bad. Some departments, like Fish & Game, will survive deep cuts without much disruption. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)In the budget “apocalypse," Sitka Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins says, "We’re going to alter the status quo we’ve had in Alaska for the last 40 years."