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What’s happening at tonight’s Assembly meeting?

4434354492_8e440d4999_oA lot. After a three week hiatus, the Sitka Assembly has a hefty agenda that touches upon everything from marijuana business and distracted driving, to landslide risk and budgeting.

Historical tensions surface in land use meeting

IMG_4420The Planning Commission is revising the land use section of Sitka’s Comprehensive Plan. They’re inviting the public to weigh in. But at Tuesday night’s (4-5-16) meeting, it was the past - not the future - that took center stage.

Assembly receptive to Sitka school budget plan

160407_SchoolBoard_Assembly_woolseyThe Sitka School Board and the assembly are not far apart on how much support the city will provide the district next year. But what if some of the school district’s worst budget fears come to pass?

UPDATE: Missing kayaker presumed dead

Jesse Mills was reported missing by his wife Amy Fyrdundel this morning (04-07-16).The Coast Guard suspended the search for 41-year-old Jesse Mills of Sitka this afternoon (Friday 4-8-16).

Don Young talks cheap power, development

IMG_4898U.S. Representative Don Young made a stop in Sitka on Wednesday (4-6-16) to speak at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon. The 22-term congressman, known for being a loose cannon, railed against business regulations and the media, but rallied for affordable energy.

Parents advocate for after-school Ventures program

In addition to running before-and-after school programs, Ventures also provides summer activities. Over the past 10 years, the district's operating budget has subsidized Ventures at just over $15,000.Sitka families spoke out against closing Ventures, at the regular meeting of the school board this week (Tue 4-5-16). And an elementary school Science teacher is headed to Washington DC on a year-long fellowship.

Citywide furlough to be considered at budget meeting

IMG_4435Budget season is officially here for the City and Borough of Sitka. A draft copy of the FY17 budget has been distributed to all Assembly members in thick white binders.

Sitka man indicted for wine bottle assault

A Sitka Grand Jury has indicted a man for assault charges, after he allegedly hit a store manager with a stolen bottle of wine.

Japanese delegation visits from Sitka’s Sister City

IMG_6925Sitka has a sister city in Nemuro, Japan. Like Sitka, Nemuro is an ocean-facing fishing port, but bigger - about 30,000 people to Sitka’s 10,000. And on Monday (04-04-16), Nemuro citizens visited Sitka’s city hall to commemorate their decades-long relationship.

Surf’s up in Sitka

160401_Surf_Schaeffer01Warmer winters have pushed Sitka snowboarders and other adventurers out of the mountains and into the water. The ocean swell and rock breaks right near the heart of town create prime wave conditions. But locals are worried about revealing too much about their secret spot.