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KCAW listener communities elect councils, school board

A local bulletin board in Tenakee Springs. (Flickr photo/Daniel Cornwall)Elections were also held this week in most communities served by KCAW, with the exception of Yakutat, whose voters will go to the polls later this month.

Sitka 2014 municipal election: Unofficial results

With voting concluded in the 2014 Municipal Election, Sitka may have the youngest assembly ever. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)With votes counted in the 2014 municipal election, Sitka may have the youngest assembly ever. See the unofficial results here.

Sitka’s school performance: No fault in these stars

Blatchley Middle School won a 4-star ranking under the Alaska School Performance Index. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)With anxiety running high over how Sitka schools will fare under newly-adopted state testing standards this year, the Sitka school board Monday night (10-6-14) seemed pleased to learn that -- under the old standards -- the district has shown significant improvement. But there is also some troubling information in the data.

Liveaboard firefighter stops Sitka harbor blaze

FireHose_mikehiattQuick thinking by an off-duty Sitka firefighter may have prevented a boat fire from becoming a major disaster in a local harbor Friday night. Deputy fire chief Al Stevens says Michelle Snowden, an engineer with the department, had just moved onto a liveaboard in Crescent Harbor when her pager alerted her to the fire on a neighboring vessel. She had it out before the engine arrived.

Tues, Oct. 7: Election Day!

Sitkans vote in the August 19, 2014 Primary Election (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Sitka voters are choosing a mayor, two assembly members and two school board members. Not sure who you're voting for? We've gathered links to all of our coverage, including full candidate profiles, candidate statements, and audio from our three live, on-air forums.

Over fish tacos, the verdict for two health initiatives announced

02-IMG_4993Imagine a Sitka with a detox center, an indoor playground and school gardens where kids could grow their own vegetables. Those proposals were all on the table today at Sitka Health Summit’s Planning Day at Harrigan Centennial Hall.

Conley’s return to school board: ‘I want to be a part of it’

140911_TomConley_woolsey“I’m back.” That’s how NBA legend Michael Jordan announced his return to basketball. A Sitka School Board candidate will take a page from that same book on election day (10-7-14) when voters see the name Tom Conley on the municipal ballot. Despite challenging health circumstances, the 13-year school board veteran is making a comeback to fill one of two open seats.

Feldpausch says she’s not afraid to say “no”

Lillian Feldpausch says Sitka must learn to live within its means. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Feldpausch is one of five candidates running for two open seats on the Sitka Assembly. And she says that if she’s elected, she’ll try to ensure that Sitka lives within its means.

Eisenbeisz says Sitkans’ voices must be heard

"I believe every idea deserves its time in the spotlight," says Steven Eisenbeisz. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Steven Eisenbeisz ran for Sitka Assembly last year as a write-in candidate, and he came within 54 votes of a seat at the table. This year, he’s one of five candidates for two open seats. And he says, if elected, Sitkans can count on him to make sure their voices are heard.

Election forum: School board candidates tackle standards, numbers

140930_Fulton_Conley_kwongSitka School Board candidates Tim Fulton and Tom Conley took listener questions for 90-minutes Tuesday evening (9-30-14). With only two veteran candidates running for two open seats, the discussion focused more on the immediate issues facing the district rather than policy differences.