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SHS swim team wins regional championships

IMG_2454A co-ed effort clinched first place for the Sitka Wolves at the Region V Swim Championships over the weekend (10-30-15). The combined team score was 264.50. Second went to Juneau Douglas with 255.

Arrest video raises questions of excessive force in Sitka jail

The video of Hoogendorn's arrest was procured by a defense attorney, and posted in social media by Sitka teacher Alexander Allison. (YouTube image capture)Sitka police are defending their actions in the arrest of an 18-year-old man last year, who was tasered multiple times in his jail cell. A video of the incident has gone viral.

Responders rescue teen girl from Kruzof Island

Emergency responders rescued a 16-year-old girl Friday night, after she badly injured her leg while hiking on Kruzof Island, about 10 miles northwest of Sitka.

LeConte could boost Sitka ferry service

The LeConte docks at Juneau's Auke Bay terminal in 2013. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Alaska Marine Highway officials have identified several ways to increase ferry service to Sitka next summer. It’s in response to community concerns about the fast ferry Fairweather being indefinitely tied up.

Partners gather to work on sustainable projects

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Adam Davis of the Organized Village of Kake leads a group of energy experts into the forest around his home community of Kake to explore micro-hydroelectic opportunities. (Photo courtesy of Sustainable Southeast Partnership.)

Representatives from communities in Southeast met up … more

Alaska Bulk Water given another chance

bulk-waterThough not a single drop of raw water has been exported, the Sitka Assembly is offering Alaska Bulk Water Incorporated another chance to deliver on their promises. At the company’s request, the Sitka Assembly on Tuesday (10-27-15) agreed to extend their contract for the sixth time.

Garbage rates likely to increase for first time in ten years

rateincrease_solidwasteTuesday night (10-27-15), the Sitka Assembly approved a contract with Alaska Pacific Environmental Services to continue collecting Sitka’s garbage. The agreement does come with one important caveat: In their bid, Alaska Pacific said customer rates must increase by 21.3%.

Police identify cemetery vandals as group of juveniles

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASitka Police have caught the culprits behind a series of vandalisms in a 200-year-old cemetery. The police acted on a handful of tips from citizens. Lance Ewers, the Sitka Police Lieutenant, described the culprits as a small group of juveniles between the ages of 10 and 12.

Teachers confer about math, science


Teachers examine artificial moon and mars soil at the Alaska Math and Science Conference, held at Sitka High School. (Brielle Schaeffer/KCAW photo)

Hundreds of teachers from across the state convened in Sitka last weekend (10-24-15) for the Alaska Math and … more

Alaska Sacred Harp singers convene in Sitka

10-24-15-Sacred-Harp-group-sing-500x296Sacred Harp singing is a traditional American gospel genre from the South. Several dozen Alaskans involved in the style gathered in Sitka last weekend to share songs and work on their technique.