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Chamber will take over Sitka’s visitor services

The Sitka Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is no more. The Sitka assembly last night (Tue 9-8-15) voted to dissolve the organization and transfer its responsibilities to the Chamber of Commerce, at a cost of $225,000 for the rest of the year.

Design plan for cottages neighborhood unveiled

CLT_plansAt a meeting of the Planning Commission last week, the Sitka Community Development Corporation unveiled their plan for a cottage neighborhood. The cottages are small, the land is held in trust, and the goal is to make housing affordable for Sitkans of median income. In many ways, the presentation was a dress rehearsal for this Tuesday’s (09-08-15) assembly meeting.

Fishing vessel sinks in Kelp Bay; defueled by Coast Guard

imagejpeg_1On Friday (09-04-15), a 49-foot fishing vessel sank in Kelp Bay. The owner reports that 600 gallons of diesel were on board. The cause of the sinking is still under investigation.

Seiner sinks in Eastern Channel

122Last Wednesday (09-02-15), F/V Pacific Venture sank in the vicinity of the Twins Island. Over the weekend, Marine Safety Detachment in Sitka says 500 gallons of fuel were removed and that the vessel is "stable." Salvage operations are expected to begin on Wednesday (09-09-15).

State team helps Sitka apply for disaster aid

IMG_1341Today (09-02-15) , a state team sat down with Sitkans affected by last month’s landslides. Six staff with the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and one state geologist will be in Sitka for two days, to walk city officials and citizens through the process of procuring disaster aid.

Governor declares disaster in Sitka, freeing up relief funds

150818_slides_Waldholz_01On Friday, Governor Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration for Sitka, in response to seven landslides on August 18th. According to Gorman, the cost of emergency response alone is estimated to be over half a million dollars.

Source of large oil spill in ANB Harbor identified

IMG_2990The Coast Guard has determined the source of a large diesel spill that spread from Sitka Sound into ANB harbor yesterday morning (08-31-15). The source was a commercial vessel south of ANB Harbor.

Sitka organizations offer free counseling in aftermath of slides

From left, John Raasch, of Youth Advocates of Sitka; Marita Bailey, Amy Zanuzoski and Carol Berge, of Sitka Counseling and Prevention Services; and Parcae Soule, of SEARHC, spoke about counseling resources available to Sitkans. (Rachel Waldholz, KCAW)As the city continues to cope with the aftermath of last week’s landslides, Sitka's emergency responders had one key message on Thursday: take care of yourself, and make sure to ask for help if you need it.

Nine days in, landslide response starts to scale back

City crews continued to focus Thursday on removing debris from the Kramer Avenue landslide site, working on a cleanup that officials estimate could take a month or more.

School board launches search for a new member

The Sitka School Board formally accepted the resignation of president Lon Garrison Wednesday evening (8-26-15), starting a 30-day clock in which they must name a replacement.