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At deadline: 11 candidates file for Sitka offices

With 11 candidates and 1 ballot proposition on property taxes, Sitkans will have a lot to think about when they head to the polls October 4. (Creative Commons photo)The filing period for municipal elections closed at 5 PM Friday. And three more Sitkans filed for assembly just before the deadline, and there’s also another candidate for mayor.

Summit kicks off ferry management study

Passengers board the ferry Malaspina while vehicles wait to load at the Auke Bay terminal in Juneau. Travelers will no longer be able to take advantage of some discounts, due to budget cuts. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)An effort to restructure the Alaska Marine Highway System begins Aug. 20 at a summit in Anchorage.

Sitka chef competes for national seafood crown

IMG_7516 (1)A Sitka chef has been chosen to compete in the 2016 Great American Seafood Cook-Off. On Saturday (08-06-16), Collette Nelson will battle chefs from across the country in front of a live TV audience in New Orleans.

Paxton and Miyasato run for Mayor; Knox for Assembly

assemblymayorraceAs the filing period for the municipal election draws to a close, three more Sitkans have stepped forward. Today (08-04-16), Gary Paxton and Ben Miyasato filed to run for Mayor, while Kevin Knox filed to run for Assembly.

Library celebrates new Potter book with Quidditch game

2016-07-30 10.32.24-2The Harry Potter books are having a second wave. Author J.K. Rowling released a new play, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” on Sunday (07-31-16), which inspired literary events all over the country. In Sitka, the local library held a tournament in honor of the book’s #1 sport - Quidditch.

Hunter files for Mayor, Swanson for Assembly

Two more Sitkans filed for the municipal election in October. Deputy Mayor Matthew Hunter has filed for mayor. Assemblymen Aaron Swanson has filed to run again.Two more Sitkans filed for the municipal election in October. Deputy Mayor Matthew Hunter has filed for mayor. Assemblymen Aaron Swanson has filed to run again.

Assembly approves 8 mill ballot question on first reading

IMG_7599Last night (08-02-16), the Assembly unanimously passed - on first reading - an ordinance that would ask voters if the city should raise the cap on property taxes to 8 mills.

From Tongass Farm to Sitka table

Farm 1 The vast majority of Sitkans get their meat and dairy products off a barge, shipped hundreds of miles. But Bobbi Daniels of the Sawmill Farm is determined to change that.

Murkowski talks Trump, Tongass

0f52baae-ceb8-4168-91ce-24cebc96f581Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski is standing amid beers and balloons, speaking to a group of Sitkans.

Sitka resident indicted on forgery charges

13613228_1029476793834440_7225787263303247822_oA grand jury has indicted a 27-year-old Sitka resident for forging almost 30 checks from a local tour business.