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Sitka begins switch-over to Indian River water

A text message alert sent out from the city on Monday warned residents that they might see yellow water coming out of the tap -- but the water is safe to drink, and meeting all drinking water standards.

Boater missing near Cross Sound is found, rescued

McConnell's skiff ran out of gas and drifted to Hogan Island. (KCAW graphic)A boater who went missing near Cross Sound on Thursday (8-7-14) was found and rescued after a 24-hour, multi-agency search. The US Coast Guard and US Forest Service found 21-year-old Gus McConnell on the north side of Hogan Island, in the mouth of Portlock Harbor, about 55 miles northwest of Sitka.

Fairbanks station stays with APRN — for now

kuacKUAC-FM in Fairbanks will not leave the Alaska Public Radio Network, at least not for a couple months.

Seven candidates to vie for Sitka assembly

Four more candidates have thrown their hats in the ring for municipal office in Sitka. Steven Eisenbeisz, who ran last year as a write-in candidate, filed for assembly about 90 minutes before today’s deadline. He missed winning a seat in that election by only 56 votes. Two other candidates, Lillian Feldpausch and Thor Christianson also filed just under the wire. Orion Hughes-Knowles will challenge incumbent Mim McConnell for the mayor's seat.

Assembly, School Board filing deadline Friday

The filing deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, August 8 for candidates running for mayor, assembly and school board in Sitka. So far, four candidates have filed to run for assembly and two for school board. Mayor Mim McConnell is running for reelection. No other candidate has yet filed to challenge her.

With final mission, Kluting says goodbye to SAR

Don Kluting resigned from Sitka Mountain Rescue on July 30, 2014, after 29 years as a SAR volunteer. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)When search and rescue responded to a call on Harbor Mountain last Friday, the mission marked the end of an era: it was the final outing for Don Kluting, who served as Sitka’s search captain for two decades. Kluting resigned last week, after the city decided to move SAR back into the Fire Department.

Stiff penalties for out-of-season fishing

Two Californian fishermen recently learned that commercial trolling out of season near Sitka - even by a single day - can be expensive.

Four-day troll closure starts this weekend

A troller in Sitka's ANB Harbor. The annual troll closure starts at midnight on Saturday. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)The Southeast troll fishery for all salmon will close starting at midnight on Saturday, August 9. It will reopen at 12:01 AM on Thursday, August 14.

Community dirt good for growth

Soil for the taking at Blatchley Community Garden. (KCAW photo/Greta Mart)Sitkans hoping to cultivate a home garden often face one major obstacle: where to find enough dirt -- especially dirt with the right kind of nutrients for growing healthy crops. Now there’s a solution: a community dirt pile, free for the taking.

Kettleson bids $1M higher than expected

The bids are in for Sitka’s Kettleson Memorial Library expansion -- and contractors are estimating that the project, as currently envisioned, would cost about $1-million more than the city had expected. At a special assembly meeting Thursday, city staff proposed cuts to the project.