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The White Elephant at a crossroads

The White Elephant Shop. (KCAW/photo by Greta Mart)

There are now a handful of thrift shops and consignment stores in Sitka, but for decades there was only one: The White Elephant. In business for over 50 years, the White E — as locals call it — has contributed millions of dollars to support nonprofits, and to assist individuals in need of a helping hand. Until recently, the organization was run exclusively by volunteers more

Bunna Bike a boon for coffee lovers

Chris Bryner brews direct-trade coffee at his new coffee cart in Sitka. (KCAW/photo by Greta Mart)

Sitka has a new coffee brewer in town, a direct-trade connoisseur on three wheels. Local teacher Chris Bryner launches Bunna Bike. more

Sitka’s Cello Seminar brings music to the people

Robert Lee (l.) and Alex Cox study at the Cleveland Institute and the Julliard School respectively. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

Sitka is packed with students in the summertime, but these students have the largest luggage. The Sitka Cello Seminar is at its halfway point. Ten students from around the country are in town, living in Stevenson Hall on the Sitka Fine Arts Campus, and taking daily master classes with a pair of renown faculty. The seminar performed for the Sitka Chamber of Commerce this week (7-9-14). more

Water(borne) issues float short assembly meeting

A July sunset from the Sea Walk "spur" on Crescent Harbor. The city's insurer requires a guardrail to be built here. (KCAW photo/Shaleece Haas)

If the dream of bulk water sales in Sitka ever becomes a reality, the city will be ready. The Sitka assembly last night (Tue 7-8-14) revised the way revenues from water sales will be handled, in order to avoid flooding any single department with money. The water ordinance, a guardrail along the sea walk, and floathouses were the highlights of an unusually speedy assembly meeting. more

French: Trading up to the 3rd floor of the capitol

Sen. Hollis French says Gov. Parnell's refusal to accept 3 years of federal Medicaid expansion "would have Ted Stevens rolling over in his grave." (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

Sen. Hollis French is making another bid for the executive branch, this time as Lt. Governor. The 12-year veteran of the Alaska state senate ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2010. French was in Sitka Monday (7-7-14) as part of a 10-day campaign swing through Southeast Alaska. He’s been instrumental in organizing a citizen initiative to repeal the governor’s oil tax bill — SB 21 — and says he’ll make a good team with Byron Mallot. more

New ferry schedule has few changes

The ferries Malaspina and Columbia tie up at the Ketchikan Shipyard in February of 2012. The winter ferry schedule is built around maintenance and repair work.

The ferry schedule for this fall, winter and spring is now available online. It’s similar to last year’s sailing calendar. more

After the crash: Searching for accountability in the Coast Guard

At the 2011 dedication of the Sean Krueger softball field in Sitka. Krueger was in command of CG6017. (KCAW photo/Emily Bender)

Four years ago, on July 7, 2010, a Coast Guard Air Station Sitka helicopter crashed off the coast of La Push, Washington, taking the lives of the aircraft’s commander and two crewman. The deaths of the Sitka airmen were three of 14 fatalities in the Coast Guard in a two-year period. Late last month, the Center for Investigative Reporting released an in-depth story examining the culture of safety — and accountability — in the Coast Guard. more

Sitka’s Fourth festivities

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Sitkans celebrated their independent spirit on Friday with another fabulous town-wide Fourth of July party. KCAW’s Greta Mart files this audio postcard. more

John Littlefield’s legacy: Teaching subsistence as advocacy

John Littlefield. (Family photo)

Sitkans this week will mark 40 days since the passing of John Littlefield with a traditional celebration of his life. The food will be wild, local, and plentiful — thanks in large part to his legacy. John Littlefield was a clan uncle, a father, a husband, and electrical contractor. But most of all, he was a passionate advocate for traditional subsistence rights. more

Despite higher fees, Sitka’s ANB Harbor a welcome upgrade

The newly-rebuilt ANB Harbor (KCAW photo/Greta Mart)

Construction was completed on the new ANB Harbor in Sitka in early 2014, but it wasn’t until the last week in June when local officials held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the project’s success. more