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Yuck! Despite odor (and color) Sitka’s temporary water is safe

Sitka environmental superintendent Mark Buggins looks over the temporary filtration  plant at the Indian River. Buggins says August is "not the best time" to drink from the Indian River, but "it is what it is." (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Sitka’s tap water smells bad at times, and it turns yellow at others -- but it’s safe to drink. And it’s also temporary. In about 40 days, the community should be back on its primary water source at Blue Lake. Sitka’s environmental superintendent, in the meantime, has been assuring residents that they are not imagining things. Sitka’s water has a stronger odor than usual -- but it's safe.

Sullivan calls for more assertive foreign policy

Former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan spoke at the Sitka Chamber of Commerce on a campaign swing through town on September 5, 2014. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Dan Sullivan spoke to the Sitka Chamber of Commerce this morning. Sullivan decried the "avalanche" of federal regulations, discussed when he might support "boots on the ground" in Iraq -- and said it’s his goal to win Southeast in November.

In Sitka, Begich talks campaign, climate change, unity ticket

U.S. Senator Mark Begich speaks to Sitka resident Dirk White at the Sitka Chamber of Commerce. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)U.S. Senator Mark Begich spoke to the Sitka Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. In an interview afterward, Begich discussed his campaign, climate change, and the new unity ticket shaking up the governor’s race.

Not my town! ‘Grizzly Trade’ ambles through places, personalities of SE

Grizzly_Trade_250 It’s got a Vietnam vet with a big heart and anger management problems, a small-town newspaper reporter, and a hippie radio station. Throw in some meth-fuelled wildlife crime and a few cruise ships and you have the makings of an adventure mystery set in Southeast Alaska.

Mallott: Alaskans have “clear choice”

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott greets supporter Eric Jordan in Sitka on primary day, August 19, 2014. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)News broke over the weekend that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott may be combining his campaign with that of Independent Bill Walker. In Sitka recently, Mallott argued the key issue in November is whether Alaskans' voices will be heard in state government, and said Walker remains, on social issues, a "conservative Republican."

Industrial park to consider offers on remaining property

According to park director Garry White, the sale of the remaining GPIP properties will not affect the city's plans to build a $7.5-million bulkhead dock.Sitka’s industrial park has attracted the interest of a couple of potential buyers -- who may be interested in offering to purchase outright all remaining property at the site. The Gary Paxton Industrial Park board of directors was hoping to see a pair of proposals Thursday afternoon (8-28-14) at its regular monthly meeting, but park director Garry White said the busy fishing season had caused a delay.

Care-A-Van rolls on HPR, driver injured

The Care-A-Van had no passengers at the time of the accident. (Center for Community photo)A Sitka man is recovering after the bus he was driving rolled into a ditch on Halibut Point Road Thursday afternoon (8-28-14). Tom Conley was driving the Southeast Senior Services’ Care-A-Van outbound along the 3300 block of HPR when he swerved to avoid construction personnel and put the van in the ditch just past Sollar’s Trailer Court at about 12:30 PM. There were no passengers in the van at the time.

Taking one for the (ALS) team

Sitka School Board members Jen Robinson, Tim Fulton, Lon Garrison, Cass Pook, Tonia Rioux, and superintendent Mary Wegner take a dunking for ALS. In turn, the board challenged the Kodiak school board, former Sitka superintendent Steve Bradshaw, and the Sitka Native Education Program. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)In case you missed all the commotion outside of Pacific High School Thursday at lunchtime (8-28-14), it was the Sitka School Board doing its part for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Unlike the Assembly and its fire truck, the School Board opted for ordinary 5-gallon buckets filled with icy water, served up by some Pacific High staff and students.

Trashed recycling points to flaws in Sitka’s system?

This load of mixed paper recycling was dumped in June -- one of three loads dumped this year due to food contamination. (KCAW photo)Sitkans who saw a truck hauling one of the city’s large, green recycling bins up Jarvis Street to the waste transfer station earlier this summer were not imagining things. The contractor responsible for managing Sitka’s recycling dumped a total of three loads of mixed paper after discovering they had been contaminated by food waste.

Sitka Assembly accepts #IceBucketChallenge

The Sitka Assembly prepares to be doused in the Ice Bucket Challenge (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)After adjourning on Tuesday evening, the Sitka Assembly lined up in front of Harrigan Centennial Hall and took a serious soaking from the Sitka Fire Department’s Engine #2, under the gleeful direction of Fire Chief Dave Miller.