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Activities at risk as Sitka’s school budget hits deficit ‘wall’?

Sitka High freshman David Wilcox blazes across the finish line Saturday morning (9-28-13). Faced with its largest projected budget deficit in recent memory, the Sitka School Board may consider dramatic cuts to sports and activities programs in 2016. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)The Sitka School Board -- as usual -- is entering its annual budget cycle facing a significant deficit. But unlike past years, there’s no silver bullet from either the state or federal governments that’s likely to save the day.

Sitka to increase moorage rates for third year in a row

The new ANB Harbor, at the June, 2014 ribbon-cutting. (KCAW photo/Greta Mart)Rates for both transient and permanent slip holders will go up by 6.68%. The increase is effective immediately for transient users. For resident vessels, it will go into effect on April 15.

No longer in crisis, hospital status still ‘urgent’

Rob Allen was hired as interim CEO at Sitka Community Hospital in January. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Two months after a financial crisis forced it to request an emergency loan, Sitka Community Hospital has a new CEO, about a million dollars on hand and no plans to ask for more money from the city.

Bill to boost Native-language immersion schools

2-10-15 Sitka Democratic Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins talks about Native language immersion charter schools at the Native Issues Forum in Juneau. 3New legislation will propose a system of encouraging and supporting Native language charter schools in Alaska.

Body of Sitka woman, 33, found on Unalaska trail

Jess Acker worked seasonally as a fisheries tech for ADF&G in Sitka. (Facebook photo)Authorities in Dutch Harbor have confirmed that the body found on Pyramid Peak Monday (2-9-15) is that of a 33-year old Sitka woman, Jessica Acker.

Fallen tree cuts Sitka power — again!

For the second day in a row, Sitkans went without power in mid-afternoon. This time it was a tree, however, and not gremlins.

Sitka student council seeks social violence, tolerance programs

Sitka High student government meets with the school board. In addition to DV and tolerance programs, the council discussed energy efficiency in school buildings, and the high cost of activities. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Sitka High’s student body is hoping to create a better environment in the school, and they’ve taken their plans to the school board, with a pair of proposals that would confront sexual violence and discrimination head-on.

Court returns parolee to jail; brings drug charges against city employee

A Sitka man is being sent back to prison for over a year, for violating the conditions of his parole. Another Sitkan is facing charges for allegedly importing 10 pounds of marijuana into the community.

‘Gremlins’ partially to blame for Sitka outage

Utility director Chris Brewton says he would have "bet his paycheck" that there would have been more outages like today's during the commissioning of the Blue Lake turbines. Instead, he expects to do more fine-tuning over time. (Blue Lake Expansion Project photo)Sitka lost power for a little under an hour Wednesday afternoon when a relay tripped at the Jarvis St. diesel substation. Utility director Chris Brewton says this won't be the last outage of this kind.

At City-Tribe meeting, frank talk on industrial park, transit

The Sitka Assembly and Sitka Tribal Council met on January 30, 2015. From left, Tribal Council member Wilbur Brown, Sitka Community Hospital CEO Rob Allen, Assembly member Aaron Swanson, Assembly member Matt Hunter, City Administrator Mark Gorman, Mayor Mim McConnell, Tribal Council member Bob Sam, Tribal Chair Mike Baines, Assembly member Michelle Putz, Assembly member Steven Eisenbeisz, STA General Manager Lawrence SpottedBird, Assembly member Tristan Guevin, Tribal Council member Harvey Kitka, and Tribal Council member Rachel Moreno. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)The Sitka Assembly and the Sitka Tribal Council met Friday. The twice-a-year dinner is billed as a chance for the city’s two governments to speak freely -- and Friday night’s meeting featured some frank talk.