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Sitka school board beefs up policy on sexual health

After learning that chlamydia and gonorrhea had pushed Alaska to the lead nationally in STI's, board member Tom Conley -- a physician -- said "There's nothing wrong with our HIV/AIDS policy as presented -- it's just insufficient." (US Centers for Disease Control image)The Sitka School Board sent its policy covering sexually-transmitted infections back to the drawing board, after it learned it was missing the boat on the most common STI’s.

September 13, 2016: What’s happening at tonight’s Assembly meeting?

160913_assemblypreview_kwongWhen the Assembly meets tonight (09-13-16), they’ll determine which of two tax breaks they’ll implement if voters approve raising the property tax cap this fall. The Assembly will also receive an update from the Sitka Community Playground Group and the Electric Department.

City-wide outage traced to Medvejie substation

160913_medveijieoutage_wagnerAll of Sitka experienced a brief power outage early Saturday morning (09-10-16). Customers lost power at 2:28 AM on Saturday when an insulator failed at the Medvejie substation. Electric department line crews worked through the storm to repair the insulator and power was fully restored at 3:58 AM.

With 3 attacks in a month, Sitka bears showing ‘stress’

The Forest Service is not sure why Sitka's bears seem to be on edge. An excess of cubs, too few pink salmon -- both might part of the explanation. (KCAW image)A pair of Forest Service workers killed a charging brown bear near Sitka at the end of August. It was the third dangerous bear encounter in the Sitka Ranger District in less than a month.

King fishing over, trollers near end of summer season

Deckhand Berett Wilber anticipates the end of the summer troll season, once she offloads this pile of cohos from the F/V Alexa K. (Charlie Wilber photo)The second summer troll opening for king salmon in Southeast Alaska is finally over. The 22-day opening was the second-longest on record for the fishery. Coho fishing remains open until September 22.

Five ‘surprises’ about Sitka’s economy

manufacturingclusterThe Sitka Planning Commission is re-writing the city’s Comprehensive Plan - a guide to future development in Sitka. And during a meeting on Tuesday night (09-08-16), the group got down to brass tacks about Sitka’s economy.

Subsidies to expand rural broadband, cell service

A new plan will extend high-speed broadband and cell service in rural areas. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld)More Alaskans will have affordable access to mobile phones and broadband internet, thanks to a change in federal communication rules and funding.

Hanson hired as Sitka’s city attorney

The Assembly chose local attorney Brian Hanson for the city position. Hanson has practiced law in Sitka for nearly 30 years. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)The Sitka Assembly hired Brian Hanson as city attorney during a special meeting Tuesday night (9-6-16).

Higher taxes ‘a bitter pill’ for financially-stressed Sitkans

City administrator Mark Gorman tells the Chamber that Sitka's financial future looks "a little stressed," but he also expressed faith in the community's resiliency. Maegan Bosak (r.) looks on. Mayor Mim McConnell and finance director Jay Sweeney are in the foreground. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Sitka is doing pretty well -- for now. The administration delivered an upbeat annual report to the Chamber of Commerce this week (8-31-16), but was candid about the community’s precarious financial situation.

School Board supports property tax increase

160902_schoolboard_kwongThe Sitka School Board met last Thursday (09-25-156) for the first meeting of the school year. And at the top of their list was a resolution to support raising property taxes in Sitka. The October 4th ballot will ask voters to approve raising the cap by two mills.