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Mock election at SHS reflects millennial priorities

IMG_5094On Tuesday (10-7-14), not all the voting in Sitka happened at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Up the street at Sitka High School, students headed to the polls in a mock election. While the student voters may not have completely agreed with the electorate at-large, their opinions were—mostly! —based on thorough research.

Voters choose new faces for assembly, veterans for mayor, school board

Voting during Sitka's 2014 municipal election. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Sitka voters returned incumbent Mayor Mim McConnell to office for a second term, but chose two newcomers for the Sitka Assembly. If the results hold after absentee votes are counted on Friday, Sitka may have one of the youngest assemblies in recent memory.

KCAW listener communities elect councils, school board

A local bulletin board in Tenakee Springs. (Flickr photo/Daniel Cornwall)Elections were also held this week in most communities served by KCAW, with the exception of Yakutat, whose voters will go to the polls later this month.

Sitka 2014 municipal election: Unofficial results

With voting concluded in the 2014 Municipal Election, Sitka may have the youngest assembly ever. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)With votes counted in the 2014 municipal election, Sitka may have the youngest assembly ever. See the unofficial results here.

Sitka’s school performance: No fault in these stars

Blatchley Middle School won a 4-star ranking under the Alaska School Performance Index. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)With anxiety running high over how Sitka schools will fare under newly-adopted state testing standards this year, the Sitka school board Monday night (10-6-14) seemed pleased to learn that -- under the old standards -- the district has shown significant improvement. But there is also some troubling information in the data.

Liveaboard firefighter stops Sitka harbor blaze

FireHose_mikehiattQuick thinking by an off-duty Sitka firefighter may have prevented a boat fire from becoming a major disaster in a local harbor Friday night. Deputy fire chief Al Stevens says Michelle Snowden, an engineer with the department, had just moved onto a liveaboard in Crescent Harbor when her pager alerted her to the fire on a neighboring vessel. She had it out before the engine arrived.

Tues, Oct. 7: Election Day!

Sitkans vote in the August 19, 2014 Primary Election (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Sitka voters are choosing a mayor, two assembly members and two school board members. Not sure who you're voting for? We've gathered links to all of our coverage, including full candidate profiles, candidate statements, and audio from our three live, on-air forums.

Over fish tacos, the verdict for two health initiatives announced

02-IMG_4993Imagine a Sitka with a detox center, an indoor playground and school gardens where kids could grow their own vegetables. Those proposals were all on the table today at Sitka Health Summit’s Planning Day at Harrigan Centennial Hall.

Conley’s return to school board: ‘I want to be a part of it’

140911_TomConley_woolsey“I’m back.” That’s how NBA legend Michael Jordan announced his return to basketball. A Sitka School Board candidate will take a page from that same book on election day (10-7-14) when voters see the name Tom Conley on the municipal ballot. Despite challenging health circumstances, the 13-year school board veteran is making a comeback to fill one of two open seats.

Feldpausch says she’s not afraid to say “no”

Lillian Feldpausch says Sitka must learn to live within its means. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Feldpausch is one of five candidates running for two open seats on the Sitka Assembly. And she says that if she’s elected, she’ll try to ensure that Sitka lives within its means.