This spring, Sitka artist and marine mammal hunter Peter Williams took a trip to New York City, to show his work during fashion week. He's been trying to break into the lucrative fashion world for years. His goal is to bring Alaska Native designs to luxury buyers worldwide. Williams says that one way to save a traditional art form, is to create a market for it.
After more than a year of warning that Sitka must either raise new revenue or cut services, the City Assembly passed three tax measures in quick succession last night / Tuesday night (4-28-15). The proposals would increase sales taxes and double the tobacco tax. The movement was prompted by the needs of the Sitka School District.
Most of Sitka lost power for about a half-hour Wednesday afternoon (4-29-15), but the new equipment at the Blue Lake project was not to blame. A gate at the Green Lake No. 2 turbine was the culprit.
The Sitka Sentinel celebrated its 75th anniversary last year without much fanfare. As many newspapers in big cities have folded or turned into online only operations, the Sentinel has continued publishing five issues a week. The paper is owned and edited by Thad and Sandy Poulson, journalist who arrived in 1969 and are determined to keep the press running.
The Sitka School Board Wednesday night (4-22-15) approved a budget for next year with only 3 fewer teachers -- but left open the question of whether or not to keep the Community Schools program.