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Murkowski talks Trump, Tongass

0f52baae-ceb8-4168-91ce-24cebc96f581Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski is standing amid beers and balloons, speaking to a group of Sitkans.

Sitka resident indicted on forgery charges

13613228_1029476793834440_7225787263303247822_oA grand jury has indicted a 27-year-old Sitka resident for forging almost 30 checks from a local tour business.

McNichol, Gray file for single school board seat

415221660_d62d481eb3_oThe filing period for Sitka’s municipal election is open. And so far, two Sitkans have tossed their names in the ring for the single open seat on the school board. Jennifer McNichol filed on July 25th, 2016 and Ed Gray on July 29th, 2016.

Techno contra brings new life to traditional dance

unnamedIf you live in Sitka, you’ve definitely heard of contra dance. And if you live on planet earth, you’ve certainly heard of techno or electronic dance music (EDM). You may not expect much of a cross-section between the two communities, but once a month, at the Larkspur Cafe, that’s exactly what you’ll find.

Why are rates increasing this year?

IMG_7300 (1)At their regular meeting on Tuesday night (07-26-16), the Assembly approved increases in harbor, waste, and wastewater rates for the coming year.

For property taxes, Assembly considers 2 mill bump

8491830940_2de02357bf_zThe Sitka Assembly is making a bid to increase property taxes in by two mills, raising the cap from six mills to eight. Property taxes can only be raised through public vote. A property tax question may appear on the October 4th election ballot.

Diesel stove likely cause of boat fire

IMG_8534A 32-foot commercial fishing boat caught fire early Monday morning (07-25-16) in ANB Harbor. The F/V American Express, a gillnetter, was tied up on the outer side of the transient float.

July 26, 2016: What’s happening at tonight’s Assembly meeting?

4434354492_8e440d4999_oWhen the Assembly meets tonight (07-26-16), they’ll continue discussing Sitka's property tax structure, receive an update on bulk water contracts, and sign-off on rate increases written into the FY17 budget. Those include a 5% increase in moorage fees and a 1% increase in water and wastewater fees.

Zika patient treated in Sitka

Location-MEHostpital-1024x683The state department of Health and Social Services announced the first known case of the Zika Virus in the state today belonging to a patient treated at SEARHC’s Mt. Edgcumbe Hospital in Sitka.

Don Young visit sparks protests

IMG_7479Congressman Don Young was scheduled to speak to the Chamber of Commerce at noon yesterday (07-21-16). But he first had to pass through a group of pretty disgruntled constituents.