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SAR responds to fourth call in four days

Sitka Search and Rescue responded to yet another call this week -- the fourth in four days. Family members reported two campers who didn’t return on time. The couple were found unhurt, but as KCAW’s Vanessa Walker reports, the summer search and rescue season is officially underway.

Lael Grant declared dead, homicide suspected

An image from the "Help Find Lael Grant" Facebook page, which now has 1,426 followers.A Sitka woman missing for nearly three years has been declared dead. Police are now investigating her disappearance as a homicide.

Assembly considers absorbing Convention and Visitors Bureau

A screenshot of the Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau website. The assembly has voted to dissolve the bureau. (Screenshot June 24, 2015)The Sitka Assembly on Tuesday night directed the city to explore how it might take on the functions of the Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau. The assembly voted in February to dissolve the bureau.

Administrative team doubles-down on Sitka school district

Sarah Ferrency and Phil Burdick at Pacific High. Ferrency says she puts job sharing in context: "When you're one person, you can't be in two places at once." (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)It’s a two-for-one deal that’s likely unprecedented in Alaska. This fall when students and teachers return to the Sitka School District they’ll be greeted not by one assistant superintendent -- but two.

Repeal senior sales tax exemption? Assembly says…maybe

The Sitka Assembly on Tuesday night postponed action on a proposal to repeal the senior citizen sales tax exemption. The measure would replace the exemption with a rebate program for low-income seniors.

SAR responds to third call in two days

Sitka Search and Rescue responded to its third call in two days on Monday (6-22-15) after receiving a report that a woman had fallen nearly 40 feet down a cliff in Herring Cove.

SAR responds to two calls on Father’s Day

The Coast Guard came in to assist Sitka Search and Rescue on 6-21-2015 at Bear Mountain. (Photo courtesy Sitka Search and Rescue)Sitka Search and Rescue team had a busy day Sunday (6-21-15) -- responding to two separate calls from hikers in need of help.

Silver Bay Seafoods to pay $75k environmental fine

Sitka-based fish processor Silver Bay Seafoods has agreed to pay a $75,000 penalty for improperly discharging fish waste in the Valdez harbor.

Garden classes bring produce aisle home

Michelle Putz shows Rebecca Kubacki how to harvest lettuce. (KCAW photo/ Vanessa Walker)The high cost of food may be affecting the way residents of Sitka eat. A study published last year found that 75 percent of Sitkans eat less than 5 fruits and vegetables per day--only a fraction of the recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sitka grapples with $300k cut to jail budget

Sitka Police Officer Noah Shepard serves coffee to inmates in Sitka's jail, while supervisor Dave Nelson looks on. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)As the Sitka Assembly grappled with its budget this spring, the city got one more piece of tough news -- the state would cut $300,000 in funding for Sitka’s jail.