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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.

Eisenbeisz says Sitkans’ voices must be heard

"I believe every idea deserves its time in the spotlight," says Steven Eisenbeisz. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Steven Eisenbeisz ran for Sitka Assembly last year as a write-in candidate, and he came within 54 votes of a seat at the table. This year, he’s one of five candidates for two open seats. And he says, if elected, Sitkans can count on him to make sure their voices are heard.

Election forum: School board candidates tackle standards, numbers

140930_Fulton_Conley_kwongSitka School Board candidates Tim Fulton and Tom Conley took listener questions for 90-minutes Tuesday evening (9-30-14). With only two veteran candidates running for two open seats, the discussion focused more on the immediate issues facing the district rather than policy differences.

Election forum: Assembly candidates answer your questions

Candidates for the Sitka Assembly (clockwise): Steven Eisenbeisz, Thor Christianson, Aaron Wamsley, Tristan Guevin, Lillian Feldpausch. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)On Monday, September 30th, four of the five candidates for Sitka Assembly came into our studio to discuss their ideas and positions in the lead-up to the October 7th election. Two seats are available on the assembly.

Guevin says Sitka must think long-term

Tristan Guevin says Sitka needs to ask itself, "How do we want our city to be in ten years, twenty years, and, you know, what’s the road map to get us there?" (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Tristan Guevin isn’t afraid of the word “technocrat” -- in fact, he embraces it. Guevin is one of five candidates running for two open seats on the Sitka Assembly. And he says, if elected, he’d push the city to plan ahead, and think long-term.

20 Years of Xtratuf

101-IMG_2808Here in Sitka, we marked the end of the visitor season with the 20th Annual Running of the Boots - Sitka's answer to the “Running of the Bulls” in Spain. It combines a very short road race with a very elaborate costume contest.

Hughes-Knowles brings perspective, choice to mayor’s race

140911_Hughes-Knowles_woolseyHughes-Knowles became interested in running for mayor when he saw an ad in the Daily Sitka Sentinel soliciting candidates for municipal office. in fact, the level of political apathy shocked him. Hughes-Knowles says people like state representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and assembly member Matt Hunter have helped revive his generation’s attention to local politics. But more are needed.

Assembly candidates tested in Chamber forum

Five candidates running for two seats on the Sitka Assembly (l to r): Steven Eisenbeisz, Thor Christianson, Aaron Wamsley, Tristan Guevin, Lillian Feldpausch. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Five candidates are running for a seat on the Sitka Assembly this year. Their experience runs from lifelong resident and former assembly member to relative newbie. The candidates met this week (9-22-14) in a forum held at the Sitka Chamber of Commerce. A fairly large crowd attended to hear the candidates answer questions and share their views on a range of issues.

Processor, manufacturer bid for Sitka industrial property

Selling off the park is within the GPIP board's mission: “Unlike other property owned by the 
municipality, the former Alaska Pulp Corporation mill site was acquired not for governmental 
purposes from the state or federal government, but for economic development and disposal."  (GPIP photo)Silver Bay Seafoods has tendered an offer to buy out the City of Sitka’s industrial park. The processor got its start in Sitka and has since grown into one of the state’s largest seafood operations. Park board members heard details of the sale in a special meeting this week (9-25-14), but took no action. Instead, they decided to hold off a month in order to weigh the offer against a competing proposal from a different company.