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Despite higher fees, Sitka’s ANB Harbor a welcome upgrade

The newly-rebuilt ANB Harbor (KCAW photo/Greta Mart)

Construction was completed on the new ANB Harbor in Sitka in early 2014, but it wasn’t until the last week in June when local officials held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the project’s success. more

New Sealaska leaders promise growth, changes

Sealaska CEO Anthony Mallott addresses shareholders at the Sealaska annual meeting near the SeaTac Airport. (Photo courtesy Sealaska)

Sealaska’s new board chairman and CEO say the regional Native corporation is gearing up for growth. They’re following a direction set by their predecessors. But they promise some changes. more

Summer king fishing opens with record hopes

This is a salmon troller fishing near Petersburg in the 1930s. (Flickr photo/born1945)

If you’ve noticed a lot of empty slips in local harbors today, there’s a reason for that: Tuesday is the summer troll opening for king salmon — and Southeast fishermen are looking at a record high target harvest — 171,300 fish in two to three weeks of fishing. more

Begich talks climate change, veterans in Sitka

Alaska Senator Mark Begich, with his wife Deborah Bonito, visited Sitka on June 26, 2014. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

Senator Mark Begich is criss-crossing the state during Congress’s 4th of July recess. He arrived in Sitka last week having just escaped the swampy weather in Washington D.C. But a big part of his job right now is getting Alaskans to send him back into the heated politics of the capital. more

Boiler room fire delays Alaska-bound cruise ship

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An Alaska-bound cruise ship had to return to Seattle late Saturday after a small fire broke out on board. more

Farmers’ market season opens in Sitka

The ANB Hall was packed with shoppers during the first 2014 farmers' market. Photo by Greta Mart.

The Sitka Farmers’ Market is back. Now in its seventh year, the summer market is held every other Saturday morning – rain or shine – until the beginning of September. 400 or so shoppers walked through the entrance to the Alaska … more

World Cup 2014: Sitkans wake up to soccer

The World Cup is held every four years. This is action from 2010. (Flickr photo/Damien Sachs-Dromsen)

Every four years most of the world grinds to a halt to watch the World Cup of Men’s Football — and the game finally may have caught on in Sitka. Local watering holes opened for breakfast last Thursday (6-26-14), and tuned their flat-panel televisions to soccer, as the US met Germany for a pivotal game that would send the winner into the final stage of the tournament. more

Sitka’s health: #2 and looking to improve

After eight months of suspense, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced the six winners of the foundation’s nationwide Culture of Health prize. Sitka — unfortunately — didn’t make the list, but healthcare educators say that just being recognized as … more

‘Lefty’ O’Neal: Crossing the color line in the Negro Leagues

Dick "Lefty" O'Neal during a recent visit to Sitka. He never thought he'd write about his experiences in the Negro Leagues, but teammates urged him to do so. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

A little bit of baseball history visited Southeast Alaska this summer. Dick “Lefty” O’Neal is the only person to have crossed baseball’s color line — in the opposite direction. O’Neal is white, but he made his mark in baseball pitching in two of the country’s semi-pro Negro Leagues.He stopped by KCAW during a cruise ship call in Sitka recently, and spoke with Robert Woolsey on the front porch of the Cable House. more

US Chamber won’t pull Sitkans into senate election fight

In addition to becoming involved in key senate elections, Eyler said the US Chamber is actively lobbying on fiscal, energy, and immigration policy. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

The US Chamber of Commerce has thrown its weight behind the effort to unseat Alaska Sen. Mark Begich in this fall’s election. Chris Eyler, the director of the Northwest Region of the US Chamber of Commerce, says not every local chamber agrees with the national organization’s picks. During his presentation Wednesday (6-25-14), Eyler was questioned by the Sitka Chamber about its support of Dan Sullivan. more