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Sitka’s hospitals consider integrating operations

Sitka Community Hospital. (Photo courtesy of the Sitka Community Hospital Foundation)A consultant’s plan recommends Sitka Community Hospital combine operations with the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium’s Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital.

School district takes on poor attendance

The Sitka School Board met Tuesday (9-20-16) at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School to discuss absenteeism.Sitka’s School District is beginning a new effort to target absenteeism.

New SNHP superintendent has spent a lifetime in parks

David Elkowitz started his career as a 10-year-old volunteer. (KCAW Photo/Emily Russell)There’s a new superintendent at Sitka National Historical Park, and he may not mind a rainy weekend. David Elkowitz just wrapped up two weeks on the job, after arriving from west Texas.

Stormy weather diverts three Sitka cruise ships

The Holland America Cruise Ship Westerdam prepares to dock in Juneau July 16, 2012. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)Gale-force winds and high seas on the outer coast are keeping about 4,500 cruise ship travelers from seeing Sitka this week.

Dead Sitka Sound whale probably killed by ship

Researchers collect samples from a beached humpback whale carcass Saturday on a Sitka Sound beach.A dead whale found floating near Sitka last week was probably killed by a ship. That’s the conclusion of a pathologist who inspected the carcass.

Assembly divvies up $45,000 to non-profits

160920_nonprofitawards_kwongThe Sitka Assembly held their first meeting in their new chambers yesterday night (09-19-16), dedicated to non-profit contributions. The Assembly awarded $45,000 from the general fund to eight non-profit organizations.

Columbia damage means less ferry service to Sitka

The M/V Columbia, recently re-powered, is not one of the three ships which could possibly be retired soon. (Flickr/Gillfoto)Sitka will have no Alaska Marine Highway service Sept. 26 to Oct. 9. The two-week gap comes because the ferry Columbia will soon head to a drydock for repairs.

Sitkans join North Dakota pipeline fight

IMG_8858Thousands continue to protest in North Dakota, at the site where an oil pipeline is under construction. The events in Standing Rock have sparked demonstrations for clean water and tribal rights across the country, including Sitka.

Boots thunder through downtown Sitka

IMG_8967Sitkans took flight down Lincoln Street today (09-17-16)-- on wings made of rubber!

Small mudslide generates big response in Sitka

The DOT quickly cleaned up the slide Friday morning (9-16-2016). Fire Chief Dave Miller opted for a big response to the slide, admitting that Sitkans remain "sensitive" after last year's fatal event. (KCAW photo/Ken Fate)A small mudslide obstructed a portion of state highway in Sitka early Friday morning (9-16-16). Sitka fire chief Dave Miller responded and decided to take no chances.