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Delta will start flying to Sitka

An Alaska Airlines jet touches down in Sitka. Both runway approaches are over ocean. (Flickr photo/Pat Groves)Alaska Airlines is about to get some competition in Sitka: Delta Airlines announced on Wednesday that it is launching daily, nonstop flights between Sitka and Seattle, beginning May 15, 2015.

MEHS girls volleyball crowned state champions

The team went into the state championship undefeated and secured their victory in a tie breaking match. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo).On Saturday afternoon (11-15-14), the Mt. Edgecumbe Girls’ Varsity Volleyball team won their State Championship after a nail biting tie-breaker against the Monroe Catholic Rams.

Coast Guard rescues stranded Sitkan

A Coast Guard helicopter rescued a hunter stranded south of Sitka on Wednesday morning (11-19-14), after his boat sank.

Tongass Advisory Committee meets in Sitka

Part of the Tongass National Forest, on mainland between Wrangell and Petersburg, is seen in this view from an airplane. A Senate measure calls for the state to take over some Tongass timberlands. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Representatives from across Southeast and the country will meet in Sitka this week to hash out timber issues on the Tongass, as the U.S. Forest Service tries to switch its focus from old-growth logging to harvesting smaller, younger trees.

Teaching Tlingit tradition, culture — and pride

Chuck Miller performs at a memorial. Miller says when he dances, he can feel his ancestors all around him. (Photo courtesy of Chuck Miller)With elders in the community growing older or already gone, Chuck Miller of the Sitka Native Education Program says it's his responsibility to pass along the teachings to the younger generation so they can grow up proud to be Tlingit.

Sitkan charged for possesion of fentanyl

A Sitka man is being held on drug charges in the state prison in Juneau, pending $12,000 in bail.

With the snip of a ribbon, Blue Lake project is complete

08-IMG_9114Although there are a lot of loose ends to tie up, the Blue Lake Expansion Project came to a formal close in Sitka Wednesday (11-13-14) with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new powerhouse.

Tribal Council election draws 174 voters, some turnover

The candidates for Tribal Council took audience questions last Sunday (11-2-14). The event was organized to encourage voting. (Mike Hicks/KCAW photo)The Sitka Tribal Council will see some turnover if the unofficial results of Tuesday’s (11-11-14) election hold up. Even fewer voters than usual, 174, turned out to decide who will control Sitka’s federally-recognized tribal government.

Southeast communities speak out on B.C. mines

Oxidized rock colors a valley where one of Seabridge Gold’s KSM project’s open pit mines will be dug. (Ed Schoenfeld/ CoastAlaska News)Critics worry the mines could affect salmon habitat. Sitka, Wrangell, Petersburg, Tenakee Springs and Port Alexander have passed resolutions or written to Alaska’s congressional delegation, asking the U.S. government to intervene.

Farmer brings chickens, romance to Sitka’s library

Robb Farmer was impressed by Kettleson's temporary move to Stratton. "If they hadn't told me it had moved, I wouldn't know it had moved!" (KCAW photo/Emily Kwong)Sitka’s got a new public library director who knows he’s got some big shoes to fill. But Robb Farmer calls himself an ideas man, and he’s looking forward to maintaining the momentum of Kettleson Library’s best programs, while introducing some of his own -- including backyard chicken farming and library speed dating.