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SeaTech students research whales

IMG_4859 (1)Although graduation is this week, school is not over for some science students at Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka. The class, known as SeaTech, is headed to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego to present their original research on beluga and narwhal bioacoustics.

Harry Race burglar indicted

A Sitka man is facing three felony charges for breaking into Harry Race Pharmacy last November. A Sitka Grand Jury on Friday indicted Derek R. Baird, age 28, for burglary in the second degree, after he allegedly entered the pharmacy after it was closed.

Raven Radio, Sentinel win 17 Alaska Press Club Awards

IMG_7164Sitka news was recognized several times at the 2016 Alaska Press Club Awards (4-23-16), from topics as varied as crime reporting, youth ambassadors, canoe building, and many a James Poulson photograph.

Putting your best foot forward at the Native Youth Olympics

IMG_2635Mt. Edgecumbe High School sent fifteen students to the Native Youth Olympics in Anchorage last weekend (4-2-16 to 4-23-16). The event draws Alaskan Native teens from around the state in three days of intense competition.

Ferry fares rise for third time in a year

Passengers board the ferry Malaspina while vehicles wait to load at the Auke Bay terminal in Juneau. Travelers will no longer be able to take advantage of some discounts, due to budget cuts. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)It’s costing 10 percent more to take the ferry to and from the Lower-48. The higher fare is part of another round of tariff increases aimed at boosting income and equalizing rates across all routes.

Assembly considers opening boats to tourists

IMG_5095On Tuesday night (4-26-16), the Assembly considered allowing rentals, on a conditional use basis, in Sitka’s municipal harbors and slips. They also received an update on branding for tourists and firmed up zoning laws for marijuana business.

Little scientists examine ecosystems in bioblitz

IMG_5054How many things live in our backyard, and how are they connected? That’s what little scientists were trying to discover during a Junior BioBlitz on Wednesday. The kids tromped in muskeg and listened to birds during the daylong survey of ecosystems.

Sitka drivers told: Hands off your cell phone

Tuesday night (4-26-16), the Sitka Assembly passed a law that would fine those using their phone while driving. Exceptions are made for hands-free use. (Photo courtesy of Her Campus Media)Tuesday night (4-26-16), the Sitka Assembly passed a law that would fine those using their phone while driving. Exceptions are made for hands-free use. The policy is intended to reduce distracted driving and prevent accidents.

Scholarship program boosts training for Native teachers

Juneau's Joshua Jackson earned both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education in the PITAAS program. (UAS photo)While 15-percent of the state’s population is Alaska Native, under five-percent of its teachers are. PITAAS grooms future teachers and administrators while they’re still in college.

Sitka schools tap reserves to restore teaching jobs next year

kgh sign feaThe Sitka School Board has balanced its budget and returned two teaching positions to the payroll, but the district’s finances are far from secure.