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UAS Sitka: Braced to ride out the budget storm

UAS Sitka has a current enrollment of 900 students, 80-percent of whom attend online.The University of Alaska budget is back in play as the legislature heads into special session. Regardless of the outcome, regional campuses like Sitka’s are already battened down for the fiscal storm.

Sitka artist hopes to bring otter to the runway

Peter Williams (right) with models Jerica Young, Anthony Flora and Denise Reed, at TechStyle NYC during Fashion Week in February. (Photo courtesy of TechStyle NYC)This spring, Sitka artist and marine mammal hunter Peter Williams took a trip to New York City, to show his work during fashion week. He's been trying to break into the lucrative fashion world for years. His goal is to bring Alaska Native designs to luxury buyers worldwide. Williams says that one way to save a traditional art form, is to create a market for it.

Public broadcasting budget cut almost 25 percent

Juneau's KTOO building houses radio, online and TV operations funded in part by the state. Legislative budget cuts will hit public broadcasters throughout the state beginning in July.Alaska’s public broadcasters dodged a bullet when the Legislature’s regular session ended Monday.

Assembly considers tobacco, sales tax hikes

Deputy Mayor Matt Hunter and Mayor Mim McConnell during Tuesday night's Sitka Assembly meeting. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)After more than a year of warning that Sitka must either raise new revenue or cut services, the City Assembly passed three tax measures in quick succession last night / Tuesday night (4-28-15). The proposals would increase sales taxes and double the tobacco tax. The movement was prompted by the needs of the Sitka School District.

Outage traced to Green Lake turbine

Most of Sitka lost power for about a half-hour Wednesday afternoon (4-29-15), but the new equipment at the Blue Lake project was not to blame. A gate at the Green Lake No. 2 turbine was the culprit.

Sitka hospital’s turnaround to happen one idea at a time

Hospital Chief Financial Officer Cynthia Brandt reports on her group's results. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Sitka Community Hospital's management held a town hall-style meeting Monday night (4-27-15) to try and better understand the things the hospital is doing well, and some things that it is not doing so well.

After 75 years, family keeps Sitka Sentinel running

Image0_SentinelThe Sitka Sentinel celebrated its 75th anniversary last year without much fanfare. As many newspapers in big cities have folded or turned into online only operations, the Sentinel has continued publishing five issues a week. The paper is owned and edited by Thad and Sandy Poulson, journalist who arrived in 1969 and are determined to keep the press running.

Responders use cell phone signal to trace injured woman

Responders found the woman next to a piling under the downtown Forest Service dock. (KCAW photo, Rachel Waldholz)An injured Sitka woman was safely transported to medical care on Monday, after responders located her using a cell phone signal.

Sitka Salmon Shares buys plant, expands its direct sales model

Sitka fisherman Spencer Severson owns one of eleven vessels which supply Sitka Salmon Shares.Launched 5 years ago, Sitka Salmon Shares now has over 2,000 customers who buy seafood across the midwest. The company just purchased Big Blue Fisheries in order to expand its operations.

Board looks to private sector to fund Community Schools

The Sitka School Board Wednesday night (4-22-15) approved a budget for next year with only 3 fewer teachers -- but left open the question of whether or not to keep the Community Schools program.