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Coast Guard rescues charter fisherman

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 69-year-old man from a charter vessel Tuesday morning (07-19-16) from Snipe Bay, 40 nautical miles south of Sitka.

Drug-free coalition wins $600,000 grant for Sitka

IMG_7326The state’s Division of Health and Social Services awarded Sitka Counseling and Prevention Services and the HOPE Coalition a grant of $150,000 per year, for up to four years, to address prescription opioid and heroin abuse in Sitka.

Assembly cracks down on bad debts

16363037299_4cb5c4d815_z-500x281At their regular meeting Tuesday night (07-12-16), the Sitka Assembly passed - on second and final reading - a comprehensive revision of Sitka’s credit and debt collection policy.

VIDEO: Air crew rescues injured hiker from Mt. Verstovia

Michigan resident Debra Valentine is brought aboard an Air Station Sitka rescue helicopter. (USCG image)An Air Station Sitka helicopter crew rescued a woman off of Mt. Verstovia Tuesday evening (7-12-16), after she fell and injured her knee.

Deacon’s music a bell-towering achievement

bells 1The bells at St. Michael’s Orthodox Cathedral in Sitka are ringing again after a temporary hiatus. Thanks to a new deacon with musical abilities and no fear of heights, you’ll hear them ringing most days at 11:55. Downloadable audio

July 12, 2016: What’s happening at tonight’s Assembly meeting?

4434354492_8e440d4999_oWhen the Assembly meets tonight (7-12-16), they’ll discuss a draft ballot proposition to increase property taxes in Sitka, reevaluate the city's permanent fund, and review a marijuana business application.

Partnership to boost Alaska trail, cabin repairs

A Trail Mix volunteer moves gravel to a muddy part of Juneau's Lemon Creek Trail. A new agreement means the nonprofit group will expand its work in Alaska's national forests. (Photo courtesy Trail Mix)Alaska’s national forests will see more cabin and trail improvements under a new public-private partnership. A nonprofit group long involved in Juneau maintenance work is increasing its role in the Tongass and Chugach National Forests.

Budget cuts close Sitka Public Library on Sundays

IMG_7272Book-loving Sitkans are facing a major plot twist. City budget cuts are bringing the Sitka Public Library to a close every Sunday, starting last Sunday (07-10-16). The new facility, which opened doors in February, will maintain its current schedule the other six days of the week.

‘Anna Blanc’ leads readers where angels fear to tread

Where's Anna Blanc? Kincheloe's protagonist is 19, and could easily look like one of these women from a 1910 image on her website.A visiting author has captured the experience of some of the country’s earliest female police officers in her debut novel, “The Secret Life of Anna Blanc.”

Stedman, nine others, face no election challenges

Sen. Bert Stedman reacts to testimony at a 2014 Senate Labor and Commerce committee meeting. The Sitka Republican is one of 10 lawmakers running unopposed this year. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)A fifth of Alaska legislators running this year face no opposition. One is Sitka Sen. Bert Stedman, who faces no contest – for the second time.