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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.

Assembly debates long-term planning commission

The strategic planning commission was originally created to help guide the assembly on major decisions, like how Sitka will fund city services as state and federal aid declines. But so far, it hasn’t quite gotten off the ground.

Assembly honors Sitka veterans

Veterans -- including city staff and two assembly members -- stood to be honored as Mayor Mim McConnell read a proclamation for Veterans Day. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)The Sitka Assembly began its meeting Monday night by issuing a proclamation honoring Veterans Day.

Tues, Nov. 11: Tribal Council Election

Polls are open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)The Sitka Tribe of Alaska is holding its Tribal Council election today, Tuesday, Nov. 11. Tribal citizens can vote at the Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Baines: STA must expand services

Michael Baines is seeking a second term as Tribal Chairman. KCAW photo/Rachel WaldholzMichael Baines has served on the Sitka Tribe of Alaska Tribal Council for nearly a decade: seven years as a council member and the last two as Tribal Chairman. Baines is now running for a second term as chair, and he says, if elected, he’d work to expand services.

State’s roadless rule lawsuit reactivated

Sport fishermen cast lines at Blind Slough, a Tongass National Forest site near Petersburg. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Alaska will continue its court battle against a U.S. Forest Service policy that blocks logging in undeveloped areas of national forests.

Brown: Communication is key

Wilbur Brown is running for his second term on tribal council. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)Wilbur Brown is running for his second term on the Tribal Council. Born in Kake, Brown has worked in a variety of fields throughout the region and state.

Sitka hunter medevacked from Verstovia

Twenty-one-year old Scott Kennedy was out hunting alone on Mt. Verstovia when he fell and his pistol discharged. The bullet lodged just above the knee. A helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka hoisted Kennedy aboard and delivered him to medical care.

Feldpausch: Tight policies ensure quality service for Tribal citizens

Lillian Feldpausch says Sitka must learn to live within its means. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Lillian Feldpausch wants to see a tight ship at the Sitka Tribe of Alaska. She believes that if the organization stands by its policies and procedures, better quality service will result for tribal citizens. Feldpausch is running for her second two-year term on the Sitka Tribe of Alaska Council.

Sitka bears enjoy a taste of British tradition

Brown bear "Lucky" devours a kibble-filled pumpkin on Guy Fawkes Day. (FOB photo/Debi Terry)Guy Fawkes Day doesn’t mean much to anyone unless you happen to be British -- or in one special case in Sitka -- a brown bear. Fawkes attempted to blow up parliament in 1605. November 5 is traditionally celebrated by lighting a bonfire and burning the notorious traitor in effigy. Chris Turner, at Sitka’s Fortress of the Bear, had a different approach. He spoke with KCAW’s Rich McClear.