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Two Sitkans earn prison time for drug, theft convictions

37-year-old Pierre Pagtakhan was sentenced last week in Sitka Superior Court to 5 years, with 2 suspended, for attempted trafficking in meth. In an unrelated matter, 57-year-old James R. Land will serve 2 years for theft.

Unified voice needed for federal response to B.C. mines

8-6-15 meeting signLt. Gov. Byron Mallott says the state will share its knowledge and ask for input on Canadian mines near rivers that flow into Alaska.

Slideshow: Kilts, sun, and fishy fun at Sitka’s Seafood Festival

Esther Burdick comes up empty in the Bobbing-for-Fish Heads event. She would eventually land her humpy. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey).What has sunshine, music, tartan plaid, and a lot of guys and gals tossing heavy objects about? Sitka's 6th Annual Seafood Festival.

Robinson moves from write-in to ballot

JenIt’s now a five-way race for Sitka School Board. Two seats are open in this October's municipal election. Incumbent Jennifer Robinson faces challenges from three newcomers.

As campaigns heat up, Sitka teen spreads ‘Bernie fever’

Leo Solovyov (r) infects his peers -- and even some adults -- with Bernie fever at his first political event. (KCAW photo/Brody Armstrong)With 15 months to go until the 2016 presidential election, campaigns are revving up. And a young Sitkan is fired up about one of the oldest candidates in the race.

Salmon lovers unite!

An Instagram image from the Salmon Project's #babysalmonlivehere campaign.A non-profit is hoping to steer Alaskans toward more unity in their relationship to fish. The Salmon Project wants us to look past conflict toward common ground.

Nine candidates to vie for Sitka assembly, school board

Sitkans vote in the August 19, 2014 Primary Election (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)More candidates have filed for Sitka's municipal election. Voters will choose from nine candidates to fill two seats on the assembly and two on the school board.

Tribes to get voice in state transboundary mine work

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott speaks at a Wednesday tribal meeting in Juneau on transboundary mines. United Tribal Transboundary Mining Work Group Co-Chair Rob Sanderson Jr., center, and Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotten, right, listen. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)State government will formally involve tribal groups in its transboundary mining work. Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott made that commitment Wednesday while meeting in Juneau with Southeast Native leaders.

Fire destroys Sitka home

The home at 2026-D Halibut Point Road was completely destroyed in Saturday's fire. (Rebecca LaGuire/KCAW)A fire on Saturday night (8-3-15) destroyed a Sitka trailer home, but all three occupants escaped unhurt. The blaze was apparently sparked by fireworks.

Garrison to step down from school board

The April 15 meeting was billed as a "final" budget hearing, but the School Board postponed a final vote until after the legislature makes its decisions on education funding. From left: Sitka Schools Superintendent Mary Wegner, and School Board members Tom Conley, Jennifer Robinson, Lon Garrison, Tim Fulton, Kaya Duguay, and Cass Pook. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)Sitka School Board President Lon Garrison is stepping down, after eight years on the board and five as its head. He’ll be moving to Juneau to take a position with the Association of Alaska School Boards.